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  • 1453

  • The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
  • By: Roger Crowley
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history and the end of the Byzantium Empire. Roger Crowley's listenable and comprehensive account of the battle between Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Constantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium, illuminates the period in history that was a precursor to the current jihad between the West and the Middle East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Tad Davis on 11-29-16

Highly recommended for history buffs!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

While I have always been interested in the Roman Empire, my interest waned after the split and definitely never followed the Eastern Roman Empire, that is until I listened to this book.

It is an incredibly detailed book examine both sides of the siege of Constantinople, the defenders who were the last remnants of the Roman Empire, and the newer force under the auspices of Mehmed II. I knew it was an important battle that changed the course of history in the region and the world, but didn't realize I would like reading about it so much.

The author gives enough detail of many of the individuals involved, and enough back history to give the feeling of the situation. Lots of little details I had never heard of, like the large cannons commissioned by Mehmed to take down the walls, the various infighting that occurred both inside and outside the walls and the repercussions of the fall of Constantinople.

I highly recommend this book, and it definitely makes me interested in reading other books written by Roger Crowley. Also, I was very impressed in the audio version with Simon Prebble's reading, he reminded me a lot of Roy Dotrice and I would recommend him as a narrator anytime.

  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,336

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

A surprisingly great listen.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I should clarify, it isn't really a book, more like a documentary in an audiobook format, or a radio serial from the 1940s. I don't think they even have a text copy of this.

It takes a view on the American home front before and during World War II. It goes over the issues that the American civilians went through from the growing issues in Europe, through the war itself. It utilizes Martin Sheen as a narrator of the situation, but you get to hear the actual radio broadcasts from the government and civilians.

You get a view on the civilians themselves and it is rather eye opening. I always knew things weren't so patriotic on the home front (or even in the military). While there are a lot of great things we talk about that generation, there were also major problems as well, and you hear it from the people's own voices.

FDR had a thing where people would broadcast questions or opinions to him on the radio and he would sometimes respond (but usually not, too many people). There are a lot of people professing what we attribute to the greatest generation, a lot of caring people who were going to do what they needed to do.

I wasn't surprised at the negative people though. I knew that there were a lot of racists people, a lot of antisemitic people, and it was a bit discouraging to hear them talk. They sounded a lot like the alt-right in current days.

I think the most surprising thing was hearing how the people drafted in World War II were very reluctant to go. It sounded like most were going to go anyways, but there wasn't nearly the wave of volunteers that our mythic popular culture says. This isn't a bad thing, and it actually reassures me that we aren't much different.

I definitely enjoyed this book. I recommend others to listen.

  • Blood of Elves

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,948

For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great start to a Promising Series

  • By Joe Chad on 06-07-15

Maybe it works better in written form.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I came to this series through the Witcher video games, so I was vaguely familiar the world. I played all the way through Witcher 2 which picks up before this novel, and Witcher 3 which is after this novel. It is because of those video games that I tried this novel out.

THE PROS

What I noticed was the world was even richer in the book. I really like the in depth writing about Geralt, Ciri and Yennifer. Magic made more sense after reading the book, and an appreciation for Geralt was even better. Hearing his thoughts and seeing him interact with Ciri and Yennifer changed a lot of my perspective from the game. I think when I go play the DLC for Witcher 3 it will be even better. I still like hooking up with Triss better than how the book works and I still Yennifer is still cold and distant and I don’t like her, but the infighting between Geralt, Yennifer and Triss makes more sense.

THE CONS

The book itself is will be very slow for most people. Coming from the video game I expected the book to have a lot more action and adventure. It is actually a lot more talking and passive interaction between characters. I don’t think this is bad in itself it was just a surprise and I think it would have been better served to have a quicker pace, or a more ruthless editor.

The writing itself is very dense. The author likes to use in-world languages and then translate them and it throws things off. I realize for “realism” there would be other languages, but this is probably the most extreme situation like this. I grew a bit tired of listening to the author first have a character say something in a language I didn’t know, then translate it and say it again.

I also haven’t figured it out if its so distracting and ponderous because the way the novel itself is written, or if its because it is a translation from Polish, or because it is an audible book of a translation of a book that is already too dense. Either way the writing does lose some of the steam it built in other areas.

Overall I appreciated the book. I will probably still get the second book but I won’t hurry to it. If you can get this book on sale, then I would recommend it, otherwise just play the video game.

  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,309

Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GET A "LIFE"! Become a Zombie...

  • By Fun Lovin Lady on 07-06-12

A new contender to take over Urban Fantasy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

If you like books like the Sookie Stackhouse novels, this is the book for you.

The book is an entry into the world of A White Trash Zombie series and it is a success. You get to know about Angel, a young white trash woman who is obviously now a zombie. The story is about her coming to terms with her new life, learning what its like to be responsible and to take control. Her new powers as a zombie come with a price though, something she can't walk away from.

That is probably my favorite part about the book though. It shows how she grows up, and learns that she is in control of her own destiny and that she is worth something.

A definite must read!

  • NPCs

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,680

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable if you manage your expectations

  • By Miachi on 01-23-15

Interesting and new premise

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I knew that the whole hook of the series is a “what would happen if the NPCs in a fantasy world became the adventurer”. I thought it would be a cute little story that really wouldn’t be that interesting. I was wrong, by the end of it I was rooting for the characters and it felt just as good as any of the fantasy epic stories.

The book travels fast, it covers some basics of the world and it does use the whole trope of their being our reality of people who play tabletop games and the world itself. It avoids most of the clichés, and makes you root for the Kobold god for minions.

As for the audio, it is just like the rest of the audio books, the sound is great, the guy who does the voicework is easy to listen to and they didn’t try to do sound effects which I count as a good thing.

Also I just found there are two more books (each longer then the previous) and I am excited about getting them.

  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

  • By: Mark A. Stoler, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark A. Stoler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382

To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeptical but Not Cynical

  • By Ark1836 on 11-20-15

Incredibly informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

This was better than I had hoped.

This is my first of the "Great Courses" I have listened to, and it was definitely worth it. It is a brief retelling of history without our myths or outright lies about the origins of America. What we have been taught in school is at the least propaganda, and in many cases outright falsehood.

Even with the conservative viewpoint of Dr Stoler, it was eye opening to see the realities behind previous presidents, and historical events. He especially eradicated the myths of our "defense only" military history.

There is nothing I can fault on this course. It is 12 hours of information I may have heard bits about, but never the full story. I cannot recommend this enough.

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  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

This course made me miss going to college.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Professor Garland is clear, crisp and smooth with the material. I never realized how interesting it would be to have 48 lessons that cover the common person's life from Neanderthal through the medieval times.

It was interesting to hear how a common person lived. Ranging from slaves, to women (sometimes one and the same, sadly more often then sometimes), to citizens, soldiers and merchants. It was interesting to hear about what their day to day lives were like, who they married and what they did when they had a day off.

I have no complaints about this Great Course, and definitely no complaints about the professor. The only thing is I did wish it had more with other cultures, but that is because I knew a lot of the information from my other studies. However, that isn't a problem because of the Course.

This was definitely 24 hours worth of instruction that was worth it. I am going to pick up my next set of lessons from the Great Courses immediately.

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,906

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

More then I imagined.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I have read about Genghis Khan before, but this book delves so deeply into the topic that I was surprised constantly by it. The story of his family, the betrayals, in-fighting and both luck and skill on the battle field.

Funny enough, the one fact that sticks with me the most is that the Mongols were not a literate people, but to retain the knowledge of all the laws, and to relay orders across hundreds and thousands of miles without losing detail they would sing it in verse.

Evidently Mongols sung constantly when riding, and not just songs, but laws, instructions, etc. Singing is one of the ways to trick your mind not to forget specific wording, and avoid the horrid "telephone game" effect.

It is a very long listen, but it was worth all of it.

  • Maelstrom

  • A Whyborne & Griffin Novel, Volume 7
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Julian G. Simmons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 197

Between his father's sudden - and rather suspicious - generosity, and his own rash promise to help Christine plan her wedding, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough to worry about. But when the donation of a mysterious codex to the Ladysmith Museum draws the attention of a murderous cult, Whyborne finds himself in a race against time to unlock its secrets first. Griffin has a case of his own: the disappearance of an historic map, which quickly escalates to murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please tell me there will be more!

  • By SassiKassi on 04-26-16

Character growth is important!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I keep thinking that Ms. Hawk has hit the ceiling on her writing, but she makes sure there is always more to enjoy. This time it involves preparations of the wedding of Christine and Kander, an arrival of a codex that Whybone must investigate and the theft of a map.

We exam what makes Whyborne tick more this book. He is suspicious of his father's generosity to his friend Christine and husband Griffen. He hates his husband's new fangled car, and is more paranoid then ever. This gives the reader some insight of how Whyborne's mental state works, and his insecurity when dealing with his father.

The audible reading of the book has improved greatly over the last seven books. The only time I find myself cringing is when accents are being used now. This is a huge improvement, one that makes it much easier to listen to.

The ending of the book is especially satisfying for me, by allowing Whyborne to keep growing as a person, as he comes to terms with some of his own foibles, and a realization that he needs to work on them.

  • Hoarfrost

  • Whyborne & Griffin, Book 6
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Julian G. Simmons
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Sorcerer Percival Endicott Whyborne and his husband, Griffin Flaherty, have enjoyed an unprecedented stretch of peace and quiet. Unfortunately, the calm is shattered by the arrival of a package from Griffin's brother, Jack, who has uncovered a strange artifact while digging for gold in Alaska. The discovery of a previously unknown civilization could revive the career of their friend, Dr. Christine Putnam, or it might kill them all if the hints of dark sorcery surrounding the find are true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very solid continuation of a great series.

  • By Ryuhi on 07-07-15

Alaska and Whyborne, hilarious.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

The series just gets better as Ms. Hawk builds the world.

The sixth book of the series is going even better. The gang as we will call them now heads up to Alaska to help Griffon's newly reconnected brother Joe at the ruins uncovered. The book takes a new tact with writing from Griffon's perspective almost half the time. I wasn't sure at first but actually it works out pretty well. I am looking forward to Christine getting the same full treatment, which I am sure is going to happen.

The plot itself is also just gets better. Things come back to haunt Whyborne from prior books, more character development and personality is revealed and new enemies and allies are made.

The only thing that disappointed me about this book was the lack of Christine. She is in it, but unlike the previous book she has a fairly minor role. I do like Griffon's larger role, but I am not sure if I prefer him to Christine. I suspect the series will become an ensemble cast eventually. It seems like the best way to keep going with the most plots.