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lake oswego, OR, United States
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  • The Mental Floss History of the World

  • An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits
  • By: Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass
  • Narrated by: Johny Heller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History can be entertaining.

  • By Batman on 07-10-09

Quick Romp Review

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-10

This book was lively and moved along with a lot of humor and information. It was free of a "right" or "wrong" theme and moved through the phases of various cultures and religions with no biasis.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,685

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, but overrated

  • By Scott T. Hards on 12-13-08

Outliers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-09

I've listened to it twice and will listen again to gain the subtle points that got past me earlier. Great book, highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bradley

  • The Great Generals Series
  • By: Alan Axelrod
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Known by his troops in World War II as "The GI General" because of his close identification with the men under his command, Omar Bradley commanded the U.S. Twelfth Army Group in Europe. By the spring of 1945, this group contained four field armies, 12 corps, 48 divisions, and more than 1,300,000 men, the largest exclusively American field command in U.S. history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bradley

  • By david on 10-29-09

Bradley

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-09

This is a typical well researched paper that does a very food job of pointing out the importance of the man Bradley. I enjoyed it very much but as I listened to it I wanted the author to give me more details about the conflicts that existed between the allied Generals, ie Patton, Ike Montgmery. The author does a very nice job of taking us through Bradleys career and brings out many points that are not generally known about the man. Well written and interesting, I recommend it to young military officers and NCO's, here is a man that can be a model for excellent leadership.

  • Give your Heart to the Hawks

  • A Tribute to the Mountain Men
  • By: Win Blevins
  • Narrated by: Michael Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

This is the true story of America's mountain men, including Jed Smith, John Fitzpatrick, Bill Williams and Jim Bridger, actual people and their actual doings. Every substantial event is verified by journals, newspapers, books and diaries, recording the events at the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You Like Stories of America Before It Was......

  • By Timothy on 11-28-10

Give Your Heart to the Hawks

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-09

I have long had a love of the characters that roamed the west in the 1800-1850's. Blevins has wonderful detail and puts it together in an easy to read/understand manner. His interludes are great and they fill in a lot of information about the general community of Mountain Men rather that individuals. I recommend this book if you want a general overview of the times and characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Genghis

  • Bones of the Hills
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

In this breathtaking volume, Genghis must act when trouble brews west of the Mongolian plains. Dividing his army and using his sons as generals, he sets out to accomplish two important goals - conquer those who resist, and determine which son should succeed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bones of the Hills - part 3 of a triology

  • By Larry Goolsby on 10-23-09

genghis bones of the hills

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-09

I was wanting more definate historical fact. It would not be fair for me to rate this other than average because I am not a person wo likes the novels in series. I've read two of this series and both are the same. Good stories, interesting characters but not what I was looking for in historical data.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful