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  • Lone Star

  • A History of Texas and the Texans
  • By: T. R. Fehrenbach
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 39 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Here is a must-listen history of the Lone Star State, together with an insider's look at the people, politics, and events that have shaped Texas from the beginning right up to our days. Never before has the story been told with more vitality and immediacy. Fehrenbach re-creates the Texas saga from prehistory to the Spanish and French invasions to the heyday of the cotton and cattle empires. He dramatically describes the emergence of Texas as a republic, the vote for secession before the Civil War, and the state's readmission to the Union after the War. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Top -10

  • By JNW on 03-29-18

Good parts but drags a little

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

The performance is fantastic. The book itself is okay. It has plenty of good parts but it also has its painfully slow bits. The reason to listen to this one is to fill in all of the gaps. He breezes past the really interesting stuff like the alamo and really the whole revolution. I mean its in there but the book even says that since its covered in great detail we wont focus on it. That disappointed me quite a bit. It was interesting to learn how we went from 1836 to 1900. The process of going from being independent to becoming a state was really interesting and its something that I never really knew in great detail. Usually you cover the war and kind of just jump from 1836 to the civil war. The conflicts between the indians were really fascinating and might have made the book for me. He covers everything involving the spanish clashing with them in really good detail and the war that basically wiped them out and pushed the survivors out of the state. The only part that started to lose me was the post 1900 politics. I get why its in there but it drags. I did learn a lot from this book so I am glad I purchased it overall.

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  • Play It Loud

  • An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar
  • By: Brad Tolinski, Alan di Perna, Carlos Santana - foreword
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 153

For generations the electric guitar has been an international symbol of freedom, danger, rebellion, and hedonism. In Play It Loud, Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna bring the history of this iconic instrument to roaring life. It's a story of inventors and iconoclasts, of scam artists, prodigies, and mythologizers as varied and original as the instruments they spawned. Play It Loud uses 12 landmark guitars - each of them artistic milestones in their own right - to illustrate the conflict and passion the instruments have inspired.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history lesson for electric guitar enthusia!

  • By c on 12-27-16

Must have for musicians

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

There is so much I had never heard. This is a fascinating story that I just feel is lost or will be lost. This also helped me look at the electric in a whole new light. Now the differences all make sense, I can pick up a les paul and know the history, what its been through, who has used it and why its made this way, which makes me appreciate it that much more. I like knowing why we have the pickups we have and why those choices were made. If you play, this is essential. Best part for me was surprisingly the Van Halen part. Not so much my thing I thought, definitely more into the Hendrix, Clapton stuff but damn man, what a story! Really peaked my interest. Might start off just a little slow but it holds its own through the end. If anything I wish it was a little bit longer.

  • Life

  • By: Keith Richards, James Fox
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939

Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ins and outs

  • By Jesse on 11-07-10

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

This one was a random grab for me. I'm not a huge Stones fan, know the hits and like them enough but thats as far as it goes. So why not dive into something I know nothing about? It grabbed me from moment one with that insane run in with the police. Keith has a unique perspective that had me laughing and actually made me think a little differently. There is just enough guitar technicals to entertain musicians and fans of the music but not to the point of getting old or boring for those not into that sort of thing. I did get a little tired of the junky drug stuff but thats his life, it was a major part of it so why shouldn't it be a big part of the book? Narration was great, though it was a little jarring jumping back and forth between Depp and Hurley. I always hate when you get used to a guy reading something and then suddenly its a new guy to get attached to and in this circumstance, you get attached to Hurley and then bam, its back to Depp. All in all, worth the credit. Glad I purchased this one.

  • The Dark Tower I

  • The Gunslinger
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,848

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book.

  • By David Murphy on 06-11-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

I see a lot of reviews saying the first book was/is slow. I didn't find that to be the case. This book sets up the world and the main character, Roland the Gunslinger. I think the setup is wonderful, and greatly enjoyed how the book opens. This one has a western feel to it that I found fun, though the other ones feel very different from this first one for better or worse. I thought George Guidall did alright with this one but Frank Muller comes in for books 2 through 4 and his narration blows Guidall's out of the water. George Guidall comes back to finish the series and despite actually liking him for this first book, I found that I wanted Muller back. The only issue with this book was the fact that it doesnt explain anything and kind of just ends. Once finished you will have more questions than anything else and will be no closer to knowing any more about the characters than you did going into the book which was nothing. The upside is that all of the books are out and you can start the second one right away. Just FYI, I am midway through book 5 and still don't know what the hell is going on, classic Stephen King. Doesn't matter though, I have strapped in and love the series so far.

  • The Dark Tower II

  • The Drawing of the Three
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,973

In this second volume, Roland encounters three mysterious doorways on a deserted beach along the Western Sea. Each one enters into a different person's life in New York - here, he joins forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies. They also become the companions, forming a ka-tet, who will assist him on his quest to save the Dark Tower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Megan on 08-09-16

Frank Muller is the BEST

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

This series took a little bit to get going for me. Despite the slow build, its really good so far and seems to be getting better, I am midway through book 5 right now. Frank Muller may come as a shock since George Guidall read the first one but it won't take long for Muller to become your new favorite. Muller does an amazing job with the characters, making 2, 3 and 4 my favorites. Guidall comes back for book 5 through 7 and Muller is greatly missed. The characters just aren't the same without him. So point is, enjoy it while you can, books 2 through 4 are fantastic.

  • The Dark Tower III

  • The Waste Lands
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,889
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,644
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,603

In this third volume, several months have passed, and Roland's two new tet-mates have become trained gunslingers. Eddie Dean has given up heroin, and Odetta's two selves have joined, becoming the stronger and more balanced personality of Susannah Dean. But while battling The Pusher in 1977 New York, Roland altered ka by saving the life of Jake Chambers, a boy who - in Roland's world - has already died. Now Roland and Jake exist in different worlds, but they are joined by the same madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good narrator, good story, bad production

  • By j phillips on 09-19-17

Frank Muller is fantastic

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

the story is finally really starting to get going. I could do without the cliffhanger ending but i get it. Frank Muller does an amazing job reading this. The voices are memorable and this one really seems to fly through quick. Highly recommend.

  • Persian Fire

  • The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

In the fifth century BC, a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves, but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • East Mets West

  • By TS Dart on 08-22-16

enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

This was pretty good. The first half is hard to follow but that's just the nature of the Persians. The names are hard, their history is confusing and really not very interesting to me. The Greeks on the other hand are very interesting but the names are also a little hard to follow from time to time. A good book for a little Spartan history though. The battle of Thermopylae is fantastic and the best part in my opinion, which is a chapter or two. The rest of it is okay but not the same. Maybe I was hoping for an extended Dan Carlin king of kings and I didn't get that.

  • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

  • By: The Great Courses, Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, and others
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 43 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868

This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had its Ups and Downs

  • By Tommy D'Angelo on 10-01-16

Maybe too much to tackle in one

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

This was good not great but worth it. It seems to skip through things pretty fast, but I figured that was the case with one course covering so much history. Was looking for a general overview and thats what this is. The only complaint is just that some professors are better than others. When one ends and hands it off to the next guy, its jarring and sometimes not as good which is frustrating if its a topic you were interested in. For me it was the civil war. I was very excited to get there but that professor didn't do it for me. Again, worth the credit, worth the time but probably wont listen to it again.

  • The Republic of Pirates

  • Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
  • By: Colin Woodard
  • Narrated by: Lewis Grenville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,039

In the early 18th century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates - former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves - this "Flying Gang" established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a novel

  • By Abbie on 02-02-16

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

I dug everything about this. Really cool book with a good narration. This one will definitely be listened to multiple times for me. Once it was over, I was a little sad. It definitely leaves you wanting more but history just didnt leave us with it.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,550

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook! Editing Clarification

  • By jeverett on 10-06-17

Fantastic Performance, Bad editing, Good story

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Steven Weber's narration was excellent. He really made the book for me by doing different voices for everyone and making it a real performance, not just reading it. The editing is rough in places, lines do get cut off quite a bit which is a little jarring but I didnt throw my phone over it. The book itself was great until the last couple of chapters. I really tried to get the ending but Stephen King just kind of lost me. Thats not to say that you wont enjoy the ending, maybe its just me. 95% of the book was top notch, it grabbed me from the first chapter and I hammered through it quick.

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