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  • History of Japan

  • The Most Important People, Places and Events in Japanese History. From Japanese Art to Modern Manga. From Asian Wars to Modern Superpower.
  • By: Rui Kanda
  • Narrated by: William Bahl
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

Now tell us - did you ever like Japan? Do you know anything about its history, or just what you learned from television and anime, in general? That's a good starting point, anyway. If you want to delve deeper into Japanese history, in chronological order, and see the main events that transformed Japan into what it is today, you've just hit the jackpot.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Listen

  • By Richard G Cox on 11-17-17
  • History of Japan
  • The Most Important People, Places and Events in Japanese History. From Japanese Art to Modern Manga. From Asian Wars to Modern Superpower.
  • By: Rui Kanda
  • Narrated by: William Bahl

Narration copletely spoiled it

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Listening to the narrator stumble over the Japanese names and places was almost painful. And he mispronounced English too. Sadly, he made an interesting book impossible to listen to.

  • The History of Jazz, Second Edition

  • By: Ted Gioia
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Ted Gioia's History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic - acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present. Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Music should accompany text

  • By Bleep on 04-05-16

No music

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

How can you have a history of jazz without any music. Surely there's a better vehicle - like great courses.

  • Carter & Lovecraft

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,401

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case - the hunt for a serial killer - went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First, he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mistakes that worked out in my favor.

  • By Frae on 03-06-17

Declines at it progresses

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I loved it at first - then it was okay. I hated the ending (oh and the download stopped a few minutes early but I didn't care enough to find out the rest). It got farther and farther out as it went on and eventually dropped off the edge.

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,123

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

to obscure for my taste

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I know I miss out on lots of good books but I'm impatient. If a book doesn't grab me quickly I abandon it. So was it with The Fifth Season. I've listened for half an hour and I have no idea what's going on. Sorry - on to the next!

  • The Redemption Engine

  • By: James L. Sutter
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

When murdered sinners fail to show up in hell, it's up to Salim Ghadafar, an atheist warrior forced to solve problems for the goddess of death, to track down the missing souls. In order to do so, Salim will need to descend into the anarchic city of Kaer Maga, following a trail that ranges from hell's iron cities to the gates of heaven itself. Along the way he'll be aided by a host of otherworldly creatures, a streetwise teenager, and two warriors of the mysterious Iridian Fold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need more with James Sutter and Ray Porter

  • By Davis Ball on 02-05-16

too many characters

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

It was a good story buried IMHO with too many incomprehensible names, places and types of alien life. I think there was a good story hiding here but...

  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

the first 3/4 is worth the price

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

I love non-fiction about the life and/or works of famous scientists and this book was no exception - for the first 75%. Once the discovery was made however, the remainder - getting his work accepted - was a bit of a letdown.
The first part, the state of medicine and surgery in the first half of the 1800 was chillingly real and wonderfully explained.
The book is worth the price if only for the first 3/4.

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  • Stalking Ground

  • A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Mizushima
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

When Deputy Ken Brody's sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called to search. But it's mid-October and a dark snow storm is brewing over the high country. And they're already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • definitely a reread

  • By kandi hand on 10-21-16

book one was so much better

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I wanted more of the dog - not blah blah blah. I'll probably try book three

  • Age of Myth

  • Book One of The Legends of the First Empire
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,722

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stop what you are doing and buy this book.

  • By Sterling on 06-30-16

too much going on

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Too much going on for me to follow in my car. I'm sure, for those of you who can concentrate, it might be a great book but for me, too long and too many characters for me to keep track of.

  • The Killer Ascendant

  • John Rain, Book 6
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

Hunted and finally cornered, John Rain faces his deadliest enemy ever: himself. For Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), getting out of the life was never going to be easy. But with a new identity in Paris, and the help of his lover, Mossad agent Delilah, he was beginning to leave the killing business behind. And then he receives a message from rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger: we have your friend Dox. Do as we tell you, or he dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barry Eisler narrates perfectly

  • By shelley on 04-23-14

Love anything Eisler writes

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

John Rain is a hero of very mixed feelings and his inner monologues are very useful to fleshing out his character. And if you haven't tried it, try Livia Lone as well as the John rain novels.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,306

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Can't get past the vioce

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

The narrator's voice is so low pitched that it makes the book sound like a dirge. I know it's not an up-type tale but really!!!
I shouldn't judge the story because I only got in half an hour, but that was enough for me.