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  • War and Remembrance

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 56 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,956

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What can I say that hasn't already been said??

  • By aaron on 01-31-12

Simply fantastic!!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This is one of my favorite books ever, and the narrator was fantastic. Anyone who loves a good story, with wonderful characters, should give this book and its prequel a go.

  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,428

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Kevin Pariseau really made this epic world war two story come alive!! The Henry's story draws you in.

  • The Once and Future King

  • By: T. H. White
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 33 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,321

The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book this year.

  • By Robert on 12-13-12

Astonishing

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

A once in a lifetime read/listen. Outstanding performance. The story is unsummarisable, the life and deaths of King Arthur, Lady Guinevere and Sir Lancelot. A literary classic.

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,213

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

Fascinating bit of history I knew little about

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

Sheds light on an important and misunderstood figure. I had little notion just how transformational Genghis Khan was. While I knew the Mongol invasions played an important role in history, I didn't realize just how pivotal they were. And how far from being the brutish barbarian portrayed in western histories, his rule was marked by religious tolerance and wide-ranging cultural exchanges (although not without some involuntary relocations and appropriations of those with skills and knowledge).

Although there are a few stretches of dreary lists of names and dates, which are the bane of many histories, especially in audio, this was by and large quite interesting to listen to and well-performed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Robinson Crusoe

  • By: Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719, and it has inspired countless imitations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the prodigal without a return

  • By Raleigh on 03-21-17

Pretty good listen

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

Reviewed: 11-15-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe. It kept my interest for most of the way, though the moralizing was a bit tedious in some places.

Would you be willing to try another book from Daniel Defoe? Why or why not?

I may check out Moll Flanders at some point, but I'm going to be listening to more contemporary works for a while.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

As always, Simon's rendition was wonderful to listen to.

  • Swords and Deviltry

  • The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
  • By: Fritz Leiber
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Neil Gaiman (introduction)
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 819

In the ancient city of Lankhmar, two men forge a friendship in battle. The red-haired barbarian Fafhrd left the snowy reaches of Nehwon looking for a new life, while the Gray Mouser, apprentice magician, fled after finding his master dead. These bawdy brothers-in-arms cement a friendship that leads them through the wilds of Nehwon facing thieves, wizards, princesses, and the depths of their desires and fears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fafhrd/Gray Mouser

  • By melody333 on 08-21-08

Pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 01-18-12

What made the experience of listening to Swords and Deviltry the most enjoyable?

I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it was quite enjoyable. There are no pretenses of being anything more than a good adventure story that happens to be set in an world where magic and sorcery is real. While describing a vivid and diverse imaginary setting, it avoids the tedium of an overly complex mythology (which many writers since Tolkien have attempted, but few have succeeded). The characters are interesting (although perhaps with a level of development meant to appeal primarily to a male, young adult, readership). The female characters are mostly consorts, conquests and occasional foils for the male protagonists. The plot is somewhat predictable, but the skillful storytelling makes it enjoyable nonetheless.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Swords and Deviltry?

Fafhrd's rocket-assisted ski jump was laugh-out-loud funny.

What about Jonathan Davis and Neil Gaiman (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

This was the first reading by Davis that I've listened to. The characterizations were quite good and I was able to distinguish the characters without much trouble.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Three Musketeers

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

This historical romance, perhaps the greatest cloak-and-sword story ever, relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling heroes who served the French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV. When the dashing young D'Artagnon arrives in Paris from Gascony, he becomes embroiled in three duels with the Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But when he proves himself by fighting not against, but with, the Three Musketeers, they form a quick and lasting friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More fun than a classic is supposed to be!

  • By M. Faulkner on 06-21-13

Underwhelmed

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

Reviewed: 09-27-11

Would you recommend The Three Musketeers to your friends? Why or why not?

I have to say I was a little disappointed by the story. There are some exciting sections, but on the whole I often found my mind wandering while it was playing. It did not say which translation was used. I wonder if that might be a part of the problem.

This would not be high on a list of books I'd recommend, unless you happen to be especially interested in this genre and period. There is an abundance of relatively obscure geographical, historical and cultural details that are not very clearly presented which tended to get in the way of the story.

I really enjoy Simon Vance as a reader, and his readings of Charles Dickens (among other authors) are fantastic. His performance here produces distinctively realized characters, and he is a pleasure to listen to, but the plot just didn't give me enough to really care about all that much.