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  • Irena's Children

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto
  • By: Tilar J. Mazzeo
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877

In 1942 one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw Ghetto as a public health specialist. While she was there, she began to understand the fate that awaited the Jewish families who were unable to leave. Soon she reached out to the trapped families, going from door to door and asking them to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling children out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So worth reading...

  • By Jan on 10-07-16

Why don’t we hear more about this?

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This is an amazing tale illustrating the bravery of ordinary Polish people during WWII and the German occupation. Their willingness to sacrifice everything to help save innocent Jewish children is inspiring. Irena, the heroine of the story, was such an unusual, admirable and audacious individual. The fact that someone like that actually lived restores my faith in humanity. The book reads like a novel, filled with suspense. I only wish more people knew about this historical episode.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,669

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book.

  • By Dallas Booher on 12-17-18

A brilliant work

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I was genuinely inspired by Jordan Peterson's analysis of human existence. It has always been difficult for me to accept that this life is a vale of tears, so I found myself at times resistant and saddened listening to Mr. Peterson remind me again and again that ultimately human life is suffering. Nevertheless, after making me confront that tragic reality, Mr. Peterson presented a credible argument for struggling on and hope for the future. His fundamental conclusion that by seeking to make the world a better place even in very modest ways, by striving to make life better for those around us we can make our own lives better and more meaningful, is rational as well as noble. While I had to struggle with it, I found the book generally uplifting and even quite poetic at times.

I only wish Mr. Peterson had allowed a more talented reader to narrate the book. Although he is a gifted writer and a brilliant thinker, his ability as a narrator leaves something to be desired.

  • Malinche

  • Una Novela (Texto Completo) [Malinche: A Novel ]
  • By: Laura Esquivel
  • Narrated by: Lucia Mendez
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

La princesa de la literatura latinoamericana, está de regreso con la historia el legendario amor entre el conquistador Hernan Cortés y su intérprete, la india Malinalli.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like it! Good book not a good audible.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-09

Que pérdida de tiempo

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A mi me gustó mucho la novela Como Agua para Chocolate y me encanta la historia. Por eso probé esta obra de Laura Esquivel, pero que decepción. De historia tiene muy poco. El cuento es solo un pretexto para deliberar incesablemente sobre temas esotéricos como la espiritualidad del agua, el fuego y el tiempo. ¡Pero que pérdida de tiempo! A pesar de toda la narrativa que Esquivel dedica a la lucha síquica interior de Malinche durante los sucesos de la conquista, no muestra nada original o creíble. Como toda obra de la pseudo-izquierda el cuento se resume en ese ataque trillado contra todo lo que se trate de la conquista española. Que lástima, Laura ¿no pudieses haber tenido un poco más de imaginación?

Did Lucia Mendez do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

La narración de Lucía Méndez no estuvo mal en general, pero su acento indígena se volvió algo exagerado y pesado después de un rato.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Malinche?

Yo hubiese eliminado gran parte de las pláticas entre Malinche y la abuela.

  • How the West Won

  • The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity
  • By: Rodney Stark
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Modernity developed only in the West - in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We all have a bias

  • By Adam Shields on 04-21-15

A classic text for the today and the future

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

Where does How the West Won rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top two or three

What other book might you compare How the West Won to and why?

Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel

What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

Everything! I was particularly impressed by his tempo and his pronunciation of foreign words (at least of those languages I know).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was touched by Professor Stark's courage and lucidity. In an easily understood yet solidly supported manner, he addresses many truths most modern scholars seem afraid to consider with an open mind. I was most moved by his careful exposition of the role of medieval Christianity in laying the foundations of modern science. This point alone makes the book worth reading.

Any additional comments?

This is an amazing work. In a relatively short treatise Professor Stark summarizes centuries of Western intellectual and economic development. This should be required reading for all college freshmen in the United States.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Jesus on Trial

  • A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel
  • By: David Limbaugh
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

In Jesus on Trial, New York Times bestselling author David Limbaugh applies his lifetime of legal experience to a unique new undertaking: making a case for the gospels as hard evidence of the life and work of Jesus Christ. Limbaugh, a practicing attorney and former professor of law, approaches the canonical gospels with the same level of scrutiny he would apply to any legal document and asks all the necessary questions about the story of Jesus....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have known lawyers who followed Mr. Limbaugh's path & found Christ too

  • By Coramdeo540 on 05-19-15

What a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I had no problem with the narration. It was fine. It's the content I found disappointing

What could David Limbaugh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

His story needed to be more cohesive. Almost every three or four sentences there was a quote, either from the Bible or from some source Mr. Limbaugh found credible or interesting. After a while it was very hard to keep track of the point he was trying to make. The ad for this book claims Mr. Limbaugh, as an "attorney and former professor of law, approaches the canonical gospels with the same level of scrutiny he would apply to any legal document and asks all the necessary questions about the story of Jesus." The book does no such thing, or at least it did not seem to me that it does. Instead the book appeared to be a series of assertions by the author, followed by biblical passages that support these assertions.

Which scene was your favorite?

I did not like any particular passage from the book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment!

Any additional comments?

The ad for this book is misleading.

18 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen’s Vow

  • A Novel of Isabella of Castile
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

“No one believed I was destined for greatness.” So begins Isabella’s story, in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial queens - the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a new world. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a nation, and the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical fiction!

  • By nursebettyknitting on 07-30-12

Who needs "Game of Thrones"?

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

Reviewed: 07-15-14

Would you listen to The Queen’s Vow again? Why?

Yes. The author provides a glimpse into late medieval Spanish society that is informative and captivating. The story weaves a convincing image of the intrigue and the limitations that even the most exalted in society had to contend with. It was a dark and dangerous time.The reality of life at that time and place is portrayed from the point of view of a woman of the period--a person who others sought to manipulate, but who was able to rise above expectations and do what she thought was right. Isabella of Castile was a remarkable personality. Her decisions and accomplishments would shape our world. From our vantage point, over 500 years later, some or her choices definitely seem misguided, but how many of us could have done better given her circumstances? In fact, anyone who has taken time to learn about Isabella and late 15th century Europe would know that she went out of her way to look after her country and her subjects.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Isabella was my favorite character. She is portrayed as a flawed but courageous woman, who was mostly able to make the best of the challenges she confronted.

Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. I have no basis for comparison. I think she showed talent in portraying the "voice" of various characters. Unfortunately, her pronunciation of Castilian Spanish was a disappointment.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

The narrator should have worked a little more on her Castilian pronunciation before taking on this project. Spanish is not a particularly difficult language to pronounce for an English speaker, but one has to follow some basic rules. For example, one should know which syllable in a word takes the accent. In "Cadiz" the accent is always on the first syllable. Why should one character pronounce it one way and another pronounce it differently? Similarly, while the "c" and "z" have the English "th" sound, the "s" sounds just like the "s" in English. Pronouncing a word with the "s" with the "th" sounds ridiculous.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful