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Clinton Kippley

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  • The Persian Empire

  • By: John W. Lee, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John W. Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Over the span of 24 fascinating lectures, you'll take on the role of a history detective to discover the truth about the Persian Empire. You'll discover the key to the empire's success lay in its greatest rulers, each of whom played a critical role in shaping and strengthening a civilization we still remember today. Take this opportunity to complete your understanding of the ancient world and discover the humanity of the ancient Persians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic thematic historical exploration

  • By Knute on 09-08-15

Ancient Persia Lives!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Amazing details on day-to-day life in the Persian Empire! The religious beliefs and the merchant lifestyle compared to the noble lifestyle. The up bringing and training the princes of the grand and glorious Achaemenid Dynasty.

  • 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 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard on a novice.

  • By Jack Cone on 01-04-17

More about Sparta and Athens than Persia

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Two-thirds of the book is about Sparta and Athens. The remaining one-third of the book is about Persia and it's Empire. Disappointed, but the small amount of information on Persian culture was very good.

  • The Book of Night Women

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387

The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • twenty stars

  • By Denise on 09-21-10

Jamaican Plantation Life...unfiltered

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

loved it! truly exceptional writing style and character development. one of my favorite books.

  • A Place of Greater Safety

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 33 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

It is 1789, and three young provincials have come to Paris to make their way. Georges-Jacques Danton, an ambitious young lawyer, is energetic, pragmatic, debt-ridden - and hugely but erotically ugly. Maximilien Robespierre, also a lawyer, is slight, diligent, and terrified of violence. His dearest friend, Camille Desmoulins, is a conspirator and pamphleteer of genius. A charming gadfly, erratic and untrustworthy, bisexual and beautiful, Camille is obsessed by one woman and engaged to marry another, her daughter.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disaster

  • By Genuine Realist on 08-01-13

Amazingly brilliant!!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

I felt as though I were aquainted with Danton, Robespierre and the Demoulin family. The research and development f this novel is akin only to Tolstoy!!

  • The Last of the Wine

  • By: Mary Renault
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Alexias, a young Athenian of good family, grows up just as the Peloponnesian War is drawing to a close. The adult world he enters is one in which the power and influence of his class have been undermined by the forces of war, and more and more Alexias finds himself drawn to the controversial teachings of Sokrates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Portrayal Unbridled Lust of a Bacchanalian? NOT!

  • By James on 04-14-15

The Peloponnesian War at its finest

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

An amazing story similar to gone with the wind in ancient Greece. definitely one of my favorite books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Plantation

  • The Plantation Series, Book 1
  • By: George McNeill
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73

In the days of pre-Civil War slavery - the unforgettable novel of a shocking portion of our American heritage. The time was not all magnolia blossoms and crinolines. It was more than romance and splendor. It was debauchery and slavery, gambling tables and dens of iniquity. It was murder and forgiveness. It was all the great contradiction of life in a golden era...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dirty Old South comes alive!

  • By Clinton Kippley on 07-04-15

The Dirty Old South comes alive!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Any additional comments?

This isn't a romanticized, Gone with the Wind type of story. This is the story of human natures, good and bad, of love and deceit, of beauty and utter madness!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Place Called Freedom

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,917

This lush novel, set in 1766 England and America, evokes an era ripe with riot and revolution, from the teeming streets of London to the sprawling grounds of a Virginia plantation. Mack McAsh burns with the desire to escape his life of slavery in Scottish coal mines while Lizzie Hallim is desperate to shed a life of sheltered subjugation to her spineless husband. United in America, their only chance for freedom lies beyond the Western frontier - if they're brave enough to take it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an abridged feeling ...

  • By Mohi on 04-16-15

White Slavery in England and in the New World

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Any additional comments?

A must read. Follett's characters and his research of the lifestyles and conditions of ordinary British men and women in Scotland and England before the American Revolution is eye-opening. The sale of whites to the New World or the Colonies in this story compelled me to research the non-fiction stories/histories.

  • The Feast of All Saints

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Courtney B. Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

In the days before the Civil War, there lived in New Orleans the gens de couleur libre - copper-skinned half-castes, liberated by their "owners," but confined by their color to a life of political non-existence and social subordination. Here is a compelling and richly textured tale of a people forever caught in the shadows between black and white.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chopped up too much!

  • By Interested on 10-13-14

Not bad for an abridged version

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Any additional comments?

Of all of the Anne Rice's novel's this is one of my favorites! The New Orleans of the 1820s comes alive in this story of young people of all walks of life and their rites of passage into adulthood. Particularly the tragic social life of the Gender de Colours of New Orleans.

  • Rafaella

  • Deavors Plantation, Book 2
  • By: George McNeill
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

They lived in a world of secret guilts.... Rafaella: At 17 she had a beauty that could possess and destroy. No man was safe from her, not even her father....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Echols

  • By Gwendolyn Sherman on 08-17-17

Rather disturbing...

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Any additional comments?

I had to stop listening to this story a few times. There are some graphic scenes and unnatural scenarios that take you into Rafaella's inner thoughts as she slides into madness. The story is a bit over the top.

  • Island Beneath the Sea

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit - known as Tt - is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tt finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent listen

  • By Stevon on 06-27-10

Haiti - Before and After the Revolution

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Any additional comments?

I found Toulouse Valmorain a more compelling and conflicted character than Tete in this book. Tete was rather a dry character, and the secondary characters were more intriguing.
Despite that, I found this very good story and I hope it inspires further stories about a lifestyle that was both decadent and cruel.
The research done of the little known or published government style of the French colony was impressive.