Moon Man

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  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173

Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real treat

  • By Eric Shields on 02-08-08

Got it for my 10 YO son but its mine now!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-06

As a rule, I listen to non-fiction, usually historical, but I wanted to find something that would catch the interest of my 10-year old son. I loaded it on my ipod so he could listen, but one day during my long commute home, I found that I was finished with all my historical books. So, on whim I started listening to THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. Bartimaeus must have worked a magical spell over me because I am powerless to resist this book. Imagine, a middle-aged and very serious-minded adult who can't stop listening to the Barimaeus Trilogy. This is a fantastic, charming and funny series, cleverly historical, too. As the young magician Nicholas would say, "I charge you to listen to this book."

  • Stalin

  • The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives
  • By: Edvard Radzinsky
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

The Kremlin intrigues, the private worlds of the Soviet Empire's ruling class, Radzinsky thrillingly brings them to life. And the riddle of that most cold-blooded of leaders, a man for whom nothing was sacred in his pursuit of absolute might, and perhaps the greatest mass murderer in Western history, is solved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book About a Great Tyrant

  • By Moon Man on 05-01-05

A Great Book About a Great Tyrant

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-05

I have been a periodic reader of Soviet history for the past three decades. With the opening of the various secret Soviet archives to certain researchers came the possiblity of better understanding of that which had only been speculated in the past, the "back-story" history of the revolution and the coming to power of Lenin and the Bolsheviks, and the succession of Koba Stalin. Prior to Radzinsky's book, I had read Dmitri Volkogonov's definitive history - STALIN: TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY. Radzinsky's book brings, I believe, a more coherant and understandble story of Stalin's rise. Which author, Volkogonov or Radzinsky, is more correct in their presentation of Stalin? I cannot say. For the most part, their stories are complementary. I found Radzinsky to be more readable, more organized. This is an excellent book which I recommend highly to those interested in Soviet history.

Now, about David McCallum's narration of this book: Brilliant. I have neaver heard a more perfect match of a book with a narrator. The pace, the phrasing, the nuance, the innuendo built into the reading was excellent. I was so impressed by McCallum's reading that I had hoped to find other historical volumes narrated by him. I'm sorry to say that I found only novels.

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  • His Excellency

  • George Washington
  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracted By Narrator

  • By Gerard on 01-15-05

No Financial Support to Frauds

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-05

I had this book on my wish list, but since discovering that the author was "outed" as a wanna-be Vietnam combat veteran, I hereby pledge that I will not read or listen to any of the author's books. Fraudulent claims of military service, especially claims of being a combat veteran, should thus "rewarded". What weakness of character!

9 of 23 people found this review helpful