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  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,489
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,720

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling pre-history and emergent history

  • By Doug on 08-25-11

Great pair with the dictators handbook

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-17-17

Pair this with the dictators handbook and you can understand much of why human societies are the way they are. Great book

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

Helps make sense of the senseless.

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Reviewed: 12-02-16

This is a great book that out lies how political system actually work. A must read.

  • Illidan: World of Warcraft

  • By: William King
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,322

Illidan Stormrage is one of the most powerful beings ever to walk the lands of Azeroth. He is also one of the least understood. Behind his legend, beneath his enigmatic mission, lies a brilliant mind whose machinations are comprehended by few - and trusted by even fewer. Illidan's righteous reign of justice and vengeance has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good lore and unaccounted events explained

  • By Federico on 04-13-16

Felt like I was reading black temple. However...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-16

Not much new information was gleamed on illidan. I wanted to find out what he did after black temple. It does tou H on that but only barely.

  • Battletech

  • Wolves on the Border
  • By: Robert N. Charrette
  • Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

As a Mech Warrior of the Draconis Combine, Minobu Tetsuhara was bound by Bushido, a code that demands loyal service to the devious Warlord Grieg Samsonov. But when Minobu came upon a strange blue and gold Archer, Bushido also dictated that he not destroy the honorable but helpless warrior. And so he rescued Jaime Wolf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very nice

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-22-04

Great novel only wish it was unabridged

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-08-16

Voice acting!music and sound were great I only wish there were unabridged battletech novelization on audible.

  • Star Wars: Dark Force Rising: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,161

The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UNABRIDGED!!

  • By Ron on 07-10-12

Thrilling story great performance!

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Reviewed: 06-21-15

Thrilling story great performance! The added sound effects and music really contribute but is never overbearing.

  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,037

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Jt on 10-25-11

Excellent performance

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Reviewed: 05-29-15

A very well done performance with a story that reads like episode 7. The music was never overbearing and really added to the mood of the book.

  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Daniel Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,436

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • See Episodes I-III in a whole new light!!!

  • By kalei on 11-09-12

Brought together episodes 1-3

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Brings to light the brilliant machinations of palpatine and adds much cohesion to the prequels. Palpatine sounds a bit off but short of that quite amazing.