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  • North American Indians

  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: Michael D. Green, Theda Perdue
  • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

When Europeans first arrived in North America, between five and eight million indigenous people were already living there. But how did they come to be here? What were their agricultural, spiritual, and hunting practices? How did their societies evolve and what challenges do they face today?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much information!

  • By timothy on 02-29-16

Narrator Can Make or Break a Story

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

Reviewed: 10-30-14

Ohhh, I do hate to do this. It really does pain me anytime I have to give a not so stellar review. But, if one agrees to give reviews, one must review all honestly. And, after all, it is my own opinion and may not be true for others. So, here goes:

I have always held conflicting views of the American Indians and the American story. I do not call them Native Americans because I do not believe them to be any more "native" than am I, whose earliest ancestors set forth from Germany and Switzerland, Because the earliest Indians probably came from Asia, they are immigrants as well, albeit much earlier. Anyway, I set out to learn as much as I could about them. I thought a good place to start (from an audio point of view) would be a history of North American Indians and that is why I chose this book. And, from the first three chapters, I think I was right. Unfortunately, the narrator makes it very difficult to listen and almost impossible to finish. I have started -- and stopped -- listening to this book three times. I will now get the book in print.

Some people do not mind their narration experience. Others do, and I am one of them. I have to "feel" the story and some voices make it hard to do so. Subjective, I know.

Finally, Step 1 of the review process on Audible makes it necessary to rate Overall, Performance and Story before one can move on. I gave Overall and Story four stars, which is may or may not be fair because I did not get far enough along to judge either.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lewis and Clark Journals

  • An American Epic of Discovery
  • By: Lewis, Clark
  • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

In their own words, recorded in the famous journals of Lewis and Clark, the members of the Corps of Discovery tell their story with an immediacy and power missing from secondhand accounts. All of their triumphs and terrors are here: the thrill of seeing the vast herds of bison, the fear the captains felt when Sacagawea fell ill, the ordeal of crossing the Continental Divide, the misery of cold and hunger, and the kidnapping and rescue of Lewis' dog, Seaman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Scott Wilkerson on 01-28-18

At least now I can comment on the Expedition.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-12

Though this book was not loaded with tons of "facts" about the expedition, I'm not sure it was supposed to. It was more a case of someone reading a diary, of sorts, and then filling in the blank spaces so we (the "reader") would have some idea of its context. It could be tiresome. However, now I know something of the expedition and am doubly amazed that anyone made it out alive. If you're on the fence about the Providence of God, this ought to fix ya.'

Worthwhile.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Animals Make Us Human

  • By: Temple Grandin
  • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

From renowned scientist and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin, this groundbreaking book is a clarion call to awareness of the inner lives of humankind's far-too-often mistreated and neglected companions. Based on research spanning over 30 years, these stunning insights into the very real emotions and thoughts of animals are sure to be a source of fascination and inspiration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Crystal on 02-27-09

Entertaining, but mostly very helpful.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-11

One cannot finish this book without somehow feeling that Dr. Grandin would make a fun friend. She is so real, unapologetic, and you get the feeling that she would answer honestly if asked, "does this dress make me look fat?" Seriously though, this book and Dr. Grandin's mind is fascinating.

Not always the case, the narration of this particular book is excellent, almost like tepid water. You know it's there and it's doing you good, you just forget about it. That's what narration ought to be.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Girl Named Zippy

  • Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana
  • By: Haven Kimmel
  • Narrated by: Haven Kimmel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of 300 people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period - people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, beautifully read.

  • By shopgirl on 03-06-08

Perfect Narration; wonderfully fun.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-11

This book was such fun. The narration, done by the author, was such that you could almost see Zippy, well, zipping about. She sounds adorable and the book was very enjoyable to me.

They say that still waters run deep and I believe that Zip is an example of this -- she thinks and feels deeply. I loved it.

  • Stolen Innocence

  • My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs
  • By: Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536

In September 2007, Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age 14. This harrowing account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect's women. Now, in this courageous memoir, Wall tells the incredible story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chris from Cedar City, UT USA

  • By Christine on 06-14-08

Very compelling and unnerving. A brave girl.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-10

I especially enjoyed this book because it gives such insight into a life that we cannot even imagine. The Bible shows us that polygamy never ends well. Case in point.

Very well written. I wish Ms. Wall and the little family she's built all the luck in the world. God bless.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mommywood

  • By: Tori Spelling
  • Narrated by: Tori Spelling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

With the same down-to-earth wit that made her entertaining memoir sTORI telling a #1 New York Times best-seller, Tori tells the hilarious and humbling stories of life as a mom in the limelight. From learning to be the kind of parent her own mother never was to revealing what it's like to raise a family while everyone is watching, Mommywood is an irresistible snapshot of celebrity parenthood that you won't get from the paparazzi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Tori!

  • By Amber on 04-19-09

Still love Tori.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-10

Fun to listen to. She does a good job. I'd really like to see her write something of real substance. I don't mean her biography lacks substance -- it's just that she has such writing talent that she could do some real good in the world.

She is the kind of person you'd want to be a friend of yours, a pal.

  • Stori Telling

  • By: Tori Spelling
  • Narrated by: Tori Spelling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Stori Telling is a chance for Tori to set the record straight on her personal life and to let listeners experience the truly unique life she's led--with its undeniable childhood privileges, tabloid misperceptions, career successes, and personal regrets. This is Tori's opportunity to define herself on her own terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By Wendy on 04-15-09

I love Tori. Such a sweet woman.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-10

If one could see my Audible.com library, one would never believe I would purchase Stori Telling. But I really like her. I think she's a sweet woman, and a good person, who loves her family. And, I think she did a good job giving the good with the bad.

This was fun to listen to.

  • 1776

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,572

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Front Seat on History

  • By Mark on 10-22-05

Excellent! Wonderful narration.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-10

As so many other reviewers have said and as any true audiobook enthusiast (i.e. commuter) knows, a narrator can make or break a book. I have turned off many a truly good book because the narrator was just too grating. But in this case, it is our great good fortune that the author of this book is also perfectly suited to reading it.

Having recently learned that my ancestors were great American Patriots and Revolutionary War Soldiers, I wanted to learn, and learn I did through this fascinating account.

Thank you, thank you, Mr. McCullough. I was only too sorry to hear you sign off. God bless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 1

  • By: Clarence B. Carson
  • Narrated by: Mary Woods
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

This first volume covers our heritage, our links to England, how the colonies grew, the mighty force of religion in early America, and the oppression felt by the colonists. It describes why our ancestors fought for their beliefs, and their efforts to create a government limited in scope by checks and balances so that it would not have the power to oppress the people.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Promising Series Degenerates

  • By Jared Lee McHatton on 07-18-07

Excellent when taken in context

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-09

I applaud the author for his brave stance in presenting history as it was, without diluting any unpleasantness for the sake of political correctness. In today's American era of tolerance, with everyone tripping over each other to extend acceptance, it is surprising and liberating to have an author embrace and relay the mindset of an era to the degree that can be found in this volume. Let's face it folks: this nation was founded by God fearing people. And, this first volume of the Basic History of the United States unflinchingly presents the history exactly as it occurred, without any pandering or posturing to those who are opposed to telling it like it is. Our nation's forefathers were Christian, and certainly God fearing and, like it or not, this nation was built upon Christian beliefs and values.

Regardless of whether we love it or hate it, or are indifferent to it, the truth is the truth. And like any excellent historical account, this book presents the truth. It is ridiculous and counterproductive to condemn the writer for his political and religious stance when he is writing a historical, verifiable account. I dare say the same would not have been done had Muhammad, the Dali Lami or even Sun Tzu been the author or the subject matter.

The contrast between the morals of America's people then and now is as striking as it is troubling. We have truly lost our way.

Furthermore, the benefit of the book's information should far outweigh any assault on anyone's sensibilities, liberal or otherwise. Should be required reading.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful