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  • Underbug

  • An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology
  • By: Lisa Margonelli
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli investigates the environmental and economic impact termites inflict on human societies in this fascinating examination of one of nature's most misunderstood insects.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blind Termites hold the keys, we make our future blindly

  • By Nicholas Stancioff on 09-23-18

Could have been a great book with good editor.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Reads like honeysuckle. Very uncoordinated. Not arranged in any way. Jumps from one time frame /topic to another.

Subject itself is very engaging. Author obviously knowledgeable, committed scientist / person.

I finally gave up. I'd like to listen a heavily revised support subsequent version

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prairie Fires

  • The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • By: Caroline Fraser
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

Millions of fans of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls - the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiler Alert: Do Not Read If You Don’t Want Your Childhood Memories Destroyed

  • By Leslie on 03-05-18

What an Author and what a Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I was not expecting a lot, since I had read the reviews. I AM a great fan, having begun reading these books more than 50 years ago, I've read them several times since then. Yes, the author needed an editor. The narrator seemed to share the author's disdane for Rose Lane. The book would not have been so morbid with another narrator, who appeared to share the author's disdain.

A better title for the book would have been Life and Times of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I greatly enjoyed the details of the cultural upheavals taking place during those many years. I enjoyed hearing about the "lost years" which filled in the gaps in the books. Whether or not the books are precisely biographical is completely unimportant to me.

I continued to listen after the place where Laura was no longer the center of attention. I continued to get the benefit of snipets about Laura and Almanzo. Certainly nothing was gained by the repeated recountings of the details of Rose Lane's very disturbed personality. I cannot imagine how an editor could possibly not have removed these diatribes. I fully expected to have to return the book, but I enjoyed it. I'm glad I was prepared for the negatives.

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  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Western civilization has given us modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of law, a sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts we take for granted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and informative

  • By Michael Kellogg on 09-29-05

I never, ever thought the Catholic Church was NOT

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

With caveat that the author is angry that his college students are unaware of Catholicism contribution to history. They developed, if nothing else, the basis for a massive bureaucracy that was is necessary infrastructure for formation and sustenance of any culture of any size. The other contributions are numerous and obvious to any serious student of history

What was one of the most memorable moments of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization?

It's hard to say, since I was distracted by author's insistence that the Church had been defrauded of its rightful place in history.

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

No, I have not. I might listen to another. I as disappointed that his inflections so well depicted the author's bias

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not applicAble, I think

Any additional comments?

A very good survey of Western European history

  • A First-Rate Madness

  • Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness
  • By: Nassir Ghaemi
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Here, Nassir Ghaemi draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, and others from the past two centuries to build an argument at once controversial and compelling: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders—realism, empathy, resilience, and creativity—also make for the best leaders in times of crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A First Rate Journey Into Resilience

  • By Pearl Glacier on 02-19-13

I was so very disappointed in the book

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

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

I was happy with the book until JFK, and following. In fact, I was not able to finish it. I was so disappointed in the erroneous "facts." Even the simplest facts, which I learned in Pharmacology in med school were erroneous. I am very sorry.

Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

Does not apply

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A First-Rate Madness?

Everything after JFK and following.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Great Minds of the Medieval World

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

In this gallery of extraordinary minds, you’ll encounter the leading lights of a world-shaping era, including figures such as Maimonides, Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Peter Abelard, and Francesco Petrarch. Professor Armstrong goes to great lengths to bring these historic figures to life, revealing both the great intellectual contributions and the personal strivings, challenges, and triumphs of some of history’s most remarkable human beings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prof Armstrong at her best!!!

  • By BVerité on 08-13-14

very nicely presented

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

brilliant lady thoroughly conversant mastery of subject. gained understanding and context, n8t just facts

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth and Final Name: Memoir of an American Churchill

  • By: Rhonda Noonan
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In a family memoir that reads like a detective novel, Rhonda Noonan recounts her 30-year quest to find the truth of her own background - and what she uncovered will surprise listeners as much as it did her. Rhonda was born and adopted in Oklahoma, a state with closed adoption records. And, although she was cherished by her adoptive family, she - like so many adoptees - felt a burning desire to find and make contact with her birth parents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Randall Churchill's Daughter

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-06-15

Randall Churchill's Daughter

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

Would you try another book from Rhonda Noonan and/or Carrington MacDuffie?

Ronda Noonae yesCarrington MacDuffie never

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fifth and Final Name: Memoir of an American Churchill?

The general ignorance and recalcitrance of the court officials.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carrington MacDuffie?

Almost anybody elsrmance.e! Her accent seemed true enought, but the WHINE was nearly unbearable. The story was compelling enough to carry the perfo

Could you see The Fifth and Final Name: Memoir of an American Churchill being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

  • The Be-With Factor

  • Mentoring Students in Everyday Life
  • By: Bo Boshers, Judson Poling
  • Narrated by: Hewitt James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Genuine, lasting life-change is the heartbeat of youth ministry but too few students experience it. Through a simple but revolutionary process of “mentoring a few,” dramatic transformation can happen in the lives of students—with benefits that spread throughout the ministry.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Concept good, but very repititious

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-01-13

Concept good, but very repititious

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

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

Someone who is very slow to understand that he has been told the same idea six or eight times.

What did you like best about this story?

Its first 1.5 hours.

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

no, i have not, but i probably will not seek others

What character would you cut from The Be-With Factor?

None,I wioujdl just stop repeating the same concept. Having more detailed examples of the "actual walk" would have prevented the story from getting old.

  • My Beloved World

  • By: Sonia Sotomayor
  • Narrated by: Rita Moreno
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring story but choppy editing

  • By Erika Shaffer on 05-05-14

A refresioning "Real Life"

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you listen to My Beloved World again? Why?

Yes, I probably will. The narrator spoke very good Spanish.

What did you like best about this story?

I, too, grew up in similar circumstances. With great dedication I obtained my M.D. Truly inspiring to note the results of continuing to follow her dream. I did not give marriage first place, as she did.

What does Rita Moreno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms Moreno speaks flawless Spanish and English. This was a perfect match for the author.

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

The section that dealt with her feelings and experiences associated with enrolling in an Ivy League School.

Any additional comments?

Wholesome, real. Her zest for life is contagious. Created near perfect ambience.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful