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  • Inferno: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,580

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, compelling

  • By Happy Woman on 09-15-16

Nice touristic guide of Florence

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

Reviewed: 05-19-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, again more of the same, Langdon and Partner chased and in mortal danger, meanwhile exchanging knowledge and showing touristic and other details.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

I already didn't finish The Lost symbol. No more Dan Brown.

Which scene was your favorite?

no favorite

Was Inferno worth the listening time?

Nothing new on the Divina Comedia, maybe some interesting details on the City of Florence

Any additional comments?

Dan Brown should change his style. Real people don't speak nor act like his characters in this book. Digital Fortress was much better.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Beautiful

  • By: Yvonne Woon
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

After Renee Winters discovers her parents dead, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine. It’s here she meets Dante, to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and they being a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dead beautiful

  • By Robert on 10-17-10

Dead beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-10

One of the best books I ever read (listenend to). Yvonne Woon is at the same level as Kate Mosse with her "Sepulchure" and Katherine Neville. It is a fascinating story with surprising end. For the peace of my own mind, I am now going to find out if there is a 7th meditation by René Descartes (His meditations exist).
Just listen to this book you won't regret it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar: Empire of Gold: A History of the Byzantine Empire

  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

In this course, Thomas F. Madden offers a history of the culture that developed out of the ancient Roman Empire throughout the Middle Ages. The story begins at the end of the Roman Empire in the third century AD and continues over the next 1000 years. Professor Madden leads a discussion covering the aftermath and influence of this extraordinary empire. Europeans now saw a world in which nothing stood between them as the last remnant of free Christendom and the ever-growing powers of Islam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Content, Great Presentation

  • By Kristopher on 01-02-09

Don't spend your gold

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-10

Very poor course on the Byzantine Empire (more or less a survey). Additionally, the Prof"s narration is irritantly hesitating as if he never knows for sure what he is going to say. A waste of money.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Magic Circle

  • By: Katherine Neville
  • Narrated by: Megan Follows
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Snake River, Idaho - Ariel Behn, a toxic materials expert at a remote nuclear site, finds her well-ordered life shattered when her cousin is slain by an unknown assassin. His shocking death leaves Ariel sole heir to a family legacy: a sinister cache of manuscripts that sweeps her into the deadly center of international intrigue - and a mystery that spans the centuries...Jerusalem, 32 A.D. - During the last week of the life of Christ, as the world stands on the brink of a new two-thousand-year cycle, Emperor Tiberius works desperately to decipher the tantalizing clues to an age-old enigma. He will not be the only one. For whoever assembles and interprets these cryptic clues will possess the power to control the fate of the world... Now, at the center of this circle of ancient riddles stands the one woman who can pull the strands together: Ariel Behn. What strange powers lie hidden with in the manuscripts? As Ariel races across the continents to reveal the dark secrets buried in her family's past, she begins to unlock the chilling truth of the coming millenium.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to abridge Katherine Neville's books

  • By Robert on 01-23-10

Impossible to abridge Katherine Neville's books

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-10

I read "The magic Circle" and it certainly is a FIVE STAR book. But abridging Neville's books is impossible. Looking forward for an unabridged version of this audio-book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Impact

  • By: Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 714

A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing.High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar? yes, but overal, it's good

  • By Tom on 03-02-10

Five stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-10

During the first hour of listening I had three stars in mind, but the story gets better and better.I gave five stars.
Didn't see any provoking language.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Ipcress File

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Set in the greyly-lit half-world of espionage, where there is no place for truth or simplicity, The Ipcress File centres upon the mission of a secret agent, 'the first anti-hero in spy fiction'. Beneath the brilliant veneer of wit and fast-paced action the vulnerability of an intelligence agent is vividly portrayed, and there is more than a suggestion of the futility of the spy game, and the defenceless pawns within it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Ipcress File

  • By Robert on 12-19-09

The Ipcress File

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-09

I enjoyed the movie very much.But the book was a big disappointment. After more than 3.5 hours listening to this British nonsense I still didn't find any connection to the movie, not even the name of the hero. I stopped reading. I was already looking forward to "Funeral in Berlin", but I will pass for this purchase.

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  • The Sword

  • By: Daniel Easterman
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

When Jack Goodrich, a teacher at the American University in Cairo, is shown a sword thought to have belonged to the Prophet Muhammad, it seems at first that all his dreams have come true. Actually, it is the beginning of his worst nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Easterman - The Sword

  • By Torje on 08-27-08

The Sword - Excellent reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-09

This is my first Daniel Easterman book and I found it excellent.Good story on a very real background.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Charm School

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,418

Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Good

  • By Char on 11-07-09

Certainly not Nelson DeMille's best

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-09

Although I am a fan of Nelson DeMille, I didn't finish this one. Too slow, too much patriottisme against a bad KGB.It reminds me of the story behind Rambo and some Chuck Norris movies. Sorry Nelson.
As always, Scott Brick does a good job.

  • The Schumann Frequency

  • By: Christopher Ride
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

An adventure not only through time and humanity, The Schumann Frequency races through various corners of the globe from the Mayan ruins in Mexico, to the Giza Pyramids in Egypt and finally Stonehenge for the book's thrilling climax. Christopher Ride takes you on a gripping journey that will keep you riveted until the very last page.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • this is a book that begs for a negative rating

  • By Saikungbob on 04-13-11

For me it's a page turner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-08

Could hardly stop reading. Good plot, lots of suspense many unexpected twists, sometimes funny.
Ride makes a good connection between quantum physics, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the pyramids and Stonehenge. People who liked reading Steve Berry, Kate Mosse and Lincoln Child, will enjoy this book. It's no waste of money.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Jews, God, and History

  • By: Max I. Dimont
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

From ancient Palestine through Europe and the Orient, to America and modern Israel, Max Dimont shows how the saga of the Jews is interwoven with the history of virtually every nation on earth. Brilliantly narrated in a thousand and one episodes, this newly revised and updated edition tells the story of a people escaping annihilation and cultural death, fighting, falling back, and advancing again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining History of the Jewish People

  • By Matrix2020 on 06-08-03

The best on Jewish History

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-05

As a non Jew interested in history and especially the history of the Middle East, I have only one word for this work: magisterial!
Maybe the sound quality is not the best, but this is abundantly compensated by the objective content of this masterpiece.