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  • Empire of the Summer Moon

  • Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son, Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historically Significant

  • By Rick on 10-07-16

Very Thorough

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

This is a very good historical account. I found it very interesting. However, it is exceeding long. I did not finish it because it just went on and on and I felt I'd heard about all I needed to hear about these Indians.

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,101

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Couldn't Keep Going

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

Maybe I'm not qualified to review this; I only listened to about one forth of it. It just did not capture my interest enough to keep me going.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,544

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

A Classic Of Course

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

A very good yarn. Narration is excellent. It was good enough it got us to watch both movies: the original and the recent remake.

  • Bellevue

  • Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
  • By: David Oshinsky
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

David Oshinsky, whose last book, Polio: An American Story, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the history of America's oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the rise of New York to the nation's preeminent city, the path of American medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, and the growth of a civic institution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 12-14-16

Bellevue and Medical History

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

This book focuses on the history of Bellevue Hospital, but really covers a lot about the history of medicine, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is very interesting. However, I found it to be very long and bogged down a bit in some places with too much detail. Also, it bounces around some, making the chronology a bit hard to follow, but maybe that couldn't be helped.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Off the Edge of the Map

  • Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World
  • By: Michael Rank
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

An exciting new audiobook on the greatest explorers in history and how their discoveries shaped the modern world. Whether it is Rabban Bar Sauma, the 13th-century Chinese monk commissioned by the Mongols to travel West form a military alliance against the Islam; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for Europe; or Captain James Cook, whose maritime voyages of discovery created the global economy of the 21st century, each of these explorers had an indelible impact on the modern world. This audiobook will look at the 11 greatest explorers in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You won't fall asleep while listening to this book

  • By Andrey on 12-02-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

This is a history book. It reports on a number of famous explorers most of us have heard of, but really don't know much about. I thought it was fascinating. It contains quite a bit of detail about each, but not so much as to get boring. Well narrated.

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,446

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable Fun

  • By Rebecarol on 05-24-08

On of Follett's Best

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I think I have listened to all of Follett's books. This is one of the best. It is a very well conceived compelling novel. It is pretty unsavory in certain respects; certainly a book for adults only. I also recommend "Key to Rebecca," and "Under the Streets of Niece."

  • Thunder Below!

  • The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II
  • By: Eugene B. Fluckey
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, Excitement, & History. A great read!

  • By Boone on 09-28-13

Good True Account of War Underwater

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I really liked this book. It is all true, written be the commander of the Barb submarine. It is a bit long and some of the events are somewhat repetitive, but still, it is a good read.

  • Six Frigates

  • By: Ian W. Toll
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders, particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams, debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BE ADVISED THIS BOOK IS ABRIDGED

  • By George Carpenter III on 09-11-08

Splice the Mainbrace

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

This is really a good book. It is actually a history book, but reads much like a novel; a compelling true story. It contains a lot of detail, but not enough to cause it to drag. It is well narrated. Highly recommended.

  • Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals

  • By: Elizabeth A. Murray, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth A. Murray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078

Modern history is filled with terrible crimes, baffling hoaxes, and seedy scandals. The infamous Jack the Ripper slayings. The alleged survival of Anastasia Romanov, the youngest daughter of the murdered Tsar. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's public fall from grace. The Chicago Tylenol poisonings and the copycat crimes that followed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • History of tabloid crimes - very little science

  • By Jouko on 05-29-15

Interesting Crime Stories

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

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

This is an interesting book, though it was not quite what I expected. It is largely a collection of narratives about crimes and criminals of some notoriety. They make good listening, but there really is not a lot of technical content in regard to forensic science. I did not learn a lot that I did not already know.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

This is not really supposed to be a story; it is a course, a learning experience. I would have included more technical content.

What does Professor Elizabeth A. Murray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did a really good job of narrating it and provided more credibility since the narration was "first person."

Could you see Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. It is too much a collection of things that don't really fit together. Again, this is supposed to be a course; not a novel.

Any additional comments?

Some of my comments are a bit negative since this was from Great Courses, and I expected such. Notwithstanding that it is very interesting and I enjoyed it.

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  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,210

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Go For It

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

What made the experience of listening to Dead Wake the most enjoyable?

I have listened to a number of Larson's books. They are all good; I think he is brilliant. I really enjoyed this book. There were some places where I thought it drug on a bit; too much detail.

What did you like best about this story?

I like history; this book is rich in history and I learned quite a lot. I trust the author that the history related is reasonably accurate.

Which scene was your favorite?

It was not a particular scene; I liked the description of the ships, submarines, and other technology of the era.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Well, it was very sad in parts; one's heart must go out to the people who were victims of such a terrible event.

Any additional comments?

The performance by the narrator was exceedingly good. I highly recommend this book.