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  • Once an Eagle

  • A Novel
  • By: Anton Myrer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 41 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931

Once an Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above selfinterest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances his career by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington’s corridors of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a great story

  • By Glen on 11-11-12

As relevant now as when it was written.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

... which is a sobering thought. There are times in the book difficult to relate to in 2018, but the central message and lesson are as important now as in 1917, 1941, 1950, 1965, 1991, and 2001. Its criticized for being flat, but I think in a way that is part of the point. I'm glad I listened to it.

  • Our Oriental Heritage

  • The Story of Civilization, Volume 1
  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 50 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Michael on 11-30-13

Whew.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

Published in 1935 it has some obviously dated material, but the author(s) can be forgiven their lack of access to hindsight. At nearly 50 hours in length it took me a couple of sittings (read, several weeks broken up over a couple of months of comment time.) to complete the book, but it was time well spent. Highly recommend this title. I know I will eventually complete the series. Unfortunately Will and Ariel didn't get to finish the history of the 20th century before becoming part of that history... they have left us an amazing work though.

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  • Secondhand Spirits

  • A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593

Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witches and fashion - what's not to like!

  • By Sher on 07-23-12

Proper proportions make for a potent potion

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17


Ingredients needed for a delicious arcane gumshoe who is into anachronistic apparel.

Finely grind up Essence of Millhone
Add to a heating cauldron of various traditions including brujerià, wicca, and voodoo.

Slowly stir in, legendary ghost stories, oogly booglies, little jumps, and the occasional fright until the pot stirs itself.

Once boiling add a freshly Butchered, Hairy eye of Sleuth.

Let simmer through the sound system for eight hours and you have the perfect recipe for a very interesting witchy detective character and series.

I really enjoyed this book. The author puts together many of the aspects I enjoy in other fiction. I like the mystery, the magick, a strong female character who we can relate to because she still has her faults. Mostly I like the voice which I feel is bright overall. Sure there are shadows, but without shadows we can't see dimension.

This is my new series.

  • ISIS

  • A History
  • By: Fawaz A. Gerges
  • Narrated by: Bradley Hayes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

The Islamic State has stunned the world with its savagery, destructiveness, and military and recruiting successes. What explains the rise of ISIS, and what does it portend for the future of the Middle East? In this book, one of the world's leading authorities on political Islam and jihadism sheds new light on these questions as he provides a unique history of the rise and growth of ISIS. Moving beyond journalistic accounts, Fawaz Gerges provides a clear and compelling account of the deeper conditions that fuel ISIS.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great information and understanding

  • By Anon on 12-02-16

Good stuff gets a little redundant here and there

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

Very good information. The reader did a great job, listened to it at 2.0 speed because we revisited things several times... not saying bad just... seemed like stretching a bit.

  • The Starry Wisdom Library

  • The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time
  • By: Nate Pedersen
  • Narrated by: Scott Carrico
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Scholars and book collectors across the country have long pondered the intended fate of the infamous collection of rare occult books left to rot in the Church of Starry Wisdom in Providence, Rhode Island, after the Starry Wisdom cult dispersed to parts unknown in the late 19th century. The recent shocking discovery of a previously unknown book auction catalogue issued in 1877 offers insight into the myriad mysteries of the cult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun documentation of rare occult books...

  • By CitizenH on 09-24-18

If you are into this, you'll totally be into this

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

I'm a gamer, totally lame and proud of it. So for me this book fills that warm little niche I have in my soul for ephemera that compliments canon. It is very complimentary to the Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia building on what is already out there and weaving new possibilities into the stories. I listened to it once, went back through laughed at some of the simply diabolically elegant stories presented and immediately purchased it in hard copy.

This is obviously a fan-boy review, I'm good with that. I think if you are into this kind of thing then you are totally going to be into this book.

So why the four stars in Performance and Story? It's not due to disliking the reader, in fact for all the engineered words, languages, simply fabricated -stuff- he does an amazing job, brava, I simply would have liked just a little more with regard to the auction and hints as to the disposition of the library. A thread to pull.

  • On Language

  • Chomsky's Classic Works 'Language and Responsibility' and 'Reflections on Language'
  • By: Noam Chomsky, Mitsou Ronat
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Described by the New York Times as "arguably the most important intellectual alive," Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his highly influential writings on language and politics. Featuring two of Chomsky's most popular and enduring books in one omnibus volume, On Language contains some of the noted linguist and political critic's most informal and accessible work to date, making it an ideal introduction to his thought.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult in audio format

  • By Commuting Learner on 09-19-16

Difficult in audio format

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Good, but difficult when commuting to work. I made a ton of bookmarks in this one for later review. As you can well imagine some aspects of this work require the hardcopy, pen and paper, and some quiet time to contemplate.

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  • Evermeet

  • Island of Elves
  • By: Elaine Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Although Evermeet seems to be a monument to the strength and solidarity of the elven people, its history is one of conflict. At the heart of its story is Amlaruil, Queen of All Elves. When Evermeet comes under attack, her sacrifice holds the last hope of saving the elven homeland. A classic fantasy centered around the clash between good and evil in a beautiful, magical, and romantic land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story, some mispronunciations though

  • By Tsara Vandercross on 09-14-18

Fantasy Pulp Fiction?

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

The book weaves stories in and out over and around in a way where you cross the same event in time from multiple different points of view. This works, kinda like Pulp Fiction in away if you aren't expecting it at first it's a little unbalancing.

  • China Dolls

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Jodi Long
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 569

It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New Narrator needed!

  • By Barbara on 06-25-14

Good story glimpse into the past.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

Lost me a few times in the silliness of the relationships, but the characters are colorful and interesting.

  • Campbell Playhouse: Lost Horizon - December 3, 1939

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen in a silent room. It's worth it.

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-09-18

Have to be in a quiet place

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Good story, historically very cool, but very difficult to listen to due to the poor audio quality.

  • The Voice Of The Prophets

  • Wisdom Of The Ages, Zoroastrianism
  • By: Marilynn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Bill Kratz
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 13

Containing excerpts from 'The Vendidad,' 'The Avesta,' 'The Pahlavi Texts,' and 'The Menog-I-Khrag.' We have striven to compile the best of the better known and the least known of the ancient sacred texts from world religions from throughout the world and throughout time. It is our hope that this series of volumes makes it possible for a lay reader to truly access some of the most important world literature in religion without having to have a library of 5,000 books in their possession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to find in audio format

  • By Commuting Learner on 05-18-16

Hard to find in audio format

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

This is 90℅ repackaging of public domain full text and sources. There are some post recording editing mistake specifically near the end of the second chapter. That being said for the commute the read work, while not "the authors", is good stuff.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful