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  • God

  • A Human History
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762

In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as one long and remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions. According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, "Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless if we are believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best work yet

  • By Jeff M on 11-15-17

Again Reza did a great job.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

It is hard for me to understand how somebody as intelligent as Reza can be so close minded when it comes to politics. Nevertheless I enjoy all of his books as they are well researched and honest. Although I consider him a radical left winger I, unlike him, am open minded enough to give his books the credit they deserve. Besides in the end of the book he describes all of us as gods. Sounds good to me.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Killing England

  • The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,481

The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-best-selling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the listener from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Must Read This Book

  • By Susie Davis on 10-22-17

Good not great.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

I Love the Killing books. I think it is better when a person is the subject.

  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 54 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,379

Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Mousy Little Man From Missouri Revisited

  • By Sara on 07-23-15

The more things change the more they stay the same.

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

I never realized how much of an impact Truman had on the world. Thrust into the middle of historic times at the end of World War II he helped shape the world at a time when it was most delicate. With recent News events I found it interesting that dirty politics is nothing now-Truman was a true politician in the not so flattering sense of the word. I'm going to miss listening to this book.

  • Ahead of the Curve

  • Inside the Baseball Revolution
  • By: Brian Kenny
  • Narrated by: Brian Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Most people who resist logical thought in baseball preach "tradition" and "respecting the game". But many of baseball's traditions go back to the 19th century, when the pitcher's job was to provide the batter with a ball he could hit and fielders played without gloves. Instead of fearing change, Brian Kenny wants fans to think critically, reject outmoded groupthink, and embrace the changes that have come with the "sabermetric era".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well done, my favorite audiobook thus far

  • By IvoryOso on 06-05-17

New and improved way to watch baseball

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

I always liked brian's style. Easy to "read" and I am so happy he narrated.

  • D-Day

  • June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WW II
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,059

Stephen E. Ambrose draws from hundreds of interviews with US Army veterans and the brave Allied soldiers who fought alongside them to create this exceptional account of the day that shaped the twentieth century. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities and triumphs of life are laid bare and courage and heroism come to the fore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an awesome story about the greatest day

  • By Randy on 12-11-12

Best book on d day

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

Second time listening to this and still in awe. Well researched and the description of the battle is vivid.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies

  • The Real West
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: Tom Wopat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718

How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west's most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Daniel J. Williams on 08-11-16

Great listen . Bill O'reilly has a niche. Sadly depicts the horrors we inflicted on the native Americans.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

I love that Bill does not add politics to the history books. Unfortunately this allows for the truth to be told which usually hurts. Fun learning about the names I heard of but did not fully know. Again so sad what we did the the native Americans.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hitler's Last Days

  • The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World's Most Notorious Dictator
  • By: Bill O'Reilly
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly - introduction, Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

By early 1945 the destruction of the German Nazi State seems certain. The Allied forces, led by American generals George S. Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower, are gaining control of Europe, leaving German leaders scrambling. Facing defeat, Adolf Hitler flees to a secret bunker with his new wife, Eva Braun, and his beloved dog, Blondi. It is there that all three would meet their ends, thus ending the Third Reich and one of the darkest chapters of history.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • almost the same as killing Patton

  • By Provo6 on 09-14-16

A potpourri of information

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

Good but a "cut and paste" job from other books. Not Organized. A better title is the end of WWII with emphasis on Hitler.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Closer

  • By: Mariano Rivera, Wayne Coffey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Mariano Rivera, the man who intimidated thousands of batters merely by opening a bullpen door, began his incredible journey as the son of a poor Panamanian fisherman. When first scouted by the Yankees, he didn't even own his own glove. He thought he might make a good mechanic. When discovered, he had never flown in an airplane, had never heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't imagine Tampa, the city where he was headed to begin a career that would become one of baseball's most iconic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome memoir, I only wish it was longer

  • By Brock on 05-08-14

Relive great memories and learn about Mo the man.

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

What did you like best about this story?

I already knew the greatness of Mo the closer, I kinda knew of the person he was, religious, etc, but I loved learning how he is a great family man and teammate.

What about Michael Kay’s performance did you like?

I despise Michael Kay. So much so that it is hard for me to watch a Yankee game when he is calling play by play; however, he was perfect to narrate this book. See, he knows Mo and his inflection was spot on. I hate to say it, but he did the best job of all the books I have listened to.

Any additional comments?

My favorite Yankee.

  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,653

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

  • By Charles on 07-22-13

Well researched.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Answered many questions but created many more. I love the authors all in confidence on a controversial topic. No matter what view you have the evidence is largely circumstantial. I would love to hear a debate with an opposing view.

  • American Sniper

  • The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
  • By: Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,050

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's been censored by the publisher

  • By K9NSP on 10-21-17

Superman...American Style.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-14

Where does American Sniper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. Powerful.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty. Chris tells it like it is.

What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

Good voice. captures how Chris really sounded.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Superman...American Style.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful