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C. Brieant

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  • The Judge Hunter

  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

London, 1664. Twenty years after the English revolution, the monarchy has been restored, and Charles II sits on the throne. The men who conspired to kill his father are either dead or disappeared. Baltasar “Balty” St. Michel is 24 and has no skills and no employment. He gets by on handouts from his brother-in-law Samuel Pepys, an officer in the king’s navy. Fed up with his needy relative, Pepys offers Balty a job in the New World. He is to track down two missing judges who were responsible for the execution of the last king, Charles I. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise!

  • By mary j aboughadareh on 06-12-18

Historical farce

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Painful. Full of snappy blather. Rarely have I returned a book. I only finished it to see how my friend could have recommended it.

  • Signing Their Rights Away

  • The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the United States Constitution
  • By: Denise Kiernan, Joseph D'Agnese
  • Narrated by: Susan Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Signing Their Rights Away chronicles a moment in American history when our elected officials knew how to compromise - and put aside personal gain for the greater good of the nation. These men were just as quirky and flawed as the elected officials we have today: Hugh Williamson believed in aliens, Robert Morris went to prison, Jonathan Dayton stole $18,000 from Congress, and Thomas Mifflin was ruined by alcohol. Yet somehow these imperfect men managed to craft the world’s most perfect Constitution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Click bait title; encyclopedic content

  • By C. Brieant on 11-28-17

Click bait title; encyclopedic content

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

The title is a come on fraud. Very few were ruined because they signed. The rest is moderately informative but lacking in sophistication.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,545
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,515

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Fast gripping

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

One thing was never explained. Probably classified. You'll know what I refer to. Enjoy. I did

  • Who Discovered America?

  • The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas
  • By: Gavin Menzies, Ian Hudson
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Greatly expanding on his blockbuster 1421, distinguished historian Gavin Menzies uncovers the complete untold history of how mankind came to the Americas - offering new revelations and a radical rethinking of the accepted historical record in Who Discovered America? The iconoclastic historian's magnum opus, Who Discovered America? calls into question our understanding of how the American continents were settled, shedding new light on the well-known "discoveries" of European explorers, including Christopher Columbus.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like reading an appendix

  • By D. McCracken on 01-23-15

another is that really true book

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

Fascinating if true. You want to believe it but many don't. Might as well read about who killed JFK. Too many facts that you can't immediately verify. Check WIKI before you read it.

  • The Vatican Diaries

  • A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
  • By: John Thavis
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

For more than 25 years John Thavis held one of the most fascinating journalistic jobs in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. His daily exposure to the power, politics, and personalities in the seat of Roman Catholicism gave him a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on an institution that is far less monolithic and unified than it first appears. Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place where Curia cardinals fight private wars, scandals threaten to undermine papal authority, and reverence for the past is continually upended by the practical considerations of modern life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A neutral look at inner workings of the Vatican

  • By Linda on 02-28-13

Insider tales some no doubt true

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

A reporter's take on the last three popes, palace intrigue, bureaucratic bungling, turf and. culture. Few surprises

  • Iroquoia: The Development of a Native World

  • Iroquois & Their Neighbors
  • By: William Engelbrecht
  • Narrated by: Caleb Rector
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Drawing on archaeology, historical evidence, oral traditions, and linguistics, this audiobook provides a view of Iroquois life from the prehistoric period and Owasco sites through the establishment of the Five Nations/

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Informative

  • By Lori on 02-09-18

scientific and thorough

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

Would you listen to Iroquoia: The Development of a Native World again? Why?

maybe. a lot of detail

What did you like best about this story?

the customs and beliefs

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

no

Any additional comments?

A bit dry but we knew that going in. Very informative about the ways of the Iroquois

  • Rise of the Robots

  • Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
  • By: Martin Ford
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,429

In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Though all these nifty devices and programs might make our lives easier, they're also well on their way to making "good" jobs obsolete. A computer winning Jeopardy might seem like a trivial, if impressive, feat, but the same technology is making paralegals redundant as it undertakes electronic discovery, and is soon to do the same for radiologists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content and this mechanization IS coming!

  • By Mike on 06-30-15

fascinating until soapbox ending

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Rise of the Robots to be better than the print version?

n/a didn't read it

What other book might you compare Rise of the Robots to and why?

Automate this because it relates to the same topic somehat

What three words best describe Jeff Cummings’s voice?

a bit annoying in tone

If you could give Rise of the Robots a new subtitle, what would it be?

the coming deluge and my solution to it

Any additional comments?

The book was engrossing until he last few chapters when the author became opinionated and pontificated about his solutions. I wish I had skipped the last part.

  • H Is for Hawk

  • By: Helen Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,701

When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mabel The Hawk--The Fire That Burned The Hurts Away

  • By Sara on 04-09-15

S is for solipsistic

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Would you try another book from Helen Macdonald and/or Helen Macdonald?

No. The personal story is a bit boring and tedious. The hawk info is interesting, but at about three quarters through, I totally lost interest.

What could Helen Macdonald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More hawk less catharsis.

What aspect of Helen Macdonald’s performance would you have changed?

Heavy delete on the emotional whining. The relationship with the hawk had its moments, but perhaps the rave reviews set expectations too high. If the book continually surprised me, it was only by how much it went nowhere.

Could you see H Is for Hawk being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Perhaps as a soporific.

Any additional comments?

Maybe it would appeal to some sensitive readers interested in fellow neurotics. The bit about White as some kind of analogue or foil added nothing. A overall it was a bit overwrought.

  • The Founding Fish

  • By: John McPhee
  • Narrated by: John McPhee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Few fish are as beloved, or as obsessed over, as the American shad. Although shad spend most of their lives in salt water, they enter rivers by the hundreds of thousands in the spring and swim upstream heroic distances in order to spawn, then return to the ocean.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mixed thoughts

  • By Cynthia on 07-05-05

for fishermen only

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

What would have made The Founding Fish better?

less anecdotes

Has The Founding Fish turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

How did the narrator detract from the book?

diction was odd, the way he finished words sounded odd

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Founding Fish?

all his personal accounts of fishing

Any additional comments?

Kurlander wrote Cod without being boring

  • Edge of Eternity

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,014

Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good, some bad

  • By Elisa on 09-22-14

Michener meets Harold Robbins. Prefer Rutherfurd.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Where does Edge of Eternity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About average. A well told story. It ranks high among historical fiction because the history is illuminating and the drama is at times compelling.

What other book might you compare Edge of Eternity to and why?

Russkies by Rutherfurd. A similar epic motif following genertions. The Golden Age by Gore Vidal without the snark.

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

Don't know

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

Not extreme, but it did have its emotive scenes.

Any additional comments?

A bit formulaic, but most writing is. Definitely geared to appeal to the PC values of the current generation in its portrayal of relationships and people. A bit preachy in that regard. Rutherfurd uses the same formula but is more subtle. Follet has definite political values that he pushes a bit too much at times. Nonetheless, he is a formidable writer. Next I think I will listen to Pillars of the Earth.

The graphic sex is pointless. I am no prude, but it does not particularly add to the portrayals of the people and almost seems like it was plugged in by an editor. Not even prurient, just seemingly obligatory and boring. A small distraction to an otherwise entertaining, if not scholarly, work.