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  • Eagles of Dacia

  • Praetorian, Book 3
  • By: SJA Turney
  • Narrated by: Piers Hampton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

At the mercy of the scheming Imperial Chamberlain, Cleander, Rufinus is dispatched to Dacia, a land of untamed beauty at the edge of the Roman world, with orders to investigate the two legionary commanders there for signs of treason. Uncertain what to expect from his mission, the two generals, or the land itself, Rufinus travels east with Senova and his faithful hound, Acheron. But machinations and skullduggery are afoot in Dacia, and the young praetorian is walking into the heart of empire-changing events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An action packed adventure

  • By Nerd1 on 12-06-18

An action packed adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

For fans of historical fiction this series is great. It's a nice change from the murder mysteries that are common in this genre, more political thriller then an ancient detective story. The only nitpick is that the audio book is missing the historical note that the Kindle edition has. The audio levels are also a little uneven.

  • Cold Days

  • The Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,517
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,198
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,170

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way

  • By Ethan M. on 12-21-12

Amazing narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This is roughly the 200th audiobook I've listened to and it has the best narration of any so far. Compelling story as well.

  • The Fate of Rome

  • Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire
  • By: Kyle Harper
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Interweaving a grand historical narrative with cutting-edge climate science and genetic discoveries, Kyle Harper traces how the fate of Rome was decided not just by emperors, soldiers, and barbarians but also by volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, climate instability, and devastating viruses and bacteria. He takes listeners from Rome's pinnacle in the second century, when the empire seemed an invincible superpower, to its unraveling by the seventh century, when Rome was politically fragmented and materially depleted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent meld of History & Science

  • By Trebla on 02-07-18

Compelling Thesis & Cutting Edge Methods - 1 Flaw

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Would you try another book from Kyle Harper and/or Andrew Garman?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Its nonfiction so not really applicable.

What does Andrew Garman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Makes it possible to 'read' as I drive.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This is the type of book that NEEDS to have the endnotes available as a PDF. I took off 2 stars for this omission.

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  • Target Tokyo

  • Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor
  • By: James M. Scott
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

The dramatic account of one of America's most celebrated - and controversial - military campaigns: the Doolittle Raid. In December 1941, as American forces tallied the dead at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt gathered with his senior military counselors to plan an ambitious counterstrike against the heart of the Japanese Empire: Tokyo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengence is Mine, Thus Sayeth Doolittle

  • By Jonathan Love on 06-13-16

Probably the best audio book I've listened to.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

Amazing! An enthralling narrative of bravery, heroism, tragedy, despair, trauma, triumph and war. This book is in some ways a great metaphor for the entirety of the human condition . I actually laughed, cried and fumed at various points, and I'm not an overly emotional person. I have a BA and some graduate work in history but this book punched right through my typical academic detachment to historical works.

Only negative is that I had to buy the Kindle version of the book for the notes and photos, these should be made freely available to audio book purchases for all nonfiction titles. I would take off a star but since it's a 6 star book I'll leave my review at 5 stars.

  • 12 Strong

  • The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475

12 Strong is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered 40 to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book! But the narrator...

  • By Nate on 08-31-15

I've never HATED a narrator more.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

Would you try another book from Doug Stanton and/or Jack Garrett?

Not by Jack Garret no.

What did you like best about this story?

I couldn't make it more than an hour into the book. The narration just grated on me.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Garrett’s performances?

NO!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I could find.

Any additional comments?

Right at the beginning of the audiobook its referred to as a novel. It isn't. This confused me and I had to double check that it was indeed a nonfiction work. Not exactly the best way to inspire confidence.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful