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  • Absolute Monarchs

  • A History of the Papacy
  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

With the papacy embattled in recent years, it is essential to have the perspective of one of the world's most accomplished historians. In Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich captures nearly 2,000 years of inspiration and devotion, intrigue and scandal. The men (and maybe one woman) who have held this position of infallible power over millions have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably wise to utterly decadent.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A relentless succession of very old men

  • By Nassir on 11-01-11

superb!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

this general history of the Papacy (from St. Peter to the beginning of Benedict XVI) is Norwich at his best. it provides a n excellent introduction to the history of the Catholic chir church vis-à-vis general European history, with special emphases in the medieval period.

  • Julius Caesar

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093

Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars

  • By David on 04-05-14

sic semper popularis

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

this performance reading is quite engaging, although I'd you have not read the text if the play  or have it in front of you, it can leave you wondering who if the Liberators  is speaking.  on ither words,  ther e are not announcements of change of characters or scene shifts .   which is awesome overall. a smooth running in interrupted story, augmented by trumpets.

although the critical point if the actual assassination, it is a bit rushed, one moment Caesar is adamantly denying a applicant's request for amnesty/ pardoning of his brother while simultaneously expiounding on how he is not a mere mortal but a God, then the Liberators strike one has to rewind and listen carefully for the first dagger moment.

This is effective dramatization but students of the play must definitely have read ahead of have the text in front of them. for fullness.

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  • This Side of Paradise

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39

Amory Blaine, though knowing no better, must learn the proper social etiquette and values that others his age already know. As he progresses to Princeton University from the Midwest, he experiences a series of flirtations with some predatory young women and a chance at friendship with some intellectual young men. His love-life culminates in a genuine but ill-fated love with a soul-mate who rejects him to marry a wealthier young man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting version of a young F. Scott

  • By Kristi R. on 05-10-13

socialist autobiography?

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

The first half of the novel was very entertaining in a love/ hate association for Amrory as he 8s emergi bff into prewar puberty and so full of himself. not that Beatrice wasn't a stuck up bitch! however in the postwar half of the novel (1918/1919) I'm at a completeloss as to understand what Fitzgerald was tryi ng to tell us through Amory. up until chapter 5 sounds like an apology for the red scare and the Bolshevik influences hitting postwar America pre-prohibition.

  • Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616

It’s Christmas again at St Mary's and time for Max’s obligatory illegal jump. On this occasion, however, they’re right up against it. A loaded gun has been left behind in Ancient Egypt, and it’s up to them to retrieve it before anyone accidentally blows their own head off, thus affecting the timeline for centuries to come. And as if that’s not enough, someone (Max) has inadvertently poisoned Mr Markham. It’s hot, they’re running out of supplies, they can’t find the gun and it’s all going horribly wrong. Again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic for fans of the series

  • By Sheryl on 05-02-16

pregnant , loquacious attempt at Catholic timecops

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

too drawn out. I liked the premise of time cops and hunting down a missing gloc in ancient Egypt

  • The Tao of Pooh

  • By: Benjamin Hoff
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,286

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Robert on 01-09-14

Taoism simplified

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

awesome allegory of the principles of Taoism, and its application, through the eyes of Winnie the Pooh:)

  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

the sequel to Dickens magnum opus

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

just as the 1857 classic leads you to love hate Scrooge, this biography of Marleywill leave you wishing Dickens had continued the now Christmas canonical story and legend. you will smile , you will cry, and be pleasantly surprised at how Marley played and observed roles in the midnight redemption and salvation of Scrooge . but not only the salvation of Scrooge but that of Marley as well.

  • The Woman on the Orient Express

  • By: Lindsay Jayne Ashford
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806

Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can't neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling's first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson - newly married but carrying another man's child - is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable "woman on transportation" book

  • By Ruth on 02-20-17

superb

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

I acquired this shortly after it's release as Kindle First a few m8nths ago. l, because I'm a neophyte to Agatha Christie. nothing boy is this story packed with drama on both the tra8n and then across the deserts of 1928 Iraq (Mesopotamia). it will surprise you , who the villain actually is, but not much. you will cry at the bittersweet conclusion.

  • A Beautiful Poison

  • By: Lydia Kang
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 846

Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned - and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It had potential, but faltered in execution

  • By Constance Jenkins on 01-14-18

epic drama ww1 murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

in the one hand is a struggle to finish. i find thr key motives fir the first murder tnot anundantly vlear, in cimparusin to the layyer murders. be prepated for a comolete syrprise as to who the treal murderer(s) are. also be orepared to loathe and despise this fictional tepresentation of old monies elitists and their proledged ideas in how to treat other people, especially those who are suffering in poverty and the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918. The title does not refer l necessarily to any if the chemicals discussed, but is a grandiose euphemism that makes this novel superb as well as tragic.

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  • Light Falls

  • Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein
  • By: Brian Greene
  • Narrated by: Brian Greene, Paul Rudd, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,276

Best-selling author, superstar physicist, and cofounder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos) and an ensemble cast led by award-winning actor Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) perform this dramatic story tracing Albert Einstein's discovery of the general theory of relativity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable deviation from standard Non-Fiction

  • By Heath on 10-25-16

if you think you know Newtonian physics...

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

The best , best part if this whole work for me is at the end during the I interview between Greene and Paul. Greene gives an explanation of falling objects (on earth, within a gravitational field) that upturn the basic Newtonian notion of objects I free fall taking the shortest route, this is still true it's just Einstein's curved time also says this same object is falling to theto the position in space where time ticks the slowest!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Go Down Together

  • The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808

With dramatic flair, Jeff Guinn delivers the definitive portrait of Bonnie and Clyde. These media-savvy outlaws appealed to America's Depression-era hunger for swashbuckling characters. Glowing radio and newspaper reports transformed these "public enemies" into celebrities - much like the cinema gangsters of the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo!

  • By Tim on 09-09-09

Frank Hammer and his posse are sanctioned murderer

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

anyone interested in legal history and jurisprudence should definitely read this text and the focus on The Gibbsland l, LA ambush and it's aftermath. hammer pushed a blatant lie about Clyde and Bonnie. they had not had time to reach for any weapon they were ambushed in every sense of the word. hammer did not even fire first. everything in the aftermath of the ambush is a mockery of civil rights and due process of law. this is to say nothing of unconstitutional, retroactive laws and prosecution of the Barrows, Patjers and selective prosecutions there in of all and any associates. the Constitution is supposed to prohibit retroactive laws, but these 1934 Acts are still on The books I believe.