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Claudia Crowley

Fort Worth, Texas
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  • The Great Transformation

  • The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 22 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

From one of the world's leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fills in the blanks

  • By Laura on 09-20-06

Clear and comprehensive

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

Reviewed: 11-16-15

Karen Armstrong reads her own book about the development of other-centered religion and philosophy across the Old World. Good reading and fascinating content.

  • The Great Influenza

  • The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
  • By: John M. Barry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating medical who-dun-it

  • By Annie M. on 07-30-13

comprensive

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

Reviewed: 06-03-11

Includes a history of medicine that starts "Hippocrates was born..." and plenty about viruses, too. Brings to life this frightful forgotten plague that killed up to 100,000,000 people.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sayings of the Buddha

  • The Dhammapada
  • By: Buddha (translated by Thomas Byron)
  • Narrated by: Jacob Needleman
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Some sources say that the Buddha was born on or around April 8, 563 B.C. How many years have you been around without discovering his wisdom? According to tradition, the words of The Dhammapada come directly from the mouth of Buddha. This translation in particular is among the most poetic and spiritually insightful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent in its wisdom

  • By Tyrone on 05-05-03

Terrible sound

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-11

This is the worst recording I've encountered on Audible. Most of the Audible recordings are very good. This is beyond bad. Every s or other sibilant sound hisses piercingly in your ear.

The content, if you can hear it, is excellent. The reader is probably pretty good, too, but how can you tell with all that racket going on?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cone

  • By: H.G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Although he is best known for his speculative novels, H.G. Wells also wrote engaging works of short fiction, most dealing with the strange, the unsettling, and the unknown. In this performance, Ralph Cosham brings 4 of Wells's stories to vivid life. "The Cone" is a shocking tale of revenge, "The Diamond Maker" tells of a fortune that might have been, "The Country of the Blind" tells of a man with sight who tries unsuccessfully to be king in a valley where everyone is blind, and the haunting classic "The Door in the Wall" captures the pathos of lost youth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Avoid this

  • By Claudia Crowley on 11-30-04

Avoid this

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-04

Don't read unless you like horrible explicit descriptions of people being cremated alive, etc. This is hack stuff for pulp magazines of the day. If you want the real Wells, read the Invisible Man, the Time Machine, the Outline of History--anything but this.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Bhagavad Gita

  • By: Phoenix Books, Barbara Stoler-Miller (translator)
  • Narrated by: Jacob Needleman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

The search for higher truth must be conducted in the midst of the forces of life, with all its demands and seductions. So teaches The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient text that has been called the quintessence of the spirituality of India. In it, the great warrior Arjuna contemplates the meaning of life, just moments before entering the battlefield. "Why do I exist? Why should I fight against my loved ones? And where shall I go after I die?" he asks himself in search for knowledge of the Absolute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that changes your life

  • By Julia on 03-06-10

Hot stuff!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-04

Audio quality could be better, but it was listenable even while driving on the freeway.

The book itself is a classic. Speaking as a non-Hindu, I'd say, if you like this kind of thing, you'll REALLY like this.

Nice and short, hardly a word wasted, quick 'read.'

13 of 14 people found this review helpful