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  • Destiny's Spear

  • From Hitler's Obsession to Patton's Possession
  • By: Rodney E. Walker
  • Narrated by: Christopher Richard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Destiny's Spear is a powerful historical listen chronicling the lives of Adolf Hitler and General George Patton in their desperate pursuit of the Roman spear used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to legend, whoever possessed it would rule the world. Crusading armies wielded it victoriously in battle. Attila the Hun was undefeated with it. Charlemagne carried it through 47 successful battles but died once he dropped it. Napoleon sought it but never found it. Hitler stole it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting!

  • By joe on 06-07-18

Interesting!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Good book, interesting historical information about World War 2. The third Reich was entrenched in occultism and supernatural this book outlines the mystical powers that might have been acquired by the Nazis, really interesting.

  • The Big Ones

  • How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them)
  • By: Lucy Jones
  • Narrated by: Lucy Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes - they stem from the same forces that give our planet life. Earthquakes give us natural springs; volcanoes produce fertile soil. It is only when these forces exceed our ability to withstand them that they become disasters. Together they have shaped our cities and their architecture; elevated leaders and toppled governments; influenced the way we think, feel, fight, unite, and pray. The history of natural disasters is a history of ourselves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but neither deep nor insightful

  • By Tim on 12-29-18

Finally a worthy disaster book!!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Having experience the 94 northridge earthquake lucy Jones details exactly what happens during and after a disaster strikes, i highly recommend this book to people that may live in an area prone to earthquakes and disasters, as this book gives very useful information. I've read other books about earthquakes but The Big Ones is by far the best! If Lucy Jones scares you with her dire analysis of disasters good! Wish i had read this book back in 1994 and acquired knowledge about disaster preparedness.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,139

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Great movie, great book!!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Great book! I been playing video games since the late 70s and i can relate to alot of the video games mentioned in the book, brings back nostalgia! I've played World Of Warcraft since 2004 and Oasis sounds alot like my days in WOW. if your a gamer you need to read this book.

  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • informative, interesting, well organized

  • By Tricia Munter on 06-12-16

Great Narration by the Professor

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they wanted to know about the worst sickness in the history of mankind and how it would compare to revelations apocalypse.

What other book might you compare The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague to and why?

Can't really compare it to another book it's the unique and different.

What does Professor Dorsey Armstrong bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Love her voice and dry humor she made the topic interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not quite in one setting but kept me wanting to hear more.

Any additional comments?

She was great as a narrator lol would recommend that she pick up narration as a side job.

  • The Truth about Retirement Plans and IRAs

  • All the Strategies You Need to Build Savings, Select the Right Investments, and Receive the Retirement Income You Want
  • By: Ric Edelman
  • Narrated by: Keith Spengel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Everyone knows that saving for your retirement is important. Yet only half of all eligible Americans contribute to a retirement plan. That’s because all plans - including the 401(k), 403(b), 457, and even the IRA - are complicated, confusing, and costly. New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed financial advisor Ric Edelman has counseled thousands of savers and retirees and has accumulated his advice in this audiobook.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Information, but the 2nd Half was Dry

  • By LE on 12-12-14

Book is hostile against pension plans and savers.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Should have been more truthful about 401ks and Iras and that theirs risk involved in this financial tools. Author goes to great lengths to convince people that 401ks and Iras are safe bets and can yield great returns well into a persons retirement years with no mention of the dark pools of corruption that infect the stock exchange! The whole book paints a lalala world that people will retire with a million dollars if they invest heavily, which is a conniving way to fool people!!

What was most disappointing about Ric Edelman’s story?

He railed against Robert Reich ( Secretary Of Labor for Bill Clinton) and Nouriel Roubini (Dr.Doom) both of which are prominent economists and have vast knowledge of the financial sector, Read their books and have much sense than the con job this author created with this book.

What didn’t you like about Keith Spengel’s performance?

narrator was clear and did a good job.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

sarcasm, i felt i was listening to a fairy tale or some con man was trying to sell me magic dirt!!

Any additional comments?

If i known i had the option of returning this book i would have, We just experienced the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes and this con artist is trying to get people to invest their lifetime retirement earnings and gamble it all away into a corrupt rigged system!!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Conquistadors

  • By: Michael Wood
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Following in the footsteps of the greatest Spanish adventurers, Michael Wood retraces the path of the conquistadors from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu. As he travels the same routes as Hernán Cortés, Francisco, and Gonzalo Pizarro, Wood describes the dramatic events that accompanied the epic sixteenth-century Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good starter on Conquistadors

  • By John M. on 08-21-13

interesting!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

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

Its a great Audiobook I really enjoyed it its hard for me to rank it but its one of my favorites so far.

What other book might you compare Conquistadors to and why?

I can compare it to Warlords Of Mexico both are rich in details and makes you feel like your their in 1500s america. also i love how both authors add quotes from the original conquistadores and mention their written testimonies in the audiobook.

Which scene was your favorite?

For me was with Cabeza de Vaca's travels and how he confronted the spaniards at the end of his travels.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Audiobooks that I enjoy i seldom listen to them in one sitting i prefer to listen to them at different times to take time think and imagine the world witin the book.

Any additional comments?

Love how at the end of the audio book the author adds the testimony of the repentant conquistador, and how he asks forgiveness from god from the atrocities he suffered upon the indians of the americas!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bolivar

  • American Liberator
  • By: Marie Arana
  • Narrated by: David Crommett
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There will be blood.

  • By Joselo on 08-02-13

Superbly written and narrated

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

Beautifully written biography of Simon Bolivar was easy to listen to as an audiobook. The story follows in chronological order events in hes life and very descriptive of major battles fought.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of the Knights Templar

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Helen Nicholson
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Much has been written about the Knights Templar in recent years. A leading specialist in the history of this legendary medieval order now writes a full account of the Knights of the Order of the Temple of Solomon, to give them their full title, bringing the latest findings to a general audience. Putting many of the myths finally to rest, Nicholson recounts a new history of these storm troopers of the papacy, founded during the crusades but who got so rich and influential

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Digs Deep for a Brief History

  • By Troy on 01-29-15

Confusing chronology of historical events

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

What would have made A Brief History of the Knights Templar better?

Author should have made a chronological timeline history leading up to the demise of the Templars rather than confusing listeners with a myriad of events occurring hundreds of years apart describing 1 event in the year 1120AD and in the next minute describing another event in 1240AD and in the next minute describing an event in 1307 AD and in the next minute going back to 1120AD.

Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Nicholson again?

No don't like her style.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Made it confusing by describing many timeline events in the span of couple of minutes that as a listener made it hard to follow through.

What character would you cut from A Brief History of the Knights Templar?

Information she provided about the Templars was ok though she gave little details regarding key important figures, after listening to the audiobook seems their are no main characters just people that shaped the history of the Templars.

Any additional comments?

She gives information about the Templars that is ok but listeners will get frustrated with her mixed timeline of events. I got so frustrated that I stopped listening and deleted the audiobook.

  • History Is Wrong

  • By: Erich von Daniken
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

Erich von Däniken again shows his flair for revealing truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim---and he has the proof! In History Is Wrong, von Däniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Voynich manuscript, which has defied all attempts at decription since its discovery, and makes some intriguing revelations about the equally incredible book of Enoch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Voynich Manuscript to nowhere

  • By Mario on 01-05-12

Nowhere near the scale of Chariot Of The Gods

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

What disappointed you about History Is Wrong?

I expected Erich Von Daniken to make a good case for why history is wrong instead the book focused more on His Public Relations Woes, theology of the Mormon Faith and the golden plates and about a failed Ecuadorian expedition.

Would you ever listen to anything by Erich von Daniken again?

This was far below my expectations after seeing Erich charismatic interviews and read his famous book Chariot Of The Gods, no I will not buy another book.

What didn’t you like about John Allen Nelson’s performance?

Guy sounded like a salesperson bad narration. Erich would have been much better.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom I put my audible player at 2x speed so I could finish the book faster and start on a new audiobook.

Any additional comments?

Theirs so many topics Erich could have chosen to make a good case of why history is wrong but instead focused more on his Public Relations problems, that's very bad judgment.

  • The Children of Hurin

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145

There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and Disturbing

  • By Catherine Collins on 12-19-09

This is no Lord Of The Rings or Hobbit.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

The main protagonist character was a bully and selfish hero. Story mentioned very little of the elder days.