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J. Wagener

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A rare gem of great story telling

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Barbara Kingsolver is one of the greatest writers of our age and this is possibly her best work yet. This story has such poignant characters, depth and importance of story, and rich detail of scenery that it should be enjoyed and valued by everyone. Truly a classic!

The book is ok but the narration is terrible.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-19

This is definitely a popular history rather than a really scholarly history of the Barbary wars. It is hard to tell how well it was researched, being written more for dramatic effect. That said it is informative and interesting. Unfortunately the author chose to also read the book himself rather then employing a professional narrator for the audio book. He is not a bad author but he is not a good reader.

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Interesting information but poorly organized and poorly edited

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-19

The subject is interesting and this examination of the subject has some good points. It it is not clearly organized. It seems more like a collection of 15 to 20 minute lectures that have been crammed together. The editing is also very pore both in sound quality and in a few first takes included in the final cut.
On the whole it is a quick and easy analysis of the federalist papers but not very well done.

Meh

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The story is fun with some cool plot twists here and there and lots of fun ideas for anyone who is a serious D&D geek (as am) but a lot of the plot comes from a really unbelievable amount of stupidity on the part of the characters and the narrator's choice of voices leaves much to be desired. It is ok for a bit of mindless fun but I don't know that it is really a series worth pursuing. There is much better fantasy out there.

A good book but unfortunately a highly abridged narration.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This book was fascinating. The narrator was good. The prologue and epilogue were interesting. Unfortunately when o bought this one I didn't realize it was an abridged version. Wish I had bought the full version. Other than that I was very happy with it.

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A masterpiece of history writing

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

David McCullough has once again shown is preeminent mastery of history writing. This book is a dense history of a pivotal part of the American revolution, but despite being densely historical it is neither slow, nor confusing, nor breezy. McCullough also proves to be an excellent reader for audiobooks.

A story only for those who are really addicted to D&D

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The story gets off to a bit of a slow start with some really excessive stupidity on the part of most of the characters, but on the whole it is a pretty decent take on a D&D game world. The narrator is ok but he needs to learn better cadence. Also the voice he uses for the GM is really annoying. I'm sure that that was intentional because that character is an annoying guy, but he has a LOT of lines so that annoying voice is in there quite a lot. On the whole it is a decent audio book for filling time on a commute or something like that. I'll probably even give the author a second chance and get the next book in the series.

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Oceans 11 meets D&D with disappointing results.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Really the review title sums it up pretty well. It reads like it was written by a teenage boy drawing on comic books and Facebook memes. Actually it isn't quite that terrible, but it is pretty disappointing. The reader for the audiobook is pretty good but not brilliant.

The best new addition to classic space opera

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

This series is just plain good fun. The adventures of this hapless band of bumbling outlaws are a laugh a minute. It has all of the lovely aspects of accidental family that made Firefly so wonderful, but with a refreshing twist on sci-fi style. I love it. And what an incredible deal getting it all in one!

Good book. Lousy narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

I have read the Honor Harrington series before and enjoyed them. They are well crafted stories with good characters. A little over the top maybe but fun all the same. I thought I would try out the audiobook version and I started with this one because it was my favorite in the series. Unfortunately the narrator is terrible. Very disappointing. She has a rough voice that does not lend itself well to this particular series. She tends to come up with goofy accents for a lot of the characters. Her accents are only sometimes logical for the characters nationalities. She can't even keep the accents straight for each character, and she mispronounces words repeatedly. And her voice for Honor Harrington is just a silly girly sort of voice for what should be an ultimately strong and bold female character. I don't think I will bother with listening to any more of this series.

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