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  • The Berlin Stories

  • By: Christopher Isherwood
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Christopher Isherwood's dramatized memoirs are prophetic images of a country preparing itself to embrace Hitler and the Third Reich. The Berlin Stories includes two works published together: The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin. These modern classics reveal in poignant detail the tragedy of mid-20th-century Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous performance of Isherwood's stories

  • By Kathryn Drinkard on 03-05-12

Berlin Storieszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

Michael York is very good. The stories are interesting. The writing of Christopher Isherwood is good. Put it all together and its a snoozer. I listened for about 20 minutes and slept for another hour. I tried to stay awake. I really did.

  • Custer's Trials

  • A Life on the Frontier of a New America
  • By: T.J. Stiles
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Pulitzer Prize, History, 2016. In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person - capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By JackMargo on 06-23-16

23 Hrs and 44 minutes of Enjoyed Listening

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Ive always been fascinated by George Armstrong Custer. My father took our family on a trip in the Summer of 1968, from California to Boston, Shiloh Battlefield and Gettysburg Battlefield, Washington D.C., West Point, the "grassy knoll" of Dallas and the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana, as well as the Yellowstone National Park. We also visited the Alamo. To me as a child there were three disasters that were fascinating: the Alamo, Little Bighorn and the Titanic. When reading the same book my wife said I should look at a map of the battlefield to get an idea of the battle while reading. Ive been there as a child and the memory is seared into my brain, as well as the books, movies and maps Iv studied over the years. I didn't need any map. This book compares George Custer to authors, finance experts, soldiers, politicians, discussing the writings of Mark Twain and famous people of ancient thought and modern thought. You get a great idea of who he is and why, and compare him to many others. I greatly enjoyed the book and importantly feel a better and more intelligent person for reading this book.

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen, Dove Audio - producer
  • Narrated by: Glenda Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

A parody of the popular literature of the time, is an ironic tale of the romantic folly of men and women in pursuit of love, marriage, and money. The humorous adventures of young Catherine as she encounters "the difficulties and dangers of a six weeks' residence in Bath" lead to some of Austen's most brilliant social satire. There is Catherine's hilarious liaison with a paragon of bad manners and boastfulness, her disastrous friendship with an unforgettably crass coquette, and a whirl of cotillion dances with their timeless mortifications.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dribble

  • By yanks45a1 on 01-22-19

Dribble

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I listened to over eight hours of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. The listeners could, if only could, but could I have listened, or did I remember or hear, Oh to hear the words of the Victorian age, and only to have heard a constant babble of an author by the name of Jane Austen. And there being only a victim of not being as rich as the General might have thought, only to be told by a person Kathrine thought or pondered being a friend. To love a flower, pray tell, a rose, but more important to love. She left Northanger for an eleven hour trip. The letters came later, but her mother had her cast them aside to direct her future life to love and companionship of a man she truly loved.

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  • Carrie

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177

An unpopular teenage girl, whose mother is a religious fanatic, is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates. She uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute MASTERPIECE!!!!

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 02-09-16

Carrie and Bias

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I listened to Carrie because my wife, who's lived a Stephen King's novel for 70 years, thought an earlier novel of Stephen King, would be good for me. I listened to Pet Semanary last week. I admit his novels go fast, and its difficult to stop listening at some point. Its like you start tipping downward and you can't stop. I guess that's how a good book or story goes. King is really bias against religion, though from the two books I think he likes the Roman Catholics, but hates the fundamentalists. I don't know if I want to listen to anymore of his books, but its like Pet Semanary, where the demon gets into you and its hard to stop wanting to go back to the cemetery to draw out another of King's books and read about graphic sex and sadness again. The performance is great and the story is spell binding. I do not like to hear the "F" bombs all the time or the graphic sex.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,298

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damn scary elevated by Hall's narration!

  • By Eric Mochnacz on 04-27-18

Great Writing for a B Movie Script

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

This was my first Stephen King novel. My son Thomas read several of his book as has my wife who is into horror and vampire "lifestyle." I didn't enjoy the cussing. The descriptive writing of Stephen King is awesome. The scene where Lewis digs up his son is long, detailed and gruesome. I wouldn't want to watch the movie. The friend of Lewis is played by Mr. Munster, and I don't think his appearance matches the character in the book. Lewis isn't a likable character and how he mistreats the cat bothers me. I drank a lot of coffee. This monster that draws people to bury their dead, which comes back and kills them is unnerving. There are many great quotes like, " a man grows what he can and tends it". That will be a quote for me for a lifetime. The writing of Stephen King and the reading by Michael C. Hall are both great; the story is very much like a B movie from the 1950's. My wife wants me to read Carrie now. Maybe I will. I would read Stephen King mainly to enjoy his great writing skills.

  • The Fall of Berlin 1945

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 354

The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc - tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Salui on 09-06-16

The Rape of Berlin 1945

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

I listened to this book for over 17 hours and came out feeling like saying, "What just happened?" I listened to hours of conversation and interviews of women who tried to hide in closets and under haystacks. Anthony Beevor seems to have waited until very few people were alive, interviewed them, those who didn't see the action, because they were hiding. It would be like writing a book about teaching at a school by researching interviews of teachers while they were on their lunch breaks and waiting another 50 years and interviewing teachers who hide in the closets and heard the screaming of kids and yelling of teachers. I could have learned more by researching on the internet for 17 hours.

Anthony Beevor talked about politics of the Nazi party, in the last days of the war, how Himmler attempted to be a general, then the author ignored Himmler's attempt to escape to the Americans and commit suicide. Himmler just "disappears."

The book "The Last Battle" by Cornelius Ryan is much better than this book, and in some cases the information is repeated.

Anthony Beevor succeeded in making the collapse of the Third Reich sound boring. That is an accomplishment.

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,975
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,474
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,442

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow reveals in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

Grant was great and ordinary

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I listened this book for over 47 hours. Id read a biography about him before and cried when I finished, and when the author discribed the funeral and later when Id realized Id listened to this book off and on for 10 month, I cried again. Grant was the right man for the hour to destroy the Confederacy. Its unfortunate he couldn't acquire same greatest during his 8 years of his presidency. He was a greater ex-President than President. The author really focused on Grant's struggle with alcohol more than most items of his life, which he apparently won, in the end. Grant was coolest near death, in war and later in disease. His strength and weakness was that he ignored his weaknesses and drove through whatever problem to its end, good or bad. If the Presidency during the 1800's paid the President appropriately, Grant would not have had to take money from the rich and powerful. It was great to read how much he appreciated the African-American people and Jewish Americans. Its sad how the "South" took advantage of the weaknesses of the Federal government during the Reconstruction to reek havoc on the African Americans, and Grant couldnt do enough to help them. The book dragged in places, Grant's years in the service before the war, in the West, and his presidency. The Civil War flowed like water, very enjoyable. My wife is a Civil War historian and Im an ex "so called" re enactor. I flew out to Mississippi to drive most all of the Grant Campaign from Louisiana to Grant Gulf and each battle to Vicksburg. My ancestor fought under Sherman and Grant as an Iowa soldier. The Civil War Roundtables which are embedded with Lost Causers just sicken me. The hero worship of the Confederate generals sicken me. Re enactments need to end. Living history is good. Im sick of seeing the Confederate battle flag waving as if it never was defeated. Grant didn't condemn the Southerners, but he did its cause. Grant was one of the greatest men and generals of the 1800's. He took himself, worts and all, and made something of himself. That is a good example for all of us.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88,520
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,439

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Very Good Part 1

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

G.R.R. Martin is such a great writer. There are so many characters it is too much for me to remember. The descriptions of things are great. I can see how so many people enjoy reading this author's work. It too detailed for me and I had to skip parts now and again or I still be listening to this book. It is way to violent and sexual for me at a subject. The characters are for the most part, for me, unlikeable. The Imp and Danny are the best characters, though Sansa's sister is great! That was a great surprise for me. I enjoy the videos to a point, and they are way to graphic for me. I like the later years, with the fighting and less pornographic stuff.

  • J.R.R. Tolkien

  • A Life Inspired
  • By: Wyatt North
  • Narrated by: David Glass
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford. His research on Beowulf is still considered a standard in the field. Tolkien, however, unlike most Oxford dons, stepped out of his role as professor to create popular literature. Tolkien’s best-known writings were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, in which he created a fully realized world known as Middle-earth, vaguely identifiable as Northern Europe in a pre-history that never was.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great story marred by an awful narration

  • By john on 08-21-15

Insight into a Genius Mind

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

A Life Inspired gives insight into what and who allows J.R.R. Tolkien to create the characters and worlds of Middle Earth. From his world of Oxford and "words" Tolkien creates a mixture of myth and fantasy. The voice of this book explains where Tolkien gets titles for villages and kingdoms. Tolkien would not let the discouragement of WWI to destroy his optimism thoughout his writing.

  • Forging a President

  • How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt
  • By: William Hazelgrove
  • Narrated by: Greg Littlefield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

He was born a city boy in Manhattan; but it wasn't until he lived as a cattle rancher and deputy sheriff in the wild country of the Dakota Territory that Theodore Roosevelt became the man who would be president. "I have always said I would not have been president had it not been for my experience in North Dakota," Roosevelt later wrote.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rehash

  • By yanks45a1 on 05-25-18

Rehash

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Have you ever looked through the refrigerator and said that you dont want to "go out" or deal with traffic and/or use up your funds for something as simple as eatting. Well, in this case you have a book that is a collection of other books, often much better, and colorful fluff filling in the rest. It reminds me of Master Chief Jr., where the children place an egg on a plate with garnish and a ring of salad dressing in circle around the egg to "fill in" the plate. The plate looks full, space wise, but not filling when it comes to dinner time.

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