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  • The Judas Strain

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 4
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Fernandez
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind - a disease that's unknown, unstoppable, and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis, operatives of SIGMA Force, search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun book

  • By JoAnn on 07-24-07

fun yet somewhat predictible

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-08

The Judas Strain is very similar to the author's other books. If you enjoy his work, you will enjoy this book. The trick is to never think too much about the action or plot line, but just enjoy drama and clues. I enjoyed listening to this book and how the plot was moved forward. The author has three different plot lines going on at once so you are always moving from story to story. In the end, the story is fun and entertaining, even if the plot line is somewhat far fetched...but that is the whole point to all the "save the world" books! Just enjoy it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • In the Hands of Providence

  • Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War
  • By: Alice Rains Trulock
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Joshua Chamberlain of Maine forged a remarkable career during the Civil War. An academic and theologian by training, this modest young professor left Bowdoin College to accept a commission as lieutenant colonel of the 20th Maine. He fought at Antietam and Fredericksburg, then led his regiment to glory at Gettysburg, where he ordered the brilliant charge that saved Little Round Top.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Details of war

  • By Richard on 04-23-07

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-07

This is one of the best biographies I have ever listened to! This man is without a doubt one of the most amazing American hero's of the Civil War and yet probably few are familar with him and all the battles he participated in while suffering a number of injuries. This book makes you feel like you have met and spent time with Joshua Chamberlain. I only wish I had learned of this man sooner when I lived in New England and could have visited his home in Maine. You will enjoy this book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Eminent Lives

  • The Presidents Collection
  • By: Michael Korda, Paul Johnson, Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

A perfect gift for your favorite history buff, or for your own collection, this audio set from the acclaimed Eminent Lives series is a must for anyone interested in the story of America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history

  • By Michael on 11-23-07

Great history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-07

This is another great listen for anyone interested in presidental history. Each review is not too long but you feel you still get a great deal of history about each man.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Grant

  • Great Generals
  • By: John Mosier
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

In this newest addition to the Great Generals Series, John Mosier brings to life the brilliant military strategist Ulysses S. Grant. A modest and unassuming man, Grant never lost a battle, leading the Union to victory over the Confederacy during the Civil War, ultimately becoming president of the reunited states. Grant revolutionized military warfare by creating new leadership strategies and by integrating new technologies in classical military strategy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grant(Unabridged)

  • By Robert on 02-24-07

Amazing person

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-07

This was an excellent book detailing the life of General Grant and the less successful President Grant. As a general, we was uniquely qualified to lead an army at that time in history. The author does an excellent job helping you to understand who Grant was and how he thought. While his presidency was less than stellar, he still had some successes and had a great challenge in trying to reconcile the country. This book is well worth the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Manhunt

  • The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
  • By: James L. Swanson
  • Narrated by: Richard Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By F. Elizabeth Hauser on 12-14-08

Excellent Lincoln continuation narrative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-07

If you enjoyed Team of Rivals, you will greatly enjoy this book since it is a natural follower to continue after Lincoln is killed, to see how and why Booth did what he did and how his conspiritors tried to help him. I also enjoyed the Q/A session at the end with the author. This book was well done and well read. You feel as if you are on the run with Booth and one is amazed how many times he managed to slip by the authorities. You will enjoy this book!

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Doris Kearns Goodwin (introduction), Richard Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excessively abridged

  • By R. Beauchamp on 10-17-08

Well written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-07

This was an excellent review of the history of ole Abe's administration. The writing was clear and interesting. I learned more about Abraham Lincoln in this book in a few hours than an entire lifetime! He was a facinating man who seems to be truly one of the great presidents that wished the best for the country and could put aside his political differences to do what was best for the nation. Lincoln was definately a great man, no just for what he did but how he treated anyone he came in contact with. One of the best historical books I have listened to so far.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • E=mc2

  • A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation
  • By: David Bodanis
  • Narrated by: Dan Cashman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

David Bodanis demystifies the world's most famous equation, explaining its science and bringing it to life. He makes clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Well Done

  • By Nelson Alexander on 04-06-10

Facinating

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-07

This book truly lives up to its stated goal to explain what this famous equation means. The author explains each aspect in an easily understood manner and I enjoyed the illustrations and scientific history behind what led to these great discoveries. If you enjoy science but do not want to be overwhelmed, this is a great read!

  • The Last Templar

  • By: Raymond Khoury
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065

As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Michael on 05-17-07

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-07

I have two friends who agree with me. If you enjoy DaVinci or Templar lore, this book is for you. Great story line and intriguing to the end. Lots of action and interesting premise for a story compared to other Templar stories. The reading and intonations of the narrator are excellent as are his other readings. You will not be disappointed!

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Greatest American Poetry

  • By: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and others
  • Narrated by: Bill Pullman, Meryl Streep, Elliott Gould, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Elliott Gould, Burt Reynolds, Meryl Streep, and a host of other celebrities read over 100 poems by four of America's greatest poets. Walt Whitman celebrates the brash and rugged individualism of his country in exuberant language. The spare, precise language of Emily Dickinson conveys her penetrating vision of the natural world and an acute understanding of the most profound human truths.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A good gift, but poorly wrapped

  • By Carol Mead on 11-29-04

horrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-07

I am sure the poetry is fine, but this did not translate well into electronic form. The quality is poor and the readings are not that entertaining or engaging. One of the few electronic books I gave up on.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Romanov Prophecy

  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was well worth it.

  • By Christopher on 09-29-04

The reviews were right!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-07

I was hesitant to read this book based on the concept. However, after reading the reviews, I took the chance and I am glad I did! This was an excellent book and was well read by an excellent reader who brought the characters alive. My only criticism would be the idea of an African-American laywer being the main character in a position of power in a Russian society as strange. However, this did fit the final prophetic meanings. Very entertaining and Steve Berry fans will not be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful