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  • 1453

  • The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
  • By: Roger Crowley
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history and the end of the Byzantium Empire. Roger Crowley's listenable and comprehensive account of the battle between Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Constantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium, illuminates the period in history that was a precursor to the current jihad between the West and the Middle East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Tad Davis on 11-29-16

One of the best ... it’s right up there☝🏼

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Call it serendipity. Now and again a book is well written. Then if the narrator knows his craft, we’re in luck. I could hear the thunder from cannon and see the colour of blood. Like David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Shivago, and A Passage To India, this was an absolute epic experience! I can and no doubt will listen to this book again and again.

  • Jeb! and the Bush Crime Family

  • The Inside Story of an American Dynasty
  • By: Roger Stone, Saint John Hunt, Congressman John LeBoutillier - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

New York Times best-selling author and legendary political insider Roger Stone lashes out with a blistering indictment that exposes the true history and monumental hypocrisy of the Bushes. In his usual "go for the jugular" style, Stone collaborates with Saint John Hunt - author, musician, and son of legendary CIA operative E. Howard Hunt - to make this a "no-holds-barred" history of the Bush family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is this at all "True"

  • By Big Al in Sunny Florida on 08-15-17

Worth a read!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Too much inforainment for 11 + hours listening. Makes you wonder what didn't get told.

  • From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa

  • A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History
  • By: Michael Rank
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

To untangle the modern Middle East conflict and the 2,000 years behind it, this book is divided into 25 concise chapters. Each one is devoted to a major theme in Middle East history, such as the beginning of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan, and the beginning of Israel in 1948. They can be read in a few minutes, giving you a fast overview of the issues and help you to understand Middle East current events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but of course it's quite brief

  • By Philo on 07-26-13

One for the naive

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

What would have made From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa better?

Perhaps a Foreword could say this book is aimed at high school History and Geography classes. He could also add as recommended reading, "The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East" by Robert Fisk, and any if not all of Robert Spencer's books on that religion.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Rank again?

Not in the immediate future.

How could the performance have been better?

That's a tricky question because the material to go on doesn't lend itself to a Shakespearean rendition, but this is only my opinion.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa?

I wouldn't cut, but add some meat.

Any additional comments?

This book is suitable for Junior High School.

  • Guilty as Sin

  • Uncovering New Evidence of Corruption and How Hillary Clinton and the Democrats Derailed the FBI Investigation
  • By: Edward Klein
  • Narrated by: Lars Mikaelson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

In his astonishing new book, Edward Klein uncovers the real story behind Hillary's email scandals and the dirty political games that have kept her one step ahead of the law - for now. Klein reveals what the FBI's team of 150+ investigators really found on Clinton's server. How Comey originally threatened to resign over White House attempts to intervene in the investigation, and his secret plan to go around the Justice Department if needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • such corruption

  • By agriplex on 10-26-16

'Well done Edward Klein'

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

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

What better time to read this book than now. The main protagonist happens to be one James Coney.

What other book might you compare Guilty as Sin to and why?

"The Clinton Trilogy" by Victor Thorn, and "Hilary Clinton's FAILED CHOICES" by Stephen Thompson, Raj Shah, Tim Miller.

What does Lars Mikaelson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A balanced presentation!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not 'moved me', but somewhat gratifying because my gut feeling was borne out by Edward Klein's pen.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend to all thinking men and women to read Dinesh D'Souza's "Hilary's America." That book has been such an education for me, and I'm not American.

  • Hillary's America

  • The Secret History of the Democratic Party
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303

Dinesh D'Souza, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller America, is back with this darkly entertaining deconstruction of Hillary Clinton's flawed character and ideology. From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America's progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation's wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hillary's America

  • By customers coins on 08-29-18

Now I get it! This book is neither infotainment, nor trivia.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Is it an excuse to say that because I'm not American I did not know Abraham Lincoln was a Republican? Or did I understand correctly that many if not most Americans are also unaware? I do know that many if not most English believe the Democratic Party is the champion of the underdog. Remember Ted Kennedy's narrative endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008? And what a disappointment that turned out to be. Such sleight of hand and talk about dealing from the bottom of the deck. Enough already!

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  • War, Geopolitics, and History

  • Conflict in the Middle East
  • By: Robert Fisk
  • Narrated by: Noam Chomsky
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

A talk by Robert Fisk, the Middle East correspondent for the London Independent and the author of Challenging Empire and the Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. Introduced by Noam Chomsky. Recorded live on April 9, 2006, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good lecture, reaaallly bad recording

  • By Fkrauss on 08-08-12

The definitive education on the so-called Middle East

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-17

It took me a year to get through the book. Audible really should get Robert Fisk's epic narrated, else many will miss out. That would be a real tragedy. How else will we find out? I tell anyone who'll listen this book is the touchstone by which to view the Middle East.
There are chapters which could carry a warning, "readers may find content disturbing and distressing."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Day of the Scorpion

  • The Raj Quartet, Book 2
  • By: Paul Scott
  • Narrated by: Richard Brown
  • Length: 22 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The second novel in The Raj Quartet: the arrest by British police of Mohammed Ali Kasim, who is known to sympathise with the Quit India movement, signifies a further deterioration in Anglo-India relations. For families such as the Laytons, who have lived and served in India for generations, the immediate social and political realities are both disturbing and tragic. With growing confusion and bewilderment, the British are forced to confront the violent and often brutal years that lie ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless classic, disastrous narrator choice

  • By Timothy on 12-10-12

It gets better!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Richard Brown's narration took some getting used to, I have been so taken with Sam Dastor"s rendition of Jewel in the Crown. However, I'm very glad to have persevered because this book gets better and better. It's not just a story, but also an insight into the latter days of the British Raj. This book is well worth listening to. Now onto #3.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Professor and the Madman

  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,051
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,067

Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect example of a quality audible book.

  • By Jerry on 07-07-03

Gripping and a must read!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

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

This is such a treat simply because author is also narrator. He knows what he means and means what he knows. This is the real deal and what a true and extraordinary story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr Milner of course. Why? Listen to this audiobook and you'll know why.

Which character – as performed by Simon Winchester – was your favorite?

The madman of course, but was he really mad? Depends what you call mad.

If you could give The Professor and the Madman a new subtitle, what would it be?

Hell Redefined, a.k.a. American Civil War

Any additional comments?

Anyone who goes through what Dr. Milner had to in the Civil War and only ended up insane, should consider themselves rather lucky. This book puts the atrocities of war into some perspective. Such man's inhumanity to man had never crossed my mind. Then there is the author's scholarship which one can only but admire. Like I said, "the real deal."

  • The Complete Infidel's Guide to Iran

  • By: Robert Spencer
  • Narrated by: Bob Reed
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The author of The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS and The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran returns with the sharp wit and boundless courage needed to expose the oncoming storm from Iran.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Take note!

  • By Everard (Desert Islander) on 12-13-16

Take note!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I can listen to what Robert Spencer has to say. If knowledge is power (as they say), then this is probably the best source.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Spencer? Why or why not?

Absolutely. If knowledge is power (as they say), then this is probably the best source.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Bob Reed?

Perhaps

Do you think The Complete Infidel's Guide to Iran needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Perhaps. This subject is arguably the most important of our time.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Saigon

  • An Epic Novel of Vietnam
  • By: Anthony Grey
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 35 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Joseph Sherman first visits Saigon, the capital of French colonial Cochin-China, in 1925 on a hunting expedition with his father, a US senator. He is lured back again and again as a traveler, a soldier, and then as a reporter by his fascination for the exotic land and for Lan, a mandarin's daughter he cannot forget. Over five decades, Joseph's life becomes enmeshed with the political intrigues of two of Saigon's most influential families, the French colonist Devrauxs, and the native Trans - and inevitably with Vietnam's turbulent, war torn fate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Story

  • By Duane V Bowman on 03-31-17

Somewhat disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I read this book back in the 70's and it captured my imagination so much that I never forgot it. However, the narration of this audiobook was in my opinion appalling.
I have always recommended reading this book to others, but I would not recommend anyone to listen to this.

If you’ve listened to books by Anthony Grey before, how does this one compare?

I read this paperback in the 70's, but this is the only one I have listened to. That said, I would not care to listen to anymore. I found this narration patronizing and irritating.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gordon Griffin?

James Adams comes to mind.

Was Saigon worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

None