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  • 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 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226

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

Good insight into the plague

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

The course covers a lot that books I’ve read didn’t cover. The professor talks about all aspects and impacts on all classes of people.

Be warned it gets quite repetitive. But overall an interesting topic well delivered.

  • Fifteen Dogs

  • By: André Alexis
  • Narrated by: André Alexis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old dog ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Sentience Is

  • By Davina Daly on 06-29-17

A real surprise

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

I kept looking at this in my wish list and thinking I just wasn’t sure I liked the topic. What a surprise. This is one goes on my top 10 list. Full of sadness, revenge, joy, bewilderment, abandonment, pride, anger. And bitter sweet but satisfying ending. I want to read the one about the cats now (a natural sequel).

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 165,458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152,744
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152,582

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

2001 ending

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

I'd have liked this more if it had a 2001 space odyssey ending where the ever ready bunny runs out of ways to fix his batteries. Nonetheless it was a good read. Can't wait to see it on the IMAX screen.

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,301
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,397

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

On and on and on

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

Reviewed: 10-05-14

I thought this was going to be an interesting read with a sci-fi twist on the plague years of the 1300s in England. But it just goes on and on with political infighting between academics at Oxford & whose fault it is that the time travel went awry. OK, I get it, but after hours of listening I still don't get the story line. I just gave up. Back to the present.

  • Inferno

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,244

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic and Hard to Finish....

  • By Livia on 06-15-13

Blah Blah Blah Same Story

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

Reviewed: 09-14-13

Not sure why I bought this after my disappointment with Angels & Demons. Same impossible scenario this time with a "genius" woman - 200 IQ or something - who can't see what's patently obvious. Come on, really? Brown has become a money making formula writer & not particularly a good one. I'm sure he laughs all the way to the bank.

  • Cloud Atlas

  • A Novel
  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,684
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,704

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed often with the kindly Mr. Cavendish

  • By Aaron on 08-23-12

Great "read", murky message

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

Reviewed: 11-11-12

So, I was wondering what the point was & in the end I got it all laid out for me. A moral preaching. I thought there was an error in the recording when suddenly the first section just cut off in mid-sentence (could never figure out what the purpose of that was). Despite these oddities, I really enjoyed the book. It's engaging, keeps you wondering.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,015

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six stars

  • By mark harris on 12-24-16

Great book jarring pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 03-11-12

When are publishers going to start providing the readers pronunciation tips? It was distracting when the reader's plummy, erudite accent, which sounded so convincing, crashed on some fairly obvious words.

A terrific book, well written and, despite anomalous verbalizations, a very good narration.

  • Forged

  • Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Faith shaking

  • By Fletch on 09-05-12

Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 12-29-11

I repeat, repetitive. I can't get 15 words on the page without saying it again.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
  • Length: 35 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ordinary Lives; Extraordinary Circumstances

  • By Wendy on 10-01-12

Terrific Narration!!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-11

This is one of Dickens' more meandering books, but the narration was truly remarkable and made this a great "read".

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Periodic Table

  • Its Story and Its Significance
  • By: Eric Scerri
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

The periodic table is one of the most potent icons in science. It lies at the core of chemistry and embodies the most fundamental principles of the field. The one definitive text on the development of the periodic table by van Spronsen (1969), has been out of print for a considerable time. The present book provides a successor to van Spronsen, but goes further in giving an evaluation of the extent to which modern physics has, or has not, explained the periodic system. The book is written in a lively style to appeal to experts and interested lay-persons alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible table - an oxymoron

  • By Juha on 06-09-14

MeanderingTable

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

Reviewed: 12-29-11

What would have made The Periodic Table better?

Would have been better if there had been a real story line to this book. The dissappearing Spoon was much better, more engaging. This book presumes you already know quite a bit about the periodic table. Jumps all over the place.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful