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  • Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Embark on an unforgettable trip into the historical glories of the past with these 24 lectures that immerse you in the history of an often overlooked region of the ancient world. With Professor Harl as your guide, you'll plunge into the history of Asia Minor's great ancient civilizations and come face to face with eye-opening historical milestones. Among these: the rise of the Hittites, the legendary Trojan War, the birth of Western philosophy, the fiery Greek and Persian Wars, the victories of Alexander the Great, the dawn of the Hellenistic Age, the spread of early Christianity, the golden age of Byzantium, the birth of the Ottoman Empire, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There Ain't Nothin Minor about this Asia!!! : )

  • By Mike on 04-26-14

Another fantastic Course

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Professor Harl does an excellent job in presenting this course. His enthusiasm on the subject matter just draws you in. Asia Minor has been both the home of some incredible civilizations and has been at the cross roads between East and West and between Europe and the levant. The Hittites, Greeks, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Turks, Mongols and Assyrians all vied for supremacy of this strategically located land. Fascinating course, highly recommended.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,921
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,544

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

Fantastic Sci-Fi Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

One of the best Sci-Fi Series I have ever read. Clever writing, fresh take on artificial intelligence, hilarious in parts but really good sci fi too. Ray Porter may be the premier narrator in audible. All three books in the trilogy are excellent. Highly recommended.

  • The Last Kingdom

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,508

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cornwell is becoming my current best favorite author

  • By Eyal on 10-20-15

Excellent novel of the Viking Invasions of England

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the last kingdom, I totally agreed with one of the other reviewers that this was the kind of novel that had me researching some of the events from that time period. It is brutal and violent but very interesting. The book is able to contrast the lifestyles and cultures of the Germanic Anglo Saxons to those of the Scandinavian Danes from the perspective of a man born Saxon but later integrated into the Danish culture - it was fascinating. The narration was first rate. I plan to continue with other books from the series. Highly recommended.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40,692
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,986

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Excellent Second Book

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

So many times a sequel is a major let down - this one picked up right where the first one left off. This is one of the best Science Fiction series that I have come across - the writing is so clever, funny and innovative. Ray Porter is the perfect narrator for these books. Highly recommended, although I would recommend starting with the first book prior to reading this one.

  • Mr. Majestyk

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

Vincent Majestyk saw too much death in the jungles of Southeast Asia. All he wants to do now is farm his melons and forget. But peace can be an elusive commodity, even in the Arizona hinterlands - and especially when the local mob is calling all the shots. And one quiet, proud man's refusal to be strong-armed by a powerful hood is about to start a violent chain reaction that will leave Mr. Majestyk ruined, in shackles, and without a friend in the world -- except for one tough and beautiful woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elmore Leonard and Frank Muller: purrrrfection.

  • By Richard Delman on 04-03-14

Extremely Cheesy

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

I had heard of the movie, although I had never seen it or read the book. Additionally I think Frank Muller was one of the finest narrators that I have listened to. But I was very underwhelmed with this book - the story was absolutely lame, it reminded me of a grade b movie or 70s episode of the A-Team - very little substance. It started out almost like a human interest story but quickly degenerated into a silly story. The protagonist gets arrested, gets caught up in a prison break and angers one of the other prisoners who vows revenge. The rest of the book has the villain hiding out while working to get Mr Majestyk free from jail so that he can exact his revenge.

  • The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794

The word "barbarian" quickly conjures images of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan. Yet few people realize these men belong to a succession of nomadic warriors who emerged from the Eurasian steppes to conquer civilizations. It's a part of ancient and medieval history that's often overlooked, but for an accurate view of how the world evolved, it's essential. Covering some 6,000 miles and 6,000 years, this eye-opening course illuminates how a series of groups pushed ever westward, coming into contact with the Roman Empire, Han China, and distant cultures from Iraq to India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than You Ever Wanted to Know re Steppe Nomads

  • By Christopher on 09-25-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

One of the most interesting books I have listened to in the Great Courses collection. Absolutely fascinating. Central Asia and the steppes have not made huge impacts on the world stage in several hundred years, but before the advent of firearms their endless waves of military campaigns impacted the entire known world. Chinese, Roman and the various middle eastern empires all faced perpetual threats - at some points such as during the Mongol era all three were being impacted almost simultaneously. The horse archers and their cavalry prowess represented a military technology few Generals in the urbanized settled world could counter. The brutality and carnage of some of the campaigns are still felt in the modern era as some locations never really recovered. Professor Harl is outstanding in delivering the course - well worth the credit.

  • Your Best Year Ever

  • A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals
  • By: Michael Hyatt
  • Narrated by: Michael Hyatt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

We all want to live a life that matters. We all want to reach our full potential. But too often we find ourselves overwhelmed by the day-to-day. Our big goals get pushed to the back burner - and then, more often than not, they get forgotten. New York Times best-selling author Michael Hyatt wants listeners to know that it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, he thinks that this is the year listeners can finally close the gap between reality and their dreams.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn’t make a good audio book (IMO)

  • By Dirk on 01-10-18

Some broadly focused ideas

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

The Best Year Ever is a good book, similar to many others in the genre. One area that he focuses on more that most others though is in considering goals across all facets of life, not merely career or business oriented goals. Another aspect he honed in on is taking action as opposed to paralysis by analysis. Worth the credit. Narration was enthusiastic but average.

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  • King Arthur

  • By: Frank Thompson
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

In King Arthur, young Arthur is given a seemingly impossible mission: to defeat a bloodthirsty Saxon conqueror and his army, a dozen times the size of Arthur's own. Haunted by Merlin and tormented by the fact that his small band of knights has only a slim chance at survival, Arthur is determined to fulfill his duty to the Roman Empire, his family, and Great Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Pleased

  • By Ingwe on 03-12-13

Really good book, based on the movie

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Wonderful version of the King Arthur classic - I especially enjoyed the realistic explanations of the King Arthur story - Merlin being more of a Celtic leader than a magician, the sword Excalibur being pulled from a grave rather than a stone, the Knights being made up of peoples that had been subjugated by Rome and the historical perspective of the era when Rome was in decline and withdrawing and the Germanic tribes were beginning their relentless invasions of the Island. This version was really less of a fantasy tale and more of a study in human nature from the perspectives of four distinctly different cultures all vying for Supremacy on the Island - Roman, Sarmatia, Celtic and Saxon.

This version is based on the movie that came out in the early 2000s. The narration is well done. Recommended and worth the credit.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,480

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Excellent book, hilarious in parts but also a really good science fiction book. I found myself laughing throughout the book while enjoying the innovative take on Artificial intelligence. Ray Porter is one of the premier narrators of audio books and this is one of his best performances. Highly recommended, The writing is both clever and also very witty.

  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,531

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Reminded me of earlier Harry Bosch books

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

If you are a Harry Bosch fan, I think you will find the latest Bosch book, Two kinds of Truth, to be a good read. In many ways it reminded me of some of the better Connelly books - City of Bones and Lost Light, in the way that it has multiple stories going simultaneously. It also has the human element perspective at its core. Harry looking at the condition of some of the characters, trying to intercede and ultimately looking inward at his own circumstances. In my opinion, its not his best work, but its not his worst either. Titus Welliver is getting much better in the narration role, probably a result of becoming more familiar with the character from the Amazon series. The story is interesting, but not real deep. And the actual ending seemed rather abrupt to me - still, it is in my opinion a good book and worth the credit.

I always enjoy the way characters from the series appear from time to time in new books. Jerry Edgar resurfaces in this one.

It will be interesting to see where Connelly goes with this series in the future. At some point the series will have to end, transition or reset since Harry is now at least 65.

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