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  • Starship Troopers

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,880
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,171

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book ever

  • By Michael on 06-28-06

Was not what I expected, but I really liked it

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I wasn't sure what to expect on this one, I remember seeing the cheesy commercials for the movie and thinking it was a low budget sci fy movie. There is a science fiction aspect to the book, but the vast preponderance of the book is focused on life in the military and in scenes in which philosophical questions are debated. In some ways it is a Human interest book disguised as a science fiction book. It was very interesting, just different. The narration was decent although there are some sound issues. It almost sounded like the original recording was abridged, and they went back later and inserted newer material in to make it unabridged.

  • Darkest Hour

  • How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink
  • By: Anthony McCarten
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

May 1940. Britain is at war, Winston Churchill has unexpectedly been promoted to prime minister, and the horrors of Blitzkrieg witness one Western European democracy fall after another in rapid succession. Facing this horror, with pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, Churchill wonders what words could capture the public mood when the invasion of Britain seems mere hours away. It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched and wonderfully written new book, The Darkest Hour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 12-06-17

detailed depiction of history

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-19

An excellent and detailed account of a critical point in history. The book seems to take an even handed look at the personalities and perspectives that shaped the decisions that ultimately prolonged the war long enough for the Allied response that defeated the axis powers. Surrender was certainly one of the options that could have been taken given how quickly the Germans had overrun Europe. Difficult decisions were made that allowed the allies to continue the war effort. Great study in the power of leadership, speech and resolve in the face of some very dark possibilities. John Lee is one of the premier narrators of audio books and he does an excellent job in this one. Well worth the credit

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,258

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So

  • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

Not very good

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I have read all of the Bosch series and nearly all of the Michael Connelly novels, some of them multiple times, but this was by far the worst one. The story is paper thin, bordering on unbelievably silly and that is certainly not characteristic of any Connelly novel. I wondered as I endured the book if this was one of those contractual obligation books that a writer simply puts out to fulfill a requirement. It is amazing how lame Ballard and Bosch were in the book, almost like a different author had written it. At this point in the series Bosch is nearly 70, while it has been my favorite detective series it may be time to let Harry retire. Huge disappointment, I would not recommend it.

  • 1421

  • The Year China Discovered America
  • By: Gavin Menzies
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Its mission was to "proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. When it returned in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in China's long isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America 70 years before Columbus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rational Explanations for Historical Mysteries

  • By Dennis on 02-21-14

Fascinating Theory

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I thoroughly enjoyed the book 1421 and readily accept significant portions of the book, however there are also many parts of the book that would seem to be pure conjecture - coupling facts and theories that fit his narrative. Clearly the Chinese civilization made some huge accomplishments in areas far sooner than their European counterparts and naval discoveries pertaining to navigation are among them. I found the portions dealing with the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean far more plausible than those proposed in the Atlantic, especially those associated with the North Atlantic. The book really is fascinating and the narration is first rate. I would strongly recommend the book to people who enjoy history and histories mysteries.

  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There

  • How Successful People Become Even More Successful!
  • By: Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344

What's holding you back? Marshall Goldsmith is an expert at helping global leaders overcome their (sometimes unconscious) annoying habits and attaining a higher level of success. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag. But with this audiobook, you'll get Marshall's great advice without the hefty fee!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, but didn't lend to the audio format

  • By Carla on 03-21-11

Thought Provoking

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Very original and interesting take on getting to the next level. Accentuates the people skills aspects, and a number of common sense ideas at self introspection. He emphasizes the need to change, in spite of your success. Narration was fitting for the content and well done. Worth the credit.

  • Be Your Own Boss

  • How to Prosper in the Coming Entrepreneurial Decade
  • By: Harry S. Dent Jr.
  • Narrated by: Harry S. Dent Jr.
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

In this all new program, Be Your Own Boss: How to Prosper in the Coming Entrepreneurial Decade, Harry wants to encourage you to start your own business in the best way suited for you. Harry Dent is an entrepreneur himself, and this program is all about motivating you to become more serious in your pursuit of entrepreneurship, as the next decade could be very threatening if you don't. The good news is that more than ever, new Internet and social media technologies make it easier to become an entrepreneur today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Advice

  • By MELODY J. LEMESURIER on 01-03-17

Some good ideas

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This book starts out a little slow, almost began to think it was a commercial touting all of Mr Dents predictions and statistics. But the content does get better on into the book. While I doubt some of the content, I found some of the advice in the latter parts of the book to be sound and insightful. Statistics are something that can be interpreted in so many different ways that I tend to be skeptical, especially in the area of economics, Still his conclusions were interesting and some of them I would imagine to be somewhat accurate.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,521

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

There is a reason this one was free

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Actually there is very little in this short book that is actually about weather patterns. I enjoyed Money Ball, but the content of this one is weak and overall I found it to be very lame. Complete waste of time. Would not recommend it.

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  • Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Locales like Mesopotamia or the Indus Valley, peoples like the Hittites or Assyrians, or rulers like Sargon, Hammurabi, and Darius are part of a long-dead antiquity, so shrouded with dust that we might be tempted to skip over them entirely, preferring to race forward along history's timeline in search of the riches we know will be found in our studies of Greece and Rome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, but too short.

  • By M. Brian Burchette on 01-01-15

Shorter than some of the othe courses

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I have enjoyed all of Dr Harl's Great Courses offerings and this one was no exception. It is shorter than the other ones, but nonetheless it is still extremely interesting. It touches on many of the earliest civilizations and points out how each made lasting contributions. Well worth the credit and highly recommended.

  • Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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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 41,597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,822

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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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.