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  • Titans of History

  • The Giants Who Made Our World
  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

In this inspiring, horrifying, and accessible collection of short, entertaining, and vivid life stories, Simon Sebag Montefiore - one of our preeminent historians and a prizewinning writer - presents the giant characters who have changed the course of world history.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short, but well researched.

  • By brian on 10-17-18

Short, but well researched.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

These short little articles on various politicians, writers, and others are good starting points for research. The author, noted for his works on the USSR has researched these people rather well. Narration needs more work however.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States

  • By: Jeffrey Lewis
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States is an exciting piece of "speculative fiction." The novel posits that there was a nuclear attack against the US on March 21, 2020 by North Korea, and that a national bipartisan commission was created to investigate what and how it happened. It's pretty scary stuff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speculation, but, well done.

  • By brian on 10-16-18

Speculation, but, well done.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

A look at a likely event to happen in the future. Well researched for a fictional war.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Oliver Twist

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences' imaginations for more than 150 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing narration!

  • By Karen on 12-11-08

A classic

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

The happy ending is melodramatic, but, consistant with the time it was written in. Simon Vance gives an excellent performance, a new narrator I'll grow to like with time.

  • Tank Rider

  • Into the Reich with the Red Army
  • By: Evgeni Bessonov, Bair Irincheev - translator
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Tank Rider is the riveting memoir of Evgeni Bessonov telling of his years of service at the vanguard of the Red Army and daily encounters with the German foe. He brings large-scale battles to life, recounts the sniping and skirmishing that tried and tested soldiers on both sides, and narrates the overwhelming tragedy and horror of apocalyptic warfare on the Eastern Front. So much of the Soviet experience of World War II remains untold, but this memoir provides an important glimpse into some of the most decisive moments of this overlooked history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish more about the Soviet POV was written.

  • By brian on 10-07-18

Wish more about the Soviet POV was written.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Very well done. Makes me wish more audio books were made about the Soviet soldiers in the war.

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  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable making-of documentary of sorts

  • By Tasha on 10-04-18

Not what I was expecting, though some parts were g

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I was expecting an audio book take on the in-universe A History of Magic, only to find a behind the scenes at what inspired Harry Potter. Disappointed, though the interview segments were a nice touch.

66 of 81 people found this review helpful

  • Star Trek: The Klingon Way, A Warrior's Guide

  • By: Marc Okrand
  • Narrated by: Michael Dorn, Roxann Dawson
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

The Klingon Way is a guide to the wisdom of Klingon warriors, including proverbs and quotes from some of its greatest thinkers. Featuring Michael Dorn and Roxann Dawson - in both English and Klingon!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hmmm Not Sure

  • By Robert on 07-24-13

A book every Star Trek fan should own.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Shame it's short, still, the references to episodes of the various series, and having two Klingon actors involved makes it worth it.

  • Star Trek: Conversational Klingon (Adapted)

  • By: Marc Okrand
  • Narrated by: Michael Dorn, Marc Okrand
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

A comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to the fastest growing language in the universe, Conversational Klingon is presented by Michael Dorn, star of Star Trek, The Next Generation and author Marc Okrand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Qapla'!

  • By anonymous on 01-12-18

A must-have for Trekkies for sure.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

An excellent starting guide to Klingon. Wish more guides to Star Trek languages were in audio format.

  • Star Trek: Klingon (Adapted)

  • By: Hilary Bader
  • Narrated by: Michael Dorn, Robert O'Reilly
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

This is a frighteningly realistic episode that tests your mastery of Klingon phrases, customs, body language, and even the proper cooking of gagh. In this truly unique adventure, you are Pok, a young Klingon warrior caught up in the dangerous circles of Klingon clan politics. A fully dramatized adventure narrated by Michael Dorn and featuring Robert O'Reilly and a full cast directed by Jonathan Frakes!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shame it's rather short.

  • By brian on 09-29-18

Shame it's rather short.

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Well done, a must-have for Trekkies and Klingon fans alike. Shame it's so short, and Michael Dorn and Robert O'Reilly and Martok's actor are the only 3 I recognize. Still, well put together.

  • Star Trek, The Next Generation: The Genesis Wave, Book 2 (Adapted)

  • By: John Vornholt
  • Narrated by: TIm Russ
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The spectacular conclusion to the thrilling double-sized adventure! Even if, against all odds, the Genesis Wave can be defeated, Picard and his potentially treacherous allies must still confront the greater mystery of what unknown intelligence dared to launch the wave against an unsuspecting galaxy - and for what malevolent purpose...Read by Tim Russ, Tuvok on Voyager!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a phenomenal story & narration.

  • By Jose O. Gomez on 01-08-18

A worthy end to an interesting series.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Short, but, well done. I'll check out more Star Trek audio when I can. Maltz's death almost made me cry.

  • Star Trek, The Next Generation: The Genesis Wave, Book 1 (Adapted)

  • By: John Vornholt
  • Narrated by: Tim Russ
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Intended to create life from nothingness, the Genesis Wave had the potential to become a weapon of awe-inspiring destructiveness, capable of rearranging matter and life energy on a planetary scale. After cataclysmic close calls, Starfleet wisely decided to destroy all data and records on Project Genesis, hoping to bury its deadly secrets forever...but now it is back with a vengeance...Read by Tim Russ, Tuvok on Voyager!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By John on 11-12-03

Shame it's abridged.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Narration is excellent. I believe Tim Russ was on Star Trek. An excellent storyline, with nods to Star Trek 3. A must-have for any Star Trek fans.