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The Historian
    
    
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        Elizabeth Kostova
    
    


    
    
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        Joanne Whalley,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Martin Jarvis,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Dennis Boutsikaris,
    
    
        and others
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    807 ratings
    Overall 3.6
  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I give the book a five but I won't buy it...

  • By S A on 07-20-05

excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-07

I love books such as this. So very fascinating to the end. I fell into this book as if I were there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton

  • By: Michael Phillips
  • Narrated by: Susan Spain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Mayme and Katie have become friends, which is unusual given that their friendship has spouted at the end of the Civil War and that Mayme is a former slave, while Katie is the daughter of a plantation owner. Both girls have been orphaned by the war, left alone on Katie's family plantation. The land is the one thing they still share, and they don't want to leave it. But if anyone finds out the two of them live there alone, they will be forced to move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great Story

  • By Robin on 12-23-05

thought provoking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-07

I loved this read. Very thought provoking through and through. It held my interest and was very profound to the end..

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lincoln's Melancholy

  • How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
  • By: Joshua Wolf Shenk
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lincoln was depressed - who knew?

  • By Scott on 06-22-08

Excellent audio book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-06

I read this with utmost fascination. I enjoyed this extremely. A must listen!! So much in this related to my own mind set and experience.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Fractured Mind

  • My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder
  • By: Robert B. Oxnam
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

At the peak of his professional career, after having led the Asia Society for nearly a decade, Oxnam was haunted by periodic blackouts and episodic rages. After his family and friends intervened, Oxnam received help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffery Smith, and entered a rehab center. It wasn't until 1990, during a session with Dr. Smith, that the first of Oxnam's 11 alternate personalities, an angry young boy named Tommy, suddenly emerged.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid look at a rare disorder

  • By Omar on 11-23-07

Interesting but disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-05

I can really relate in my own personal life experiences with the authors account of multiples. I struggle with many of my own.
I was not impressed with the narrator. He did not have the right voice for the job. It was boring to me. Sorry. It was a most interesting story but I was totally let down when the author seemed to indicate that Christianity was dirt under his feet. And that had turned me off. In this I was offended at his ignorance. I do not think I would recommend this book. 2 stars is being generous.

9 of 22 people found this review helpful