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  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,800

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Not Easy

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

It may be for people in a hurry but it is not necessarily for average lay people. There is some assumptions of knowledge that even many college graduates (especially those who graduated college many years ago) may not have.

  • Legacy of Ashes

  • The History of the CIA
  • By: Tim Weiner
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555

This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read/Listen

  • By Jim on 08-23-07

Will I ever finish?

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

What did you like best about Legacy of Ashes? What did you like least?

The history is very detailed.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There are times that the story gets lost in the details and the volume of characters, many of which are irrelevant.

How could the performance have been better?

Sounds like a boring history professor reading it. I cannot tell you how many times he lulled me to sleep.

Do you think Legacy of Ashes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I cannot imagine a detail that was left out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hearts and Minds

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • By: Dayton Ward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

Continuing their exploration of the Odyssean Pass, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the starship Enterprise discover what they at first believe is a previously uncharted world, with a civilization still recovering from the effects of global nuclear war. An astonishing priority message from Starfleet Command warns that there's more to this planet than meets the eye, and Picard soon realizes that the mysteries of this world may well weave through centuries of undisclosed human history....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Trek Story

  • By KiraNyres on 05-31-17

Should have stuck to a single timeline

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

What disappointed you about Hearts and Minds?

I found the back and forth time line to be very disctracting especially since the characters in the earlier timeline never really developed properly. One could have omitted all of it and the remaining story would not be changed by it.

What three words best describe Robert Petkoff’s voice?

Character voices good

  • Indian Givers

  • How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World
  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology, and in this astonishing, ground-breaking book takes a giant step toward recovering a true American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening...

  • By Lou on 09-26-11

reads like a boring textbook

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Very rarely have I downloaded a book that is as boring to listen to as this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever. In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds, paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You may knock US down, but you can't knock US out

  • By Matthew on 12-04-13

A text book

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

Reviewed: 06-20-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It reads too much like a text book. This is one of the greatest stories of the twentieth century reduced to facts, etc. This book is everything that turned me off about history before I discovered my love for it.

What was most disappointing about Craig L. Symonds’s story?

What story?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He did the best he could with what he had.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

No reaction except joy as it finally concluded.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • By: Benjamin Franklin
  • Narrated by: Adrian Cronauer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

A great inventor, journalist, satirist, politician - a true Renaissance man - Benjamin Franklin perfectly embodied the traits we now treasure as "American."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish high school history was this interesting!

  • By Heizenberg on 03-20-05

The performance kills it.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-13

What disappointed you about The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin?

This is a fine book but is read like it is your most boring high school history teacher!
The performance is so deadpan and dead I cannot rate the book well at all.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Needs a new performance

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He just killed it with boredom

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

  • America Again

  • Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't
  • By: Stephen Colbert
  • Narrated by: Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,855

Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not His Best, but Still Funny

  • By Troy on 05-07-15

Funnier on TV

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

Reviewed: 01-19-13

Would you try another book from Stephen Colbert and/or the narrators?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Colbert again?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

I don't know.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

He is better for a few minutes on TV. After three hours it gets really old and is no longer funny.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Atlantic

  • Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Simon

  • By Paul on 01-01-11

Reads like a lecture

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

Reviewed: 10-20-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Scholars

What do you think your next listen will be?

Biography

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

This audio book sounded too much like some of the lectures I sat through back in my college days. Lots of great information but delivered in such a way as to make it uninteresting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Jesus I Never Knew

  • By: Philip Yancey
  • Narrated by: Bill Richards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Best selling author and respected journalist Philip Yancey takes a deeper look at the Christ of the Gospels. From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey reveals a complex character, a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who aims to transform your life and faith radically. The Jesus I Never Knew is a piercingly honest interpretation of the life and character of Jesus of Nazareth by a writer unafraid to tackle Christianity's most difficult issues in order to enhance our perspective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you think

  • By R. Whitten on 07-11-03

boring

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

Reviewed: 09-19-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The performance was like a boring college professor. Yuck. Find a better reader who could make the greatest story ever told sound like he is a little bit excited about it.

What could Philip Yancey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He should have skipped this one.

What didn’t you like about Bill Richards’s performance?

monotone

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Warning! Don't listen while driving.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Litigators

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,726
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,683

The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Grisham, entertaining

  • By Jbug on 10-29-11

A John Grisham Let Down

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

Reviewed: 12-16-11

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am a huge John Grisham fan and have enjoyed all his books. This one was OK but it was certainly not the kind of story that I grown to expect. I am disappointed. Let me go find a biography or something to read that will keep me more engaged.

Would you recommend The Litigators to your friends? Why or why not?

John Grisham poorest effort is still better than most others. I wouldn't say don't read it. Just don't get your hopes up.

Do you think The Litigators needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Let it die.