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  • The Templars

  • The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884

In 1307, as they struggled to secure their last strongholds in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Templars fell afoul of the vindictive and impulsive king of France. On Friday, October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested en masse, imprisoned, tortured, and disbanded amid accusations of lurid sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Vatican in secret proceedings. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Protogere on 10-30-17

Good ...ACCURATE...history of the Knight's Templar

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

This is a history so it had many dates and names and you can get lost in the narrative. The author writes well and brings the facts together in a good way.. It is easy to listen to. I appreciate that the author addresses some of the more hare-brained ideas about the templates. The author reads the book and does a good job of it.

  • The Gospel of Loki

  • By: Joanne M. Harris
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

This novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods - retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki. A number-one best seller in the UK, The Gospel of Loki tells the story of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos; his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin; through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Walking In Loki's Shoes

  • By Robert on 10-06-17

A mixed bag. Not near as clever as it thinks it is

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

The premise is: the myths of the Norse but from Loki's point of view. But it's the same old Norse stories with a snide revisionist slant. Also, it includes modern humor which feels out of place and is not all that original or funny. It is well done in terms of the completeness of the sagas and the research. She is a good writer. This book though tired me.

  • The Demon-Haunted World

  • Science as a Candle in the Dark
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Seth MacFarlane
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cary's new career

  • By DT on 09-05-17

A book that should be taught in schools .

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Sketpticism gets a bad rap, but it is a necessary part of both science and democracy. As Carl Sagan points out in this book the scientific process of a skeptical inquiry has brought us all the good (and some of the bad) of the world we live in today. Yet there is a tremendous reaction against scientific thinking both in reactionary talk from fundamentalists And from popular pseudo-science. The author does a great job in pointing this out and delineating the tools to cut through the BS. And he does so without maligning belief itself. If there is any failure is that there are times in which it is repetitive. Nevertheless it is a great book and a necessary read in this world of infotainment and political spin.

  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,155

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

Very satisfying and fun to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Though based on an earlier sci find series this reads as the best of John Scalzi. The dialogue is entertaining and the plot draws you in. It's also very funny at times Will Wheaton once again does a perfect reading of Scalzi's work. Recommended for a fun and thought-out provoking read.

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,598

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

Better Than Expected.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Obviously most people have seen the movie. Neither it, not it's sequels or reboots were very good, in my opinion, although some were brainlessly fun. The book is far better. It has some truly interesting themes dealing with the impact of our actions on our continued life as a species that go far beyond a simplistic environmental message. Sometimes it is silly just like the movie (why ARE there two kids on the island again?) And sometimes the movie does a better job humanizing the characters. Hammond, in particular, is almost a cartoon villian in the book. Overall this is a fun and thought provoking book. I am no fan of Scott Brick, he reads everything in that melodramatic sing-song of his but I didn't mind it enough to stop reading.


  • The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad

  • By: Joyce E. Salisbury, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Joyce E. Salisbury
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Spain has played a unique and essential role in Western civilization. To understand the unfolding of Spain's epic history is to come to terms with one of the West's great cultures, and to grasp its enduring presence and impact on the world stage. In these 24 accessible lectures, Professor Salisbury presents a broad and enthralling panorama of Spanish history, covering the centuries from the first prehistoric settlement of the peninsula to Spain's 20th century civil war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As much travelogue as history

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-22-17

Comprehensive History of Spain. A Bit Dry.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

My wife's family is from Spain so I was interested in learning more about its history This levcure series is a good intro covering everything from prehistoric caveman times to today. The lectures are divided in a brilliant way with awesome Spanish guitar riffs. I wish the lecturer had a better delivery. For all that her enthusiasm for Spain is apparent, her delivery is sometimes dry and monotone. Also, as an expert in Spain who has lived there and visited often, her pronounciation of Spanish words should be better. At times her lecture borders on cheerleading especially regarding recent history. Still she covers even contemporary issues I have heard my in laws talking about so that is nice to have in context.

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  • Exiles at the Well of Souls

  • By: Jack L. Chalker
  • Narrated by: Peter Macon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Antor Trellig, head of a ruthless interstellar syndicate, has seized a supercomputer with godlike powers that could make him omnipotent. The Council offers master criminal Mavra Chang any reward she desires if she can stop Trellig - and horrible, lingering death if she fails. But neither Trellig nor Mavra has taken the Well World into consideration. Built by the ancient Markovians, the Well World controls the design of the cosmos. When the opponents are drawn across space to the mysterious planet, they find themselves in new, alien bodies and in the middle of a battle where strange races fight desperately.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Overly complicated and slow plot.

  • By Gonzalo on 06-20-18

Overly complicated and slow plot.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

One of those classic sci fi series that seems a bit dated due to very obvious anti technology attitudes. The series is very imaginative in terms of world building but the story is not centered enough to follow. Too many characters, too many comboluted subplots, and the complex nature of the setting means that the book has to stop often to describe extensively different species, places and the most pointedly unnecessary aspects of life (like how different species have sex, eat, sleep go to the bathroom...). it gets boring. I'm done with this series with this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The ABC Murders

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

There's a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet and the whole country is in a state of panic. A is for Mrs. Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarkein Churston. With each murder, the killer is gettingmore confident - but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal, mistake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of AC's masterpieces

  • By Linda on 06-17-17

Great rendition of a classic.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The narrator does a wonderful job bringing the ABC murders to life. The book is course a classic and very entertaining mystery. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Midnight at the Well of Souls

  • By: Jack L. Chalker
  • Narrated by: Peter Macon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

At the heart of a bizarre planet lay the goal of every being that had ever lived.… Below average in height and unprepossessing in appearance, Nathan Brazil is an unassuming if cynical starship owner, carrying passengers and cargo for a living - hardly the sort of person to hold the fate of the entire universe in his hands. But when Nathan detours from his route to answer a distress call, a hidden stargate hurls him and his passengers to the Well World, the master control planet for the cosmos. Billions of years ago, a godlike race unlocked all the secrets of space and time and remade the universe according to their grand design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step Through The Portal, And Be Changed Forever!

  • By Michael on 05-02-13

Well Crafted Story

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

This first book of the well of souls series definitely grabbed my attention. Great world building. The story sometimes drags and the characters can be hard to follow, there's a half dozen that get equal time and at least in audiobook at times I got lost and wondered which one I was following. Overall I anjoyed the book and the narrator's reading was good to listen to. I'm definitely going on to the second book.

  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

  • By: Walter Moers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

Playful enough for young adult readers, yet as intricate and engaging as any work of literary fiction, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear has the plot of a novel and the spontaneity and humor of a vintage comic book, making it already an instant cult classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hillarious and fantastic book and great listen

  • By Paul on 03-25-11

A magical journey through another land.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Absolutely the best narration by Brandon Pincho I've heard so far, the 13 Lives of Captain Blur Bear takes you on a wonderfully fun journey through the life of a magical bear who has pretty much done everything and gone everywhere.bit was a very entertaining read that never tired me. The only issue is that it is describes as a children's vstory but if so it's for older children as it is somewhat long and heavy on detail and minutiae for the very young. For adults though it is thoroughly enjoyable.