Sara Colvin

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  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

  • The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: Liam Neeson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Without Ireland, the transition could not have taken place. Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization, they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task. As Cahill delightfully illustrates, so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval culture has its roots in Ireland. When the seeds of culture were replanted on the European continent, it was from Ireland that they were germinated.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Quality So Bad I Can't Listen

  • By CoffeeIV on 12-19-14

Good book, annoying ending

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

For the most part, I loved this book, but I could have done without the preaching at the end.

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  • Towers of Midnight

  • Wheel of Time, Book 13
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 38 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,934
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,949

The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

  • 5 out of 5 stars

  • By Corey on 11-09-10

Good, but not to par with the rest of the series

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-10

I liked most of this book, especially the (very brief, unfortunately) parts with Rand. He's more now like he was in in the early books, which is a treat. Actually, all the original Two Rivers characters have parts in this book where they tie up old story threads that haven't been mentioned in the last several books. This too, is a joy to see.
One thing I didn't like is how out-of-character some people seem. Without saying too much, I'll just state that I no longer like Egwene for her actions in this book, which is sad, because she really was enjoyable in the last one.
Perrin's parts just seemed to repeat themselves after the first few times, and I hope that he's only got a small part in the last book, because it felt like he took up more than half of this one.
Overall, the book felt very rushed, which it likely was, since it came out just a year after the last one. Most of the individual parts were good, but as a whole the book was tedious.
My favorite parts were those with the Asha'man (glad to see the Black Tower back) and with Mat, as usual. Surprisingly, I really liked the Rand parts for a change, though it felt like he was only briefly mentioned every few chapters to let us know he's still around. For once, I also really liked Nyneave, who seems to be the only female character who started out as someone I disliked, and actually grew up.
I gave this book 4 stars, as it was fun to read, and had some excellent parts. It didn't get full marks for the aforementioned choppy editing and annoyingly overdone parts with Perrin.

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  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92,174
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 92,080

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Good book, poorly edited audio

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-10

I listen to audio books when I don't have time to sit and read. Many of my friends have recommended this book to me, and with the HBO series coming out soon, I thought I'd try it.

Overall, the story is good. It's gruesome and gritty, with many sexual scenes (some with a child as young as 13, so if that's not your style, here's a warning) that I raised an eyebrow at. It's all a part of the well thought-out plot, and enhances it rather than detracts from it, however.

As much as I liked the book, the narration really got on my nerves after a while. I've listened to many male narrators pull off a believable female voice without sounding squeaky, and this guy's not one of them. Also, he does a voice for several characters that has him sucking in a wet, slurpy breath every few seconds. It's revolting and completely distracting from the plot.

Most distracting, though, is in several parts of the story, there will be a long pause in the file, and then the last several sentences will repeat themselves. I've never had that happen in any other book I've listened to.

4/5 stars, it would have been 5 if the audio quality and narration had been better.

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