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  • The Fires of Spring

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

David Harper is an orphan, seemingly doomed to loneliness and poverty. As an adolescent con artist and petty thief, David spends his days grifting at an amusement park, the place where he first learns about women and the mysteries of love. Soon he discovers that his longing to embrace the world is stronger than the harsh realities that constrain him. Featuring autobiographical touches from Michener's own life story, The Fires of Spring is more than a novel: it's a rich slice of American life, brimming with wisdom, longing, and compassion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Typical Michener Story

  • By Jay on 08-06-16

A Wonderful Coming of Age Story

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

This early Michener novel about a boy growing up in 1920s America introduces some very interesting and memorable characters. This audio narration from the early 90s is still great!

  • Forgotten Ages

  • The Complete Saga
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 674

The greatest military leader of his time. The most talented code breaker her people have. Sworn enemies. When deadly secrets from the ancient past are unearthed, secrets capable of fracturing the world and destroying all life on the planet, these two enemies will have to work together. They are humanity's only hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some breaks in logic, but an enjoyable listen

  • By Greg on 07-19-16

Engaging story with a romantic flavor

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This series started out as an interesting mystery with a lot of action, but then turned into more of an annoying romance with too much dialogue. The last book seemed to follow a "Guess who's coming to dinner" episode of Fantasy Island. The story also focuses almost solely on our heroine, with little other character development. I found the introduction of the telepathic practitioners as odd, since the author seemed to spend most of her time in the heroine's mind anyway. I gave it a four only because I don't care for silly romances.

  • Farewell

  • The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century
  • By: Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud, Catherine Cauvin-Higgins (translator)
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

1981: Ronald Reagan’s inauguration marks a new escalation in the United States’ Cold War with the USSR. Months later, François Mitterrand is elected president of France with the support of the French Communist Party. The predicted tension between these two men, however, is immediately defused when Mitterrand gives Reagan the Farewell dossier, a file he would later call "one of the greatest spy cases of the 20th century".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ESPIONAGE GEEKS TAKE NOTICE

  • By DS on 12-28-12

KGB Spy Helps Take Down Soviet Union

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Great documentary and analysis of a Russian agent who fed secrets to the west during the early 1980s. His actions along with the political and economic climate at the time helped the US and its allies win the Cold War.

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,668
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,156
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,131

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story was great, McAdams not so much

  • By R. Evans on 06-17-17

Classic Children's Story is Worth the Time

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Thoroughly enjoyable tale of a young girl growing up in rural Canada in the early 1900s.

  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • By: Edward Gibbon
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 126 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

Here in a single volume is the entire, unabridged recording of Gibbon's masterpiece. Beginning in the second century A.D. at the apex of the Pax Romana, Gibbon traces the arc of decline and complete destruction through the centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is a thrilling and cautionary tale of splendor and ruin, of faith and hubris, and of civilization and barbarism. Follow along as Christianity overcomes paganism... before itself coming under intense pressure from Islam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The European Civilization

  • By Marcus on 03-03-16

Excellent Narration of a Literary Classic

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

I hesitated to give this five stars overall, because of some technical problems with the Audible app. It frequently stopped in the middle of a chapter, and would only restart by forwarding to next chapter. This may have been due to the tremendous length of this audio work. The recording is first rate, and well recommended. Hopefully others won't have any problems with the Audible app stopping in the middle of the recording. As it was it took about two months to get through material. Gibbons was quite loquacious.

  • Patton, Montgomery, Rommel

  • Masters of War
  • By: Terry Brighton
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

In the Second World War, the United States, Great Britain, and Germany each produced one land-force commander who stood out from the rest: George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel. All were arrogant, publicity seeking, and personally flawed, yet each possessed a genius for command and an unrivaled enthusiasm for combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent ... Patton, Montgomery, Rommel

  • By John VandenBrook on 01-10-10

Excellent Analysis of Three WWII Generals

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This is a superb historical study of the three most influential leaders of the second world war particularly the African and European campaigns. Each general had brains and guts with and an ego to match. Wars are not won by playing nice. Highly recommended!

  • Unhealthy Anonymous

  • Exposing the Greatest Threat to Your Health and Happiness
  • By: Pete Sulack
  • Narrated by: Paul Bright
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In Unhealthy Anonymous, America's leading stress expert, Dr. Pete Sulack, gives you 12 easy-to-follow steps that will transform your health, your body, and your energy. Start making new choices and live the happy, healthy life you've always wanted!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Encouragement for Healthy Choices!

  • By Hans Rigelman on 07-25-18

Encouragement for Healthy Choices!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Straight forward advice to help you reduce stress, get rid of toxins, and learn to live healthier lives!

  • Hornet Flight

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544

It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding Spy Novel

  • By C. McCoy on 03-13-05

Great WWII Spy Thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Like his first novel Eye of the Needle Ken Follett has weaved another great story with all the action and suspense you would expect, but also some wonderful characters who become the unlikely heroes, and somehow just manage to fool their clever adversaries. The audiobook is excellent!

  • Living in a Mindful Universe

  • A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Heart of Consciousness
  • By: Eben Alexander MD, Karen Newell
  • Narrated by: Eben Alexander MD, Karen Newell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

In Living in a Mindful Universe, the New York Times bestselling author of Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven shares his insights into the true nature of consciousness. Embracing his radically new worldview, he began a committed program of personal exploration into non-local consciousness. Along the way, he met Karen Newell, who had spent most of her lifetime living the worldview he had only just discovered was possible. Her personal knowledge came from testing various techniques and theories as part of her daily routine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An update on what's happened since Proof of Heaven

  • By Diana on 10-23-17

From Heavenly Visions to Eastern Mysticism

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Those familiar with Eben Alexander's first book Proof of Heaven will find that he has strayed far from a mainstream or orthodox Christian worldview into areas more familiar to eastern mystics dealing with mediums and other conscious altering experiences. Though the concepts and experiences are interesting, it's best to stay sceptical.

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  • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

  • By: Homer, W. H. D. Rouse - translator
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 25 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisit the Classics

  • By The Kindler on 07-28-16

Why they're called the classics!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Great literature should be savored. And classics like The Iliad and The Odyssey deserve the time to listen and enjoy again and again.