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  • Vindolanda

  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

AD, 98. The bustling army base at Vindolanda lies on the northern frontier of Britannia and the entire Roman world. In just over 20 years' time, the Emperor Hadrian will build his famous wall. But for now, defences are weak as tribes rebel against Rome. It falls to Flavius Ferox, Briton and Roman centurion, to keep the peace. But it will take more than just a soldier's courage to survive life in Roman Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, Adventure, Mystery

  • By KC on 02-07-18

One I really wanted to like...

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

I very much wanted to like this book. For the record I love Adrian Goldsworthy’s historical writings. I was hoping this would be an improvement on most historical fiction works, given his vast historical knowledge. That didn’t happen. I suppose this is mostly a personal preference issue. Peter Noble is a wonderful narrator, giving each character color and distinction.

  • Henry IV

  • The Righteous King
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

The talented, confident, and intelligent son of John of Gaunt, Henry IV started his reign as a popular and charismatic king after he dethroned the tyrannical and wildly unpopular Richard II. But six years into his reign, Henry had survived eight assassination and overthrow attempts. Having broken God's law of primogeniture by overthrowing the man many people saw as the chosen king, Henry IV left himself vulnerable to challenges from powerful enemies about the validity of his reign. Even so, Henry managed to establish the new Lancastrian dynasty and a new rule of law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and compelling

  • By kayakman on 12-15-17

Total immersion history

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

Once again, Dr. Ian Mortimer delivers a powerful and instructive narrative historical account. Henry IV has been vilified throughout history, but Mortimer recounts his life in a most balanced way to show that particularly Shakespeare’s characterization is unfair. James Cameron Stewart gives careful and exceptional narration.

  • The Vikings

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,519

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject

  • By AppleCedAR on 09-14-13

Another amazing great course

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

There is nothing like the Great Courses. Every one of them have been astounding. Dr. Karl Harl clearly is a world-renowned expert in Viking civilization. He delves unto the myths surrounding the culture, and sets the record straight in this most extraordinary people. He’s captivating, funny, and insightful at every turn.

  • World War II at Sea

  • A Global History
  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 186

World War II at Sea offers a global perspective, focusing on the major engagements and personalities and revealing both their scale and their interconnection: the U-boat attack on Scapa Flow and the Battle of the Atlantic; the "miracle" evacuation from Dunkirk and the pitched battles for control of Norway fjords; Mussolini's Regia Marina - at the start of the war the fourth-largest navy in the world - and the dominance of the Kidö Butai and Japanese naval power in the Pacific; Pearl Harbor then Midway; and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Ocean War: 30,000 feet to 600 feet below

  • By Nashville Cat on 12-31-18

Most Comprehensive history...pay close attention

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Craig Symonds is a master of naval history. This is a comprehensive masterpiece of naval warfare during World War II. It’s very thorough so if one isn’t paying attention, much detail will be missed. I had to rewind a lot. But no detail is left uncovered. Eric Martin’s narration strikes the perfect tone. This will most definitely require a second or third listen.

  • Home Front: The Complete BBC Radio Collection, Volume 1

  • By: Lucy Catherine, Katie Hims, Sebastian Baczkiewicz, and others
  • Narrated by: full cast, Toby Jones, Ami Metcalf, and others
  • Length: 38 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Series 1-5 of the groundbreaking BBC Radio 4 drama charting life on the home front during World War One. First heard on radio between 4 August 2014 and 9 November 2018, each episode of Home Front is set exactly 100 years before the broadcast date, and each follows one character’s day. Together they create a mosaic of experience from a wide cross section of society, mixing historical fact with enthralling fiction to explore how ordinary people coped with daily life in wartime Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Radio Drama!

  • By Lee on 11-24-18

Exceptionally engrossing drama

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

This is a most wonderful drama set during the turmoil of WWI in Britain. The only thing that one needs is a character list to keep up, although you can get on the BBC 4 website and print one off. It comes in handy! The characters are voiced to perfection, capturing all of the emotional spectrum, just like in a stage play. I can’t wait for the next volume! I wish it would keep going and going. But at 38-39 hours per volume times three, that’s not a bad set up.

  • The Second World War

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 39 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of World War II. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, The Second World War. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Fills in Gaps I Didn't Know Existed

  • By DJM on 07-31-12

Sir Antony Beevor at his best

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

This is an epic telling of World War II in its entirety, without bias or pretense. It’s factual, brutal, and breathtaking. Beevor is well known for his spectacular retelling of the most captivating moments in history, namely war. Sean Barrett’s tone and pacing keeping the story moving at just the right speed. Not too fast, and not too slow. It’s utter perfection.

  • Heart of Europe

  • A History of the Holy Roman Empire
  • By: Peter H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 34 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

The Holy Roman Empire lasted 1,000 years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire quipped that it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter H. Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings on this one.

  • By Ambrose Seymour on 09-19-17

Pay close attention or you’ll get lost

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

This is one book that requires very close attention. If you’re listening while doing something, it is very easy to get confused. The book skips around a lot too, time wise. It’s not chronological at all. That’s not a problem, it just makes for a necessity to truly listen. Napoleon Ryan is just right for this book’s narrator. This will definitely require a second listen to make sense of all the information.

  • Wheelmen

  • Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever
  • By: Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports. Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and balanced account

  • By Gabriel on 11-19-13

Mind blowing inside look at the scandal of the century

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

The Lance Armstrong doping scandal was the most crushing sports scandal of the 21st century. It combined the audacity of a man, whose ego knows no bounds, an awe struck public, and a culture of celebrity worship that does not question inconsistencies but worships unabashedly. This book is matter of fact in its assertion of Armstrong, and though truthful about his outrageous narcissism, it never completely bashes him. If anything, this book reflects our culture.

This story isn’t just about Armstrong. But it is about the win at all costs, corrupt culture of sports in general. Not just athletes, but coaches, heads of corporations, and sponsors feed the corruption. The list goes on and on. Santino Fontana, a brilliant actor and stage performer, is a revelation as a narrator. Here’s to hoping he continues to use his talents as a narrator, on a variety of material.

  • Band of Brothers

  • E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,859
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,862

Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High Expectations Met

  • By Scott on 02-12-13

As Good as it gets

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

There is no other story like “Band of Brothers.” Stephen E. Ambrose’s account is a modern day classic. It’s the pinnacle of all WWII narratives. Tim Jerome’s narration only adds to the depth and penetrating story, one any reader will never forget.

  • The Fall of Berlin 1945

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 355

The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc - tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Salui on 09-06-16

Perfect, should be required reading

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Sir Antony Beevor is one of the most comprehensive and captivating historians. “The Fall of Berlin” is the perfect example of unbiased truth, horror, and thoroughness. No detail is missed. One hopes we can all learn from this brutal history. Sean Barrett’s performance gives the story a nuance and pulsating feel. One not to be missed.