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  • War of the Wolf

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

While Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems a peaceful life is not to be - as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex, where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be king of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the End

  • By Nicole Porter on 10-04-18

Does not disappoint

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Bernard Cornwell once again proves why he is such a great story teller. The saga of Uhtred of Bebbanburg continues. Uhtred is now 66 years old but still a formidable foe for anyone. While this book doesn't feature as many battles as some did in the past, what is there is a superb tale of Lord Uhtred doing what a Lord must do to preserve his lands and avenge the death of XXXXXX. I don't want to spoil it for you.

Matt Bates' narration is spot on and is believable as Lord Uhtred.

The Saxon Tales is my favorite series by Mr. Cornwell and I often re read the series. The series takes place in Dark Age Britain where not a lot is known as there are very few written records. Mr. Cornwell takes real people (except Lord Uhtred) and real facts as we know them, then masterfully weaves the two into a tale that is exciting and believable. The only bad part is that now I have to wait for the next novel.

  • Ancient Mesopotamia

  • Life in the Cradle of Civilization
  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Amanda H. Podany PhD
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Mesopotamia is the ancient name for the region that is now Iraq, a remarkably advanced civilization that flourished for two-thirds of the time that civilization has existed on Earth. Mesopotamians mastered irrigation agriculture; built the first complex urban societies; developed writing, literature, and law; and united vast regions through warfare and diplomacy. While civilizations like Greece and Rome have an unbroken tradition of written histories, the rich history of Mesopotamia has only been recently rediscovered, thanks to the decipherment of Mesopotamia's cuneiform writing less than 200 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating, informative, an amazing experience.

  • By GNG on 06-18-18

Great

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Before this course, I knew practically nothing about Mesopotamia but always was curious about it. Having listened to this course, I am better informed about it and motivated to learn even more about the history of that area. Dr. Podany's narration was clear and understandable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If they cut off both hands, I will compose music..

  • By Kristi R. on 02-01-15

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

What a treat! I love music but am not a student of music. Mr. Greenburg took me on a journey through these works and through the background of the composers themselves. He also set each work in the time of their composition bringing together the composer's lives and political and economic times along with the works themselves. Then he gives a lecture on the components of the pieces. I love all 30 works and now I understand what it is about them that I like. I am still not a student of music, but now I have a greater understanding of these musical masterpieces and look forward to listening to his other course.

  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,657

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So many threads cut short!

  • By Scott on 10-15-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I wasn't sure I would like this book but after listening to and enjoying the sequel, I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is. The story never slowed or became dull but always left me wishing I had more time to listen to it. Mr. Perkins narration was spot on and it was easy to forget it was being narrated at all. His inflections and voice moved with the characters and moment as if there were more than one narrator. My only wish is that there were more books by Mr. Hamilton as I am now a huge fan of his.

  • The Circle of Ceridwen

  • The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 1
  • By: Octavia Randolph
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 581

It is the year 871, when England was Angle-Land. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one's steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels 15-year-old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I've waited FOREVER for this day!

  • By bluestategirl on 01-05-17

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I tried to like this book but could not. The narration was delivered in monotone and without performance so I quickly bored with the story. I listened to about 1/3 of it before giving up on it.

  • Great Classic Stories

  • 22 Unabridged Classics
  • By: Alphonse Daudet, Saki, Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Barbara Leigh-Hunt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

A treasure-chest of the written and spoken word, this collection is read by brilliant actors who make this audio anthology a genuine treat for the listener.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By Kaite McGrew on 05-23-17

Deliciously good

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Great Classic Stories to be better than the print version?

Great stories that make you want to listen to them from your easy chair by the fire with a hot beverage and a big bowl of buttered popcorn at hand. Cozy stories from Victorian England thereabouts and narrated by British actors you know. Nigel Hawthorne, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie for three. Each one is delightful and paints a word picture of life in Olde England.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

They are all second to none.

  • Fools and Mortals

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

In the heart of Elizabethan England, Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William. But he is a penniless actor, making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty theft, and a silver tongue. As William's star rises, Richard's onetime gratitude is souring, and he is sorely tempted to abandon family loyalty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TRULY astounding narration!

  • By Clayton on 01-14-18

Not your typical Bernard Cornwell novel

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am a huge Bernard Cornwell fan and I wanted to like this novel. But I'm afraid I did not. Now having said that, I didn't like it because it is not his typical novel. I prefer the Saxon Tales and others like it. While I did give this novel a sort of okay review, please do not pass up reading it solely on my review as it is my opinion and not fact.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Debt

  • Wolf of the North, Book 3
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058

A blade fit for a hero. An army for a tyrant. A reckoning long awaited, and a tale reaching its end. The riveting conclusion to the Wolf of the North trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Most Unsatisfying Ending

  • By Sailfish on 02-01-18

Exellent Series

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Where does The Blood Debt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While book two was a disappointment in the style it was written, book three returns to the exciting style of the first book.

  • Jorundyr's Path

  • Wolf of the North, Book 2
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503

As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid's Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth. From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr's Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of, filled with friends, enemies, and danger - the crucible from which heroes are forged.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy ADD?

  • By Brian on 09-19-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

While the first book was both riveting and exciting, this one was not. It is written differently than the first book and because of the way it is written, it droned on and on. Simon Vance's narration was spot on but the story was not.

  • The Wolf of the North, Book 1

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,459

A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric's life changes course. Against a backdrop of war, tragedy, and an enemy whose hatred for him knows no bounds, Wulfric will be forged from a young boy into the Wolf of the North. This is his tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great opening to a series

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-22-17

Excellent tale

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

I love historical fiction, which this book is not. I decided to try it expecting not to like it but I loved it. I'm looking forward to book 2 now.