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  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,396

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • When does anything interesting finally happen?

  • By B. Reid on 01-18-19

Predictable and Low Brow

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-18

This book bored me with stereotypes of law enforcement lackeys, an Uncle Tom portrayal of Anthony Carter, a classic protagonist in any Greek tragedy, and sophomoric, deviant sexual fantasies that casually litter the thoughts of various characters. I am not a religious zealot but Cronin promotes a ridiculous overuse of “Jesus” as an epithet, perhaps because slurring Vishnu, Buddha, Muhammad, Brahma, Guanyin and Allah instead of Jesus would’ve resulted in a book ban for religious intolerance. Ironic.

I also think the plot is predictable. Life is short. Skip this book.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Brave Companions

  • Portraits in History
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

The best-selling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition. Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, "the little woman who made the big war”....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I USUALLY LOVE THIS GUY

  • By Randall on 01-28-19

Must Read (hear) for the Betterment of Mankind

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Wonderful biographical snippets of some of the most important historical figures that most people today have never heard of. It reveals that we live in a world today that was shaped and built on the shoulders of giants and knowing their stories will inspire a new generation to pursue their passions and do impossible and wonderful things. I want John Quincy Adam’s perspective as he explained why he wanted to be a senator in his 80’s, (paraphrase) “ I must do everything I can for God and man”. That statement reveals the gargantuan morality, compassion and discipline that shaped him and a generation of people who suffered greatly and knew the consequences of wasted talent. I will listen to this book again because it’s so rich with things I need to remember.

0 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Empire of Blue Water

  • Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign
  • By: Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades and brought it to its knees. This is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean. Henry Morgan, a 20-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Morbid Terrorists?

  • By Jack on 11-11-08

A Great Historical Adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

The facts that are the foundation of the great Caribbean pirate era come to life in this well researched and dramatically performed adventure. It's a fascinating dive into the brutality and bravery that motivated an honorable Welshman to become the most feared and respected pirate of the late 17th century. Tally also delivers insight about culture, customs, weapon technology, global commerce, royalty and the geology of earthquakes among other interesting topics. This is an honest telling, without glorification, of one of the most fascinating icons of human history - swashbuckling pirates of the Caribbean.

  • Into Africa

  • The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
  • By: Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Gene on 04-01-04

Sublime Historical Adventure

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

If you enjoy answering your curiosity about one of history's most amazing accomplishments, you'll savor this book. To learn about the lives, personalities and especially the hardships that Livingston and Stanley endured in their pursuit of knowledge brings a new meaning to the definition of "adventurer". I will never forget it, and I highly recommend it.

  • Skeletons on the Zahara

  • A True Story of Survival
  • By: Dean King
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569

Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of 12 American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men - who found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation, death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the desert on camelback - is made indelibly vivid in this gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting

  • By thawstone on 06-05-16

Mind Blowing Adventure

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

You have to listen to this story. It will make you appreciate every minute of your comfortable and unappreciated existence.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful