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  • The American Revolution

  • By: Allen C. Guelzo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures.With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth it, quirky prof

  • By Uferdinand on 08-02-16

Great if all you care about is military manovering

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

So this was not bad, but really not what I was looking for in a lecture on the American Revolution. It needs a different title. Its about 70% descriptions of battles, 25% useless drama between individual people, and maybe 5% of politics, economics, philosophy, and causes of the revolution (The part I was interested it; you know, the important part). If sometime in the near future I have to lead a badly equipped militia into battle, I might be able to use some of the knowledge I gained from this, but otherwise I gained very little from listening to this. If you are into military history and interpersonal drama, then you will probably like this. Otherwise "Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies" is better. Even though there are only a few lectures leading up to the revolution at the end, you will get much more information in those few than this whole series.

  • The Island of Doctor Moreau

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Shane Sody
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Island of Doctor Moreau is part science-fiction and part horror. However, it is much more than that. The novel also raises questions about the ethical limits of scientific experiments, playing God, and the distinction between humans and animals. Shipwreck survivor, Edward Prendick is rescued and dropped off at a remote Pacific Island, where a disgraced British biologist has fled to continue his experimental work on human-animal hybrids.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Background noises distracting

  • By Zachary on 05-26-14

Background noises distracting

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would remove the background noises/music. They are too loud and not done well. I returned the book to get a different narration

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Jack Sondericker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

In Jules Verne's classic tale Professor Von Hardwigg and his nephew Harry discover the entrance to an ancient volcanic tunnel in Iceland. They choose to explore it for the mysteries it may hold, the Professor for scientific knowledge, and Harry to prove his bravery to a beautiful girl. It is a dangerous journey that may destroy them both. As they travel deep into the caverns they encounter a subterranean world that pre-existed man. It is an adventure as fascinating and strange as any explorer ever recorded. Finally, with their equipment lost and food running low they must face the consequences of a vital choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, average narration

  • By Zachary on 05-21-14

Great book, average narration

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

Reviewed: 05-21-14

What other book might you compare Journey to the Center of the Earth to and why?

It is similar in style, subject, and plot to the Mysterious Island and the Lost World, likely because they are from the same time period.

Any additional comments?

The narrator gets a bit too dramatic sounding when there isn't really a reason to. It seems like he wanted to make the science references less dry, but it sounded out place to me. Otherwise, I liked his narration.

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  • The Time Machine

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,711

The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Random Pauses in Speech. (Captain Kirk narrates)

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-14

great story, bad narration

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

Reviewed: 05-14-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes

Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Munro’s performances?

no, he has a strange halting speech that is distracting. I was actually seriously considering if it was narrated by some advanced computer program stitching together reused pieces of voice recording.