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  • The Templars

  • The Secret History Revealed
  • By: Barbara Frale
  • Narrated by: Kate Udall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

At its height, the Order of the Knights Templar rivaled the kingdoms of Europe in military might, economic power, and political influence. For 700 years the tragic demise of this society of warrior-monks amid accusations of heresy has been plagued by controversy, in part because the transcript of their trial by the Inquisition - which held the key to the truth - had vanished.Templar historian Barbara Frale happened to be studying a document at the Vatican Secret Archives when she suddenly realized that it was none other than the long-lost transcript!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Presentation of recent research

  • By Chris Marlowe on 12-12-17

Presentation of recent research

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

This is the real historical presentation of the recent discovery of what truly happened to the Templars, which is wonderful to be able to hear.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

  • How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do
  • By: Sarah Knight
  • Narrated by: Sarah Knight
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,300

Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? It's time to stop giving a f--k. This brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo's best seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt - and give your f--ks instead to people and things that make you happy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Got the gist in 30 mins

  • By spicyhands on 03-04-16

Surprised how good it is.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

I bought this because — well, there was a Audible sale and it was cheap and I needed something for a plane flight.

Despite it being a parody of a self-help decluttering book and the title, it was amazing. It is really about Stocism and life priorities and lots about not being a horrid person, too. And of course the f-word in every third sentence. Okay, every other sentence. If you think you might like it, you will. Even if you aren’t sure, you just might.

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All for England

  • By Darwin8u on 09-12-17

A long slow conclusion to the Smiley series

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Tom Hollander is wonderful reading this ending and coda to the story that starts with Le Carre’s start. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, and all the rest. Ghosts haunt, the past is exhumed. We go through it all again and many loose ends are tied off and fused. It makes me want to go back and read or listen to them all again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Flapper

  • A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern
  • By: Joshua Zeitz
  • Narrated by: Daniella Rabbani
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that kept her disapproving mother corseted, the New Woman of the 1920's puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted. Her newfound freedom heralded a radical change in American culture.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Poor Performance

  • By redsrule1 on 03-16-14

Wonderful history of the 1920s

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

I really liked this. It was informative and entertaining. The narrator had irksome mispronunciations in a number of places, but that’s a peeve.

  • Dreamland

  • Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep
  • By: David K. Randall
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106

Like many of us, journalist David K. Randall never gave sleep much thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking. One midnight crash into a hallway wall sent him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep. In Dreamland, Randall explores the research that is investigating those dark hours that make up nearly a third of our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book, awful reader

  • By Lisa on 01-29-14

Great book, but I can't deal with the narration

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Seriously annoying narrator. If it's fiction, I can appereciate a voice for a character. This isn't fiction and whenever the author quotes someone, the narrator comes up with a voice. Sometime it's a bad British accent. About half the time, it's a breathy, horrible feminine voice. The worst part is that he editorializes with the voices. Whiny ones for people he doesn't like, authoritative for others. Buy the book, not this audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreamland?

That awful lisping child's voice he used.

Would you be willing to try another one of Andy Caploe’s performances?

I would pay extra for anyone who is not him!