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  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,856

In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Mountains of Spain

  • By Anonymous User on 01-12-09

Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-10

I've listened to this audiobook literally 50 times since I first bought it. The story, itself, is already amazing but they did a superb job on the audio. This book will show you what its like to be a real man instead of someone with a faux hawk who walks around a mall text-messaging and trying to hook up with cougar moms all day. Every boy should be forced to read this at age 21 and when he's done, should be punched in the face.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,703
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,323

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable book. Really liked the narration.

  • By R. Spangler on 12-13-10

Yes

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-10

I'm not going to ruin your journey into this book by telling you everything about it. It is better to venture in, the way that I did, by knowing nothing more than the author's name and the bird on the cover. This novel succeeded on so many levels for me. Having grown up in the DC area punk scene, I was impressed with the authenticity of certain indie and punk rock references in the book. One would not expect such from an Oprah book. To me, the writing here is absolutely flawless. It took a few hours for me to really get interested, but then the book just blossomed for me. Also, this is absolutely the best narration of any book ever. I would estimate that I'll probably read this book at least ten or more times in my lifetime. It was that well-wrriten.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Lincoln's Melancholy

  • How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
  • By: Joshua Wolf Shenk
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lincoln was depressed - who knew?

  • By Scott on 06-22-08

Hands down awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-10

I almost didn't buy this because the sample on here sounded a little shoddy. However, I am glad I bought it and would say the actual audio is superb. I enjoyed the narrator and the content of this book stunned me at every turn. It is a great book for anyone who has struggled through depression and asked themselves, 'is the answer to my problems in a pill, or in channeling my pain into something more powerful and meaningful'? It is for anyone who likes Lincoln and to learn about History. One of the best audio's I've ever listened to. I'm buying 5 in print editions for friends this Christmas.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghosts of Cannae

  • Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic
  • By: Robert L. O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

For fans of Victor Davis Hanson, Donald Kagan, and Barry Strauss comes a rich, sweeping account of the most imitated---and vicious---battle in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hannibal's Legacy

  • By Douglas on 11-10-10

enjoyed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-10

First off, the narrator is amazing. Especially for the subject matter of this book. Secondly, I enjoyed that the beginning of this book details a brief history of how man first started to hunt and gather and form tribes. I thought it was a good book and the only detractors were when the author paused to argue that some people believe differently than the view he was expressing. I understand this for the scholary who he probably felt would test his work, but for the layman reader I just wanted to hear the account straight-up, with no intrusion. Still a good book. Very detailed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • volume1

  • By chris on 08-26-10

volume1

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-10

When you see 'Volume 1,' the first thing you ask yourself, am I really going to go the distance with this book and surrender how many 48+ hours it will take to complete all volumes? I've had hit or miss experiences with other civil war books and was pulled right into this one. For me, this is the one to have. Narration is perfect. Someone on here gave it a 1 star and said its from a northern point of view. I felt it was impartial. I give it 5 stars because I learned very much and the narration was top notch.

30 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Measure of a Man

  • A Spiritual Autobiography
  • By: Sidney Poitier
  • Narrated by: Sidney Poitier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • bravo!!!

  • By Gail Kelleher on 02-03-07

snooze

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-10

Oprah said to like this, so some people are going to like it already before they open the book. I am giving it three stars, because it has a very personal feel to the narration. I am not going to say this is a bad book, only that it was not for me. A few hours into it, I had to ask myself really why was I going to waste another few hours learning about an actor that will be forgotten in 20 years instead of reading about someone who made a bigger impact on history. Nothing against Portier, but two or three hours into it that's why I gave up. Almost anyone can sit back and tell you about their life, but I felt there were better stories out there. that's all. This is not a bad book.

  • They Called Him Stonewall

  • A Life of Lieutenant General T. J. Jackson, C.S.A.
  • By: Burke Davis
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Stonewall Jackson was a military genius, at once peculiar and perfect, a fearless soldier in battle but a God-fearing man who hesitated to kill on Sunday. He broke the rules of war to win, and yet his tactics are studied in military academies the world over. Burke Davis brings the color, vivid characterization, and immediacy of the best fiction to this fascinating biography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great General

  • By Pam Fulmer on 10-13-07

Good precursor

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-10

I don't think that many people I know would like this book, however it appeals to me as I attempt to tackle as much of the civil war understanding as I can. This book put me into the mindset of the men in action and shows the strategies they forged and the times they feared and hated the yankees. Their hope... such as when Stonewall constantly sent money back home for his wife to buy confederate bonds. This was a great way for me to learn enough about Stonewall to attempt other civil war books. I felt the narration was very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,973
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,108
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,043

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

Caveat

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-10

There's always a caveat to audiobooks or books like this. They will enrich your knowledge so much, but are so voluminous that you must commit weeks or months to completing them. I did not know much about Alexander Hamilton before reading this, other than a vague sense that he was one of those white dudes who founded the country. This audio book blew me away with knowledge about all the struggles he and George and others went through to get this country started on the right foot and keep it there as long as they lived. Truly remarkable. I feel like if every American read this, maybe we wouldn't squabble so much over petty things and understand truly what a remarkable country this is and how tumultuous was its birth.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wealth, War, and Wisdom

  • By: Barton Biggs
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In Wealth, War, and Wisdom, legendary Wall Street investor Barton Biggs reveals how the turning points of World War II intersected with market performance. Biggs will help the 21st-century investor comprehend our own perilous times as well as choose the best strategies for the modern market economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must For Every Serious Investor

  • By morton on 07-30-08

Ended up liking it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-10

Started into this very intrigued, but started to lose interest because I thought it was going to etch forward about WWII and contrast against stock movement every twenty minutes for the entire book. In the beginning it felt that way, but then went into overdrive with WWII information and was more sparing with the stock info. I went into the book wanting to know about the markets, but the WWII info was so gripping I wanted to know more about that. The book delivered and I was very pleased with how it was all put together. I am glad there was much more WWII than stock market info because otherwise you'd feel like the facts were there just to prove the initial thesis- that markets gauge people's sentiment, hope, and lack of hope during a war.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tobacco Road

  • By: Erskine Caldwell
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first published in 1932. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual longings, and fear that they will one day descend to a lower rung on the social ladder than the black families who live near them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Preachers has got to preach against something.

  • By Darwin8u on 05-21-18

No Grapes of Wrath

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-10

Audible doesn't carry Grapes of Wrath at this point, but this book is a lesser-known, not as epic story of depression-era people living on a farm in Georgia. I thought the narration was great and it makes for a great short book. It lacked the seriousness of grapes of wrath, but was enjoyable not as a deep life-changing novel. I liked it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful