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Ryan Anderson

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  • The Aeneid

  • By: Virgil
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best, but not bad

  • By Tad Davis on 11-25-08

Book great, voice actor terrible

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

Reviewed: 06-14-19

Such an amazing novel, that I will have to reread on Kindle for the pleasure of it.

However, this was the worst reading of an audible book I have ever heard. I'm concerned that Simon Callow believes that all women are screeching birds. He certainly voices them as such. I would consider C3P0 or jar jar Binks as a voice actor before ever listening to Callows cracking voice again. Honestly, no self respecting high School drama teacher would ever allow such overacting. Bad. Bad. Bad.

  • Rome, Inc.

  • The Rise and Fall of the First Multinational Corporation
  • By: Stanley Bing
  • Narrated by: Kerin McCue
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

New York Times best-selling author and world-class satirist Stanley Bing trains his savvy eye on the world’s first and most famous multinational corporation in this humorous and insightful volume. Here, he chronicles the great city of Rome from its humble beginnings to its monumental collapse due to greed, in-fighting, and general mismanagement. Rome, Inc. then becomes a powerful lesson for business leaders, documenting the many dos and don’ts of a successful corporation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • pretty meh

  • By Ryan Anderson on 06-06-19

pretty meh

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

The book has an amusing backstop, but it's full of inaccuracy and stretching concepts to make them fit under modern corporate concepts. I honestly thought the book was going to be more interesting, but it's really not.

  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • By: Edward Gibbon
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 126 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

Here in a single volume is the entire, unabridged recording of Gibbon's masterpiece. Beginning in the second century A.D. at the apex of the Pax Romana, Gibbon traces the arc of decline and complete destruction through the centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is a thrilling and cautionary tale of splendor and ruin, of faith and hubris, and of civilization and barbarism. Follow along as Christianity overcomes paganism... before itself coming under intense pressure from Islam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The European Civilization

  • By Marcus on 03-03-16

Dated, but a true masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 05-21-19

While Gibson's conclusions and accuracy can be questioned, his mastery of English and the subject is unquestionable.

The performance is fantastic, but I must confess at least once or twice the producer missed a pause so he could drink water. hilarious.

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,090
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,589
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,615

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to see what all the buzz was about!

  • By Gray on 06-23-15

Hey here's a good idea for a book

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

but instead of creating a plot, how about I just create 50 characters, have them all go disparate ways and end the book without bringing it all together.
~Author

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,410

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Chip Atkinson on 08-07-17

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

This book is one of the best stories I have ever heard as an adult. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

What is it about ancient Egypt that still captures our imaginations? How did it grow from a few villages along the Nile into the greatest power the world had ever seen? Explore these questions and more in these 12 entertaining lectures that tell the stories of the great pharaohs and the daily realities of Egyptian life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • It's just an excerpt of History of Ancient Egypt

  • By H. Alotaibi on 06-14-17

great history

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

Bob Brier encapsulates Egyptian history with great perspective and knowledge. He covers everything from culture to accomplishments of the pharaohs with fantastic clarity. Thanks Bob.

  • The Greek and Persian Wars

  • By: John R. Hale, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John R. Hale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 255

Spanning more than two centuries, the Greek and Persian wars forged a new world order, sparking developments in battle strategy, naval technology, world exploration, and art and culture that impact the world even today. These 24 lectures are your opportunity to survey this globe-spanning conflict and see the human experience behind some of the most remarkable episodes in ancient history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Feedback on 01-21-14

John Hale's crush on Xerxes

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

John Hale spends most of his lectures trying to defend the "legend" of Xerxes. No battle as lopsided as Thermopylae has ended in a "Victory" for an aggressor. it broke the back of the Persians, forever. He makes it sound like a whooping unmatched in history. Hale tries so hard to aggrandize the Persians that he totally losses perspective of the consequences of the Greek and Persian wars, especially regarding Thermopylae.

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