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  • Crimea

  • By: Orlando Figes
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

The terrible conflict that dominated the mid-19th century, the Crimean War, killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. It was a war for territory, provoked by fear that if the Ottoman Empire were to collapse then Russia could control a huge swathe of land from the Balkans to the Persian Gulf. But it was also a war of religion, driven by a fervent, populist and ever more ferocious belief by the Tsar and his ministers that it was Russia's task to rule all Orthodox Christians and control the Holy Land.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very detailed account

  • By Joel Conley on 08-20-18

Outstanding History of the Crimean War

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Extremely detailed history of the causes, consequences of the Crimean War. It is the extreme detail that gives this book its interest. From riots between Eastern Orthodox and Catholics in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in 1846 to the daily life of the soldiers on the front lines at the siege of Sevastopol, the scope of the book is breath taking. The similarities with the current great power maneuvering in the Middle East are hard to deny. I was really left with the impression that it might have been a good thing for France and Great Britain to allow Russia to take over the Ottoman Empire. Much of the horrors of the 20th Century could have been avoided. In any case, there is much cause for fruitful thought as result of reading this book. I highly recommend it. Unless, of course, you hate detailed history. In which case, avoid it like the plague.

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  • Existence

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 888

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will its universe envelop you?

  • By Andreas Henriksson on 07-20-13

Very ambitious but misses the mark

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

The best science fiction is about ideas and this book is jam packed with ideas. However, by being so big, not much was really thought through. It would have been better to take one of the dozens of ideas and work it out in detail than to keep throwing things into the stew.

One of the really annoying things about this book was the author's propensity to develop characters and then toss them aside when the next idea crossed his mind. And worst of all the least interesting characters seemed to dominate the author's mind.