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  • John Adams

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 29 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,708

McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lip smacking good

  • By Randall on 08-29-16

Good book, long pauses

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-09

I very much enjoyed this book. I'm not normally a historical non-fiction fan, but it was a very interesting look into our second president's life. The only downside is that the narrator often has very long pauses in between sentences/sections. I found myself looking to see if it had stopped running a number of times.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 52 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,748

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic in Scope, Simplistic Characters

  • By Rich on 02-04-08

Excellent Book, minor issue

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-08

This is an excellent book, with a very good narrator. My only issue with it is that it appears there was poor sound insulation between the studio this book was recorded in, and another studio. I would often hear quiet murmurings from (I assume) another audiobook reading. It was a bit distracting at times. However, I reiterate the quality of the material and the narration. I often found myself sitting in a parking lot for an additional 10-15 minutes, not willing to turn the book off and get out of the car.

62 of 67 people found this review helpful

Freakonomics
    A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
    
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        Steven D. Levitt,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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        Stephen J. Dubner
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    7,043 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Freakonomics

  • A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What it's really about

  • By Shaner on 10-26-05

Good book, but maybe not the best format

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-07

This is a good book, however this type of book, with many figures and references may not lend itself well to the audio realm.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Hostage
    A Presidential Agent Novel
    
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        W. E. B. Griffin
    
    


    
    
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        Jay O. Sanders
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    129 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Hostage

  • A Presidential Agent Novel
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more he is the man to whom the president turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Uninspired and Unfulfilling

  • By Mark on 01-31-06

Excellent book, annoying sound effects

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-07

This is an excellent book (excellent series too), and lends itself well to audio. However, sound effects and music used for dramatic effect can overpower the speech in some situations and settings. It lost a star in my book because of this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism)

  • By: Christopher C. Horner
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

The big media have spoken on the question of global warming, and the debate is officially over. "Be afraid, be very afraid", warns Time magazine. But have Al Gore and his environmentalist allies really proven their case? Not even close, says Christopher C. Horner.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not great for Audio

  • By Jay M. on 09-14-07

Not great for Audio

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-07

This type of book definitely lends itself more toward print. There are too many references, and asides that don't work well in an audio format. If you have the option, I would choose the print edition of this book.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful