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L. Nicholson

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

  • By: William Manchester
  • Narrated by: Richard Brown
  • Length: 36 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,197

This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Senseless change of narrators

  • By S. Horn on 12-12-11

History Made Clear

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

What an expedition through time...all the old family names, their machinations made clear...perfection. Buy this book now. If that period is a hazy piece of your education these two books will clarify it all. Getting to know the man who lived it is frosting on the cake.

  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan: The Asian Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly well done!

  • By Ruby Dickson on 04-24-15

great book and great reading.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

narrator was excellent. book was instantly addictive. long but worth the time. would do it again.

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  • Beyond the Body Farm

  • A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murder, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science
  • By: Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
  • Narrated by: Tom McKeon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Dr. Bill Bass created the world's first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition. Bill Bass' research at "the Body Farm" has revolutionized forensic science, helping police crack cold cases and pinpoint time since death. In this riveting book, the bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science, using cases from his career to take readers into the real world of "CSI".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liked it

  • By Joanne on 02-04-08

Good book.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

music at end of sections is annoying and plays over the reading voice at the start of the next section.

  • Ladies of the Canyons

  • A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest
  • By: Lesley Poling-Kempes
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Forgotten Women of the Southwest

  • By Lynnore on 04-07-18

Stunning Tale of Surprising Women

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

I want to be sure and note at the start that the narrator made this a difficult listen. She is not incapable or inarticulate - she is STILTED. Oh, how lacking in any intonation she was! It felt almost as though a computer was generating the words. Is this her usual style? Does she try to avoid making nonfiction seem more fictional by not adding anything to the words? I don't know. She had a great voice. But it made this book quite a bit longer to me...that said...

The tale of Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Alice Klauber, and Mary Cabot Wheelwright and their wild excursions and lives in the west was absolutely stunning. There is no way to sum it up. Each life lived to the hilt. Each risking - well, nearly everything - to live the life they desired rather than that dictated to them by family scions and society.

I was referred to this book by the wonderful Ed at Mountain & Prairie podcast when he hosted Jillian Lukiwski. Defniitely worth a listen as she seems to me to be an echo of those ladies of the land. Do give this book a try and absolutely gift it to young ladies who are...unsettled in their lives. You do not know what good it might bring them.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Tier One

  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,031

John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This One's a Keeper!!!

  • By shelley on 09-11-16

Surprisingly Satisfying Escape

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

I was unfamiliar with the series but it seemed to fit my preferences so I took a chance on it. The story was well-paced and the narration quite good considering the tactical-speak was rather heavy in this tale. He managed to provide a compelling sense of adrenaline. However, the female voices were...oh, just not great...a bit too saccharine considering some of them were warriors. Trust me when I say women don't need male narrators to put on a girly voice - a slight edit is quite enough to guide us to the character speaking.

The surprising aspect of the story was that the tactical aspect was not bad. So many books dwell so much on gear and details that you wonder if they aren't trying to find a way to buy things and get a tax break, calling it book research. Here it was only a wee bit too much detail. Not bad, really. Just a bit too much info here and there.

I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, though. Sort of...rushed to closure. That just means I'll have to get the next one in the series, I suppose! All in all I found it quite reasonably written and an enjoyable escape.

  • Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Jason Taverner - world-famous talk show host and man-about-town - wakes up one day to find that no one knows who he is - including the vast databases of the totalitarian government. And in a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner has no choice but to go on the run with a host of shady characters, including crooked cops and dealers of alien drugs. But do they know more than they are letting on? And just how can a person's identity be erased overnight?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent reading of an amazing book

  • By dnblack on 05-24-16

Complex But Stirring

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

It is surprising how prescient some of the aspects of this book seem, now. I won't go into the author's later psychic break or - if you prefer - ascension - but this seems a start of that process.

The tale can be delineated better by others but I found it very intriguing (especially being married to law enforcement) and saddening. I thought the ending a bit rushed - as if he found no good way to continue and just wanted to get it to market. But I am not a big brain type - my opinion is just that. Still, it was very thought provoking which is all one can ask from a book.

The narration - which I consider to be a major aspect of any Audible offering - was very good. Suited the material very well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Flyover Nation

  • You Can't Run a Country You've Never Been To
  • By: Dana Loesch
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Blaze TV and top radio host Dana Loesch explains that the biggest political problem today is that the people who run this country have no idea what life is really like for ordinary Americans. In fact, they have contempt for the very people they claim to represent. When the owners of a small pizza parlor in Indiana were asked by the local press whether they would ever cater a gay wedding, they said no, citing their personal religious beliefs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and worthwhile book!

  • By Wayne on 12-29-16

Behold, Truth!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

This book (superbly narrated) truly captures the feelings and beliefs of an entire segment of society that is largely ignored and/or ridiculed by most media sources. Do you think you know the Flyovers? I ask only that you listen, consider, and reevaluate your own beliefs. Well worth the effort.

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  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,830

A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Frightfully Fun

  • By Andre on 10-23-15

Autumnal Chills

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

I read this book religiously each autumn as a child, letting the lilting language wash over my brain and wishing I could write in that same way.

You will find better, detailed reviews of the story here so I won't belabor the points - simply know that this is the BEST glimpse into the minds of men and boys you, as a woman, may get. I think Mr. Bradbury has given us a great gift in that - you can feel the stirrings and understand.

Christian Rummel, though - holy hell, did he bring this tale to LIFE. PERFECT inflection, delicious purring evil tempting you to stay another hour in the book. He narrated the book so that it sounded precisely as it did in my mind all those years....I was really afraid it'd not live up to my wishes but he kicked ass on this project. It could, frankly, be used to teach narrators how to do the job well.

SO pleased with the purchase!! I will delve into it year after year for that same glorious drowning in prose.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,933
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,971
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,926

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narration of a perfect book

  • By Akela on 12-09-15

Here's Hoping R. Pike Narrates Addt'l Books!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Wow! I was hoping for a really good rendition of the author's voice in this offering and my hopes were all met with Rosamund Pike's narration. Sure, she is very familiar with the tale! But add in her comfort with the storyline, with the language of the day used in the story, and her delightful accent and you have a WINNER. I was gently amused at her slight adjustments in tone for each character - nothing overt, just the right difference for each so that you knew who was speaking.

I have very high hopes that she chooses to narrate other books in the future. She really was quite good. I have a dream that C.J. Cherry's Morgaine series is re-read by Ms. Pike - oh, she could do a great job with that material! Brava, sweet lady! You made this book new again!

P.S. If you are looking for a review of the story itself - well, I am confident that you can find a great review from someone! It is simply a classic tale!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Voice of Reason

  • Essays in Objectivist Thought
  • By: Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

In the years between her first public lecture in 1961 and her last in 1981, Ayn Rand spoke and wrote about topics as different as education, medicine, Vietnam, and the death of Marilyn Monroe. In The Voice of Reason, these pieces are gathered together in book form for the first time. Written in the last decades of Rand's life, they reflect a life lived on principle, a probing mind, and a passionate intensity. With them are five essays by Leonard Peikoff, Rand's longtime associate and literary executor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many good essays

  • By Anonymous User on 06-21-18

Explains Everything Of Today

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

Amazing collection of her best work, read in a manner that ensured comprehension. I found myself nodding over and over as her predictions of outcome were manifested in today's news. Please give this book to your children. If I'd had it at 15 years of age my life would have been so much easier. The narrator was perfect. If you have struggled to understand Rand in written form, these Audible offerings will be your remedy as they were mine.