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  • The Silence of the Girls

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman - Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war's outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles' concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific book!

  • By Michal on 09-16-18

New twist on a classic tale

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Reviewed: 10-14-18

A well written and performed tale on a classic novel! I highly encourage readers of all ages to pick up this book

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  • The Homecoming

  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 801

Seven years ago, young Stella Pierce vanished from the face of the earth. Now her grieving, broken family - along with Detective Orson Cheever, who never stopped working her case - is stunned by her mysterious return. The now-teenage girl claims to have spent her missing years in the company of Travelers - extraterrestrial nomads - voyaging through space. Despite her family's effort to keep Stella's incredible tale secret, the story becomes a national sensation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Weak Offering

  • By Casey on 06-14-17

Riveting

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Reviewed: 01-21-18

very captivating book ... to coin a favorite phrase a page turner ... I would highly recommend the book

  • The Rise and Fall of Alexandria

  • Birthplace of the Modern Mind
  • By: Justin Pollard, Howard Reid
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

Founded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the "rebirth" of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Jeffrey on 10-02-08

An amazing history

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Reviewed: 12-16-17

The history of this amazing city will fascinate all who listens to it ... it’s epic rise and subsequent fall has change the face of the world we live in today ... it’s famous library a mystery we can still only dream of today .... Who knows maybe one day we’ll rediscover some day in the future 🤞

  • Wolves

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,325

Ten years after the collapse, Huxley has built a good life again. He has a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers come. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken, and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck. Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He knows only that they head east, and so will he, setting out on foot across the desert of the Wastelands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant. I do have one criticism.

  • By Billy on 09-04-16

Intense

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Reviewed: 10-25-17

A cleverly written book set in the future. From start to finish it was intense, riveting, and haunting. One of the most descriptively written books I’ve come across in quite sometime. I hope the author comes back with a sequel. This is Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry!

  • Comstock Lode

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vultures - they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth. There was Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past, and Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Story!!!! Listen to it now!!!

  • By dc on 08-13-12

Life lessons

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Reviewed: 10-12-17

One of my favorite authors. Each and every book he’s written provides an important life lesson ... this book is no exception!

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,493
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47,230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47,207

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

third book

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Reviewed: 09-19-17

The first two books were excellent… Waiting anxiously for the third one ... should be published in audio form before years end

  • Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable.In these 36 passionate lectures, he provides and impressive and rare opportunity to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another-a relationship that has virtually no parallel in world history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content with some caveats

  • By Mountain K9iner on 08-12-14

under the influence

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Reviewed: 07-23-17

This was a well-crafted lecture showing the influence of both Greek and Roman civilizations on the other. As the lecturer concludes their influence can be felt even in the modern day ... I highly recommend it and I hope you enjoy it as I did!

  • The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

  • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 465

History is made and defined by landmark events-moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us: spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun course but Professor Fears is not for everyone

  • By Quaker on 11-04-13

excellent book

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Reviewed: 07-11-17

A well rounded history a great events .... and how we keep on repeating our mistakes

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  • Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

  • By: Robert Bucholz, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Bucholz
  • Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 812

Beginning with the Renaissance, the culture of the West exploded. Over the next 600 years, rapid innovations in philosophy, technology, economics, military affairs, and politics allowed what had once been a cultural backwater left by the collapse of the Roman Empire to dominate the world. This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and captivating lecturer will show you how - and why - this extraordinary transformation took place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Course on the Progression of Western Europe

  • By Tommy D'Angelo on 04-06-17

Objective Western history

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Reviewed: 06-06-17

A great orator speaking frankly about Western history up to the modern age and the ramifications of that path ... well worth listening

  • The Peloponnesian War

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 461

The Peloponnesian War pitted Athens and its allies against a league of city-states headed by Sparta. The ancient Greek historian Thucydides captured this drama with matchless insight in his classic eyewitness account of what was arguably the greatest war in the history of the world up to that time. These 36 half-hour lectures draw on Thucydides' classic account as well as other ancient sources to give you a full picture of the Greek world in uneasy peace and then all-out war in the late 5th century B.C.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, not for Greek newbies...

  • By The World's Greatest on 04-26-16

fair and balanced

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Reviewed: 05-19-17

excellent fair and balanced look at the war that changed Western society ... The speaker was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable ... highly recommend