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Daniel J. Macarro

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  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,936

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin is a genius

  • By Celeste Albers on 04-26-16

Delightful diversion from the ASOIAF saga

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

These stories are just fun, Dunk and Egg tell self contained and complete stories with more an air of medieval romance than the main series. Harry Lloyd (Viserys on HBO) does a great job giving voice to these stories

  • The History of the Vikings

  • From the Baltic to Byzantium
  • By: Christopher R. Fee PhD
  • Narrated by: Christopher R. Fee PhD
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

“Scandinavian scavengers”, warlike pirates, raiders, and invaders - the Vikings have lately surfaced from the depths of history to become pop culture’s most adored ruffians. For medievalist Christopher R. Fee, PhD, the recent craze for all-things Viking is a mixed blessing. The spike in popular fascination often occasions the need to separate the wheat from the chaff: fact from fiction, history from myth, literature from legend.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not the best Viking lecture series out there

  • By Daniel J. Macarro on 11-20-18

Good but not the best Viking lecture series out there

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

On audible, for those who like 30 min chunks of lectures on subjects you have a lot of choice when it come to the Norsemen. Two stand above this, Kenneth Harl’s “The Vikings” or Michael Drout “The Norsemen”, Those two give more compelling lectures with excellent lecturers

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Washington

  • A Life
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,404

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

Great book

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

This go much further than the stoic individual we all imagine. The author makes great use of diaries and letters to show the real motivations behind the man and what he cared about. One thing that struck me with Washington is how perhaps vain he was before the revolution, obsessed with his own wealth, appearances, and possessions. He also highlights the sad irony in his life that many of the people he cared most about died too soon from his father, his brother Lawrence, and his step children Patsy and Jack

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,429

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Respected Artist

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Out of the abyss, enlightenment, renewed respect for an artist of words, thoughts, music, talent .

  • Shadow of the Hegemon

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,608

Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, poor transfer

  • By Michael Kowalski on 09-24-08

I love these voice actors

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

Even if none of them can pronounce Achilles (ah-SHEEL) after being explicitly told in story by characters how it's said in the Belgian manner

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    Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    819 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Breakfast of Champions

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

Breakfast of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result is murderously funny satire as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Vonnegut book

  • By Glenn Millam on 04-16-08

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

One of my favorite Vonnegut books and Stanley Tucci is fantastic choice an executes his narration perfectly. Extra pleaded when at the end o the book we got another interview with Vonnegut, not really about the book but just joking with his friend!

  • The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates

  • By: John Hawks, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Hawks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Trying to understand our human origins has always been a fundamental part of who we are. Today, with the help of dramatic archaeological discoveries and groundbreaking advancements in technology and scientific understanding, we are closer than we've ever been to learning the true story. In recent decades, it has been the science of paleoanthropology that has led the investigation, helping us make sense of this controversial subject and providing us with a richer understanding of our origins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and Exciting

  • By Sarah S on 06-26-15

Good overview of all topics of biological anth

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

Nice speaker, always gives two sides of each issue as they arise but then shows the resolution of many of the older one. Those who liked this but want a little more technical stuff should give Svante Paabos the Neandethal Code a listen

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Capitalism

  • A Ghost Story
  • By: Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by: Vaishali Sharma
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts nearly everywhere you look in India. India is a nation of 1.2 billion, but the country's 100 richest people own assets equivalent to one-fourth of India’s gross domestic product.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Courageous Reporting

  • By Doug - Audible on 03-31-15

Ruthless but eye opening to truth

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

Learn of the plight of the 99% against the 1% of the richest people in the world
A MUST READ

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Republic

  • Translated with Notes, An Interpretive Essay, and a New Introduction by Raymond Larson
  • By: Plato, Raymond Larson (translator)
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

This highly regarded volume features a modern translation of all ten books of The Republic. Translated by Raymond Larson. The Republic is an explosion of thought; a ten-book brainstorm of one of the greatest minds of all-time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Raymond Larson is the translator!

  • By Mary on 07-16-14

Lame narration but

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

Would you listen to The Republic by Plato Raymond Larson (Translator) again? Why?

No, I would go listen to the free Librivox recording

Who was your favorite character and why?

Glaucon

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He spoke in a monotone, made no effort to differentiate the characters speaking, he sounded completely disinterested in the subject, and he had no idea how to pronounce anyone's name. I can sort of forgive calling Thrasymachus "THRAES-ee-MACK-us" as it is not often encountered, but repeatedly calling Hesiod "Heshid"?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Seriously, Audible's narration of ancient classics are something to be wanting, Librivox is free, use dated copyright-free translations but the narrators put great effort into it especially in the Platonic dialogues

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Pastwatch

  • The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks Uncle Orson

  • By Michael on 04-29-08

Illogical and Unreasonable but OK to OSC fans

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wish it was was less one insane assumption upon one insane assumption taken by the characters that make each following one ever the more unlikely.

If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card before, how does this one compare?

This is not up to the level of the Enderverse books, but gladly it has all your favorite regular voice actors such Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, and Stefan Rudnicki.

Which scene was your favorite?

Tagiri and Diko talking about existence and its meaning and significance after.

Do you think Pastwatch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It has two proposed, but both sound like bad ideas do to their biblical implication, and I think really all the interesting arguments and exploration over causality and time have been covered by this book.

Any additional comments?

It is a good contained story for fans of Orson Scott Card's many long series, as it contains the same complex, reflective and heavily compassionate characters (if again a bit squeaky clean morally - except Columbus, for whom he has to justify his historically accounted marriage out of wedlock), But I would not recommend this other people into more exciting and action oriented alternate history/sci-fi as this is definitely a book that sits and thinks a lot before going into dramatics.