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Michael A. Kelley

Vista, CA USA
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  • The Reformation

  • A History
  • By: Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 36 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

At a time when men and women were prepared to kill - and be killed - for their faith, the Protestant Reformation tore the Western world apart. Acclaimed as the definitive account of these epochal events, Diarmaid MacCulloch's award-winning history brilliantly recreates the religious battles of priests, monarchs, scholars, and politicians - from the zealous Martin Luther and his 95 Theses to the polemical John Calvin to the radical Igantius Loyola, from the tortured Thomas Cranmer to the ambitious Philip II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Eli Shem Tov on 05-15-17

Wish I had read the reviews

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

My review is based completely on the narration. I found I had to work just listen. Even though I am fascinated by Chuch history, I finally gave up on listening to this book.

  • Mississippi Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,804

The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi - Greg Iles' epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending to the trilogy

  • By Taryn on 06-17-17

The basic story was good but...

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

The plot was intriguing but the social commentary was so overt in places that it was distracting. The overly detailed sex scenes were the same way. The court scenes were also unrealistic. In spite these problems the story was compelling- long but compelling.

  • The Smartest Kids in the World

  • And How They Got That Way
  • By: Amanda Ripley
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great teachers+ Raise kids' bar+ Don't exaggerate

  • By ANDRÉ on 01-14-14

Good to a point

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

This book contains a lot of very interesting information and is well written; unfortunately, it also contains a lot of opinions presented as fact. If you think football is the ruin of the American educational system -this is the book for you. Even if you don't think football is the main problem, the information presented makes it worth the time.

  • Life's Greatest Secret

  • The Race to Crack the Genetic Code
  • By: Matthew Cobb
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Everyone has heard the story of DNA as the story of Watson, Crick, and Rosalind Franklin, but knowing the structure of DNA was only part of a greater struggle to understand life's secrets. Life's Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code, the thing that ultimately enables a spiraling molecule to give rise to the life that exists all around us. This great scientific breakthrough has had far-reaching consequences for how we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By Rodney Brown on 09-30-15

Where does the science end?

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is meticulously researched and presents a great history of the cracking of the Genetic Code; however, the author's insistence of mixing in his own philosophy and interpretations were a bit frustrating. To me, the story and the author's input really confirm the genius of the Thomas Kuhn.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

John Lee's performance was one of the best that I have ever listened to.

Could you see Life's Greatest Secret being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No - the information was way to technical.

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  • When Saint Francis Saved the Church

  • How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages
  • By: Jon M. Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Jon M. Sweeney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Francis of Assisi was a rebellious, reveling young man. After a profound conversion experience, he became the most popular saint in history. Jon Sweeney sheds new light on this familiar tale. Moreover, he demonstrates that Francis himself became a conversion experience for all of Christian history, reviving the Church and revolutionizing how we think about the poor and marginalized, our relationship to the created world, and even our own mortality.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Historical?

  • By Michael A. Kelley on 08-21-15

Historical?

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

What would have made When Saint Francis Saved the Church better?

As I listened to the book, the style caused me to question what was documented by research and what was based on the author’s opinion. He makes many statements that sound like assumptions and interpretations.

What was most disappointing about Jon M. Sweeney’s story?

The style in which the story was told. Mr. Sweeney is obviously a very good historian but the style does not convey history.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jon M. Sweeney?

Any professional narrator. Unless they are professionals, the authors should not read their books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Mountain

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,601

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Not Up to Normal Grisham Standards

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

Reviewed: 11-13-14

What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

John Grisham is by far my favorite author; however, this book is not up to the quality of his previous efforts. While I am sure that experts could pick apart his story and prove, in some aspects, that he is on a crusade and thereby exaggerated to support his view, the bottom line is that the story was just not very good. It had none of the cultural flavor of that is normally an intricate part of the tales that he weaves. The characters were shallow and not compelling. The story had no intrigue. I felt like I was in a long introduction and kept waiting for the story to begin. In the end, Grisham will be remembered as an author of great books - this simply is not one of them. I would recommend that you skip this one.

  • The Lords of Discipline

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583

This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pat Conroy's characters

  • By Patricia on 06-19-11

A must listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-11

The book is outstanding but the reading is even better. Dan John Miller's performance is the best I have ever heard.

  • The Midnight House

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596

Early one morning, a former CIA agent is shot to death in the street. That night, an army vet is gunned down in his doorway. The next day, John Wells gets a phone call. Come to Langley. Now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finely crafted

  • By Moku on 10-09-10

Listen to the narrator before you buy

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-11

I had a horrible time trying to get through the story because I had a hard time connecting with the narrator. I see by other reviews that some love his voice but I found it to be a complete distraction.

4 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Fall of Giants

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,557

Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team

  • By Keith on 11-07-10

Its a Shame

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-10

Ken Follett is a great story teller. It is a shame that he doesn’t have enough confidence in his own writing to avoid sections of graphic pornography. It’s also a shame that this book may be remembered for who is not allowed to read it or who is offended by it vice the story it tells.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective

  • By: Eric Van Lustbader
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Jason Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her killing dredges up snatches of Bourne's impaired memory, in particular the murder of a young woman on Bali who entrusted him with a strangely engraved ring­­ - an artifact of such powerful significance that people have killed to obtain it. Now he's determined to find the ring's owner and purpose. But Bourne never knows what terrible acts he'll discover he committed when he digs into the past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very hard to follow.

  • By Bob Larive on 06-12-10

Listen to one of the originals

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-10

While I am sure that Mr. Van Lustbader suffers from comparison to the original author, this book was simply not a Bourne novel. The story was a bad mix of Clive Clusser and Dan Brown. If you want to read about lost gold or secret societies, I would recommend those authors because they are much better at it. What next for Bourne; a tangle with mystic aliens?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful