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  • Civilization

  • The West and the Rest
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Niall Ferguson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,557

The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful analysis of the ascendancy of the West.

  • By Patrick on 05-25-13

Ugh!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Monotony with History. I love, history but not this one. Look elsewhere for historical enjoyment.

  • The Churchill Factor

  • How One Man Changed History
  • By: Boris Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

On the 50th anniversary of Churchill's death, Boris Johnson celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays - with characteristic wit and passion - a man of contagious bravery, breathtaking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Biography

  • By Jean on 01-29-15

Get something else

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

This seems to be more of an editorial than biography. The author portrayed Churchill as a radical progressive conservative liberal and changed this view as quickly as you can read this review. I found myself doubting the authenticity of the book and pondering the authors agenda.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Water Knife

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,907
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,901

In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg breaker, assassin, and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel "cuts" water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet while the poor get nothing but dust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The fight for water in a drought fueled apocalypse

  • By Lore on 09-24-15

Great for insomnia

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Good question. I expect others will like it but just too slow and to calm of a delivery.

What was most disappointing about Paolo Bacigalupi’s story?

Narration

What didn’t you like about Almarie Guerra’s performance?

Monotone, slow delivery, would be great for other types of books.

Any additional comments?

The book may be better than my review but I just could not get into it due to a soft voice almost monotone narrator. Could not finish. Listened to while running an nearly fell asleep

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Meet Me in Atlantis

  • My Quest to Find the 2,000-Year-Old Sunken City
  • By: Mark Adams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 455

A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Then he made a second, stranger discovery: Amateur explorers are still actively searching for this sunken city all around the world, based entirely on the clues Plato left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Lure of Atlantis

  • By Diane on 01-15-16

Couldn't finish. Ugh!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

Ugh!!! Waste of a good credit. Waste of time. Just a waste. Need three more words.

0 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Jesus

  • Where Struggle, Faith, and Grace Collide...
  • By: Jamie Blaine
  • Narrated by: Jamie Blaine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Midnight Jesus shares fascinating, bizarre, and sometimes hilarious true-life stories of everyday people looking for hope in their darkest hours. Poignant and unpretentious, Jamie paints beauty where at times it seems none exists - from skating rinks and bars to late-night highways and lonely apartments, broken churches and run-down trailer parks, jail cells, bridge rails, ERs, psych wards, and that place over the levee where God laughs and walks through the cool, dark night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Lars1y on 11-11-15

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

Inspiring read! You will laugh one moment cry the next and then laugh again. Worthy reed.

  • City of Glass

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 3
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Natalie Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,223

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!!!

  • By Jennifer A. Peurifoy on 03-21-09

Shallow

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

What disappointed you about City of Glass?

very predictable and for a bunch of 14-16 year old teens a bit uncomfortable.

  • The Righteous Mind

  • Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,906

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This should give you pause.

  • By Floyd Clark on 10-26-15

Psycho babble book

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

What disappointed you about The Righteous Mind?

Could not finish. Title is quite misleading. Has nothing to do with righteousness.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Higher Call

  • An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
  • By: Adam Makos
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,919

Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proof the term "Hero" knows no borders

  • By Anon anon on 03-27-13

Wow, what an incredible read!!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

What did you love best about A Higher Call?

Great story of integrity doing the right thing in the face of danger and hardship. Amazing story that is History!

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  • City of Bones

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,922
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,727

When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Stars because it actually gets worse....

  • By Theodore on 01-31-14

Not a great book for youth

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

What would have made City of Bones better?

A bit slow and not a book to teach morality, friendship, mutual teamwork. Speed up the story, clean up the relationships so that they are mutually supportive, take out the part where an adult man hits on a teenage boy.

  • Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret

  • By: Howard Taylor, Gregg Lewis
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 298

Discover Hudson Taylor, a pioneer missionary to China, who suffered tribulation, hardship, poverty, and misunderstanding. But at his heart, he loved the Chinese people and learned through his misfortunes to trust God completely. Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret is a stirring biography that challenges you to live a life of faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Hudson Taylor

  • By Marilyn on 05-08-12

Wow...what faith!!

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

Reviewed: 05-13-13

What made the experience of listening to Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret the most enjoyable?

Such a wonderful life of faith, duty, and loyalty to God! Amazing how he stayed true to God's call and continued to care for the people he was called to care for. So worth the time to listen to or to read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful