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  • The Romanovs

  • 1613-1918
  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Simon Beale
  • Length: 28 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

This is the intimate story of 20 tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence, and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries, and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scholarly but gripping

  • By William on 06-16-16

A good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Rather lengthy, but worth the effort to complete. I would recommend for any history buff.

  • The Hollow Hills

  • The Arthurian Saga, Book 2
  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 251

Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, which has been hidden for centuries. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hollow Hills in an unabridged form at last!

  • By kimmacvb on 02-05-17

Hollow Hills

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Again, what can I say. These are the best contemporary Author legend series written. It is very well read/narrated. A must for anyone who loves the legend.

  • The Crystal Cave

  • The Arthurian Saga, Book 1
  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myrdden Emrys - or as he would later be known, Merlin - leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon, and the conception of Arthur, king for once and always.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy as literature.

  • By bluestategirl on 01-25-17

What can I say

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-18

The whole series by Mary Stewart is a classic all of their own. Nothing I could say could improve it.
It is well read and I recommend it anyone.

  • The Path Between the Seas

  • The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 31 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049

The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing accomplishment in history

  • By HEIDI GOMEZ on 04-27-16

A great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-18

McCullough does it again. I loved this book, and for the subject matter the narrator was very good. I am sure I will listen to this many many times. Job well done!

  • Rasputin

  • Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
  • By: Douglas Smith
  • Narrated by: PJ Ochlan
  • Length: 33 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the real life of one of history's most alluring figures. Drawing on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries, Smith presents Rasputin in all his complexity - man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. Rasputin is not just a definitive biography of an extraordinary and legendary man, but a fascinating portrait of the twilight of imperial Russia as it lurched toward catastrophe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Lot To Chew On

  • By Michael on 01-24-17

Rasputin

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I found this to be an extremely interesting book. I was really interested in the research done into the government and police reports. He is surrounded by so many legends and lies, and it was fascinating to learn the truth about Rasputin.
It was also fascinating to learn how much Alexa believed and attempted to manipulate her husband with these beliefs. Between the royal family and Rasputin they really did split the government and cause their own downfall.
The only thing I found repetitious was Rasputin's actions, and they way he never learned from his mistakes.

  • To the Scaffold

  • The Life of Marie Antoinette
  • By: Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

To this day Marie Antoinette remains one of history’s most misunderstood heroines. How she triumphed over the petty jealousies and backstairs rivalries of the court, how she sustained a good-hearted but malleable king, and how she was transformed from French queen to Austrian “whore,” is the story told with skill and fascinating detail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • To the Scaffold

  • By nancy ann on 12-11-17

To the Scaffold

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Was a good listen with lots of facts written like a novel. But, I could not give it five stars, as I really felt the author copped out at the end. She ran through her death like it was hard for her to speak of. She gave more facts and showed more interest on the death of the king then the queen. Go figure.

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  • The Great Hurricane

  • 1938
  • By: Cherie Burns
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

On the night of September 20, 1938, the news on the radio was full of Hitler's pending invasion of Czechoslovakia. Severe weather wasn't mentioned; only light rain was forecast for the following day. In a matter of hours, however, a hurricane of unprecedented force would tear through one of the wealthiest and most populated stretches of coastline in America, obliterating communities from Long Island to Providence, destroying entire fishing fleets from Montauk to Narragansett Bay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerizing book!

  • By Tracey on 04-23-13

The Great Hurricane

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-17

This is an excellent book. I first purchased it on CD. I am so glad to find it on Audible. There is so much information presented, the story is personal, and the narration is done well. I would recommend it to any history buff.

  • The Big Burn

  • Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146

In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating history of early Forest Service

  • By P. Bergh on 11-11-09

The Big Burn

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-17

I found this to be an interesting and educational book with great narration. I would recommend it.

  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • informative, interesting, well organized

  • By Tricia Munter on 06-12-16

The Black Death: The Worlds Most Devastating Plague

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-17

This was an excellent course. Professor Armstrong gives a strong performance and the lectures are filled with information. Very enjoyable!

  • Catherine the Great

  • Portrait of a Woman
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved everyone minute!

  • By Elizabeth on 02-05-12

Catherine the Great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-17

An excellent book. I enjoyed it and learned a great deal. I enjoy history written by Massie, and I hope you enjoy this read\listen also.