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  • 1775

  • A Good Year for Revolution
  • By: Kevin Phillips
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 25 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

What if the year we have long commemorated as America’s defining moment was in fact misleading? What if the real events that signaled the historic shift from colony to country took place earlier, and that the true story of our nation’s emergence reveals a more complicated - and divisive - birth process? In this major new work, iconoclastic historian and political chronicler Kevin Phillips upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution by puncturing the myth that 1776 was the struggle’s watershed year. Mythology and omission have elevated 1776, but the most important year, rarely recognized, was 1775.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An audio trip through history

  • By Jeannette on 01-02-13

A tremendous amount of information

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The revolution from many perspectives. Certainly gives you a lot of information and understanding. The amount of detail seems excessive. Perhaps it is more redundant than required by the analysis from different perspectives, such as effect of religion, regional origin, economics, etc.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,084

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Only saw a few of the original episodes, did not find very interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Not much character development; perhaps too short a format for the complex events. Mulder and Scully’s good looks not totally available in the audio.

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,097
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,391
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,308

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

It will change your perception of America if you have any honesty

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

It starts a little slow, but the stories grow interesting and tell the same truth till it becomes part of you.

  • Collision of Empires

  • The War on the Eastern Front in 1914
  • By: Prit Buttar
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

The fighting that raged in the East during the First World War was every bit as fierce as that on the Western Front, but the titanic clashes between three towering empires - Russia, Austro-Hungary, and Germany - remains a comparatively unknown facet of the Great War. With the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war in 2014, Collision of Empires is a timely expose of the bitter fighting on this forgotten front - a clash that would ultimately change the face of Europe forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Let’s hope they release the next books

  • By Jack C on 01-03-18

Boring reader, too much to cover without maps

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Need dynamic map with fog of war as seen by general discussed at that time

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42,436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,629

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

A pleasant relaxing read, even in exciting parts

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

Would you listen to For We Are Many again? Why?

Perhaps, it will prove to be lasting brain candy. There is more similarity, book to book, so far than McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga, that I listen to periodically.

Any additional comments?

This book 2 ends abruptly at an appropriate place to split a good novel in two to double the selling price. We audio consumers rejected most double-priced larger books. Perhaps we could reach a compromise with Audible, if they would sell books in increments of half credits, allowing 1.5 credit books.
The thoughts on one's life, replicated in a computer gives a taste of what we might experience in the next few decades with computer enhanced thinking. The essentially unlimited length of life has implications for our soon to be current issues of life extension.

  • Unfamiliar Fishes

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,433

In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, but celeb narrations are distracting

  • By darrin class on 05-02-11

Irritating reader, good history, but

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Good history, but hardly interesting enough to keep you reading into the night. People are polarized on her speach. Its slow with little twists like baby talk or speach impediment. Others say just very nasle or Southern. Many love to listen to it, perhaps in proof of acceptance of develpmentally challenged. She is obviously bright.

  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1

  • Beguilement
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654

Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not really my thing

  • By Eric C. Zawadzki on 08-27-09

Not a Vorkosigan series

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

A nice fantacy novel with her usual social observations, nomad warrior/ agrarian differences in this case. An effort at explanatin of the magic, a good one i think. Plenty for the female reader.

  • All the Great Prizes

  • The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
  • By: John Taliaferro
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

If Henry James or Edith Wharton had written a novel describing the accomplished and glamorous life and times of John Hay, it would have been thought implausible - a novelist’s fancy. Nevertheless, John Taliaferro’s brilliant biography captures the extraordinary life of Hay, one of the most amazing figures in American history, and restores him to his rightful place. John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history - from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Biography- Well Read

  • By IRP on 03-09-14

History through biographies of important but modestly known people

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

History through biographies of important but modestly known people gives you a new, excitng story, often with very different understanding of well known events. For a popular book this would profit from editing of the redundant letters and detailed personal events of interest only to another student of this personality.
Reading in many voices and accents was helpful.

  • The Temporal Void

  • Void Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,891

Long ago, a human astrophysicist, Inigo, began dreaming scenes from the life of a remarkable human being named Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. There, under the beneficent gaze of mysterious godlike entities, humans possessed uncanny psychic abilities, and Edeard's were the strongest of all. Equally strong was his determination to bring justice and freedom to a world terrorized by criminal violence and corruption.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • wtf?

  • By Brian Benge on 12-11-16

Good science fiction and allegory of politics

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

The depictions of varios levels of advanced beings and the nature of reality are mentally stimulating. The parallels with modern politics are too strong to be accidental, though the themes of a few powerful people corrupting society for their personal and families' gains are as ancient as civilization. I like to think of Edyard Obama.

2 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Sons and Lovers

  • By: D.H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Sons and Lovers is widely considered by critics and readers alike as D.H. Lawrence’s masterpiece and a classic interpretation of the Oedipal complex. Surely one of the greatest autobiographical novels ever written, it tells the story of Paul Morel, a sensitive artist with a far stronger attachment to his mother than his working-class, alcoholic father. Searching for love and human connection, Paul is torn between two very different women, but neither of them measures up to his mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By susan von schlegell on 08-28-18

Slow and repetitive

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

If you like thomas hardy this book might be for you. Perhaps it is rated so highly because of the psychological analysis. Perhaps it will help you develop empathy and avoid bad life choices to suffer with the six or so main characters for many hours. Its certainly not pleasant nor fulfilling. 😒