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  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Vowell, John Slattery, Nick Offerman, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

From the best-selling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette - the one Frenchman we could all agree on - and an insightful portrait of a nation's idealism and its reality. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with instrumental Americans of the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Already waiting for Sarah Vowell's next adventure

  • By Michael on 10-25-15

REPUBLIC OF PIRATES to be read first

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

Her quirky style, jumping from young Lafayette to old Lafayette to 2000 and 2013 disrupts the usual monotony.
Good stuff to read before watching LAFAYETTE: THE LOST HERO on PBS.
Note ties to Charleston, the Hanoverian dynasty, Cotton Mather, and of course Ben Franklin in the book REPUBLIC OF PIRATES.

  • The Republic of Pirates

  • Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
  • By: Colin Woodard
  • Narrated by: Lewis Grenville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,804

In the early 18th century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates - former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves - this "Flying Gang" established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a novel

  • By Abbie on 02-02-16

An excellent prequel to the French and Indian War.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

My only complaint is the failure to contrast fact from fantasy. No mention that Jolly Roger is a mistranslation of rouge as in French for red, or the actually low murder rate by pirates like Blackbeard compared to myths like TREASURE ISLAND. Still, well done.

  • Doctor Who: Big Bang Generation

  • A 12th Doctor novel
  • By: Gary Russell
  • Narrated by: Lisa Bowerman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Lisa Bowerman reads this original novel featuring the Twelfth Doctor, as played in the BBC TV series by Peter Capaldi. Christmas 2015, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Imagine everyone's surprise when a time portal opens up in Sydney Cove. Imagine their shock as a massive pyramid now sits beside the Harbour Bridge, glowing with energy. Imagine their fear as Cyrrus 'the mobster' Globb, Professor Horace Jaanson and alien assassin Kik arrive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By shawn landrum on 10-07-15

Now we're talking!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Peter Capaldi, as The Twelfth Doctor, is hard enough to handle. The many characters, including Bernice's gang and rivals, we're worthy of Sophie Devereaux! Bonus points for mentioning Cinder, The War Doctor's Companion.

  • Doctor Who: Lights Out: Twelfth Doctor

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Samuel Anderson
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Doctor Who: Lights Out read by Samuel Anderson. As the newly-regenerated Twelfth Doctor arrives on our TV screens, Puffin are publishing the twelfth instalment in its sensational series of Doctor Who eShorts! With 11 previous stories by some of the most exciting names in children's fiction, this Twelfth Doctor ebook is written by bestselling US author Holly Black.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sub-Companion's Story

  • By domnogin on 05-07-16

A Sub-Companion's Story

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

This fills in the gap of before The Twelfth Doctor became The Caretaker and met Danny Pink.

  • The Pentagon's Brain

  • An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

No one has ever written the history of the Defense Department's most secret, most powerful, and most controversial military science R&D agency. In the first-ever history of the organization, New York Times best-selling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, private documents, and declassified memos to paint a picture of DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain", from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expceted but thats not a bad thing

  • By dfcgts on 09-30-15

A lengthy, scary science nonfiction story.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

The author is a capable narrator, not a gifted one.
Mentions ENIAC computer, not UNIVAC.
Mentions artificial intelligence, not Alan Turing or THE IMITATION GAME.
Mentions game theory, not John Nash Jr. or A BEAUTIFUL MIND.
No mention of Fox News TV and Radio as improper propaganda to Americans, including the CIA.
Has DARPA created a defense against being lied into wars, by Nadja the Kuwaiti ambassador' daughter in 1990 to create Osama bin Laden and Timothy McVeigh? Curveball and Chalabi in 2002? Diastrous overthrows of democratic Iran in 1953 or Chile in 1973? Betraying the Iraqi Shifts in 1991 after putting American leaky swamp boots in the desert?
No mention of unqualified psychologists hired by the CIA to create counterproductive interrogation methods that undermined sound FBI techniques.
No mention of Donald Rumsfeld's preference for private contractors like Blackwater and Halliburton over accountable soldiers and marines, while firing truthful generals and threatening any who mentioned the legally required postwar planning, like Hitler did for if he conquered Britain.

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  • Doctor Who Audio Adventures (Sampler Album)

  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: Various
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122

Highlights from the AudioGO range of 'Doctor Who' titles. Includes clips from: Doctor Who at the BBC, Doctor Who and the Daleks, The Tenth Planet, The Wheel of Ice, The Invasion, Doctor Who and the War Games, The Mind of Evil, Vengeance of the Stones, City of Death, The Stuff of Nightmares (Hornets' Nest 1), Babblesphere, Earthshock, Slipback, Paradise Towers, Tales from the TARDIS Volume 2, Only Human, The Last Voyage, Touched by an Angel, The Jade Pyramid and Genesis of the Daleks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By domnogin on 05-06-16

A Mixed Bag

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

These audio snippets of DOCTOR WHO, First through Eleventh, frustrate more than enthrall. Only HORNET'S NEST is clearly identified. The title character of the pilot, An Unearthly Child, seems to be an afterthought. The Seventh Doctor does not appear! Play an audiobook about The War Doctor, as portrayed by John Hurt in THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR. 🚀

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  • Doctor Who: Castrovalva

  • By: Christopher H. Bidmead
  • Narrated by: Peter Davison
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Still weak and confused after his fourth regeneration, the Doctor retreats to Castrovalva to recuperate. But Castrovalva is not the haven of peace and tranquillity the Doctor and his companions are seeking. Far from being able to rest quietly, the unsuspecting time-travellers are caught up once again in the evil machinations of the Master. Only an act of supreme self-sacrifice will enable them to escape the maniacal lunacy of the renegade Time Lord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story...

  • By Ken on 09-19-10

Fun but problematic

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

The ending warps the original epilogue of explaining who drove when. Peter Davison voicing young companions, especially females? Trying to describe Castrovalva itself? Nice try!

  • Doctor Who at the BBC: A Legend Reborn

  • By: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Sladen
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

An all-new volume of interviews and behind-the-scenes features from the worlds of Doctor Who, presented by Elisabeth Sladen. In 2005, after sixteen years off-air, Doctor Who returned to BBC Television - and soon became more popular than ever before. In this special anthology of clips and interviews, featuring newly-released material, Elisabeth Sladen journeys back to the recent past to delve into the show’s dazzling success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick and Entertaining

  • By Tricia on 07-11-17

Companions, not Assistants!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

I love Sladen. No mention of her and Billie Piper in School Reunion! Otherwise cute.

  • Shada

  • Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure
  • By: Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like uncovering a lost treasure

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-12

I Love Lally Ward

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

I had read a summary of this infamous episode and seen the Tom Baker narrated video about the Fourth Doctor. The actress' experience with him pays off with her uncanny impression. One writing quibble: why mention The Rani on the list of renegade Time Lords when she did not appear until the Seventh Doctor with Sylvester McCoy? Were there other anachronisms? The Chris Parsons Project!? The logic trap and the swearing were clever, but did Chris have to be such a hapless Sheldon Cooper,

  • The Crash of 2016

  • The Plot to Destroy America - and What We Can Do to Stop It
  • By: Thom Hartmann
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before - including during the Great Depression and the Civil War - because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash. The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New twist/ much learned

  • By Cal H on 04-29-15

This is why I studied History, to outwit crises!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

Most chapters were not identified clearly.
No mention of judicial review ignored, allowing the Trail of Tears.
I would love to see an analysis of what terrestrial radio should look like, after IE radio and Air America Radio and Nova M.