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Timothy J. Smith

Burdett, New York USA
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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,349

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance

  • By FanB14 on 05-24-12

There be Demons and Angels--but which is which?

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

When I first listened to this series, some of the plot points and relationship arcs felt a little trite--but as the images and language--and the world that Ms Taylor created has lived in my mind and memory, I find that I think often of this trilogy and its startling, sometimes genuinely tragic juxtaposition of gentleness and violence, of the ordinary and the extraordinary. I unconditionally recommend this series to anyone enamored of the fantasy genre!

  • Here, There Be Dragons

  • By: James A. Owen
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 526

An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich Imaginative Fantastic World

  • By David on 02-03-11

Age appropriate - for early teens at best

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

A thin version of C.S. Lewis, Eddison, Tolkien et. al. Not a bad story, really, but lacking the depth of character or mythos to make it a perennial re-read book. I enjoyed it, but give a good bit of the credit for that to the reader. If I had a young boy or girl unready for the darker waters of LOTR I'd probably give him or her this.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,461

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Okay for an airport read but

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

It is formulaic to an extant that it is painful to read.. the villain was better than earlier books, but the "occult" insights into the Masons--not so much. Neither entertaining, nor that deep and certainly not accurate (says the Mason). While I have no problem mixing fact with fiction, it should work to benefit both--this undermines both by making facts foolish and the fiction florid... while I finished it, I can't really recommend it -- i did like the reader tho!

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,427

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

Simply Read It--it will change your world

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

This well-researched (so far as I can tell) book on Genghis Khan and his heirs tells a very remarkable story about that empire which stretched from Colonge Germany to Viet Nam at its (brief) height! The demonization of Khan by the West is really rather apalling even more so since we really don't know that we're doing it! The text is a good blend of narrative events, facts, and contexts -- and it works quite well as a book on tape! The reader is superb, the pace is dynamic but not rushed - I really felt like I'd learned about my own culture's hidden history by the time I'd finished. (and by my own culture I mean that of Western Europe).

  • The Well of Ascension

  • Mistborn, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,386
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,484

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slower but worthwhile

  • By Jeff on 01-28-10

an excellent sequel

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

this book gives more substance to the two-three-four main characters and in spite of its many fantastic premises delivers a very plausible narrative. the balance of faith and skepticism, of trust and betrayal, is done quite well and left me pondering some things. to say more is to spoil things, but i did think that the arc of the story naturally unfolded the world created by Sanderson and the inherent character traits/flaws of the many characters. my only quibble was with the battle at the gates (you'll know when you get there) -- where one character's abilities are sort of retro-fit to solve a problem... otherwise - 5 stars straight across!

  • The History of Ancient Rome

  • By: Garrett G. Fagan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Garrett G. Fagan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755

Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible

  • By Sean on 10-05-13

surprise ending

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

the download crashed and the book ended six hours short of it s listed time. Surprise! it's ended!!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gods Themselves

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,115

Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Asimov's Best Stand Alone Novel

  • By thomas on 09-02-14

Science's skeletons

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

I'm writing this for two reasons. First because as a fictional account of just how far scientists will go in service to their egos I think this narrative does a good job. I say this as someone who spent a good deal of time in a lab and in scientific academic circles. Asimov was hardly immune to this disease himself by the way... Secondly the reader is pretty bad, reading it all like a legal document read after a funeral. I could only listen to this in short bursts. I therefore recommend *reading* the book rather than listening to it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Road

  • The Regeneration Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

This novel challenges our assumptions about relationships between the classes, doctors and patients, men and women, and men and men. It completes the author's exploration of the First World War, and is a timeless depiction of humanity in extremis. Winner of the 1995 Booker Prize.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Man Booker Prize Winner

  • By Jean on 01-12-16

An essential read for WWI

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

Alongside The Guns of August this trilogy is utterly remarkable in its power to convey the humanity and inhumanity that is modern warfare. The brusque comparison to the so called primitive head-hunting culture with its ritualized but contained conflicts is especially thought provoking

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Cold Heart

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,351

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Tami Hoag book I've had

  • By April on 01-27-15

Come for the story stay for the people

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

While I found the "whodunnit" aspect of this story obvious from page 10, the juxtaposition of the traumatized victim who had support and money in contrast to the PTSD low income reality of the Vet to be well done and compelling. The story of the outcast Vet is a far too common one and this version is unvarnished and may cause a few people to look differently at those it represents

  • World War I: The Great War

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205

Touched off by a terrorist act in Bosnia and spreading all too quickly beyond the expectations of those who were involved, World War I was an unprecedented catastrophe with a ghastly cost. After this first "total war"-the first conflict involving entire societies mobilized to wage unrestrained war, devoting all their wealth, industries, institutions, and the lives of their citizens to win victory at any price - the world itself would never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT SURVEY COURSE THAT NEEDS MORE CHRONOLOGY

  • By Ark1836 on 06-08-15

Useful as an overview

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

But having read a few books already I didn't learn much that I didn't already know. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in access. The lecturer has a clear plan in mind and accomplishes it. A good starting place but not an advanced course