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  • American Wolf

  • A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
  • By: Nate Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Nate Blakeslee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Epic American Story

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 10-17-17

Good Overview

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Other books have more detailed and more colorfully narrated accounts of this pack, but if you have not encountered those, then you will be OK with this book.

  • Zero Waste Home

  • The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste
  • By: Bea Johnson
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, Bea, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better. They now have more time together, they've cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they've ever been.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Best Read By Book

  • By Pamela C. Gibson on 03-11-18

Lost Me When She Became Specific

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I liked the beginning, when philosophy was in action, but I was not interested in the specifics, i.e. all the small ways one can be waste-free (which others may find intriguing). Maybe later, I'll dwell on the philosophical for now.

  • Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion

  • By: Bill Messenger, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bill Messenger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Jazz is a uniquely American art form, one of America's great contributions to not only musical culture, but world culture, with each generation of musicians applying new levels of creativity that take the music in unexpected directions that defy definition, category, and stagnation. Now you can learn the basics and history of this intoxicating genre in an eight-lecture series that is as free-flowing and original as the art form itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good introduction, but serious omissions.

  • By MidwestGeek on 02-13-17

Interesting, Not Too Long

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

All the chapters were interesting (to my surprise). The author weaves in a lot of interesting background history.

  • The Tangled Tree

  • A Radical New History of Life
  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection - a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree David Quammen chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quammen at his usual best

  • By JohnS on 08-23-18

Gets Too Heavy 2/3's In

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

By 'too heavy' I mean the author lost touch with the mental imagery that was being conveyed, rendering the subject matter incomprehensible; or the subject matter became too heavy to be communicated by mental imagery (which is what reading and listening rely on). Garbled mental imagery equates with meaningless nonsense (what the listener hears).

  • The Perfect Wagnerite

  • By: George Bernard Shaw
  • Narrated by: George Doyle
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

"The Perfect Wagnerite" is a philosophical commentary on Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen". According to Shaw: "I write this pamphlet for the assistance of those who wish to be introduced to the work on equal terms with that inner circle of adepts... The reason is that its dramatic moments lie quite outside the consciousness of people whose joys and sorrows are all domestic and personal, and whose religions and political ideas are purely conventional and superstitious."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Thought It Accurate Enough

  • By wbiro on 03-12-19

I Thought It Accurate Enough

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I was prepared for weaker opinions, but Shaw had it thought out, and he presents his observations eloquently. I'm not sure how much was his original thought and how much was standard for his time, but either was it was engaging.

  • Twilight of the Mammoths

  • Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America
  • By: Paul S. Martin
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

As recently as 11,000 years ago - "near time" to geologists - mammoths, mastodons, gomphotheres, ground sloths, giant armadillos, native camels and horses, the dire wolf, and many other large mammals roamed North America. In what has become one of science's greatest riddles, these large animals vanished in North and South America around the time humans arrived at the end of the last great ice age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twilight of Paul S. Martin

  • By Michael Dowd on 10-04-10

Bad Narrator, Interesting Subject

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Two stars (instead of one) for the narration because I could just bear it (there were some that I could not bear). The narrator just has a queer affected start/stop speech pattern.

  • Panzer Ace

  • The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy
  • By: Richard Freiherr von Rosen, Robert Forczyk
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Richard Freiherr von Rosen was a highly decorated Wehrmacht soldier and outstanding panzer commander. After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz.Mk.III during Barbarossa, he led a company of Tigers at Kursk. Later he led a company of King Tiger panzers at Normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group (12 King Tigers and a flak company) against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant (from November 1944, his final rank). Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • terrific insight from the German side

  • By Anonymous User on 07-24-18

Not the Best Memoir Out There, but Good

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Many fascinating details from an individual's perspective. WWII is a mood thing now, and there are a lot of memoirs out there now from individuals on all sides.

  • The Music of Richard Wagner

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

In these 24 lectures filled with musical excerpts, enjoy a rich and multifaceted exploration of the trailblazing works and outsized life of this historically pivotal composer. The sheer outlandishness of Wagner's life makes for an endlessly intriguing story, from his desperate escapades outrunning creditors to his obsessive personal relationships to his utopian artistic schemes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Acteon on 10-14-13

I Enjoyed the Subject and Presentation

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

My first foray into Wagner. I've listened to a lot of Greenberg already, and I can count on his enthusiasm.

  • The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Psychology I

  • The Science of Human Nature
  • By: Prof. Allen D. MacNeill
  • Narrated by: Allen D. MacNeill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

“Why do we do what we do?” In this thought-provoking series of lectures, Professor Allen D. MacNeill examines the surprising - and sometimes unsettling - answers to this most basic of human questions. The remarkable new field of evolutionary psychology takes a scientific approach to the evolution of human nature. Analyzing human behavior in relation to food, clothing, shelter, health care, and sex, Evolutionary Psychology proves an immensely stimulating exploration of human endeavor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...

  • By Douglas on 11-04-12

Still a Soft Science

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

There is so much speculation in this field that I was bordering on anger listening to it (since I was expecting scientific results) until the author admitted to the speculative nature of the field and that further studies need to be done. It is an interesting concept - that some of our psychological make-up is hard-wired - and it does stand to reason, and other traits are passed down socially over generations, but definitive answers are still a long way off. I will check back then.

  • Rebel Yell

  • The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,618

General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was merely another Confederate general with only a single battle credential in an army fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. By middle June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western World. He had given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good read

  • By rhl60 on 11-05-14

A Feet on the Ground History

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

You will be there on the ground with Stonewall Jackson, with many soldier's accounts drawn from letters. You will also come to understand Jackson and who he was in the war.