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J B Tipton

Minneapolis, MN USA
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  • Heaven's Command

  • An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1
  • By: Jan Morris
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies and beyond.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Vignettes, Good Overall Story

  • By Wolfpacker on 06-06-12

Anecdotal history

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

This has become one of my favorite history series. Very entertaining, even after many listens. Even the footnotes are fun. Highly recommended.

  • The American Identity

  • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

What defines an American? Is it the love of liberty, the pursuit of justice, the urge to invent, the desire for wealth, the drive to explore, the quest for spiritual values? The paradox of American identity is that although the United States is a melting pot of many different traditions, motives, and ideals, there are nevertheless distinctive qualities that define the American character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Endlessly Fascinating and Entertaining Stories

  • By Quaker on 01-23-14

Short American Bios

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

The subject of these lectures was of no special interest to me, but I so much enjoyed Professor Allitt’s courses on Victorian Britain, the Rise and Fall of the British Empire, the Industrial Revolution, and the Conservative Tradition, I was confident I would like these as well. Professor Allitt has a wonderful sense of humor and does not proselytize. I look forward to listening to other courses he has recorded.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Les Miserables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book - one of the best of all time

  • By Sher from Provo on 06-30-10

Vive la France

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

Les Miserables is no doubt a very great novel when read in French by a reader somewhat familiar with the subjects treated. It is still a great novel when read in English by a reader (listener) to whom great chunks are incomprehensible. I think it is more difficult to read closely than War and Peace, a book to which it might reasonably be compared. Frederick Davidson (David Case) was, of course, one of the great masters. He is wonderful in narrative and equally convincing in male, female and juvenile characters. I especially admire his petit Gavroche.

  • How Jesus Became God

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

This fundamental historical question and its complex answer speak penetratingly to the spiritual impulses, concerns, and beliefs that have played a seminal role in our world, even as they reveal the foundation of history’s most global religious movement, and fresh insights into the Western world's single most influential human being. Tackling all of these matters and more, Great Courses favorite Professor Ehrman returns with the unprecedented historical inquiry of How Jesus Became God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Go for it!

  • By Jeffrey on 09-20-15

Passionate Historian

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

Reviewed: 01-17-15

I really enjoy Bart Ehrman's lectures. As fine an historian as he is, I think it is his personal involvement in the lectures that keeps me listening. He tends to start his talks speaking calmly and becomes increasingly passionate as the lecture proceeds. Strongly recommended to anyone with a secular or liberal interest in the history of Christianity.

  • As the Crow Flies

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,308
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,886

Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply one of my favorite series.

  • By B.J. on 07-22-12

Great series.

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

Reviewed: 05-18-12

Craig Johnson???s Longmire books are one of my favorite series. As the Crow Flies is typical: Engaging characters, interesting situations and a satisfying plot (though the characters struggle to come to grips with the central clue in this volume). It???s probably a good sign when at the end of the book you wish several of the regular characters had had more prominent roles. George Guidall deserves a lot of the credit for the popularity of this series in audio. I can???t imagine any other voices for these characters. I wish the new television series well, but I will probably pass on it. Watching could only detract from the conception of the characters Guidall has crafted. There is a cute self-referential gag in this volume.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart of a Goof

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

It was a morning when all nature shouted "Fore!" P. G. Wodehouse leads the listener out on to this little nine-hole course with a collection of nine Golf stories—as observed by the Oldest Member. The stories included are: "The Heart of a Goof", "High Stakes", "Keeping in with Vosper", "Chester Forgets Himself", "The Magic Plus Fours", "The Awakening of Rollo Podmarsh", "Rodney Fails to Qualify", "Jane Gets off the Fairway", and "The Purification of Rodney Spelvin".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Oldest Member Strikes Again

  • By John on 12-07-11

Wodehouse on golf

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

Reviewed: 11-24-11

This is the second best collection of Wodehouse golf stories available on audio, the best being The Clicking of Cuthbert read by Frederick Davidson. In this case, second best is still very good. The stories, narrated by The Oldest Member, play upon the unquestioned sanctity of the game. Expect terminology from the twenties.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Assembling California

  • By: John McPhee
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Thirty years ago, the theory that continents are comprised of drifting plates—plate tectonics—evoked more scorn than serious research. Today, this revolutionary theory continues to dazzle and challenge geologists and laymen alike. Assembling California explores an area uniquely demonstrative of the plate tectonic theory: California, which according to “tectonicists,” is breaking apart at its seams.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Idea, Great Prose, Difficult Listen

  • By Colin on 06-22-13

McPhee and Runger

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-11

The missing piece of the Annals of the Former World series finally appears on Audible. I can???t recommend this series highly enough.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,707

Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The most under rated book of the Jack Ryan series

  • By Thomas on 03-15-12

Ryan rides again

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-11

This is one of the good Tom Clancy novels. I prefer Michael Prichard over the other narrators of Tom Clancy's books. These are long books and I find Prichard's voice easy to listen to. His unaffected readings always hold my interest.

  • Never Call Retreat

  • The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 3
  • By: Bruce Catton
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

The final work in this series begins in December of 1862. Four months before, the Union Army tasted long-awaited victory at the bloody battle of Antietam. Grant continued on towards Vicksburg, Mississippi. The grim battles that lay ahead would be costly: the Vicksburg campaign, Chattanooga, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Atlanta and the March to the Sea, the siege of Petersburg. There would be two and a half more years of war before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, informative and well written.

  • By W. F. Rucker on 01-30-11

Very Welcome History

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-11

It is no criticism of Catton???s excellent three volume history to say it is a lesser work than Shelby Foote???s Civil War: A Narrative. Foote???s work is on a much grander scale. It is, moreover, great literature. There are no other American histories that really compare. Think Gibbon. No one reads nonfiction better than Nelson Runger. I look forward to the other two volumes.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Genius

  • The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
  • By: James Gleick
  • Narrated by: Dick Estell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

From the author of the national best seller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the 20th century that "not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also . . . makes for a stimulating adventure in the annals of science." ( The New York Times).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Biography!

  • By Douglas on 04-07-13

Feynman Life and Science

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-11

This book is half biography and half science. Feynman was one of a kind and had a remarkable career. You can???t help thinking that this is how brains are supposed to work. The science exposition is clear and easy to follow. The narrator is a perfect match to the material.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful