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  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,001

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • All over the place

  • By Autumn on 09-18-09

Thought Provoking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-09

Very suspenseful, thought provoking and interesting. Somewhat long, with a few parts that could have been left out without losing anything. A typical Dan Brown mystery with many spiritual overtones and messages.

  • Six Frigates

  • By: Ian W. Toll
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders, particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams, debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BE ADVISED THIS BOOK IS ABRIDGED

  • By George Carpenter III on 09-11-08

Two thumbs up!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-07

This is a very good history of the first navy of the United States, and of how important having a naval force was to the success in the revolutionary period. I recommend this book to anyone interested in American history, naval history, or who just enjoys a good book. The narration is very good also.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged history

  • By Nick on 02-19-07

An amazing man!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-07

This is a very enjoyable history of the life of one of our founding fathers. The author does a nice job of showing the demeanor and personality of Alexander Hamilton, and the narration is very good also.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Anti-Inflammation Zone

  • Reversing the Silent Epidemic That's Destroying Our Health
  • By: Barry Sears
  • Narrated by: Barry Sears
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

No one is immune from silent inflammation, a condition that occurs when the body's natural immune system goes awry, the underlying factor behind the development of these dreaded diseases and more: heart Disease, cancer, dementia, arthritis, and diabetes. Dr. Barry Sears reveals how to combat silent inflammation in order to reduce your risk of each disease and condition, and how to reverse it if you have it already.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I learned more than I expected!

  • By KMB Consumer on 08-10-07

I learned more than I expected!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-07

I never know whether I should believe and follow all that I learn in books like this, but I enjoy having the knowledge and ability to make the choice. Whether you listen to this audiobook for the knowledge or to change your lifestyle, it is worth listening to and becoming more aware of what we put in our mouths does to us after we swallow it.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,216

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

A must read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-07

What an exellent book! And, the narration was also very good and enjoyable to listen to. This is a wonderful history of Einstein's life and accomplishments and a good insight as to what kind of person, father, professor, and husband he was.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Time Management from the Inside Out

  • By: Julie Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Julie Morgenstern
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

These days we face no greater challenge in our personal and professional lives than organizing and managing our time. Now Julie Morgenstern, whose best selling Organizing from the Inside Out...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Would make more sense in print

  • By DStar on 11-11-08

Good tips for staying focused

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-07

Like the other time management book I reviewed, this is a good book for everyone to listen to. As you might expect due to the subject matter, this book is well organized and flows nicely as the author covers the steps one can/should follow to increase his/her efficiency and productivity. It's definitely worth listeing to, but does not provide any new tips not also offered by other books on this subject.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

  • By: Spencer Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

If you're a bit too comfortable with routine, it's time to listen to the bestseller everyone's squeaking about, Who Moved My Cheese?. You'll hear how to cope with change before the competition turns your business into runny Brie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy, but relevant

  • By Cathy Dopp on 06-04-06

A cute and important story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-07

I heard a lot about this book, and even had it in paperback, but never took the time to read it, so I decided to listen to it instead. It is a cute story, and delivers a very important message in a very delicate way. But, you can get the message in about 1/3 the time, and don't need to listen to the entire book to learn it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Buddhism Plain and Simple

  • By: Steve Hagen
  • Narrated by: Steve Hagen
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The observations and insights of the Buddha are practical and eminently down-to-earth, dealing exclusively with awareness in the here and now. Buddhism Plain and Simple offers listeners these fundamental teachings stripped of the cultural trappings that have accumulated around Buddhism over the past 25 centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delivers What It Promises

  • By Sean on 06-26-03

This book lives up to its title

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-07

This is a very good book for anyone who is interested in learning what Buddhism is and what it is not. It is narrated by the author, and he is very pleasant to listen to. It's full of information and in no way tries to sway or convert the listener into following Buddhism.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Buddhist

  • Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still
  • By: Dinty W. Moore
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Dinty Moore set out to explore America's fascination with Buddhism and found himself enthralled. You will be too, as Moore takes you into the world of American-style Buddhism, from a mountain retreat for executives learning to deal with stress to a Tibetan Freedom Concert with the Beastie Boys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ineresting and worthwhile

  • By Cynthia on 06-19-04

Needs more content

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-07

This was a good introduction to Buddhism, but I found other books that were much more educational. See my other reviews for those books.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Redemption

  • The Last Battle of the Civil War
  • By: Nicholas Lemann
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

A century after Appomattox, the civil rights movement won full citizenship for black Americans in the South. It should not have been necessary: by 1870 those rights were set in the Constitution. This is the story of the terrorist campaign that took them away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good accouting of the post Civil War suffering

  • By KMB Consumer on 08-10-07

A good accouting of the post Civil War suffering

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-07

This is a good history and accounting of the post Civil War suffering that freed blacks had to endure, but also shows the conviction, bravery and determination that many blacks possessed during this difficult period. I liked everything except the narrator's style. Something about this book left me thinking it could have been much more effective emotionally if narrated by someone else.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful