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  • 1776

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,232
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,586
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,561

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Front Seat on History

  • By Mark on 10-22-05

Exceptional history!

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Reviewed: 07-13-18

Fascinating insight. Excellent detail, well written and performed. Highly recommended for all Americans, especially those who enjoy well written and well documented history.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,391

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Masterfully written & performed

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Reviewed: 04-03-18

My wife and I enjoyed this thoroughly. As usual, Mr. Brown’s books are hard to put down, or stop listening. This covers a relatively short time frame, yet is jam packed with intense action, thought provoking background data, interesting places, and masterfully developed characterizations, including an incredibly humane artificial intelligence. All blended intriguingly with some rather unusual twists to add to the mystery and the ultimate answer to the crux questions of the story, “Where do we come from, and where are we going?” Highly recommended, and a fun listen.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,461

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Masterful story behind a Renaissance man

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Reviewed: 06-29-17

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The story was well documented, well put together, unapologetic in frankness and honesty and not meant to eulogize an individual who has made a powerful place for himself in this world. His actions and abilities clearly distinguish Mr. Musk as a man whose life and pursuits are worthy of our attention, and understanding. In a time when too many of our brightest and most capable minds are too busy attempting to get richer, Elon has focused on pursuits which challenge the fringes of our technical capabilities, despite the fact that those efforts have repeatedly threatened is own home life, happiness and wealth.

His questioning of the author whether he thought he was crazy seemed very insightful of a man driven by a depth of character we rarely get to see in our fellow human beings, and his own understanding of how dominant that trait truly is in himself. Whether Elon Musk is the new Thomas Edison or Henry Ford only history will tell, but without question, he has determined to challenge the technological world we live in, in such a way that he may well reform it into something almost completely unimaginable less than a generation back.

Elon has some idiosyncrasies I wouldn't necessarily wish on an enemy, but I came away with a new appreciation of the dynamic courage, remarkable drive and determination, the unparalleled breadth of his interests, the brilliance of his work and accomplishments and a particular interest in seeing him succeed even more. That, in my mind, was in no small measure do to this well written, researched, and narrated book. Thanks!

  • The Great Sea

  • A Human History of the Mediterranean
  • By: David Abulafia
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Ranging from prehistory to the 21st century, The Great Sea is above all the history of human interaction across a region that has brought together many of the great civilizations of antiquity as well as the rival empires of medieval and modern times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive and Accessible History

  • By Roger on 01-14-13

Well written, insightful history

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Reviewed: 03-25-17

Amazing depth and wealth of knowledge across the ages of this fascinating area of the world. Extraordinarily well researched and structured around the lives of those that lived upon and around this great Sea. Despite covering such a broad spectrum of history, areas and cultures I found it far from a simplistic, and instead providing a refined and perceptive understanding of the various people of the Mediterranean, how their lives were affected by the sea, how they affected it, and each other. I truly enjoyed Mr. Abulafia's history, as well as the reading by Jason Culp.

  • The Vanishing Velázquez

  • A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece
  • By: Laura Cumming
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

When John Snare, a 19th-century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he stumbled on a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young - too young to be king - and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to which the work was attributed. Snare had found something incredible - but what? His research brought him to Diego Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating study of art history

  • By Ron on 07-02-16

A fascinating study of art history

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Reviewed: 07-02-16

I have to admit that, at first, I was only a little intrigued by this book. I also found the narrators accent somewhat difficult in the beginning. But before long I found myself deeply drawn into the mystery, the cultural surroundings of the artist and the collector, the beautiful, almost poetic, discussions of the artists style, the historical perspective, the writing, and the unique lilt of the narrators speech pattern which, as I progressed through the book I found I enjoyed more and more. This book delves into many layers of obsessions and art, how those intertwine, and have been perceived across time. I found the writing illuminating, passionate, and extremely well researched, as well as thought provoking, and lovingly crafted. Of course seeing anything as a masterpiece is purely in the eye of the beholder, and frankly, I am still coming to grips with my personal felling a about Velazquez, but I have a new perspective on him and his works, thanks to Laura Cumming and Siobhan Redmond, who have very masterfully brought him and this enchanting story to my attention.

The story of Mr. Snare and his obsession with this one painting is most skillfully presented, well highlighting the enormous difficulty in really defining such a seemingly illusory yet real character.

I enjoyed this book a lot.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,964

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clamorous Praise for "Quiet"

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

A marvelous treatment of introversion

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Reviewed: 05-08-16

A most insightful research into the impact of truly thoughtful people versus those who allowing their mouths loose without sufficient introspection of what is worthy of saying. This should be mandatory reading for all Trump supporters. Apologies for bringing this up during contentious politically charged times, but then again, what better time is there to consider such an incredibly "in your face" example of typically emotionally, electric confrontation 24/7 as opposed to attempting to rein in one's emotions to be in tune with and less discordant with many of your other statements, accusations, and gross insults. Not that "the Donald" doesn't say some things truly worth considering. He is unquestionably the most interesting character in the world today, in good part because he seems to prefer not thinking before speaking. But is that worth making the court jester the ultimate leader of the Free World? Ah, for a little bit more "quiet", and less interesting times!

  • Hidden Wisdom

  • A Guide to Western Inner Traditions
  • By: Richard Smoley, Jay Kinney
  • Narrated by: Ethan Sawyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The co-editors of Gnosis magazine explore the many esoteric traditions that Western culture has to offer. While terms from Eastern spiritual practices such as Zen, mantra, and karma have become part of our daily lexicon, the traditions of Western spirituality have been largely unexplored by people searching for non-mainstream routes to spiritual experience. But for those who identify with Western culture, Western religious traditions have their own wisdom teachings that are more suitable to their needs and expectations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had to give it 5 Stars

  • By Barbara on 03-17-14

Well written and performed

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Reviewed: 05-08-16

The book tweaked my interests in many areas that I haven't explored before. Mr. Sawyer's interpretation of such a deep and broad ranging subject was far from the dry, lifeless norm for such a research. But then it is as evident that Smoley and Kinneys writing put the material in a well thought out modern perspective, while not overly simplifying the many contributions to the Western Occult Tradition, or the unique nuances each brought to its development. This deserves rereading, as I'm quite sure I will pick up more insight and a better understanding of this fascinating and highly complex subject matter. One of the things I most enjoyed was the treatment of western thought in relation to eastern. Nothing in the progression of wisdom can ever be done totally in a vacuum, and relationships and influences are important, even though how they may be perceived or found useful in the Western mind and culture is often quite different from that of the East. Enlightening, and thought provoking.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Chimes

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,863
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,162
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,157

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!

  • By Gillian on 12-14-15

A marvelous tale, masterfully woven and delivered!

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Reviewed: 01-15-16

This haunting little story shows off Dickens' unique and playfully poetic command of the English language, and the depth of characters for which he is so well known. Mr. Armitage's narration adds most impressively to Dickens story, and even more to the uniqueness of each of the characters, bringing them to life and giving each a singular speech pattern, all their own, such that it seems you are listening almost to a whole band of actors playing out the various parts. His ability to shift so easily and flawlessly between the characters dramatically enhances this almost surreal little dreamlike story.