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  • The Federalist Papers

  • By: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
  • Narrated by: Alastair Cameron
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69

Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers have long been considered to be some of the most important works in political science ever written. The Federalist Papers establishes a method of constitutional government that was the building block for the type of government the United States has operated under for over 200 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Constitutional Refreshment

  • By Charlie on 06-19-17

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

200+ years later and the Federalist Papers can still walk you through the conception of the United States. It tells you enough to give a glimpse of understanding but also makes it obvious that some topics they weren't really sure about themselves and so they were left open for posterity to ponder.

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  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,589

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Smart.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

The writer is thoughtful with the story at all times. I watched the movie before the book and any questions that I had were addressed in time. I hope that they make a sequel and I look forward to continuing the series.

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,096

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the real thing

  • By Andrew George on 05-30-08

Worth the read

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

While on the surface it is just a simple fiction novel, it's concepts run much deeper if you're able to grasp them. You can actually see a worrisome trend between what this book warns and the U.S. presidency in the 20th century after the first great war.

  • Leviathan

  • or The Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil
  • By: Thomas Hobbes
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

The leviathan is the vast unity of the State. But how are unity, peace, and security to be attained? Hobbes’ answer is sovereignty, but the resurgence of interest today in Leviathan is due less to its answers than its methods: Hobbes sees politics as a science capable of the same axiomatic approach as geometry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For PoliSci Graduate Students as a Readalong

  • By deborah on 01-14-12

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Many people to this day would save themselves an abundance of time looking foolish if they would simply study this book and the arguments it puts forth.

  • Battlefield Earth

  • Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi and New York Times Bestseller
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Fred Tatascorie, and others
  • Length: 47 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453

In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth. From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Sci-Fi Done Right! More Like This!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 06-27-16

Longer than the movie.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

The movie only follows about halfway through this book and rightfully so. The book becomes tedious about where the movie ends. Hubbard thankfully elaborates on what so many other books fail to do after the hero wins "What's next?'. The longer the story drags on though the less believable it becomes and it lost me as a reader.

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  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165

In SPQR, world-renowned classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a civilization that even 2,000 years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury, and beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Reexamination of the History of Rome

  • By Christopher on 12-17-15

Not as expansive

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

as I had hoped but still a curious and pleasing work. You can easily see some historical influence in the founding of the United States in this work if you know what you're looking for.

  • Starship Troopers

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,455

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book ever

  • By Michael on 06-28-06

Not the movie.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

While I enjoyed the movie as a child the book is completely different. Having just finished it, and not liking the ending, I'm still digesting it. The view points of the author are interesting and focus more on group rights (europe) as opposed to individual rights (U.S.). That being said I still think that overall the book was enjoyable.

  • Rights of Man

  • By: Thomas Paine
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Rights of Man presents an impassioned defense of the Enlightenment principles of freedom and equality that Thomas Paine believed would soon sweep the world. He boldly claimed, "From a small spark, kindled in America, a flame has arisen, not to be extinguished. Without consuming...it winds its progress from nation to nation."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • By his voice alone he helped transform the West

  • By Darwin8u on 12-23-12

It's a shame

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

That American children don't have to read "Rights of Man" in high school. Many of the topics Paine discusses in his book are still relevant today or need to be brought up again. Paine is the father of two revolutions (the French and American) and his work is incredibly insightful even 200+ years later.

  • Barsoom Series Collection: 7 John Carter Stories

  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Eric Vincent
  • Length: 54 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

Barsoom Series Collection: 7 John Carter Stories is an audiobook collection of seven novels/stories of John Carter by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It will transport you to a fascinating new world unlike any other. Join John Carter as he finds himself on another planet beyond his deepest imagination - Mars, with almost a complete lack of resources.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Story with Expert Narration

  • By paintingmn on 05-30-16

Loved but

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

As with all authors after a few books you learn their habits and the books become repetitive and a bit boring. Still, I really enjoyed the series. Too bad the movie didnt do as well as the books read. I'm also not sure if it's just me but it seemed like the last book in this series was cut off halfway through? Perhaps the author died before he could finish it or it's simply a short story that was never turned into a novel. It seemed to end abruptly.