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LOGAN, UT, United States
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  • The Leadership Genius of Julius Caesar

  • Modern Lessons from the Man Who Built an Empire
  • By: Phillip Barlag
  • Narrated by: Joseph Bronzi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In a book that Doris Kearns Goodwin has called "brilliantly crafted to draw leadership lessons from history", Philip Barlag uses dramatic and colorful incidents from Caesar's career to illustrate what modern leaders can learn from him. Central to Barlag's argument is the distinction between power and force. When leading his own organization, Caesar never used brute force to motivate his followers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very concise

  • By Evans on 07-14-17

Very concise

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

This book discusses historical vignettes then describes what can be extrapolated. It is enjoyable and thought-provoking.

  • Nutcracker and Mouse-King

  • By: E.T.A. Hoffmann
  • Narrated by: Sandra Cullum
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (German: Nußknacker und Mausekönig) is a story written in 1816 by E. T. A. Hoffmann in which young Marie Stahlbaum's favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Children's book from the early 1800s

  • By Evans on 02-07-17

Children's book from the early 1800s

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

If you could sum up Nutcracker and Mouse-King in three words, what would they be?

This storybook is written as if it were the transcription of a parent or nanny telling an intricate bedtime story to children. There are about 13 chapters. The story is understandable and enjoyable. It is older, proper English. At times pronouns such as "thy and thine" are used. The translation from German was carefully done so that parts of the text keep a poetic meter and rhyme. The story is pretty much the same as the cartoon "The Nutcracker Prince" with Kiefer Sutherland.

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  • Brigham Young

  • Pioneer Prophet
  • By: John G. Turner
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York whose impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He trudged around the United States and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than 50 women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. While previous accounts of his life have been distorted by hagiography or polemical exposé, John Turner provides a fully realized portrait of a colossal figure in American religion, politics, and westward expansion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Lion of the Lord says "Mind Your Own Business"

  • By Darwin8u on 08-26-13

Many original sources

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, It is fast-paced, interesting and seems non-biased (although it spends a seemingly disproportionate amount of time on the Mountain Meadow Massacre). The author also compares Brigham Young to his contemporaries to better understand the historical setting. Great book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brigham Young?

The account of the "Utah war."

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Brigham Young, a man who loved his religion.

  • Cleopatra

  • A Life
  • By: Stacy Schiff
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 627

Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pretty good listen.

  • By Shaun on 04-21-11

Very captivating.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-11

Where does Cleopatra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is great because it is informative yet novel-like.

What did you like best about this story?

This story is mostly informative. It is mostly a defense for Cleopatra, but it tries to summarize everyone's point of view about her (including negative views). The author is mostly unbiased about Antony, Cleopatra and Caesar. She may be biased against Octavian, but she talks little about him.

What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

Enjoyable

Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

Yes, of course. The Battle of Actium, the tale of Antony fishing and the final moments of Antony and Cleopatra.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful