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  • Natural Law and Human Nature

  • By: The Great Courses, Father Joseph Koterski S.J.
  • Narrated by: Father Joseph Koterski S.J.
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Natural law is the idea that there is an objective moral order, grounded in essential humanity, that holds universal and permanent implications for the ways we should conduct ourselves as free and responsible human beings.These 24 in-depth lectures consider the arguments for natural law, the serious objections that have been raised against it, and the ways, despite all overt criticisms, it remains a vital and even pervasive force in political, moral, and social life today, even while traveling under another name.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good except for the interpolations

  • By Dana Garrett on 03-13-18

Very Fair on Subject

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I was worried at first that a Priest would stick to the Catholic Doctrines (I am Catholic myself). But, Fr. Koterski gave a very fair presentation of this most interesting subject. He was very good, no excellent as narriatior as it was very clear to me that he had a firm grasp of the subject matter. An excellent read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Uncommon Type

  • Some Stories
  • By: Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,683

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. The short stories are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • need better story breaks

  • By Margaret Moreau on 11-20-17

Very Good for Periodic Reading

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I realize that perhaps not everyone likes Short Stories, but as a mid 70 year old senior, I do.I listen a lot at bed time so I tend to far asleep with long books. I think Tom Hanks did a very commendable job with this collection of Short Stories. I enjoyed them all.
A short story comes in handy during a long wait in a doctors office, or on a car trip.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Hue 1968

  • A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which "the end begins to come into view". The North Vietnamese had different ideas. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I KNEW This Book Would Sting Me . . . .

  • By Bee Keeper on 07-28-17

My Best Book Ever!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

Would you listen to Hue 1968 again? Why?

I am A 1960's Marine.I have read many Viet. era Books but this one is far & away the best! I have listened twice & will do so again later. The author tells it just as I lived it.

What other book might you compare Hue 1968 to and why?

I have one other Book on Hue, and it is good. But it is not up to par with the actions of the high officers, the President & especially the social climate in America at that time. The ending is captivating & right on the mark as we the people lived it in 1968. The ending was so right I was awake all night just thinking of those times. JTW

Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first Joe Barrett experience but I signed on today to check out his other offerings. This Hue (Way) Book won my heart!

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

The end of the Book was so stirring that I listed to it once again after my first my first listen. I have never heard words so accurate as to how the whole war was conducted. The honesty made me see for the first time.

Any additional comments?

I have nothing but full & complete respect for all the Vets who served in that war. They are all patriots! I hope many of them give this account an honest listen. The Vets of Vietnam all went as they truely believed it was their duty. God Bless them all.

  • World War II Cryptography

  • The History of the Efforts to Crack the Secret Codes Used by the Axis and Allies
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

World War II stood apart in many ways from every earlier war, not least in the way that it reached to every corner of the planet and involved a noticeable segment of humanity's collective resources. Battles erupted not only on land and the sea's surface as they had for centuries, but also in the ocean depths and the windswept heights of the sky. One of the war's most crucial struggles happened in the realm of the unseen, inside the human mind and amid the invisible flow of radio waves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Fast Read

  • By John on 12-03-16

A Real Fast Read

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I listen on an iPod & an iPhne 6. To get an idea as to how fast this Book is read place your iPod on "Fast"! I had a hard time following. Might be nice in a car for short drives.

What three words best describe Scott Clem’s performance?

Scott Clem is a good reader. I think the produced sped this book up to meet a time deadline. I erased this book. ND John

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nebraska!

  • Wagons West, Book 2
  • By: Dana Fuller Ross
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Autumn, 1837. Driving onward - against the worst of man and nature - a legendary caravan of men, women and children forge a new link in the wilderness trek from Independence, Missouri to the "Promised Land" beyond the Rockies. They are pioneering Americans from North and South - side-by-side with immigrants, a Black man and an Indian - waging a fierce daily battle for bare survival on an uncompromising journey to their private destinies and the fulfillment of America's greatest dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wagons West - Nebraska

  • By Safidog on 01-20-10

Just a Fun Listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

If you could sum up Nebraska! in three words, what would they be?

I listen mostly at night as at times I have a sleep problem. I like this Dana Ross series as they are just plain interesting & fun to learn about how people did things back in the pre Civil War days. No super markets, shot your own meat, gather water (not in plastic) & so on. The story line is very interesting with plenty of gun fights. A wholesome listen.

What did you like best about this story?

How the women in the wagon train began to blossom & harden up to the circumstances, including learning to shoot.

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

Phil has a way of modulating his voice to fit many situations. He is very good. I don't keep audio books

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No crying, just full attention. A good read.

Any additional comments?

Folks with an interest in early America & the settling of the west will enjoy this series. Plus, the price is right!

  • The Teapot Dome Scandal

  • The History and Legacy of the Early 20th Century's Most Infamous Government Scandal
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The early 20th century was a time of sudden growth for the young American automobile industry, and of a military beginning to extend its reach around the world. In what would become largely a jurisdictional dispute over Western natural resources, the unbridled oil industry of the new century collided with the United States military and the Department of the Interior, set against the dominance of a corruption-riddled presidential administration.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent book

  • By Ohio Buyer on 03-22-17

So That is What it was All About!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

What made the experience of listening to The Teapot Dome Scandal the most enjoyable?

I had heard of this scandal many years ago yet I never knew what it was all about. Now I do!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The then President, from Ohio. My State! How corrupt things were back then, & still are!

What about Scott Clem’s performance did you like?

Not much, I wanted to know the facts behind this scandal.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No reaction except how big business is always influencing government to the detriment of society as a whole.

Any additional comments?

Has anything changed?

  • Wagons West Independence!

  • By: Dana Fuller Ross
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

The year is 1837. The American West is untamed, uncivilized, and largely unclaimed. U.S. President Andrew Jackson, in a race with the British and Russians, sends a wagon train of would-be settlers into the uncharted Oregon territory, led by his close friend, mountain man and veteran Sam Brentwood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ELK LIVER

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-05-16

A Relaxing Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

Where does Wagons West Independence! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Being retired & not driving any more I find Books like Wagons West to be most relaxing. I chose Audible Books over radio & TV, no commercials. I enjoyed the cast of characters, a microcosm of the then society!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wagons West Independence!?

How the Wagon Train leader overcame the last obstacle.

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

He did a very good job reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I usually fall asleep & continue later. My Books last longer that way.

Any additional comments?

I am checking out Volume 2 now.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!

  • By Diana on 01-20-11

Really a Very Good Book

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

Oh what a tangled web! I enjoyed every minute of this Book! This Book is very special. I will listen again in a few week! NDJohn

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hubris

  • The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century
  • By: Alistair Horne
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Sir Alistair Horne has been a close observer of war and history for more than 50 years, and in this wise and masterly work he revisits six battles of the past century and examines the strategies, leadership, preparation, and geopolitical goals of aggressors and defenders to reveal the one trait that links them all: hubris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Never Heard W ll Explained this Way!

  • By John on 09-01-16

I Never Heard W ll Explained this Way!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

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

I very much enjoy stories of WW ll & Vietnam. This Book covers several less known wars, especially between the Japanese & Russia. But Alistair Horne also covers a more well known, but rather short,look at the Pacific War, especially the Battle of Midway. Everything covered, Hubris's is the driving force behind the instigators. Very well read, most interesting to hear. I highly recommend it to those who wonder about the price of war & the driving force of Hubris. The once again fall of the French, in Vietnam this time, should have warned all of the American leaders of what disaster lay ahead for the USA! ND John

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was the Russian General Zhukov & his handling of the little know 1939 battle with the Japanese in Manchuria, a very bloody affair! This set the stage for the Russian General's actions in the soon to come WW ll & was the main reason Japan decided not to attack Russia during the 1940's allowing Russia to send his eastern army against the German advance on Moscow! I will now look at history's great Wars to see if the parties involved studied history! I know most did not & then paid a high price.

Which character – as performed by James Adams – was your favorite?

Finally, someone (James Adams) gave a forthright reading of the King of Hubris, General McArthur!

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

How Big Battles are Lost!

Any additional comments?

I loved "After a Win, Tighten Your Chin Strap"! How true!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

What different kinds of books are in the New Testament? When, how, and why were they written? And why did some books, and not others, come to be collected into what Christians came to consider the canon of scripture that would define their belief for all time? With these 12 lectures, get a fast-moving yet thorough introduction to these and other key issues in the development of Christianity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Abridged Version of "The New Testament" Course

  • By Justin Bailey on 09-03-15

A Biblical History that is Most Interesting!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Would you listen to The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon again? Why?

Prof. Bart Ehman, is at least to me, is who makes an interesting subject very understandable. He is very neutral in his delivery & while also being very thorough. I am 73 & have never understood the Bible. The Great Courses are most helpful to me as I very much enjoy the academic approach. So far I have purchased some 10, or more, Great Courses books. Prof Ehman is so interesting to me I will soon listen again. I have another of his to listen to first. He is excellent!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Paul is my favorite character as he appears after the life of Christ. In fact Paul seems to have taken the lead over the Gospel writers.

Have you listened to any of Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, to my this was my first experience with Professor Ehrman, but I will check. At any rate he was very, very good!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I planned on a complete listen to this particular book & was successful. I usually listen in sections.(my medicines make me sleepy but Prof. Ehrman kept me listening!)

Any additional comments?

I am very glad I have found the "Great Courses" as they allow me to be exposed to many subjects from science to religion that I missed in my youth! I enjoy the Great Courses very much.