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  • The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

  • Women in the West, Book 1
  • By: Margot Mifflin
  • Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

In 1851, Olive Oatman was a 13-year-old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Misunderstood Tatoo Re-Visted by a Great Historian

  • By Jonathan Love on 05-21-16

15-star story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

The story of the family's massacre and Olive Oatman's subsequent captivity can be fairly delivered in the style of a police report. However, my mind reels when considering the many facets of the setting in which it occurred and the impact of her return to white society. Setting: How different were the Europeans who pioneered America from those who remained in Europe? (Different enough to emigrate or be expelled.) Over time, some realized that encounters with Native Americans were unavoidable and would be transformative. Various qualities of fear ensue. Return: Where did her loyalties lie? Did she know? How should men view her given their duty as protectors? Are there former captives among us now? On and on...

  • The Shunned House

  • By: Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

The house on Benefit Street is shunned. With a dark forbidding exterior, a garden overrun by corrupt weeds and bent malformed trees, it simply looks wrong. The locals know its history, know how many people that house has killed, and fear it. Dr Elihu Whipple is not afraid of the house, he's fascinated by it and its history, and now he's decided to investigate its horrifying secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Lovecraft

  • By Eric James Johnson on 09-04-17

Classic Lovecraft

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Lovecraft's mind is a wonder. Can anyone explain it? Napoleon Herriot has the perfect voice and demeanor to deliver the inexplicable.

  • From Bauhaus to Our House

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Dennis McKee
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

In Tom Wolfe's hands, the strange saga of American architecture in the 20th century makes for both high comedy and intellectual excitement. This is his sequel to The Painted Word, the book that caused such a furor in the art world five years before. Once again Wolfe shows how social and intellectual fashions have determined aesthetic form in our time and how willingly the creators have abandoned personal vision and originality in order to work a la mode.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and Incisive Satire. Wolfe at his Best!

  • By Pat on 07-10-12

From the Outside

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Would you try another book from Tom Wolfe and/or Dennis McKee?

I love TW, but this did not resonate with me at all.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Wolfe again?

Sure. This is an outlier.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis McKee?

Don't know.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from From Bauhaus to Our House?

Most of them. The book is too much 'inside architecture'. Who are the professors, the rumors, the infighting, etc. That stuff just isn't interesting to me.. faculty politics and whatnot. Dreadfully boring.

Any additional comments?

Discussions about what the designers were trying to achieve, and technical / engineering issues involved in achieving them.

  • American Legends: The Life of Charles Lindbergh

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In many ways Charles Lindbergh represented the best and worst of America during the first half of the 20th century. Lindbergh became famous for being an aviation pioneer whose solo flight across the Atlantic captured the imagination of an entire world, yet he was an isolationist who wanted to keep American freedoms safe for Americans and no one else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What? You expected perfection?

  • By Eric James Johnson on 04-24-17

What? You expected perfection?

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Would you listen to American Legends: The Life of Charles Lindbergh again? Why?

Sure, it's relatively short-- not a huge commitment, and it is a decent story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of American Legends: The Life of Charles Lindbergh?

During the first trans-Atlantic flight, his attempt to speak (yell) to fishermen in their boats and ask 'which way is Ireland?'

Which scene was your favorite?

Des Moines, IA (1941). Publicly reasserting the wisdom of isolationism. I believe he was a thoughtful patriot. He could not be stampeded into it.

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

Passive Aggressive In Flight

Any additional comments?

Beware the mudslingers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Time to Die

  • The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy
  • By: Robert Moore
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

On a quiet Saturday morning in August 2000, two explosions - one so massive it was detected by seismologists around the world - shot through the shallow Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. Russia's prized submarine, the Kursk, began her fatal plunge to the ocean floor. Award-winning journalist Robert Moore presents a riveting, brilliantly researched account of the deadliest submarine disaster in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it!

  • By Salon Adelle on 02-13-17

Good Lord, what we do to ourselves

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

What did you love best about A Time to Die?

It is an incredible story

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Time to Die?

1) Mrs. Tyllik's emotional outburst against Russian officials and their deceptions
2) The world of elite, deep-water divers

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

No. It's too long for that, but it may be my quickest 'listen'.

Any additional comments?

It is well past time for the US (the 'west') and Russia to drop their mutual suspicions, and antagonisms. Better to focus on improving the lives for our children.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The New Tsar

  • The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin
  • By: Steven Lee Myers
  • Narrated by: René Ruiz
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262

The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia's current president - the only complete biography in English - that fully captures his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history, by the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A retelling of facts without much added info

  • By A. M. on 03-07-16

A difficult situation

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Many of the secondary, and tertiary characters are unfamiliar to me, so it was difficult to remain engaged. Nonetheless, many of the events made news in the US, so it was good to hear a more detailed account of them. At university in the late 70's, I had more than a few classes in Russian language, and history. I am interested in this stuff, so I was vexed about my difficulty to remain engaged. In any case, it's a good story, well delivered. Glad I toughed it out.

  • How the Crusades Changed History

  • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Centuries have passed since the last crusader knight laid down his sword, but the Crusades continue to hold sway over our world. Because the Crusades have been so consequential to history, it's essential to understand the context, motivations, and preconditions of these dramatic military campaigns. In doing so, you'll not only get a fresher understanding of the Crusades, you'll discover surprising truths about why (and how) they were fought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am so pleased that Teaching Co is now on Audible

  • By D. Littman on 08-24-13

It's complicated...

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Where does How the Crusades Changed History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's rare for me to encounter a book I dislike, so my opinion about the rank of this book might need a little salt. Nonetheless, I have the sense that as time passes, my mind will replay parts of this story in order to provide a new event with some context, or to simply re-live and re-enjoy the story. Some books do not achieve that.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a part of Western History that receives little examination in public schools, and even University curricula. That's a shame and a surprise insofar as current relations between Christian and Islamic societies are very troubled and complicated. All parties would benefit from a reasonably objective review of that history.

Have you listened to any of Professor Philip Daileader’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first set of lectures I've heard from Professor Daileader. He is really great... reminds me of my college days... wishing I were that young and vigorous again.

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

How Will *You* Save Your Everlasting Soul?

Any additional comments?

No history fan will be disappointed with these lectures.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Back to Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 624

As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Wolfe

  • By Lauren on 11-03-12

It's pretty messy down Miami way

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

What did you love best about Back to Blood?

The tropical warmth and beauty of Miami... kind of spoiled by mishmash social milieu.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed the gangster Russian 'art dealer' because he lived in Miami the way Miami deserves to be lived in.

What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

Unbelievably good... I never knew he had such range.

If you could rename Back to Blood, what would you call it?

Adios America.

Any additional comments?

We're in the grinder now.

  • Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets

  • By: Connel Fullenkamp, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Connel Fullenkamp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

With record-breaking highs one minute and economy-rocking lows the next, it can seem as if there's no way to feel truly comfortable in the mysterious world of finance. But there is, and it's more accessible than you might think. Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets is an essential primer on this domain, from its functions, strengths, and possibilities to its weaknesses and vulnerabilities

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear, Concise and Easy Listening

  • By Lynn on 09-26-13

Fills a gap in my education

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

Where does Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm someone who has studiously avoided learning about financial engineering my whole life. I enjoy economics, on the other hand, very much, but that is more sociology/psychology. This was definitely out of my comfort (interest?) zone.

What other book might you compare Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets to and why?

This is a first for me.

Have you listened to any of Professor Connel Fullenkamp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've not listened to any other books or lectures on Finance.

If you could give Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets a new subtitle, what would it be?

The current subtitle is quite good enough, I think.

Any additional comments?

Don't remain ignorant of this stuff.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,772

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

What did you love best about Dead Wake?

The descriptions of those early, primitive submarines was a bit shocking-- hard to believe anyone would think that was a good idea.

Who was your favorite character and why?

W. Schwieger, the captain of the submarine-- seemed to have only bad choices available, but persevered nonetheless. Not so much favorite as interesting / tragic.

Which scene was your favorite?

U-20 stuck nose first in the sea bottom with its propellers above water in the open air.

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

No, not really. But a good story anyway.