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  • Alone

  • Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory
  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

An epic of remarkable originality, Alone captures the heroism of World War II as movingly as any book in recent memory. Bringing to vivid life the world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of the war, Michael Korda, the best-selling author of Clouds of Glory, chronicles the outbreak of hostilities, recalling as a prescient young boy the enveloping tension that defined pre-Blitz London, and then as a military historian the great events that would alter the course of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Jean on 11-11-17

Loved the first hand personal touch

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I have read a lot of World War II novels. But had never read the story of the BEF and Dunkirk. The book is superbly written with lots of personal first hand accounts from the author’s own experiences. It amazes me that the author could write such an extensive book in his early eighties. I appreciate that he made the effort to write this and record his personal history so that generations to come will understand what it was like in Britain in those fateful days at the beginning of WWII

  • The Vikings

  • A New History
  • By: Neil Oliver
  • Narrated by: James A. Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Drawing on the latest discoveries that have only recently come to light, Scottish archaeologist Neil Oliver goes on the trail of the real Vikings. Where did they emerge from? How did they really live? And just what drove them to embark on such extraordinary voyages of discovery over 1,000 years ago? The Vikings: A New History explores many of those questions for the first time in an epic story of one of the world's great empires of conquest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good pre-travel read for your Scandinavia Trip

  • By mike on 01-15-18

Excellent!!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The author did an incredible job of crafting an enjoyable story of a people who left little evidence of their culture behind. The narrator was great and did a lot to enhance the story. I am now going to look for other books with the same narrator.

  • The Mother Tongue

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 699

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson - the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent - brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't) to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More satire than history

  • By Barbara on 12-18-15

Read only if you are very interested in the English language

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

It was an interesting book but it was very very detailed. If it were not for Bill Bryson being so funny I could not have made my way through it. The narrator did a good job but it would have been better if Bryson has narrated.

  • The Norman Conquest

  • The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England
  • By: Marc Morris
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Balanced, Entertaining, and Informative History

  • By Jefferson on 06-01-14

Great book! Narrator is unusual but good

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

I thought this was an excellent book. Many reviews comment on the narration. I had no problem with the narration. I thought that the narrator's style was a bit unusual but it was still enjoyable.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockwork Universe

  • Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,552

The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Wonder We Left the Dark Ages

  • By Troy on 01-15-13

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

It had very little to do with the Royal Society and a lot to do with how miserable peoples lives were in the 17th century. I was very disappointed.

  • Peter the Great

  • His Life and World
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 43 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Adam on 10-26-11

Outstanding book!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-12

The book was wonderful. Robert Massie is a brilliant writer. I was enchanted with the book from page 1 and could not stop reading it. agree that the narrator's accent and style were not the greatest. But the narrator is an acquired taste. I initially did not like the narrator but it did not take long before I began to enjoy him. And I had no problem understanding him.

  • Aftershock

  • Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown
  • By: David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

While the "experts" want us to believe that all is well (or will be soon), nothing could be further from the truth. The worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 was just a sneak preview of what is to come. But for those who act quickly and correctly, there is still time to protect yourself, your family, and your business in the next global money meltdown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, convincing, and well narrated advert.

  • By David M. Weprin on 10-01-11

Infomercial Garbage

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

Reviewed: 10-18-11

This was the worst audiobook I have ever read. The arrogance of the authors is astounding. There arrogance is only surpassed by their insecurity. They spend the entire first two chapters trying to convince the reader why you should believe what they are saying. Their answer - because they were the only ones in the world who had the forsight to see the housing bubble and they were right in their last book so they must be right now. Everyone I knew thought that we were in a housing bubble! When they are not trying to convince you how smart they are they are trying to sell you on their services. I lost count of the number of times they mentioned their website or phone number and urged the reader to contact them. Do not waste your money or credits on this book.

20 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008

  • By: Paul Krugman
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

In this new, greatly updated edition of The Return of Depression Economics, Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increasingly out-of-control financial system set the United States, and the world as a whole, up for the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. He also lays out the steps that must be taken to contain the crisis, and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the printed book

  • By John Satterfield on 10-13-09

don't waste your money

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-09

I was very very disappointed with this book. I love Paul Krugman but hated this book. I could not believe that a Nobel Prize winner could write a book about the most important crisis facing the world today and not have any original ideas about how to get us out of this mess. Moreover, the book title is totally misleading - only a small portion of the book (the very last chapter) discusses the current crisis. And that chapter does little more than repeat what Krugman says in his NY Times column - the government should spend our way out of the crisis. The rest of the book is an economic history lesson of what happened in all the other economic crises since the Great Depression. And it is not even a very good history lesson. Not only was the book bad but the narrator was also bad. I could not stand to listen to his condescending tone. Save yourself the time and the credits. If you are interested in reading what Krugman thinks read his column. If you are interested in an economic history book (which this is) there are much better ones out there to read.

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,721

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

Excellent!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-08

I could not stop listening to this book! I listened to it in record time because I could not wait to find out what happened next. It was very well written and very well narrated. Although I think that it probably appeals more to women than men, I enjoyed it very much. I cannot wait to read the follow on book. The only thing that I disliked in the book is that it is a little too graphic at times in its language and in its description of sex and violence.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful