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  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)

  • Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367

Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Brene's own Vulnerability Voice

  • By Sherry on 09-01-13

Wonderfully scientific

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

This isn't a "self help" book that tells you about the author's issues and how she overcame them. This is a researched book, where the writer looked into (thousands?) of people, how they feel, and what worked to help them. I highly recommend reading this.

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,713

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

Great once you get used to his sense of humor!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Who takes college courses? 17-21 year olds! His sense of humor is a little silly, but then you put it in context and it's fun and funny.
Mr. Garland also has a very modern point of view with regard to human rights, and I appreciate the lessons that he is trying to share.

  • History Decoded

  • The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time
  • By: Keith Ferrell, Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores many fascinating and unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining, but not much substance

  • By Andy on 01-25-14

Not my cup o' tea

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

What did you like best about History Decoded? What did you like least?

The logic of, "well it cooould be this, couldn't it" doesn't sit well with me. I did like that they actually researched and investigated, but, I guess I'm not a conspiracy theorist buff.

  • White Trash

  • The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
  • By: Nancy Isenberg
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,518

In White Trash, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early 19th century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 400 Year Head Start Squandered

  • By Virgil on 10-11-16

A different Point of View

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Any additional comments?

It was interesting to read what she thought created the class differences. This would go well with "American Nations, a history of the eleven rival regional cultures of north america."

  • To Rule the Waves

  • How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World
  • By: Arthur Herman
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy - of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining though slightly biased

  • By Ernst ten Bosch on 09-21-17

I better understand "Great Britian" now

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Would you listen to To Rule the Waves again? Why?

Maybe. Usually I'm an emphatic no, but I might read this one again someday to put other history into context.

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,830
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,965

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

Fun Premise

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Any additional comments?

Neat concept of academic time travel. Also did a good job of having diverse characters. I liked the paralleling of the stories.

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  • The Prince

  • By: Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,108

From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You have to know what you get with The Prince

  • By Cody Brown on 02-10-15

Good starting off point

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Was The Prince worth the listening time?

Yes, I'd say it's good to read this, since it's referenced so often. It's a bit dated though, and doesn't stand the test of time the way some works do. I'd suggest reading it as part of seeing the evolution and history of power, politics and political systems.

  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131

A bold-spirited dog named Buck is stripped from his comfortable life on a California estate and thrust into the rugged terrain of the Klondike. There he is made a sled dog and battles to become his team's leader and the devoted servant of John Thornton, a man who shows him kindness amid the savage lawlessness of man and beast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! London As Read By Lee!

  • By Gillian on 10-22-15

Dog POV without making him human -- GREAT!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

What did you love best about The Call of the Wild ?

I loved that it was about a dog being a dog, and didn't pull any punches. It didn't try to make the dog into a human, but rather tried to put us humans into the dog's place.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Childhood's End

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,990

The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Food for Thought

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-17-08

An epic, but sad despite the victory

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

What does Eric Michael Summerer and Robert J. Sawyer - introduction bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It sets the stage for the contemporary situation of when the book was written.

Any additional comments?

Interesting evolution in the book. Very believable.

  • Twelve Angry Men

  • By: Reginald Rose
  • Narrated by: Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450

Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG....I loved this dramatization!

  • By Debi Ursery on 04-06-12

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

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

Yes, they did such a nice job with the pacing and the characters were well acted. Usually I prefer a narration and not an acting, but this one was extremely well done.