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  • Conqueror Collection

  • Biographies on Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great
  • By: Adam Morrow
  • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

This collection contains biographies on: Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, and Alexander the Great. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting overview of men on the move

  • By cosmitron on 10-17-18

A good start, needs more

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. Such a short book does not mean much time is given to cover each person. These biographies mention a bit about their younger years (if it’s known to history), several of the major battles of each conquer, and of course, the likely cause of their deaths. Although I feel this offers enough information to interest someone oblivious to one or all these leaders, there were not really any “ah ha” moments for me. A half an hour more spent on each leader could have rounded things out nicely. Maybe expand on how their methods were advantageous and how they assimilated the cultures?
An overall theme to tie them together would have made the book more cohesive. Instead it was a bit jarring switching to the next conqueror.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Jim D Johnson ) and I feel he did well reading this content. He had a nice pace and spoke clearly.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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Story
Narration

  • Rendered

  • Irrevocable Series, Book 1
  • By: Samantha Jacobey
  • Narrated by: Sarah Rogers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Bailey Dewitt is on a crash course with Armageddon. Orphaned, she and her young brothers find themselves living with their renegade uncle. Part of a group of survivalists, she is terrified to discover they are preparing for the end of the world! Could they be right - is mankind headed for a global disaster of its own making? While Bailey struggles with that question and what she should do about it, Caleb, a man from the group, becomes her dearest friend and the one person she can trust to love and protect her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • decent but not my favorite

  • By TU on 11-14-18

Had difficulty with the story

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author.
I had a bit of a hard time with the storyline.
Once Bailey’s parents die, her and her brothers are told they will go with their estranged uncle. At first, he calls her names and wants nothing to do with her and is annoyed he has to take her. A chapter later he says the complete opposite, then he flips back to again calling her names and wanting to get rid of her. If he’s conflicted in his beliefs this is not stated here.
They get to what is supposed to be his house, but things are suspicious and too perfect. Despite coming from a well-off household and having maids etc, Bailey right away gets a job so she can have some control in her life. It is not until well into the story that Bailey learns their actual destination is a community of survivalists. Despite her taking responsibility for herself, the community decided from the beginning she’s not a good fit and don’t want her, and that does not change despite when she steps up and becomes a productive, cooperative member of the community. Why did they hide the truth? Why not tell her what they are doing from the beginning instead of being annoyed she’s not doing what they expect when they never told her what their expectations were.
Why not let her leave and go back to school? They are not in an apocalypse/ Armageddon, her leaving does not compromise them. I don’t get it. There are many inconsistencies I have a hard time getting past.
Also, there are a lot of “the girl...” Even when Bailey was by herself and speaking, instead of using “she” or “Bailey” it was “the girl”. I found this especially awkward once she was at the community.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Sarah Rogers ). She did well reading this book. Her character voices were well done. Her narration of the conversations is natural, her narration of the non-conversation parts is a little less natural (The difference between reading or telling a story) but not enough to detract from the book.

There are no explicit sex scenes, or excessive violence. There is some swearing.

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Story 3/5
Narration 4/5

  • The Great Pumpkin Ride

  • Holiday
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Leslie Howard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

When a group of teens decide to camp out with their horses at a haunted cabin in the woods on Halloween night, they unravel a mystery and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really cute

  • By Adventures-IN-Print on 10-17-18

Recommend for all kids

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. It seems to be a great story for 10 years and older. There are lessons to be learned.

There is a lot going on in this book. It is set in Canada!Yes, there is a pumpkin ride- many people of the town go out on wagons, tractors and horses down a designated road and everyone decorates and lights their pumpkins. There is a mystery complete with ghosts. The teens do go camping at a cabin in the woods. But this story is so much more. We get a glimpse into their days at and outside of school, their relationships with each other (good and bad) and their towns goings on during the Halloween festivities. There is bullying, teamwork, antagonistic actions and attempted reconciliations, and lessons in tolerance and respect for people of varied beliefs and physical abilities. It is a great listen.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Leslie Howard). She did a great job with the character voices. Most are teenagers. Her style and flow was good and made for a very nice listen.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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Story 5/5
Narration 5/5

  • William Wallace

  • The Spirit of a Scottish Martyr
  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Alexander Doddy
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

William Wallace started out as a humble knight, but he died a war hero. He gave up everything in his fight for Scottish freedom, including his life. When captured, Wallace was hung, drawn, and quartered by the English king for crimes against the crown. Though he was memorialized in the 1995 film Braveheart, this book tells how much of what we associate with Wallace is more legend than fact. Still, the spirit of the great Scotsman lives on in the hearts and minds of his compatriots today. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freedom's Call

  • By Luke on 11-11-18

Interesting look beyond the legend

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This is the ninth book I’ve read/listened to by In60 Learning and I would gladly listen to another.
This book is interesting and gives insight into the likely more realistic life and actions of William Wallace. Typically, the idolized man portrayed in movies, as in this case, differs greatly from the true man. That’s what happens when we base our interpretation on accounts written 200 years after the life of the idolized person.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Alexander Doddy ) and I would gladly listen to another. His accents are great. He read this very well. This is not a dry history listen.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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  • Toussaint Louverture: Leader of the Haitian Revolution

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Stuart Liam McConville
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Historians consider the Haitian Revolution the most successful slave revolt in all of history. Though many fought in the rebellion, one man ensured their victory: Toussaint Louverture. With his political savvy and leadership skills, this former slave helped the inhabitants of what was then called Saint Domingue to challenge their French oppressors. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Marred by technical issues

  • By Luke on 11-11-18

New information for me.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

This is the tenth book I’ve read/listened to by In60 Learning. Their books are well laid out and informative.
This is an interesting book about something I had no previous knowledge about.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Stuart Liam McConville ). Unfortunately he reads this like he’s bored- he audibly sighs in a way that sounds like he’s biding his time until the en$ of the book. Also, he does not really pause between sentences so they tend to run together. I find this means more effort is required while listening to be able to follow the content.
In the previous book I’ve listened to by him (In60 Learning- New Amsterdam) he sounds less bored, yet still lacks comfortable pauses.
It is interesting though, he has a British accent (??) in this book, yet when I listened to New Amsterdam it is more with an English American accent

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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  • Tingle Dingle and the Land of Boredooom!

  • Fun Fairy Tales, Book 3
  • By: Michelle Dry, Ruby Allure
  • Narrated by: Lily Partridge
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

There is nothing worse than being bored especially on a Sunday afternoon when it is raining! With that in mind, Auntie Joanna takes Tingle and Josh on an adventure to the land of Boredooom! There they discover the three different villages of Dull, Drab, and Dreary. During the adventure, Tingle and Josh are amazed by how bland the children's lives are in the Land of Boredooom! After meeting the Yawners and The Grumpies, they come to realize how exciting and full of play their world is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute kids story

  • By Margaret on 11-07-18

Cute kids story

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by these authors and I would listen to another. It is a cute story.
The publisher’s summary covers it nicely so I won’t repeat. Although it is a part of a series, this is a stand-alone book.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Lily Partridge) and I would listen to another. She does quite well voicing the characters and does a good job with the “bored” inhabitants of Boredooom.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing. This is a great story for kids of all ages.

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  • Pandora’s Card Game

  • By: E E King
  • Narrated by: Genevieve Sibayan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

 

Fate, Destiny, Chance and Luck play cards beneath a new October moon. A wind destroys their game and the cards begin to move. Each card tells a tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting idea, stories themselves are less so

  • By Margaret on 11-05-18

Interesting idea, stories themselves are less so

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. It seems to be a group of short stories that were put together after the fact, using a common thread. The common thread are the immortal sisters- Fate, Destiny, Chance, Luck. They take turns telling stories as though trying to outdo each other. I liked the concept but did not fully enjoy the stories. Often enough however, when getting to the end of one of the tales, I’d think “huh, I don’t get it”. Funnily, that was often the comments of the sisters. Then we are told their brother is coming- Despair. Despite the build up and concern on the part of the sisters, I did not find this as compelling as I thought it might be.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Genevieve Sibayan). She does quite well reading this. Her narrating style adds to the ominous feel of this story.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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  • New Amsterdam

  • America’s Original Melting Pot
  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Stuart Liam McConville
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

New York City has a reputation for being a place of opportunity, diversity, and inclusivity. It was much the same in its earliest days, back when its Dutch rulers dubbed it New Amsterdam. The Dutch used it as the North American hub of their international trading routes that made them the financial leaders of the world. The city was a haven of religious tolerance, cultural diversity, and women’s rights; in many ways, it was the original melting pot, where even slaves could earn their freedom. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too bad Dutch didn’t maintain control

  • By Margaret on 11-05-18

Too bad Dutch didn’t maintain control

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This is the eighth book I’ve read/listened to by In60 Learning. So far, I’ve liked them all. They are short books, but packed with information, and I always learn several things while listening.
For example.. “the Dutch did not have as many colonists as the French or English because colonists tended to be people disenfranchised by life in their home country. At the time the Netherlands was in their Golden Age. They were religiously and racially tolerant, and had equality for men and women.” In the book, we learn more about how this made a negative impact on their success in the new world, but also about their positive influences too.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Stuart Liam McConville ) and I would listen to another. He reads this well and with just the correct amount of energy. The only issue was, he often did not pause between sentences, so some things get run together (which requires a little bit more attention to be paid when listening).

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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  • Hatshepsut

  • The Pharaoh-Queen of Egypt
  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Michael Fitzpatrick
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

When Pharaoh Thutmose II died, he left an heir far too young to rule Egypt. His widow Hatshepsut stepped up to take his place. For at least the next 20 years, Hatshepsut ruled as Pharaoh King of Egypt in an era of prosperous growth and peace. When she died, her nephew Thutmose III attempted to smear her good name and wipe her memory from history. However, despite his efforts, his aunt Hatshepsut holds the title of most famous native Egyptian woman to ever rule as pharaoh; she also retains a legacy as one of the most successful female leaders in early history. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another interesting woman leader

  • By Margaret on 11-05-18

another interesting woman leader

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This is the seventh book I’ve read/listened to by In60 Learning and I am making my way through all their books. I enjoy them, they are short, and info packed.
This one is no exception.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Michael Fitzpatrick ) and I would listen to another. He did well reading this content with enough emphasis on the words to keep it interesting.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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  • Los Angeles

  • The Founding of the City of Angels
  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Russell Newton
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Everyone knows of Los Angeles’ legendary film industry, but few know the history that came before it. Native American tribes lived in the area for thousands of years before the city’s official founding. In 1791, the governor of Las Californias sent a diverse group of 44 “pobladores” - settlers - to establish a community in what is now downtown Los Angeles. The land passed into the hands of Mexico, then the US, who saw it through the influx of migrants during the California gold rush. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So that’s what happened

  • By Margaret on 11-05-18

So that’s what happened

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This is the sixth book I’ve read/listened to by In60 Learning and I would listen to another. Not being US born, I did not know what a diverse racial and cultural basis there was to the beginnings of Los Angeles. I learned a lot from this book. What a fascinating history this city has. Fascinating the reason why movie-making moved to LA.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Russell Newton ). He does ok reading but there is an emphasis he puts while reading that is not quite well placed. It’s obvious your being read to and not the same as someone simply telling you some information. It would not stop me from listening to the book however.
There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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