C. Bailey

Saline, MI USA
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  • Tigana

  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tigana

  • By Hope on 04-22-12

The Best Fantasy Novel I've Heard Yet!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-09

As the author describes in the afterword, Tigana is a novel that employs the fantasy genre to explore some of the key and critical features of our recent history. The characters -- and cultures -- are realistic in how they respond to large-scale oppression. The novel deeply explores how oppressive regimes can dominate a conquered people, how some of the conquered resist, and how others are seduced into collaboration. Like real life, "clean" endings with no unanswered questions are avoided.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Coal

  • A Human History
  • By: Barbara Freese
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

The fascinating, often surprising story of how a simple black rock altered the course of history. Yet the mundane mineral that built our global economy, and even today powers our electrical plants, has also caused death, disease, and environmental destruction. In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins three hundred million years ago and spans the globe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but more than a hint of bias

  • By miyaker on 06-10-04

About 1/2 good, 1/2 not so good

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-09

There are some great parts, such as the history of coal in the UK, US, and China and its role in social history. However, I found it lacking in other areas of coal history I've read about in other books. Notably, Daniel Yergin's _The Prize_ discusses how WW1 was shaped by oil and coal use and how Nazi Germany used coal-to-liquids fuels produced in slave factories attached to concentration camps to compensate for oil shortages. These facts and South Africa's history of subsidizing coal fuels seem critical to understanding modern coal economics and lobbying. However, the book instead presents a litany of air pollution and climate problems with coal, which applies to pretty much all fossil fuels -- I've heard similar material before in now-countless newspapers and books. As a result, this large part of the book seems to me more like polemic than erudition. Overall, I'd say I learned something new from about 45-50% of the book, with not much new in the rest of it. Really, the book's more a persuasion piece, and I was looking for a lot more new information when I invested the listening time.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Princess Casamassima

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Hyacinth Robinson, drawn into the London underworld of revolutionary politics, vows to assassinate an enemy of the people. His exposure to the Princess Casamassima's world of art, nobility, and beauty leads him to lose faith in his cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathy Armed?

  • By C. Bailey on 03-26-08

Empathy Armed?

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-08

This book is a perfect example of how empathy can change a person. From a militant revolutionary socialist and member of the working class to a person who sees the need to live based on true emotion, the main character, Hyacinth Robinson, demonstrates perfectly how politics and regard for others play in the battle for minds.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful