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  • Paris in the Present Tense

  • By: Mark Helprin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life, with its days bright with music, family, and rowing on the Seine, Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist who is a third his age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest living "novelist". Top 10 narrator.

  • By BellevueMike on 10-14-17

A great listening experience.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

A very good book well read. It took a little while to get into. But eventually I got into the rhythm of the book and didn’t want to stop listening.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Prince of Fire

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Guerin Barry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

Now Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great book, horrible audio

  • By Steven on 06-05-08

A key book in the Allon saga.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

This installment of the Gabriel Allon story fills in a lot of details important to understanding him. I thought the reader was okay. Don't be put off by the negative reviews.

  • The War That Ended Peace

  • The Road to 1914
  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 31 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

From the best-selling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed review of 1882 to 1914

  • By smarmer on 04-06-14

Good prelude to Paris 1919

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

Where does The War That Ended Peace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best histories.

What other book might you compare The War That Ended Peace to and why?

The author's Paris 1919. In both books MacMillian does an excellent job both describing the overall state of Europe at the time and describing the personalities responsible for the course of events.

Have you listened to any of Richard Burnip’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Some of the comments complain about the many pauses in the narration. After a while that did get annoying. So I increased the speed of the Audible app on my iPhone to 1.25x and it sounded "normal".

The only fault with the book is the author's unnecessary comments concerning present day politics and events. Some of the comments are more her opinion than fact. They distract from the historical narrative and make one wonder whether some of her historical reporting is also just her opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Howards End

  • By: E. M. Forster
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of "telegrams and anger". When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home - Howards End - to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Narration in Delightful Story

  • By Wren on 05-05-18

Good story. Poor production.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-13

Where does Howards End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top half.

Any additional comments?

The reader has a tendency to trail off at the end of a sentence. I had to raise the volume on many occasions to understand what he was saying. I thought maybe my earphones were going but I am listening to another book now and it is fine. It is a good novel. I recommend another recording. Audible has several.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Treasure Islands

  • Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World
  • By: Nicholas Shaxson
  • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book on tax havens

  • By Toombs on 09-03-11

A worthwhile listen.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-11

An interesting book if you can get past the author's naive cheerleading for high taxes and big government.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Boomsday

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Janeane Garofalo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Cassandra Devine, a young Washington spin doctor and blogger, suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. This proposal catches on with citizens outraged about Social Security debt and a senator seeking the youth vote for his presidential bid. With the help of Washington's greatest PR strategist, Cassandra and the senator try to ride the issue of euthanasia to the White House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish Buckley picked lottery numbers!

  • By Vickey on 10-12-08

Hilarious

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-07

Satirical, cynical and very funny. Well worth listening to.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • All the King's Men

  • By: Robert Penn Warren
  • Narrated by: Michael Emerson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086

The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully presented

  • By Cheimon on 10-12-08

More than a political novel.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-06

Yes, this is a classic political novel, but it is so much more than that. It is about the South and America in the early 20th century, coming of age and life in general. A good book and a good audio production.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • DisneyWar

  • By: James B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bottom Line

  • By Rob on 08-19-06

Worth listening to.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-05

Everything you ever wanted to know about Eisner's reign at Disney. There are some minor production errors, but they shouldn't deter anyone from listening to the book if they are otherwise so inclined.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Forsyte Saga

  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: Fred Williams
  • Length: 42 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great work.

  • By EJH on 07-06-05

A great work.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-05

This is a long audiobook you will be sorry to see end. The characters are wonderfully developed and the era is convincingly described. The interlude "Indian Summer of a Forsyte" is one of the most moving audio books I have heard.
It takes about thirty minutes to get used to the narrator and the long list of characters. But after that you are hooked.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Men in Black

  • How the Supreme Court is Destroying America
  • By: Mark R. Levin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

The Supreme Court endorses terrorists' rights, flag burning, and importing foreign law. Is that in the Constitution? You're right: it's not. But these days the Constitution is no restraint on our out-of-control Supreme Court. The Court imperiously strikes down laws and imposes new ones purely on its own arbitrary whims. Even though liberals like John Kerry are repeatedly defeated at the polls, the majority on the allegedly "conservative" Supreme Court reflects their views and wields absolute power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended reading.

  • By Jay Kuykendall on 11-16-07

An accurate account of the S.Ct. case law.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-05

This book is a concise and timely synopsis of the history of the Supreme Court's case law as it pertains to the Consitution. A good listen for anyone who wants a basic understanding of the subject or a short refresher course on the Court.

85 of 137 people found this review helpful