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  • Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity

  • By: Marc Zender, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Marc Zender
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

At just over 5,000 years old, writing is actually a relatively recent invention. It has become so central to the way we communicate and live, however, that it often seems as if writing has always existed. But the question remains: Who invented writing, and why?In these 24 fascinating lectures, you'll trace the remarkable saga of the invention and evolution of "visible speech," from its earliest origins to its future in the digital age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Spellbinding survey of writing systems

  • By Jacobus on 07-10-14

Lacking pictures

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I found this quite enlightening. A fine course.
But half of it was wasted because you really needed pictures of the scripts and comparisons to really enjoy the course. I kept listening though it became somewhat lengthy because of this.
The other half was a more historic account of the creation and ideas of script in ancient times and descriptions of various types of script. That part was very nice and interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,193

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

Outstanding story

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Where does The Potato Factory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is definately one of the very best. The narrator brings the last star to this reveiw.

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

Everything. He is outstanding.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but it touched me a great deal.

Any additional comments?

It has been about a year since I actually listened to the book so I do not remember a lot of details.
I was definately outstanding though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tommo and Hawk

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377

Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillant Narration

  • By Angie on 05-01-07

Almost as good as the first book

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Any additional comments?

This part of the story is quite a different one compared to the story of the first book in this series but it is just as good. This book is written in 1st person with the twins telling the story themselves. I am not sure if I find this good or bad but it is definately a difference that makes this book a little less attached to the first volume. I miss Ikey in this one.

  • The Book of Joy

  • Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
  • By: Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Carlton Abrams, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,945
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,892

The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perspective and Life Changing Book

  • By Dr. Pepper on 10-27-16

Very inspiring book

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Book of Joy to be better than the print version?

The narrator made it all come to live, so I suppose it is.

What about Douglas Carlton Abrams and full cast ’s performance did you like?

Some reviews say, that his narration of their voices is not very true to their actual way of speaking. I have not listend to any of them so much before that I can tell the difference so to me it is quite authentic and I think, it makes that teasing friendship come to life.

What did you learn from The Book of Joy that you would use in your daily life?

I was reminded to have more patience with people I do not like.

  • When It's Right

  • Montana Men, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Wide open sky, rolling green hills...Gillian Tucker could get used to life in the country - one far from the violence she left behind in San Francisco. Warily accepting an invitation to the Montana ranch that belongs to her grandfather, a man she's never met, Gillian hopes this is the haven she seeks. A sexy, overbearing cowboy who shines a light on her well-hidden dreams is not at all part of her plans.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not her finest book -

  • By RedSoxFan on 02-12-16

Another good story

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Would you consider the audio edition of When It's Right to be better than the print version?

Not sure.

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

Very equally.

Any additional comments?

I dislike the violent way all these books start, but I also see why. It is a necessary evil to bring forward the caring and protective nature of the men.

  • Stone Cold Cowboy

  • A Montana Men Novel
  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Sadie Higgins has a bad habit of bailing her brother out of trouble. But when he rustles a herd of cattle from the tough, honorable Kendrick brothers, it's Sadie who's in for it. Because the cowboy tracking them down is big, silent, and forbidding as hell. Rory Kendrick is on the hunt to find out who's been stealing from him. When he stumbles upon Sadie in the woods, he barely recognizes the quiet, vulnerable beauty who has always taken his breath away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not impressed

  • By Shandel on 02-24-17

One more good Monatana story

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Stone Cold Cowboy to be better than the print version?

I guess so.

What other book might you compare Stone Cold Cowboy to and why?

Other Montana Men books.

What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

Nice voice. Just one of the female caracters got a rather manly voice that was a distraction.

Any additional comments?

I generally dislike the very violent start of all books in this series, but on the other side I see, why this is necessary to give the men that very caring and protective side that drives the stories.

  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901

Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this.

  • By John M on 10-30-08

I just had to give up on this one

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

What disappointed you about The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster?

This was the first book that I did not finish. It just got too boring. I found descriptions too detailed with too many personas. I could not really get a halt on who was who and that put me off.
I guess, a native Brit might have an easier time getting a grasp. I suppose, he might have more knowledge of some personas from his own historybooks. I was rather blank on most personas beforehand except for Churchill himself.

Would you ever listen to anything by Winston Churchill again?

I might.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

For someone who really likes the great details about what happened might like this book a lot. I think, it would add to almost anybodys knowledge.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Real North Korea

  • Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia
  • By: Andrei Lankov
  • Narrated by: Steven Roy Grimsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

Andrei Lankov has gone where few outsiders have ever been. A native of the former Soviet Union, he lived as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980s. He has studied it for his entire career, using his fluency in Korean and personal contacts to build a rich, nuanced understanding. In The Real North Korea, Lankov substitutes cold, clear analysis for the overheated rhetoric surrounding this opaque police state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Broad and nuanced account of North Korea

  • By Neuron on 07-29-15

Great, enlightening book with a point

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

What did you love best about The Real North Korea?

The authors insight from within. And just now in the middle of a new nuclear crisis it is extremely relevant information.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The fact that this author who grew up in another communist country and that he has lived in North Korea himself makes this book so extremely useful.

  • Her Lucky Cowboy

  • A Montana Men Novel, Book 3
  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Champion rodeo rider Dane Bowden is eight seconds from winning under the Vegas lights, one last hurrah before reluctantly returning to his family's Montana ranch. But his bull has other plans. When Dane wakes up, he's sure he's died and gone to heaven... because the doctor who comes to his aid is the same girl who saved his life and disappeared years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Third in the series was best so far

  • By An Amazon Customer on 08-22-17

Like other books from this series

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Much as expected. No surprises.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Blue feather angel.

Any additional comments?

Just what I have come to expect from this series.
Romance and waiting for the couple to find each other and deciding to stay together.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Solomon's Song

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720

Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seems to get off the track

  • By Bernadine Martin on 11-13-09

A different story

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Would you try another book from Bryce Courtenay and/or Humphrey Bower?

I think so.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Disappointment, yet the story had to reach an end.

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

I listended to the first two books in this series. This one is not as good as the others.

Any additional comments?

I expected the story from the two first books to go on in much the same way. As others have pointed out as well, that is not the case.
The author quite quickly got rid of all the "old" caracters to start an all together different story. The last part of the story was not bad but it was definately not, what I had opted for.

The narrator is outstanding. The best I have heard over the 10 years I have been using Audible. He holds the books and the stories together and is a good reason to keep on listening. He lifts the story. The profanities and explicit discriptions that others speek against become very much alive due to this narrator who plays it excellently. But if these explicits bother you a lot, the narrators "acting" definately makes it worse. Please, get over it. It makes the story come alive.