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  • Caesar and Christ

  • The Story of Civilization, Volume 3
  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 36 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

The third volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Caesar and Christ chronicles the history of Roman civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb.

  • By Mike From Mesa on 04-29-14

Good book, Grover makes it great.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is a fun, informal --but certainly not trivial history. I know a bit about the time, and I don't see too many errors that should trouble the nonacademic. Gardner's narration captures the author's wit, humanity, and wisdom (remember, the book dates from the early 1940s, so cut Durant some slack).

  • Home Fires

  • An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America
  • By: Donald Katz, Jonathan Alter (introduction), Ricky Ian Gordon (afterword)
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett, Jonathan Alter (introduction), Ricky Ian Gordon (afterword)
  • Length: 28 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Home Fires is the powerful saga of the Gordon family - real people, names unchanged. Spanning nearly five decades, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, their story has the scope, depth, wealth of incident, and emotional intensity of a great novel, and an abundance of humor, scandal, warmth, and trauma - the recognizable components of family life. This is also a masterful chronicle of the turbulent postwar era, illuminating the interplay between private life and profound cultural changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Way We Were

  • By Rick on 09-07-14

Perfect for audio --

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

If you could sum up Home Fires in three words, what would they be?

Like being there

What did you like best about this story?

The people, especially Mr.and Mrs. Gordon and the depiction of the 60s-70s.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator takes a few risks with the voices / accents. I think they work. Overall, he does a wonderful job. I'll look for for his other titles.

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

How do you feel after an O'Neill play or a Roth novel?

  • Seasons in the Sun

  • The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979
  • By: Dominic Sandbrook
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 41 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the '60s had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish '70s had been forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Carry on, Britain!

  • By Steven on 07-12-14

Buy this one!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-15

Where does Seasons in the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best--I would have paid full price for it!

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them--uh, except the killers. I mean I felt a degree of sympathy for nearly all of the political figures.

What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Thorpe's impersonations! I've been listening almost nonstop. I hope he is recording another work of nonfiction by Sandbrook right now!