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  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,576

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Slow start but finally captivating

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

The story of Kingsbridge's inhabitants set in time of religious/ political turmoil and pious cruelty. I found it easy to leave for the first few chapters. but Ken Follett's deep research into the period and ability to weave his characters lives into that background did capture me.
I think my original difficulty was seeing, once again, into human behavious; it's definitely not a Pollyanna story. I needed a reminder of reality and character to survive OUR times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Charity and Sylvia

  • By: Rachel Hope Cleves
  • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Conventional wisdom holds that same-sex marriage is a purely modern innovation, a concept born of an overtly modern lifestyle that was unheard of in 19th-century America. But as Rachel Hope Cleves demonstrates in this eye-opening book, same-sex marriage is hardly new. Born in 1777, Charity Bryant was raised in Massachusetts. A brilliant and strong-willed woman with a clear attraction for her own sex, Charity found herself banished from her family home at age 20.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Important Part of History

  • By Emily on 02-19-18

Intimate picture of female lives in the North East

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-17

This is a book which I think is best in audio format. It is well read. I learned a great deal about two women, and the times in which they lived. It is a real eye-opener for both history and the lives of women in general in that time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382

It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions, and it was the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the emergence of Greece and Rome to the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death, the struggles of the Great Game, and the fall of Communism - the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Really Makes the World Go Round

  • By Mom in Santa Fe on 07-29-16

insight

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

this is not a "story". It is history from the perspective of "the heart of the world". A heart which is grpwing strong again. the world is changing in ways not covered by the newaper or tne Television. We in the western world need to learn, kr be left far behind.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Myth

  • The Myths
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation" of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not unabridged

  • By maggie0405 on 04-13-11

appreciation of myth

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

I listened twice. Not for new facts, I am familiar with most of the facts. Karen Armstrong has given me a new perspective on myth: the value of myth today. the value of myth in my individual life (mostly as metaphor, a language for expressing emotion, life events and challenges), and the value of myth in my social and community setting.
This is material which usually lends itself better to hard copy, but it was so well read, so well paced, that voice was the best presentation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,853

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Divorced, beheaded, died...

  • By Tim on 09-30-11

fascinating dip into another world

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

I think my perspective on the world I live in is forever changed. .I am glad not to live in a world where those in power have absolute power!
so well performed, too. I cannot imagine the skill and dedication required to give us this "reading "

  • Edge of Eternity

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,927

Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good, some bad

  • By Elisa on 09-22-14

a hopeful walk thru history

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Ken Follett has written a sweeping panorama of the English speaker's 20th century struggles between class and power. His interweaving of complex characters, (based loosely on actual persons) , with a central core of three families maintained a strong interest throughout this final book and the entire trilogy. Thank you to author and narrator, who brought the characters alive.

  • The Willpower Instinct

  • How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
  • By: Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,413

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Research based guide to improve willpower

  • By Neuron on 05-27-13

Waste of time for anyone beyond a freshman college

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

Reviewed: 04-29-13

What would have made The Willpower Instinct better?

the first 5 minutes were spent telling us what the book was about. That works in a classroom, not in a book. I listened to part of chapter one and found nothing new.

wish I could get my $15.00 point back..

0 of 1 people found this review helpful