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  • Heart of Europe

  • A History of the Holy Roman Empire
  • By: Peter H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 34 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

The Holy Roman Empire lasted 1,000 years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire quipped that it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter H. Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings on this one.

  • By Ambrose Seymour on 09-19-17

Overwhelming Tedious Detail

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Not a good book to listen to perhaps I might read it some day, Narrator too pompous sounding for my taste.

  • Reconstruction

  • America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877
  • By: Eric Foner
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 30 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

The period following the Civil War was one of the most controversial eras in American history. This comprehensive account of the period captures the drama of those turbulent years that played such an important role in shaping modern America.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Outdated edition!!

  • By Bruce on 11-02-17

Very Thorough and Eye-Opening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-16

It ought to be required reading for everyone in high school since racism is so rampant in our society .

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • God's Bankers

  • A History of Money and Power at the Vatican
  • By: Gerald Posner
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, a magnificent investigation nine years in the making, this book traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church. Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this audiobook is about the church's accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The title does not do this book justice!

  • By Megatron on 11-01-16

What am Eye-Opener!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Human nature is so human and flawed but thank God for Pope Francis who has integrity and guts

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fields of Blood

  • Religion and the History of Violence
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11 perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness - something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rethinking Violence and Religion

  • By Milton Big Elk on 11-05-14

Very Enlightening Book

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

Detail a bit much at times but it has great insight into the inherent tension and duality of human nature. We are the problem not religion.

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Doris Kearns Goodwin (introduction), Richard Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excessively abridged

  • By R. Beauchamp on 10-17-08

Reads Like a Historical Novel

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

Reviewed: 11-07-12

Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first.

Any additional comments?

Put simply this is a well written, well researched and very entertaining book.