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  • What's Wrong with US?

  • A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline
  • By: Bruce Arena, Steve Kettmann
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Every four years, Americans turn their attention to the world’s game - soccer. As recently as 1998, the USMNT merely made up the numbers at the biggest sporting tournament of all, but once Bruce Arena took over the team, American soccer started to find its footing. In the 2002 World Cup, a highly-fancied Portugal team, featuring the great Ronaldo, lost to Arena’s US team in a shocking 3-2 victory, and but for a handball that wasn’t given, they could well have knocked off eventual winners Germany.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Title

  • By David W. Swatosh on 06-22-18

Heavy on Biography Light on Solutions

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

The book title is somewhat misleading. Most of the chapters are devoted to Mr Aren’s biography. That’s ok, but the listener doesn’t get a lot by way of solutions and why his suggestions would work. One understands that the English and Mexican leagues changed their rules to get more of their own players heightened experience, but where’s the analysis of how that’s working out? Mexico didn’t have a brilliant World Cup in 2018, but what about their youthful players? Have they progressed? The English had a very good run, and it was no accident-most of their starters regularly play in the EPL. Is that a result of the FA rule changes or no? This book could have used more of this as well as further development of “American” solutions for an “American” problem.

  • The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

  • Muslims, Christians, and Jews Under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain
  • By: Dario Fernandez Morera
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Scholars, journalists, and politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain - "al-Andalus" - as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: It is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its "multiculturalism" and "diversity", Fernández-Morera sets the record straight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Courageous book

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-16

Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

This reads more like a text book. The subject is well researched, but the other repeats the same points throughout the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ship of the Dead

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092

In the third book in Rick Riordan's epic Norse mythology series, Magnus and his friends take a boat trip to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat. Life preservers are mandatory for this wet, wild, and wondrous adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Nicole on 11-13-17

Dull and Boring

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

This was the worse of the three so far, the performance did not improve--but then neither did the story. The story was more concerned with throwing in every conceivable modern PC element than with telling a good story. Mind you, for all of Riordan's PC efforts, his main character is still a white male. As were Percy Jackson and Apollo for the other two similar series. This all added up to a snore fest.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Basque History of the World

  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Inhabiting the small corner where France meets Spain, the Basque speak their own language, Euskera. Evidence of their culture showed up as early as 218 BC, and now, with a population of 2.4 million, their influence on our world has been all-pervasive. In this "delectable portrait of an uncanny, indomitable nation," listeners will be enthralled as Kurlansky delves into the roots of an intriguing population, and shows us why they continue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An eye opener that will break your heart

  • By Perry on 12-18-04

A Bit too Biased

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

This is supposed to be the history of the Basques. The writer, however, is too besotted by his subject matter to give an objective account of the Basque history. While Spanish duplicity and violence is given great attention, the same cannot be said for the Basque responses to Spanish actions or instances of Basque provocation. I'm still looking for a better history book or books regarding the Iberian peninsula.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Development of European Civilization

  • By: Kenneth R. Bartlett, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth R. Bartlett
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

In almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences for the rest of your life. These 48 lectures lead you through the doors of that laboratory and guide you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Development of Some European Civilizarion

  • By Sunshine Reader on 02-23-15

The Development of Some European Civilizarion

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

Reviewed: 02-23-15

A fine job with the dominant European cultures, such as Britain, France, and Germany, with less emphasis on the other European states.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Psychology I

  • The Science of Human Nature
  • By: Prof. Allen D. MacNeill
  • Narrated by: Allen D. MacNeill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

“Why do we do what we do?” In this thought-provoking series of lectures, Professor Allen D. MacNeill examines the surprising - and sometimes unsettling - answers to this most basic of human questions. The remarkable new field of evolutionary psychology takes a scientific approach to the evolution of human nature. Analyzing human behavior in relation to food, clothing, shelter, health care, and sex, Evolutionary Psychology proves an immensely stimulating exploration of human endeavor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...

  • By Douglas on 11-04-12

Not Great

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

Reviewed: 03-24-12

If you want to learn everything there is to know about who founded what, then this is for you. If you want to know how any of this research is applied to humans, then keep searching. I'm sure the MS series has such an audiobook.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The French Revolution, Volume 1

  • The Bastille
  • By: Thomas Carlyle
  • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 17

Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution is a landmark of literary history. Conceived not as a dry recounting of facts, but as a personal, vivid, direct and dramatic encounter with the turbulent times of revolutionary France, it is in fact an extended dramatic monologue in which we meet not only the striking personalities and events of the time, but the equally striking personality and mind of Thomas Carlyle himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Poetic Version of the Revolution

  • By Michael on 07-20-11

a regret

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

Reviewed: 09-30-11

A dreadful waste of money. If you are expecting to actually learn something about French history in a meaningful way, pick something else.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who

  • The Forever Trap
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Catherine Tate
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

When the TARDIS is invaded by a holographic marketing scam, the Doctor and Donna find themselves trapped on the Edifice, a purpose-built complex of luxury apartments in space. Their new environs leave much to be desired: millions of beings from across the Universe have been gathered to live side by side in similar apartments. Instead of creating neighbourly affection, it's led to terrible battles being waged in the corridors and on the stairwells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performance

  • By rtdb on 02-21-12

Very Well Done

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-10

This would have gotten 5 stars, but paying almost $10 for a 2-hour audiobook seemed excessive. Catherine Tate is a wonderful actress and her characterizations gave the story life. A very good listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: Apollo 23

  • By: Justin Richards
  • Narrated by: James Albrecht
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

For a few moments this afternoon, it rained on the moon...' An astronaut in full spacesuit appears out of thin air in a busy shopping centre. Maybe it's a publicity stunt. A photo shows a well-dressed woman in a red coat lying dead at the edge of a crater on the dark side of the moon - beside her beloved dog 'Poochie'. Maybe it's a hoax. But as the Doctor and Amy find out, these are just minor events in a sinister plan to take over every human being on Earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Nearly As Bad as the Other Reviews Say

  • By Rachel on 01-28-11

average reader, average story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-10

The story was average and might have been a bit more interesting had the reader been up to it. The American accents employed were simply dreadful (be prepared for the mispronunciation of words such as "schedule"). Not worth the purchase price.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Quiet Gentleman

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love It....

  • By Sharon on 05-27-12

Garrett provides another fine performance.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-09

This book is slow to develop, but steadily picks up steam. A stellar performance by Garrett.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful