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  • Lone Star Nation

  • By: H.W. Brands
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Lone Star Nation is the gripping story of Texas' precarious journey to statehood, from its early colonization in the 1820s to the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad by the Mexican army, from its rough-and-tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Texas: From Spanish colony to statehood

  • By Brian on 04-06-05

Great Story and Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Really great history of Texas made better by a great narrator! Provides a balanced look at Texas history while keeping to a nice story-telling format without being overly academic.

  • Sam Houston

  • The Life and Legacy of the Man Who Led the Texas Revolution
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

More than most men in history, Sam Houston was a contradictory individual. He was born in the United States while George Washington was in office, and in an era when the native people who were gradually being subjugated were considered savages, he called them friends and even lived among them. He had a storied career both in times of war and peace, and he proved to be a stubborn but canny politician who represented multiple states. Sam Houston: The Life and Legacy of the Man Who Led the Texas Revolution looks at how he became one of the Southwest’s most important figures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like Wikipedia entry

  • By The Texas Firefly on 10-05-18

Reads like Wikipedia entry

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Dry and Reads like Wikipedia entry. Good overview maybe for somebody who knows nothing about Sam Houston. Narrator sounds like a newsreader from the 20th century.

  • The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us

  • By: Douglas O. Linder, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Douglas O. Linder JD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

No understanding of the past is complete without an understanding of the legal battles and struggles that have done so much to shape it. Inside a survey of world history's greatest trials are the key insights to critical issues we still talk about today, including freedom of speech, the death penalty, religious freedom, and the meaning of equality. Join Professor Linder for these 24 lectures that investigate important legal cases from around the world and across the centuries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting material, but . . .

  • By Mark on 12-29-17

Interesting overview

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

The lectures provide an interesting overview of some famous trials. The audio quality is slightly poor compounded with a tendency by the speaker to clip the last words of his sentences. There are occasions when I could not figure out what he was saying which is very frustrating.

  • Braddock's Defeat

  • The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution
  • By: David L. Preston
  • Narrated by: Michael Quinlan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

On July 9, 1755, British and colonial troops under the command of General Edward Braddock suffered a crushing defeat to French and Native American enemy forces in Ohio Country. Known as the Battle of the Monongahela, the loss altered the trajectory of the Seven Years' War in America, escalating the fighting and shifting the balance of power. An unprecedented rout of a modern and powerful British army by a predominantly Indian force, Monongahela shocked the colonial world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great history book

  • By D. Littman on 01-09-16

Dry Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Really great history of the French and Indian war, the military and strategic aspects of Braddock's mission, and its importance to the future of America. Near ration is very dry and monotone and makes this difficult to get through. I think I would've enjoyed the book more.

  • Rebellion

  • The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution
  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton, and Thomas Hobbes's great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. Rebellion also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential Background Plus A Good Story

  • By Kathy on 02-01-15

Great History, Boring Delivery

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

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

History of English Civil War

What did you like best about this story?

Interesting story telling.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Clive Chafer?

No, he sounds like a BBC News reader. It was demanding to pay attention.

  • The Rise of Nazi Germany: The History of the Events that Brought Adolf Hitler to Power

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

At the close of World War I, Hitler was an impoverished young artist who scrapped by through selling souvenir paintings, but within a few years, his powerful oratory brought him to the forefront of the Nazi party in Munich and helped make the party much more popular. A smattering of followers in the hundreds quickly became a party of thousands. At the head of it all was a man whose fiery orations denounced Jews, communists, and other "traitors" for bringing upon the German nation the Treaty of Versailles, which had led to hyperinflation and a wrecked economy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched weakly presented

  • By D. Rairigh on 03-06-17

Read the Book

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Good content and concise overview of the rise of the Nazi party. Narrator sounds like this is his first gig and the first time he's ever looked at the material. Choppy reading, sometimes uses voices for quotes and sometimes doesn't, sound volume is inconsistent. I had to reread some of the actual book to follow along.

  • James Madison

  • A Life Reconsidered
  • By: Lynne Cheney
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

This majestic new biography of James Madison explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison was a true genius of the early republic. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states - so eloquently presented in The Federalist papers - helped shape the country Americans live in today.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much suggestion instead of reality

  • By ckllp on 08-21-16

Madison the Supporting Actor

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the book but felt like the vast majority of it was an overview of early American history rather than a biography of Madison. Madison is really relegated to a supporting character as the book focuses on the birth and early days of the nation. The book lacked the focus that other historical biographers typically have. I almost felt like Madison was just the hook to retell some of Cheney's favorite stories from early American history.

Did Eliza Foss do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Goo reading, clear and easy to understand.

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