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  • When Women Ruled the World

  • By: Kara Cooney
  • Narrated by: Kara Cooney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra - women who ruled with real power - and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today. Female rulers are a rare phenomenon - but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Edifying

  • By Jean on 12-10-18

Edifying

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Kara Cooney Ph.D. points out that ancient Egypt was punctuated by periods of rule by women. Many women ruled as regents for their young sons; then advised them privately when they took the throne in their teens.

Cooney reviews the reign of six female pharaohs of the Ptolemaic period that ruled in their own right. They are: Merineth, Neferusobeck, Nefertiti, Tawosret, Hatshepsut and Cleopatra. The author discusses their similarities and differences of their reigns. Cooney describes how Hatshepsut and Cleopatra took and held power. The book is well written and meticulously researched. Cooney reveals how these women survived in a male-dominated world. The author points out that women in ancient Egypt had the right to own property, and the right to divorce. I found the book interesting and could not help but make comparisons in my mind to women’s rights today.

I found the book most interesting and will look for more books by the author. Kara Cooney is a Professor of Egyptology at UCLA. The books nine hours and fifteen minutes. Kara Cooney narrated the book herself.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Contact! A Novel of the Pacific War

  • Crash Dive, Book 4
  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

The fourth book in the popular Crash Dive series! Still reeling from the hellish battle in the Japan Sea, Lt. Commander Charlie Harrison returns from Prospective Commanding Officer School to find the Sandtiger languishing in repair while her crew idles. He expects to take command, but the post is given to Captain Howard Saunders. Sandtiger’s orders: Take a team of elite commandos to the island of Saipan to destroy a major coastal gun before 70,000 Marines land on its beaches. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Jean on 12-09-18

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This is book four of the series. Our protagonist Charles Harrison is now a Lt. Commander. He has just graduated from CPO School (Prospective Commanding Officer). On returning to Pearl he finds Captain Howard Sanders has been given command of the USS Sandtiger. The new assignment is to take a team of commandos to Saipan Island.

The book is well written and fast paced. As with the other books in the series, the suspense builds throughout the story. I have enjoyed the series and found the book hard to put down. I particularly like that the books are about five hours. This makes a great change from the longer non-fiction books I have been reading. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

The book is four hours and fifty-four minutes. R. C. Bray does an excellent job narrating the series. Bray is an actor and voice-over artist. He has won the prestigious Audie Award, many Earphone Awards and the Voice Artist Award.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Default

  • The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold
  • By: Sebastian Edwards
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The American economy is strong in large part because nobody believes that America would ever default on its debt. Yet in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt did just that, when in a bid to pull the country out of depression, he depreciated the US dollar in relation to gold, effectively annulling all debt contracts. American Default is the story of this forgotten chapter in America's history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Jean on 12-08-18

Superb

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Edwards is a UCLA economics professor. Edwards tells how FDR engineered a default in 1933. FDR did away with the gold standard and made owning private gold illegal. The changes were argued before the Supreme Court.

The book is well written and researched. Edwards made this complex action understandable to the lay person. FDR took the action at the height of the depression. It was looked upon as a desperate measure. The author explains in detail why Roosevelt did what he did and how he did it. I found the discussion about the hearing before the Supreme Court most interesting. Many experts still associate the recovery from the depression directly to the monetary easing of FDR’s gold policies.

The book is nine hours and one minute. Timothy Andres Pabon does an excellent job narrating the book. Pabon is an actor and Spanish & English voice-over artist. Pabon has won the Earphone Award as well as the 2015 Society of Voice Arts and Science Award.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy Oath of Office

  • Jack Ryan Novel Series, Book 19
  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Freedom may have finally arrived in Iran. As protests break out across the country, the media rejoices over the so-called Persian Spring. Western leaders are ecstatic. Members of Congress and the Cabinet clamor to back the rebels. Only President Jack Ryan remains wary. Meanwhile, he has plenty to handle at home. A deadly strain of flu is ravaging the United States as spring floods decimate the Southeast. An unethical senator wants to bring down the Ryan presidency and is willing to lean on fabricated bot-planted stories to do it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There's a whole lot going on here...

  • By shelley on 11-28-18

Exciting Read

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This is a continuation of the Jack Ryan Series started by Tom Clancy. This is March Cameron’s second book in the series.

The book is well written. The story twists and turns and the suspense builds throughout the story. There are multiple plots and subplots along with many characters in the Clancy tradition. Jack Ryan is president and Russia, along with Iran is giving him problems. If you are looking for a good get-away-from-it-all book, this is it.

The book is fourteen hours nineteen minutes. Scott Brick does a great job narrating the story. Brick has won over fifty Earphone Awards and five Audie Awards. He also was named Publisher Weekly’s Narrator of the Year and the Audiofile Magazine’s Golden Voice Award.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heirs of the Founders

  • The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants
  • By: H. W. Brands
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

In the early 1800s, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jean on 12-04-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I have read and enjoyed a number of historian H. W. Brands’ books. This book is about the “Great Triumvirate” as they were known. The great orators from Massachusetts, Daniel Webster (1782-1852), John Calhoun (1782-1850) of South Carolina and Henry Clay (1777-1852) of Kentucky. These three great men were principal legislators in the post Jacksonian debate over slavery and States Rights. They were the key players of the Missouri Compromise of 1850. None of the men lived to see the Civil War.

The book was well written and meticulously researched. The book is easy to read and understand for a lay person. Each of these men played key roles and served in various positions in the government during their years of service. What I enjoyed the most was listening to the debates between the three men over various issues over their years in office. These three men were the greatest debaters of their era. If you are interested in United States history, you must read this book.

The book is fourteen hours and fifty-five minutes. Eric Martin does an excellent job narrating the book. Martin is a well-known audiobook narrator and voice-over artist. He has won many Earphone Awards and was a 2015 Audie Award Finalist.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Connelly's best; great narration!

  • By Wayne on 10-31-18

Engaging

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

This is book 21 of the Harry Bosch series and book 3 of the Renee Ballard/ H. Bosch series. The book picks up where the last one left off. Therefore, it is important to read the latest series in order. Ballard is a Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division Detective and Harry Bosch is working cold cases at the San Fernando Police Department. They are working together to solve the murder of Daisy Clayton.

The book is well written; the plot twists and turns and the suspense builds. As usual, Bosch and Ballard are also working other cases at the same time. Ballard is a new character and I wonder if Connelly is going to continue having them work together, or is he going to launch Ballard into her own series? Connelly is a master storyteller and this book holds up to the high standards of the Bosch series.

The book is ten hours and thirty-nine minutes. There are two narrators for the book. Christine Lakin does Ballard and Titus Welliver is Bosch. Lewis is an actress and audiobook narrator. Welliver is an actor who plays Bosch on the Amazon T.V. series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
  • By: Scott Kelly
  • Narrated by: Scott Kelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,681

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well told, in depth account of life on the ISS

  • By Becca on 11-16-17

Excellent Memoir

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This is Kelly’s memoir of his year on ISS (International Space Station). Kelly has done four trips to ISS. This year long stay was part of a medical experiment to discover what effects time in space had on the human body. Scott’s identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, stayed on earth as a control subject. Kelly is a Navy Captain, fighter pilot and an engineer. It was fun to learn about the day to day information about life on ISS.

The book is well written. Kelly also described the difference between a shuttle astronaut and a space station astronaut. Kelly told about his problems in school, particularly high school. He apparently had problems with the ability to stay focused on what he was supposed to learn. He told about what triggered his desire to learn and achieve as well as what provided him with a goal to work for. If you are at all interested in the astronaut program or space, this book is for you.

The book is thirteen hours and six minutes. Scott Kelly does an okay job narrating the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Stations: A Novel of the Pacific War

  • Crash Dive, Book 3
  • By: Craig DiLouie
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49

Fresh from PXO School, Lt. Charlie Harrison is offered a posting on Sandtiger under Captain Gilbert Moreau, a legendary fighting captain in the submarines. Sandtiger's mission is to join a wolf pack that will penetrate the heart of the Japanese Empire. Along the way, Moreau teaches Charlie how to fight. And what lines should never be crossed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Jean on 11-28-18

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This is book three of the Crash Dive Series. Our protagonist is Lt. Charles Harrison who is finishing PXO School and has been assigned to the USS Sandtiger.

The book is well written and fairly well researched. I enjoyed the interplay of the various personalities of the crew. The author made me feel as if I was one of the crew. The author also made me feel as if I was inside the submarine. The book is easy to read. I liked the fact that each book is about five hours. This makes a good change of pace from the longer non-fiction books I have been reading. I am looking forward to the next book.

The book is five hours and six minutes. R.C. Bray does an excellent job narrating the book. Bray has won the Audie Award, multiple Earphone Awards and the Voice Arts Award.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bitterroot: The Life and Death of Meriwether Lewis

  • By: Patricia Tyson Stroud
  • Narrated by: Mark Caldwell Walker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

In America's early national period, Meriwether Lewis was a towering figure. Selected by Thomas Jefferson to lead the expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase, he was later rewarded by Jefferson with the governorship of the entire Louisiana Territory. Yet within three years, plagued by controversy over administrative expenses, Lewis found his reputation and career in tatters. En route to Washington to clear his name, he died mysteriously in a crude cabin on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee. Was it a suicide, felled by his own alcoholism and mental instability?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Jean on 11-27-18

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18


This is a new biography of Meriwether Lewis. Stroud appears to be careful about separating verifiable facts from misinformation. The author examined his death attempting to separate fact from fiction. The author attempted to sort out fact from fiction regarding his death; but in my opinion, there was inadequate data to accurately make a decision about the cause of his death.

Stroud examines the complicated and contradictory life of Lewis. The author did an in-depth analysis of his work and life. The book is well written and meticulously researched. Stroud also examined the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis. I found the book easy to read and enjoyed learning more about Lewis and his times. If you are interested in United States history, this is a book for you.

The book is ten hours and twenty-six minutes. Mark Caldwell Walker did a good job narrating the book. Walker is a voice actor and audiobook narrator. This is my first experience with the author and narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Justice

  • Frontiers Saga, Part 2: Rogue Castes Series, Book 9
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

 As his sister faces a critical moment, Captain Scott must chase his friends to regions he has yet to travel. Sometimes, you just have to take risks for those you care about. Sometimes, quite often. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captvating

  • By Jean on 11-26-18

Captvating

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This is book nine in the second half of the Frontier Series but is book 24 of the entire series. I have read this series from book one and have been hooked on it. I believe it is important to read this series in order as Brown picks up the story from where the last book ended.

I will keep this review brief as there is not a lot to say after twenty-three reviews on the topic. The book is a hair-raising nail bitter. Be prepared to read this book cover to cover without stopping. Believe me, you will not want to put the book down. Brown has the courage to kill off key characters in his stories which adds to the suspense of the story. The ending was rather abrupt this time, but I cannot wait for the next installment to come out. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my favorite characters.

The book is ten hours eleven minutes. Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job narrating the series. Kafer is an actor, voice-over actor and an award-winning audiobook narrator.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful