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  • Native Peoples of North America

  • By: Daniel M. Cobb, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel M. Cobb
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

The Great Courses has partnered with Smithsonian to bring you a course that will greatly expand your understanding of American history. This course, Native Peoples of North America, pairs the unmatched resources and expertise of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian with the unparalleled knowledge of Professor Daniel M. Cobb of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to provide a multidisciplinary view of American history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could be much better

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-26-17

OK, but misleading title

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

The author apparently doesn't know what North America is. But the book is not bad overall.

SUBJECT: It focuses quite a bit on government relations with tribes, including various legal and diplomatic issues. Art, culture, music, language, etc are mentioned, but if these are your main interest, this is not the book for you.

TIME: The time span is essentially European contact through the present. There is not much about pre-contact life on the front end. And on the back end, whereas some books on this topic might choose to end with 1890, in this book 1890 is about the midpoint. There is significant focus on more recent history.

PLACE: Despite the title, it is exclusively about the USA (and predecessor colonies), mentioning Canada and Mexico only when events overlap the border. It is mostly about the lower 48 states of the USA, with some mentions of Alaska, and perhaps one passing mention of Hawaii.

NARRATOR: The narrator is good enough. I lost focus and had to back up a few times, but probably due to the dry subject, not specifically the narrator's style.

SUMMARY: Overall I am glad I chose it, but I can't give it a 5 star rave review.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Garden of Beasts

  • A Novel of Berlin 1936
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst - the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favs

  • By nicholas on 11-02-17

Well written and absorbing

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This was very informative of the atmosphere of just-prewar Berlin and was both unpredictable and satisfying. I liked the complexity of the characters and many dimensions is the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Commentaries

  • By: Julius Caesar
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite audiobook

  • By David Cormier on 08-17-11

Great story by great writer

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

This is one of those rare times when a significant historical figure was also a great writer and storyteller. The voice actor is believable and expressive, but also maintains a consistent volume (important when listening in a car). It covers not only Gallic Wars, but also about half of the Civil War. Best if accompanied by some supplementary study, because many places are named (without maps, of course). I would also recommend Dan Carlin's audio commentary on these commentaries as a preparation.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,418

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Interesting plot but sterile

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

I don't know if it's the narrator or the dialog but I can't get absorbed in this story. The plot is complex enough that the whodunit part is intriguing, but the characters, especially the main character, has no life outside the details of the investigation. The narrator has potential but mispronounces words and speaks in a monotone.

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  • Myron Bolitar Series, Book 11
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,860

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For 10 years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for 10 years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Win comes home. So does Harlan Coben.

  • By Carol on 10-26-17

I gave it a chance

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

I didn't find the characters or plot interesting. It seemed dated and cliched. The narrator's voice was grating, and emphasized the irritating qualities of the characters.

  • Baggage

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 940

Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she's never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date. A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who's there whenever she needs help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-16

Annoying characters

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

I was not drawn into this story at all and the major characters all seemed weak. There were constant reminders that the day was likely to be doomed but there was no feeling of suspense.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Shady Cross

  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,452

In one hand small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--$350,000 of it. In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money, they'll let you take me home."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced, very entertaining

  • By shelley on 03-14-15

Original and fast-paced

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

The plot was original and characters didn't seem formulaic. I carried my phone around listening in places where I usually don't, it was that good. I would definitely recommend both the author and narrator.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,237

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Fast-paced but some predictability

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

The story was suspenseful and fast-paced, and the plot was original. It was somewhat simplistic, with the good people being all good and the bad people all bad.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,091

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

Uplifting and fascinating

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

What did you love best about Code Name Verity?

The individuality of the characters and their strength and talents.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the combination of historical fact and human drama, and the courage and humor of the main characters.

Which character – as performed by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell – was your favorite?

Hah I didn't even realize it was two separate narrators. I didn't have a favorite.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

You will find this especially interesting if you are interested in aircraft and their history, but it's fascinating even without that.

  • Impasse

  • A Novel
  • By: Royce Scott Buckingham
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

Forty and facing a midlife crisis, Stu Stark has lost his mojo. He simply gave up after being fired from his prestigious job as a prosecuting attorney for losing the biggest case of his career. So when Stu's best friend gifts him a one-week trip into the Alaskan wilderness to rediscover his manhood, Stu thinks it just might do him some good. But after a horrible week, Stu is crushed when he realizes no one is coming back for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense, Murder, Revenge, and FUN too!

  • By Jacqueline on 03-16-15

Too cynical

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

Reviewed: 11-26-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the characters were not so unbelievably, uh, character-less. The main character's partner, ex-employer, and wife were horrible people, and this seemed to set the plot, as far as I got into it.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something suspenseful.

What does Allan Robertson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was fine but it was more he didn't detract from the story than add to it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I only got through 40 minutes and I didn't find any, except that the sentences were formed correctly and I don't recall any words being mispronounced. The production quality was fine.