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  • A History of the Jews

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 28 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent History

  • By David on 06-06-09

Returned because of poor narration

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The narrator's voice was mono-tonal, and she managed to mispronounce just about every Hebrew related word. If you're hired to narrate History of the Jews, is it too much to expect the narrator to correctly pronounce the greatest Jewish philosopher? I returned it and purchased the Kindle version instead. I'll use one of those robotic readers to listen to it. Probably get better hit rate on pronunciation.

  • The Lawgiver

  • A Novel
  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Peter Riegert, Zosia Mamet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

At the center of The Lawgiver is Margo Solovei, a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multi-billionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including a reunion with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business. Two other key characters in the novel are Herman Wouk himself and his wife of more than 60 years, Betty Sarah, who, almost against their will, find themselves entangled in the Moses movie .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG, Herman Wouk is still brilliant at 97!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-21-12

Narration ruins story

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

As mentioned male narrator is quite good, even sounds like Wouk but female narrator which is representing a character supposed to be a wunderkind with a Chassidic background sounds like a teenager talking to friends in a mall and steps on every Yiddish or Hebrew word in the script.

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,649

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

Couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

Guidall is always great but book is blah. Every time a character speaks you can finish the line with them.

  • Flat Spin

  • A Cordell Logan Mystery
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,433

The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller. Based in sunny Rancho Bonita - “California’s Monaco”, as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it - Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction to the series

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 04-05-16

Just another predictable "mystery"

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

i found this so predictable I was finishing the sentences.
i found this so predictable I was finishing the sentences.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Brilliant Blunders

  • From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
  • By: Mario Livio
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 225

We all make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history, as Mario Livio tells us in this marvelous story of scientific error and breakthrough. Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein were all brilliant scientists. Each made groundbreaking contributions to his field - but each also stumbled badly. These five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on Earth, the evolution of the Earth itself, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. As Mario Livio luminously explains, the scientific process advances through error.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to remember all the stories in the book

  • By Gary on 06-15-13

Very amateurish

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

Author writes as if he discovered what is a known part of these scientist's history. The narrator confuses talking in a lilt with a British accent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The President's Pilot

  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 697

A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is everyone drunk?

  • By Mike on 02-06-15

Predictable story, narrated by a drunk

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

Reviewed: 01-17-15

I bought this on sale and still returned it. I wonder who they turned down for the narration job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No Scarlet 'A' in Apple Tree

  • By Mel on 02-04-14

Strange Story, Brilliantly Done

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

Reviewed: 11-07-14

Like many reviewers I had difficulty with the underlying assumption of the story but the writing and the narration were so good that it did not hinder my involvement. In fact I took it as a method for a good author to take a character and put her in an odd place to build the framework for the fiction.

If you like this book I recommend "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan and also narrated by Juliet Stevenson. It seems almost like a sequel (or prequel).

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lieberman's Folly

  • The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

A pair of cops hunt the killer of the most beautiful hooker on Chicago’s North Side. On a blistering Chicago afternoon, the Cubs are winning and Abe Lieberman is waiting to meet a prostitute. This mild-mannered old police detective still has a few tricks up his sleeves - and one of them is named Estralda Valdez. One of the city’s loveliest women of the night, she is Lieberman’s most prized confidential informant, and she needs help with a psychotic john. Though they suspect she’s only paranoid, Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, agree to watch Valdez’s back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How can this man write so much, and so well?

  • By Richard Delman on 02-07-16

Cliche ridden

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

Reviewed: 10-24-14

Book is a pile of cliches. Plot moves forward at snail's pace. Reader is OK for narration but can't do accents, a skill horribly needed for this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Night over Water

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Tom Casaletto
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301

On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen

  • By Daniel McAfee on 07-11-08

Technical Specifications of the Boeing 314

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

Book should be re-titled Technical Specifications of the Boeing 314. As a novel it was pretty terrible with, as others have said, dreary cardboard characters. Most of the writing seemed to have no purpose other than to extend the weight rather the quality of the book.

The narrator offered no help either as it was a dry reading although he did have a lot of characters to cover.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

  • How the Sex-Drugs-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
  • By: Peter Biskind
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

Easy Rider, Raging Bulls follows the wild ride that was Hollywood in the 70s - an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (both on screen and off) and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Dish, Sketchy Analysis

  • By Dubi on 12-14-13

Boring

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

Reviewed: 03-10-14

I struggled through half of the book but could not finish it. It's an endless chain of unrelated incidents bent on showing how horrible the new age directors of the 70's were. I am also not a fan of Dick Hill's narration where everything sounds like a scream.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful