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  • The American Revolution

  • By: Allen C. Guelzo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures.With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth it, quirky prof

  • By Uferdinand on 08-02-16

Great Narrative

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

This is the best lecturer I have found in the Great Courses series. He makes battles come alive, and I am not usually interested in military history!It is about the military movements of the Americans and the British, but there is a bit of political and personal history involved to give it some flavor. I found it to have good details, but it is like any freshmen course; it glosses over a great deal, and it ignores much of the sticky issues. But, if you don't know much about the war (other then what you got in high school which in itself was very wrong) this is a good start.

  • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to life

  • By Joshua on 07-10-13

Nice Gloss Over of the Story

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

This is a nice overview of a very specific time in English and Norman history. It does not go into as much detail as I had hoped, or really offer much perspective. It was more like a history lesson from high school then any of the in depth analysis done in college. But, it was nice to listen to on my drive. The audio is scratchy in patches, but still clear, the reader has a strong voice.

  • The Countess

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 596

The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after. Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened.... Until the real earl appears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 06-03-13

Does not withstand a second listen

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

Reviewed: 03-01-13

Would you try another book from Lynsay Sands and/or Sarah Coomes?

Maybe the author, but most definitely NOT the reader. She was extremely annoying: girlish, nasal, and shrill.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lynsay Sands again?

Maybe. I admit there were some funny parts, but the sex scenes were ridiculously overblown, and the farce wasn't that great.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sarah Coomes?

I don't know, but most definitely not her.

Do you think The Countess needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

I thought it was funnier the first time I listened to it. I just finished listening to it for the second time and I could barely finish it. It was just terrible. Maybe I blocked out the bad parts last time :)

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Short-Straw Bride

  • By: Karen Witemeyer
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

RITA Award finalist Karen Witemeyer pens heartwarming historical romances that lift the spirit and the soul. Short-Straw Bride finds Meredith Hayes struggling to let go of her childhood crush on Travis Archer - the strapping young lad who saved her as a little girl. With a sensible proposal from the eligible Roy Mitchell on the table, it’s time for her to move on. But when Meredith overhears a plot to drive Travis and his brothers off their coveted land, she has no choice but to intervene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NO "SHORT-STRAW" STORY!

  • By Kimberly on 12-02-12

To Stupid to Live

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

Would you try another book from Karen Witemeyer and/or Pilar Witherspoon?

NO

What could Karen Witemeyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made the heroine an interesting and real person. She was either ridiculously timid or out of her mind stupid. She was as flat as a pancake. It is books like this that give inspirational romance a bad name.

What three words best describe Pilar Witherspoon’s voice?

slow, bland, and uninteresting

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Short-Straw Bride?

All of the last third.

Any additional comments?

Woman can be religious and still be a smart and strong person, but apparently not in this book.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Something Blue

  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 926
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 700

Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.But Darcy’s neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel, the plain-Jane “good girl,” steals her fiancé, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life… with a baby on the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book, amazing narrator

  • By M on 05-25-11

Better than expected

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-11

If you are like me, you are thinking of this book because you loved "Something Borrowed" and want to see what happens to the characters. Know that this book delivers. You have to wade through more than half of it before you get to anything remotely good (the first have is a rehashing of the first book from Darcy's perspective), but the second half is more than worth it. You get to see Darcy slowly transform from a whiny, annoying, one-note character into one that you eventually like. You fall in love with Ethan. And you get to explore London! You also get a resolution to a lot of the storylines left unfinished from the first book. I was happy to see an ending for Dex and Rachel as well. If you enjoyed the first one, this one is worth it, just stick through the first half, trust me.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • This Book Is Overdue!

  • How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
  • By: Marilyn Johnson
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Buried in information? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper and discs, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians! They want to help. They're not selling a thing. And librarians know best how to beat a path through the googolplex sources of information available to us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marian Isn't You Librarian

  • By Lynn on 05-24-11

Love It!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-10

This book was written for anyone who loves libraries, librarians, and looking towards the future in the field. It was an exciting look at current trends, and the information culture. As a future librarian, this book helped to reinforce the absolute need of information, and the continuing need of librarians with a diverse technological background.

I especially liked the chapter on librarian blogs, and the detailed looks at sample libraries within the overarching theme of the book. The narration was great too! This is not too technical a book, and can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest. Meaning it is not just for librarians, it is for anyone who wants to know how we still need libraries, and how we always will.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead In the Family

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #10
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884

Finally settled with Viking vampire Eric, Sookie finds normalcy just as chaos surrounds her. Sookie’s former lover Bill, her boss Sam, and even Eric are struggling with family problems. Then things get really interesting when the werewolves tell Sookie an ominous presence is lurking.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • As much as I love Sookie

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 05-28-10

Not as good as the rest of the series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-10

I love this series, don't get me wrong, but this book was weak and lacking. The storyline was barely advanced from the last book. The remaining mysteries are not enough to make me excited for the next one. The characters are little changed, or advanced, from the last book, and the secondary characters were used effectually.

I guess I was just looking forward to this book so much,that I was bound to be disappointed. But, I know that this book could have been better. As always, the narrated was superb. I just wish that the book was as good as the rest of the series.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Bloody Jack

  • By: L.A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259

Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes it clicks

  • By Terry on 12-09-09

Great story, made better by audio!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-09

This one of the best voice actors I have ever heard. She is not just an audio reader, but an actress, as she does all the voices, and includes the best drama in it. The story just keeps getting better with each installment. The second a bit slow, but the third more than makes up for it. If you have the chance to listen to this adventure story, you wont regret it.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Glitter Baby

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

Fleur Savagar is the most beautiful woman in the world . . . to everyone but herself. With her oversized hands and paddle-boat feet, her streaky blond hair and funny green eyes, she lives a life filled with secrets that began before she was born. That was when her bewitching mother left home to find James Dean and met Errol Flynn instead. Now Fleur has to grow up quickly, and life won't make that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another SEP Winner

  • By Theresa on 01-02-09

Read it in book format

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-09

Sometimes you love a book, and an audio version can make it even better. This isn't one of those times. The story is alright, vintage SEP, but with the death of her usual fabulous reader, Glitter Baby, tries out a new one. The new reader is too young and her valley girl accent is grating. Read it on paper, rather than audio, it is not worth the price difference.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Living Dead in Dallas

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #2
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,818

After an unfortunate incident, Sookie finds herself beholden to a group of Louisiana vampires. So she agrees to travel to Dallas with her undead boyfriend Bill and track down a missing vamp, but only if the vampires promise to let local humans go unharmed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get voice

  • By Vi on 12-01-08

Get voice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-08

I appreciate this Charlaine Harris' series, it is fun, consistent in the level of quality throughout, and this one in particular has good plot development. But, this series is better on audio than in book. I listen to a lot of audio books, and I have never (with the exception of his holiness Jim Dale) heard a better voice actor. Not only does her voice fit the story, but she is emotional yet soothing. Get this series on audio, despite the costs, its worth it.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful