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  • Heroes of History

  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

At Will Durant's death at 96, in 1981, his personal papers were dispersed among relatives, collectors, and archive houses. Twenty years later, scholar John Little discovered the previously unknown manuscript of Heroes of History in Durant's granddaughter's garage. Written shortly before he died, these 21 essays serve as an abbreviated version of Durant's best-selling, 11-volume series, The Story of Civilization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice overview

  • By Richard on 11-10-04

engaging history

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

I thought that the narrator did a fine job. The beginning drags a bit, but once the subject turns to the Greeks I found it became and remained very interesting. An engaging survey of some high points of history -- Durand has a gift for identifying critical moments and figures in history.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Open

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,812

From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just an Incredible Story!

  • By Patrick on 12-13-09

Great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

Being a huge tennis fan, I loved getting the inside story of great rivalries, great successes and great failures. An incredible insight into exactly what goes into the making of a legend. I did find myself rolling my eyes as the refrain "I hate tennis" was repeated throughout the book. The narrator did an excellent job, although I would have liked to have heard Agassi read it himself. It is, however, easily the greatest sports biography I have ever read, and a remarkably honest look at an uncommon life.
Highly recommend.

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel

  • The Fates of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 554

In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Badly Abridged

  • By Carol L. on 09-19-06

a decent listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-09

i did not love the book, but the narration is clear, and it was a reasonably interesting listen. just not particularly memorable.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gomorrah

  • A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System
  • By: Roberto Saviano
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

A groundbreaking major best seller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal. Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opener

  • By Roy on 02-20-09

very good narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-09

i am sure you can read more about the book itself somewhere else. it is chilling and brutal, but very engaging. sort of reminds me of 'the wire' in it's verite style. the narrator does an excellent job of staying out of the way and letting the story tell itself. his voice is clear and easy to listen to.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,874
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,237

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

great and inspritational

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-09

stephen king is probably the best reader of stephen king. i loved hearing him talk about his life and career. i would highly recommend this.

  • The House of the Dead

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The House of the Dead is a fascinating portrait of life in a Siberian prison camp - a life of great hardship and deprivation, yet filled with simple moments of humanity showing mankinds ability to adapt and survive in the most extreme of circumstances. Dostoevsky tells his story in a chronological order, from his character's arrival and his sense of alienation to his gradual adjustment to prison life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In the Prison House

  • By James C. Maddox on 10-25-09

challenging narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-09

i am a huge dostoevsky fan, but i doubt that i will be able to make it through this version of "house of the dead" thanks to the narrator.
it is not my favorite book, but is actually difficult to listen to because i find the narrator's voice so grating.

6 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Prince

  • By: Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The first modern treatise of political philosophy, The Prince remains one of the world's most influential and widely read books. Machiavelli, whose name has become synonymous with expedient exercises of will, reveals nothing less than the secrets of power: how to gain it, how to wield it, and how to keep it. But curiously, this work of outspoken clarity has, for centuries, inspired myriad interpretations as to its author's true message.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT the Mansfield translation

  • By Kent on 12-11-16

computer-like voice

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-09

there are many versions of the prince out there so i would look for a different one. the narrator sounds a bit like he is trying to imitate a computer's voice. i am barely making it through a book that i would otherwise enjoy.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,940

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true Time-machine

  • By Ramon on 12-27-10

Great story, great narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-09

this is one of my favorite stories. thanks to excellent narration i was able entirely lose myself in it. i have to say that i have been very disappointed recently with some of the narration that i am finding on audible, but i was very pleasantly surprised by this version of the count of monte cristo. i listen while i work, so i always go for unabridged audiobooks, and if you have the time, this one is excellent.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,668

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

Well Written and Narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-09

I have actually listened to this several times. It is fairly short, but a well written account of the evolution of his act. It is hard to imagine the years that went into editing out the bad material and fine tuning the good to make Steve Martin one of the funniest comics. It seems to get funniest at the end, like his act, insightfully spanning a few decades. It is also fun to hear his familiar voice reading the story of his professional life.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful