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  • Clash of Empires

  • Clash of Empires, Book 1
  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

When a new empire rises, and old one must fall. After 16 years of bloody war against Rome, Hannibal Barca is on the verge of defeat. On the plains of Zama, Felix and his brother Antonius stand in the formidable Roman legions, ready to deliver the decisive blow. Victory will establish Rome as the pre-eminent power in the ancient world. But in northern Greece, Philip V of Macedon is determined to restore Alexander the Great's kingdom to its former glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun wonderful performance

  • By Michael Cabral on 01-28-19

Great fun wonderful performance

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

After reading the Eagle series I was looking forward to Clash of Empires. At first lush I was unhappy with the change of reader. However, spacey did a great job. I’m enjoying this historical history genre and Ben Kane dose this very well. Great believable characters you just want to gobble it up and I have. The Eagle series was worth a second lister as is this book. Well done Ben 16+ hours of entertainment well worth the credit or the price.

  • The Rise of Rome

  • The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
  • By: Anthony Everitt
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rome from the fall of Troy through Julius Caesar

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-11-12

The most annoying read ever.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I never was able to finish this book because of Clive Chafer. Perhaps the most annoying voice ever used for a book read in all of mankind.

  • Hunting the Eagles

  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three Roman legions in the wilds of Germania. Varus, the general who led the ill-fated army, is long dead, and the bones of his 15,000 legionaries moulder in the forests. But not all the Romans were slain in the ambush. Centurion Tullus, a seasoned veteran, survived, and now he lives for revenge upon the tribal chieftain Arminius, who masterminded the ambush. Tullus will stop at nothing to kill his bitterest enemy or to recover his legion's lost Eagle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical fiction

  • By Aaron on 08-06-16

Historical Fiction Great Fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I read or listed to primarily history and a great deal of Roman History. The Three books in this trigly have been a lot of fun. Based upon historical events a wonderful storyline weaves around these events with fictional characters in the Roman Legions. Listen to all three I really enjoyed them. The readers performance was great in my view.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,131

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

Well Researched Interesting Perspective

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I have read many books on WWII purchased a Kindle copy and never gave it a chance to grab my interest. The Audible book was just what I needed. Thought it to be a well researched book,impressed by the first hand experience of the author, through much of the book. Much more new documented information than I expected.

The reader was wonderful. Easy to listen to, well paced for me which allowed me to get through this large volume. Otherwise I may never have had completed reading on my own.

I have grown to enjoy audio books the app, interface could be better but adding notes is a good start. Have only used on my mobile phone and Fire Tablet I may be missing some additional useful options.

You may think you know the Third Reich but this book provides some new perspective that you may find interesting. Recommend you listen.

  • Roman History, Volume 1

  • By: Dio Cassius
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 29 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Dio Cassius was a Roman statesman and historian of Greek origin. He published 80 volumes of history on ancient Rome, beginning with the arrival of Aeneas in Italy. The volumes documented the subsequent founding of Rome (753 BC), the formation of the republic (509 BC), and the creation of the empire (31 BC). The history continues until AD 229.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great ancient text by mr griffin...

  • By mohadcheridi on 01-27-18

Charlton Griffin is amazing as usual!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Only my second attempt at source work. I found it interesting to hear opposing views to many of the works I have read from modern authors. I found myself lost often with the names of locations and had to search for maps to help me.

However, I did expect this to be beyond my knowledge base but that’s how you learn and didn’t distract from my enjoyment. Mr. Griffin is truly a gifted man. So impressed am I that I sometimes search for his name before the author. He can bring a speech alive. I have listened to Julius Caesar’s Commentaries several times and will again I’m sure because Charlton Griffin is Julius Caesar in my view.

My reading and now listening of Roman History is only a few years old. I truly am enjoying this journey first sparked by Podcasts. Thank you Mike Duncan “The history of Rome podcast” and author of The Storm Before the Storm. I’m 70 years old and this old dog is learning a new trick.

This book would certainly not be my recommendation as a starting point but should be on your list.

  • The Commentaries

  • By: Julius Caesar
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

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

A wonderful performance!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Not a big fan of the changes in terminology ie: military ranks, cohorts to brigades etc. none the less my favorite reading of the commentarys. I'm fine with first person translation. I have listened to this book several times. I'm one who leans more toward the accounts presented here because they are contemporary and Caesar really could not in my view drift to far from the truth. Charlton Griffin is wonderful with this reading. If you enjoy this and see Griffin as the reader of other works my, decision is made.

  • The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy

  • By: Sir Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 731

This volume of Churchill's history ofWorld Ward 2 recounts the dramatic months as the war drew to a close - the normandy landings, the liberation of western Europe, the bombing of hiroshima and Nagaski, and the surrender of Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always good, occasionally great

  • By John M on 12-15-08

Great insight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Really enjoyed this complete series. Reader was perfect for Winston Churchill. Great detail provided by someone who was there every step of the way. This is one I'll go back to for sure kept me up a few evenings set the timer, reset the timer. Great Britain of course was a great force in WW II. Winston was essential.

  • American Sphinx

  • The Character of Thomas Jefferson
  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Susan O’Malley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight, even in his retirement. In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts from the legend to find the heart of the man who, at the grass roots, is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or anti-slavery, privileged or populist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Download - Audio is GREAT!

  • By BP on 01-19-13

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Ellis is an amazing writer who in my view has produced a very engaging book with clarity in a very muddy subject. His conclusions are rational and helpful in trying to understand a man that I find fascinating yet conflicted in ways the are hard to understand. Do I still have questions? I sure do. However, Mr. Ellis gives reason to pause and reconsider many of the contradictions in the life of Thomas Jefferson. I no longer have to just throw up my hands and shake my head as I now feel I have an insight to Jefferson that I can live with.

I enjoyed this book for it's content, the job of the reader and audio production value.