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  • Explorers of the Nile

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure
  • By: Tim Jeal
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

From award-winning author Tim Jeal comes a vivid examination of the six larger-than-life men and one extraordinary woman who set out to find the source of the White Nile in the 19th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Flawed

  • By The Mays-Dickens Family on 05-12-12

Indiana Jones has nothing on these explorers!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

This history of Western expeditions to find the source of the Nile is gripping and very exciting. The explorers face all kinds of terror: famine, disease, war, death in general. The story is briskly told and makes for a good listen.

The narrator– ah the narration! Yes, his voice is very monotone. This would have been a much better listen with someone who could bring the excitement to life. However, in the spirit of credit where credit is due— he fluidly pronounces lots of very difficult to pronounce names and place names. In the rare instances of dialogue he also does a good job with various accents. But yes, the monotone is tough to get through.

  • Rebel Souls

  • Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians
  • By: Justin Martin
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Rebel Souls is the first book ever written about the colorful group of artists - regulars at Pfaff's Saloon in Manhattan - rightly considered America's original Bohemians. Besides a young Whitman, the circle included actor Edwin Booth; trailblazing stand–up comic Artemus Ward; psychedelic drug pioneer and author Fitz Hugh Ludlow; and brazen performer Adah Menken, famous for her Naked Lady routine. Central to their times, the artists managed to forge connections with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, and even Abraham Lincoln.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Colorful history of 19th century literary misfits

  • By John Semlak on 11-28-17

A Wonderful Read with Vibrant Characters

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

What a fantastic book! I chose this after reading Justin Martin's biography of Frederick Law Olmsted. That book was a little on the slow side, but this one moves like a freight train. It's filled with zany characters and the portrait of Walt Whitman that arises is so tender and moving. I was sad when the book was over. Simply superb.

The reader is fairly average. He reads ponderously and worse, there are a lot of French words and phrases in the book and he butchers them.

Still that doesn't detract too much from this great read.

  • Glenn McGrath

  • Line and Strength
  • By: Glenn McGrath, Daniel Lane
  • Narrated by: Shane McNamara
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Glenn McGrath is one of the most highly regarded fast - medium pace bowlers in cricketing history, and was a leading contributor to Australia's domination of world cricket from the mid-1990s to 2007.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story...poorly told

  • By G on 08-13-15

A good story...poorly told

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Glenn McGrath certainly has a great story to tell. He was arguably the world's best fast bowler, part of a storied, record-breaking cricket team and has lived through personal heartache and tragedy. More than enough for a great book. This particular book falls short because it tells this story so poorly. The chapters don't see to connect or have been written in consecutive order. The same anecdote is repeated in several chapters. The chapter that focuses on McGrath's relationships with his famous teammates- Gilchrist, Warne et al consists of tiny blurbs that say little more than: "he's a great guy". Finally, there is a lot of what the Aussies call "whinging" and score-settling. A whole early chapter that tries to explain and contextualize McGrath's love of hunting big game. A chapter devoted to McGrath's famous sledges and how he was "misunderstood." This is very much a celebrity biography- extremely one-sided

McGrath is undoubtedly a champion and deserves to have his story with depth and balance. This isn't really it. This book is only worth reading until a better one comes along.

  • The Little Wonder

  • The Remarkable History of Wisden
  • By: Robert Winder
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In The Little Wonder, Robert Winder traces the central role the game has played in national life for so long. The book's 150th anniversary in 2013 is the ideal time to tell the extraordinary story of Wisden's - and cricket's - journey from Victorian times to the modern world. New every year, it feels as though it has been with us for ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful history of the "bible of cricket"

  • By G on 07-27-15

A wonderful history of the "bible of cricket"

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

This is a terrific listen. The history of Wisden is also the history of cricket and the social history of the nation that gave birth to the sport. This retelling is wonderfully readable, spry and arch when necessary. Chock full of the doings of the game's greats- Grace, Hobbs et al.

The reader's performance is warm and lively.

Overall a great book!

NB: in searching Audible for 'cricket' this book does not show up. It is very much about cricket. I only found it by chance, searching for 'Wisden'.

  • The Strangers Who Came Home

  • The First Australian Cricket Tour of England
  • By: John Lazenby
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Coote
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

The Ashes cricket series, played out between England and Australia, is the oldest and arguably the most keenly contested rivalry in international sport. Yet the majority of the first representative Australian cricket team to tour England in 1878 in fact regarded themselves as Englishmen. In May of that year, the SS City of Berlin docked at Liverpool, and the Australians stepped onto English ground to begin the inaugural first-class cricket tour of England by a representative overseas team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good history of the first Aussie cricket tour

  • By mr kieran j murphy on 02-03-18

A great listen for any cricket fan!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

This is a delightful book. It's a wonderful portrait of international cricket in its early days. We see the way the noble game was played in the 19th century. Lazenby does a great job of bringing the people, places and events alive. There's plenty of color for the non-cricket fan as well and I think this book would appeal to anyone interested in Victorian England. The charm of this book is greatly enhanced by the fantastic narration of Jonathan Coote. He does a wonderful job and does a separate distinct accent for each of the characters.

I hope US Audible will have more of this type of social history dealing with cricket.

  • The Checklist Manifesto

  • How to Get Things Right
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,218

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Tad Davis on 01-11-10

Wonderful book and listening experience!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

The title might make this seem boring- how interesting can a book about lists be? But it's great! Gawande provides varied anecdotes and portraits of the success of checklists from a plethora of fields: flight, medicine, construction and even fine dining. Finding out why Van Halen insisted that the brown M&M's be removed was very insightful.

A great book!

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  • The Man Who Knew Infinity

  • A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
  • By: Robert Kanigel
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

In 1913, a young, unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G. H. Hardy, begging that preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Hardy, realizing the letter was the work of a genius, arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most remarkable collaborations ever chronicled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough and Enjoyable

  • By Roger on 05-23-08

Great book, Awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

The Good: This is a terrific book. Kanigel's biography of both Ramanujan and his friend and patron GH Hardy is filled with wonderful detail. He does an admirable job of conveying a sense of the complex mathematics Ramanujan worked on. He seems to do a pretty good job in conveying the complex life and death of this amazing mathematician.

The bad: The narration is awful. Humphrey Bower is Australian(!!!!!) This means he mispronounces all the Indian names and words *and* the British names as well. This was a staggeringly poor choice and it makes this great book difficult to listen to. An Indian reader would have been way better- or even a British one.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Age of Wonder

  • How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
  • By: Richard Holmes
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain, the botanist had sailed with Captain Cook in search of new worlds. Other voyages of discovery—astronomical, chemical, poetical, philosophical—swiftly follow in Richard Holmes's thrilling evocation of the second scientific revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book! Great science history

  • By G on 01-26-15

Fantastic Book! Great science history

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

I loved learning about all the amazing scientific figures especially William Herschel and Humphry Davy. Also the section on the advent of balloon flight. The book features mini-biographies that are woven together seamlessly. It's sprinkled with fun anecdotes and details throughout.

The one suggestion would be to get through the first section on Joseph Banks. It's more about geographic exploration and less about science- it's the least interesting part of the book- which gets much better afterwards.

The narration by Gildart Jackson is sublime. He handles all the French, German, Latin, scientific terms and even gives distinct accents to all spoken characters. He gives Davy what I assume is a Cornish accent. His American accent is charming if not perfectly accurate. He's a terrific reader.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer

  • By: Debbie Millman
  • Narrated by: Nicole Vilencia
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Take a peek inside the heads of some of the world's greatest living graphic designers. How do they think, how do they connect to others, what special skills do they have? In honest and revealing interviews, 19 designers, including Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Beirut, David Carson, and Milton Glaser, share their approaches, processes, opinions, and thoughts about their work with noted brand designer Debbie Millman. The internet radio talk host of Design Matters, Millman persuades the greatest graphic designers of our time to speak frankly and openly about their work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but

  • By Joseph R. Compton on 05-14-15

Decent interviews on design, horrible reading

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

Reviewed: 08-05-14

Where does How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle- these are fairly superficial interviews

How could the performance have been better?

The reader constantly mispronounces words- she butchers genre, milieu and segue. She mispronounces almost all pronouns- James Victore comes in for a beating.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Brief interviews with Designers

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Language A to Z

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180

Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics

  • By Jacobus on 05-06-14

Fantastic Listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-14

Would you listen to Language A to Z again? Why?

Yes, it was an informative and fun listen.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The sections are compact and you know which letter is coming next!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful