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  • The Nuremberg Trial

  • By: John Tusa, Ann Tusa
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 25 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and rewarding listen for history buffs

  • By Ronnie on 08-25-17

Major Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

Having just toured Nuremberg, I was excited to hear this account. With as much documentation the Tulas had at their disposal why did the write events like a laundry list? Instead of writing the dialogue they described in general terms what was said. It would have been much more dynamic. The narrator sounded like he was calling a golf match. The whole thing was awful. I skipped a lot hoping it would get better. Nope. Never did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Foundations of Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas F. X. Noble, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. X. Noble
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

What is Western Civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Mike Keith on 08-08-16

Meh!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

If you enjoy the phrase "Uh...uh...uh," you will love this series. At first, I thought his stammer was a neat professorial affectation, but after a while it was just annoying. Plus, he takes circuitous means to his end. So much minutae I didn't need. It wore thin and I lost interest.

  • The Hellfire Club

  • By: Jake Tapper
  • Narrated by: Jake Tapper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 999

 Charlie Marder is an unlikely congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife, Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could be happening now

  • By Barbara or Jerold Gendler on 05-24-18

Not Worth The Time

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

It was constantly bogged down with unecessary exposition. It's as if the author was more interested in telling us what he knew as opposed to simply moving the story (however implausible it is) along. Then to make it even less interesting, he narrated it himself!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prague Sonata

  • By: Bradford Morrow
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

In the early days of the new millennium, pages of a worn and weathered original sonata manuscript - the gift of a Czech immigrant living out her final days in Queens - come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury. To Meta's eye, it appears to be an authentic 18th-century work; to her discerning ear, the music rendered there is commanding, hauntingly beautiful, clearly the undiscovered composition of a master. But there is no indication of who the composer might be.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful topic, writer gets in the way

  • By Amber's mom on 07-31-18

Interesting story BAD narration.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I really struggled to finish this. I wish I had read it instead. The narrator was so heavy-handed with her interpretaion, it was too hard to listen to...the breathiness...the 'puking' ... the over the top accents (one character is from New York and, for some reason, had a Maine accent). Several of the characters sounded like Dracula. It was bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,675
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,872

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Ann Marie Lee is brilliant.<br />

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

The narrator brought every word ( and there were, at times, too many) to life. It is Hitchcockian, and sometimes over done, but Ms. Lee made it work. I am glad I chose the audible. It felt like old radio theatre. I recommend it.

  • Anatomy of a Scandal

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

Sophie's husband, James, is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart. Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Men behaving badly

  • By RueRue on 02-28-18

A timely tale of privilege and entitlement.<br />

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Replace Harvey Weinstein's lot with English politicos, and you have a well-told tale. I couldn't stop listening. The narrators made it all very real.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Oliver Loving

  • A Novel
  • By: Stefan Merrill Block
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

One warm, West Texas November night, a shy boy named Oliver Loving joins his classmates at Bliss County Day School's annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music plays, a troubled young man sneaks in through the school's back door. The dire choices this man makes that evening - and the unspoken story he carries - will tear the town of Bliss, Texas, apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible story

  • By ZippyBippy on 03-29-18

Good story, but rambling.<br />

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

If the plot wasn't as good, I would have stopped listening. Block rambles. What could be said in 2 sentences went on for 22. It felt like being pommelled.
As far as the narrator, he repeatedly emphasizes the first syllable in a word which made it melodramatic, and sing songy.
The story is good. I just wanted to get to it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,020
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,083
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,052

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Absolutely spellbinding.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

I could not stop listening. The details, the research! I found it fascinating. This is going to be a great movie.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,701

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Beautiful.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

A Dickensian tale perfectly woven with its counterpoint. Children snatched from their homes, abused, sold for profit, and covered up by greedy police officials, politicians and celebrities. But the sadest part is, although the Foss family is fictional, the circumstances are true. I didn't want to continue because it was so difficult, but I had to because it was so beautifully written and the parallel story in present time gives the reader hope.
I wish I could give the narrator 10 stars...such an incredible talent.

  • The Identicals

  • A Novel
  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,200

Harper Frost is laid back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She's inherited her father's run-down house on Martha's Vineyard, but she can't hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking. Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this author

  • By Janice K. Anderson on 07-14-17

Fluff

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

It was like reading an online catalogue. Lists of name brand products. The characters are one dimensional and the ending had everything in a rom com minus the com.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful