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  • Why Evil Exists

  • By: Charles Mathewes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Charles Mathewes
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Whether we view it in theological, philosophical, or psychological terms, evil remains both a deeply intriguing question and a crucially relevant global issue. Now, Professor Mathewes offers you a richly provocative and revealing encounter with the question of human evil - a dynamic inquiry into Western civilization's greatest thinking and insight on this critical subject.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Impressed: Disjointed

  • By Sergio on 20-07-15

Insightful and thought provoking

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-19

A timeline that shows our developing interpretation and understanding of evil.
Because Professor Mathewes was so passionate and still clear eyed on this subject and as a blind person, the tone of the voice is important to me to keep me interested, I have purchased the other course he has.
An easy five stars

  • Witchin' USA

  • A Moonstone Bay Cozy Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Hadley Hunter has lived a normal life, in a normal suburb, with a normal job and a normal father. All that changes when a grandmother she didn’t even know existed dies and leaves her a fabulous lighthouse on Moonstone Bay Island. From the naked woman swimming in the ocean outside her back door to the hot sheriff who seems to be hiding a secret, Hadley is intrigued from the start. That’s before magical things start happening - including to Hadley - and a body washes up on the beach.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fun read

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-04-18

Shrill voice, stator very disappointing

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-18

Wanted to slap the heroine . First and last time with this author and narrator. Shame as premise was good

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Macbeth: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Russ on 09-07-12

EXCELLENT NARRATION MACBETH MALIGNED AGAIN

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Enjoyable story but the bastardisised version Shakespeare has left us wi with does no justice to Macbeth or Malcolm lll. The truly inspiring thing is Allan Cummings performance. So well done t to him and I’ll continue to despise the play for what it has done to Macbeth’s reputation and that of his w wife too.

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history are more controversial. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BrilliNT

  • By jacqueline bain on 03-01-18

BrilliNT

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Had no idea what to expect as I like very early history but an so glad I chose this as my first foray into US history. What's remarkable man! Even amongst that group of remarkable people and events, he stands a lot taller than his height. I have changed my opinion on many of the early presidential histories I had gleaned from other stories and documentaries. I would have liked to have met him... and I can't say that about many of the people I have read about. Narration second to none. Well worth the listen

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  • Thanks, Obama

  • My Hopey, Changey White House Years
  • By: David Litt
  • Narrated by: David Litt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

More than any other presidency, Barack Obama's eight years in the White House were defined by young people - 20-somethings who didn't have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter) yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those 20-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. In 2011 he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully funny and insightful book

  • By James Welling on 02-01-19

Excellent Highly Recommend

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-17

No idea why I chose this particular book but something called to me. So glad I picked it. So many Obama writings get caught in the race debate and in the beginning I thought this was going to be the same.
However, Litt dealt with it and moved on.
Loved the insight, humour and honesty that came from this. Acknowledgement of flaws and keeping the story human really made this for me.
As a Scot, I have no influence on the USA, but I hope Obamas legacy is carried on.. I was seriously ill some years ago and did not have to worry about affording treatment in Scotland. Shouldn't free healthcare and education be available to all? I don't take these things lightly and I'm sure hardly any one does. I know that as they're paid for by taxes they aren't totally free but no one should have to choose between food and children's health and education and equality in the 21st century should be closer than it is.
Thought provoking, laugh out loud and in some areas tear jerking, this was worth it all
Good luck in the future to both Litt and Obama.

  • The Man of Legends

  • By: Kenneth Johnson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

New York City, New Year's weekend, 2001. Jillian Guthrie, a troubled young journalist, stumbles onto a tantalizing mystery: the same man, unaged, stands alongside Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gandhi in three different photographs spanning eighty-five years of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Definite Keeper

  • By Adrian on 11-04-18

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. LOVED IT

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Had not heard of this book and found it as I was scrolling looking for something to interest me. The only downside was that I needed to sleep otherwise I would have read this in one session. Amazing book, writing and narration. This must be seen as a challenge for other authors to achieve. Thank you

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fudge Flavoured Wombles in Tartan Noir

  • By Simon on 03-11-17

Loved it. That woman is brilliant!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-17

A spin off from the McRae series. This includes old history from these books but still lets an excellent not story with loads of humour, pathos and Steele carrying it all off. Noise to get a more rounded view of he. A laugh out load, fast paced unput downable book. Guid Scots humour, guid Scots accents. Braw

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Recruit

  • Alexander Seaton, book 4
  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

The fourth book in the highly acclaimed Alexander Seaton series. 1635: Europe is in the grip of the brutal territorial and religious struggle of the Thirty Years' War. Fear stalks the town of Aberdeen as a ship recruiting for the wars lies at anchor in the river mouth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent finale

  • By Bibliophile on 23-07-13

Loved the series, loved the narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

The only way it could have been bettered is if it had b the n written in Scots. Gave a great feel for the time. Although I prefer earlier history, the series gripped from beginning to end.
Wholeheartedly recommended!!

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,135

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real 'Brucie Bonus'

  • By Philip on 10-06-17

Inspirational, flawed human with so much humanity and humility and an ego!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-16

I'm a long time fan and have read a lot about my hero,but this book showed what the others couldn't....the man.
It helped me realise similarities in my childhood.
No, I don't think I'm like him. I am me, but maybe a Celtic gene is shared the unspoken causes so much damage.
Thank you Bruce for doing this. You didn't have to.
You could have closed yourself off, but you shared.
You celebrated and you cried and helped me do the same.
Thank you for the music, the lyrics and the band.
Thank you for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Persuader

  • Jack Reacher 7
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. But he has a burning desire to right wrongs - and rewrite his own agonizing past. When Reacher witnesses a brutal kidnap attempt, he takes the law into his own hands. But a cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By antony on 07-04-13

Dick Hill can do no wrong. Great performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-16

Great story. Great to hear Dick Hill again. He and Jeff Harding make these books come to life.
An exciting convoluted tale led by a maverick . What could be better.
The performances help give depth to characters and As usual Dick Hill manages to make the females feminine without sounding weak.
Well done!