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Is what it is

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

Reviewed: 28-04-16

Would you listen to Popes and the Papacy: A History again? Why?

Yeah, but it was really clear the first time around

What about Professor Thomas F. X. Noble’s performance did you like?

He's really knowledgeable and enthusiastic. If he has ideological biases, it doesn't bleed through. He touches on controversies (some centuries old), but he presents both sides fairly.

Any additional comments?

It's a perfect intermediate level history of the papacy. Each unit could probably also use a lecture series, but that's no the point of this. He also ties the papacy into concurrent events very well.

For those who slept through English literature

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

Reviewed: 23-02-16

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beowulf and Bond.

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent way to frame a history of literature overview. Good for literature newbs, but also likely informative for those who want a bit of reading inspiration.

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Heavy

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

Reviewed: 23-02-16

Where does Free Will rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top tier.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a readable and substantial case for the lack of free-will.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did. Bears repeating and demands full attention.

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Acceptable

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Where does Everything's Eventual rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I will never be able to explain my love of Stephen King, but it runs deep. Adjusting for aforementioned bias, a solid 7.
Full Dark and Bazaar are better.

What did you like best about this story?

Great pacing.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not too scary, but good fiction.

Any additional comments?

If you're not a Gunslinger fan, one of the stories is in that universe and is thus tortuous to get through.

Very Enjoyable Collection

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Where does Wilderness and Other Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A solid 8/10 in the horror/thriller short story collections. However, these are barely horror if you're looking for linger scares.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's got a good pace, some short and sweet, some longer stories.

Any additional comments?

Many of these stories feel like they should be made into larger tales.

The Greatest Book of Ever

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Would you listen to No Country for Old Men again? Why?

Yes, and I have

Who was your favorite character and why?

At first, its Anton, but upon repeated listens the Sheriff and Llewelyn grow on you.

Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favourite?

He nails 'em all.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not without spoilers.

Any additional comments?

I can't explain why this is such a fantastic book. With the exception of Anton Chirgurh, who is amazing, this is a fairly straightforward story. However, you will spend this book alternating between hanging off of the edge of your seat and questioning the meaning of life.

A Spot o' Banter

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only for those who liked good rhyming schemes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]?

The friar's tale

Any additional comments?

I want to translate all future books into rhyme.
Also, its not olde or middle English, very listenable.

China! China! China!

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

What did you like best about this story?

It paints a really good portrait of the Sinosphere, with China as the Sun and the other countries floating around it, each definitely their own country, but inexorably drawn in towards China's cultural mass.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, the description of imperial Beijing as a cosmopolitan hub was really well done.

Any additional comments?

The book has a great flow.

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Holy Existential Crisis Batman!

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

What did you like best about this story?

It makes a normal life sound epic. I've yet to listen to the whole series, but I suspect there will be a whole field of literature dedicated to this author-as-character story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The books is a series of really mundane vignettes told with such crazy detail. I have two or three really sharp moments, but every reader who has been a teenager will have their own moments of "Holy Guacamole! I totally know that feeling"

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Thrills and spills!

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because they're all history nerds.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of the tales of Crusader hardship are amazing to listen to. Less about the appalling conditions, but also the spaceflight levels of chuztpah that these journeys entailed. And he gives a very balanced description to everyone.

Any additional comments?

The "historical" part was a good overview of the crusades in order, but the hook came with all of the sundry details. Also, really good at expanding the view from Muslims vs. Crusaders to West vs. Religious Orders vs. Byzantium vs. Levantine states vs. Arabs.

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