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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Wonderful! Couldn't get enough!

  • By Simone Teufel on 30-06-10

Glorious hagiography

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

The story of Genghis Khan is told as a panegyric. Not only was GK the bravest, most intelligent and brilliant general of all time, he also showed a level of moderation, compassion and justice to rival Jesus or Mohammed. So positive an assessment was unexpected and gave a certain elan to GK's story. However, the more general analysis of Kubla Khan's reign was so gushing, I had to give up before the end.

  • Poverty Safari

  • By: Darren McGarvey
  • Narrated by: Darren McGarvey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Darren McGarvey has experienced poverty and its devastating effects firsthand. He knows why people from deprived communities all around Britain feel angry and unheard. And he wants to explain...So he invites you to come on a safari of sorts. But not the kind where the wildlife is surveyed from a safe distance. This audiobook takes you inside the experience of poverty to show how the pressures really feel and how hard their legacy is to overcome. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edutainment

  • By Kodiak118 on 09-08-18

Vivid autobiography

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Sharp, incisive, delivered with real conviction. A powerful expression of anger, delivered with a surprising degree of humility. Certainly warmed to him, and was much persuaded.

  • The Age of Voltaire

  • A History of Civlization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy
  • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the 18th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Potted biographies

  • By Nicholas on 16-10-18

Potted biographies

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Easy listening history: a sequence of potted biographies of a huge range of characters. Rather monotonous after a while, so take it in shortish sections.

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  • The Consolation of Philosophy

  • By: Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

The Consolation of Philosophy is one of the key works in the rich tradition of Western philosophy, partly because of the circumstances in which it was written. Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (c480-c524) was of aristocratic Roman birth and became consul and then master of offices at Ravenna, one of the highest posts under the Ostrogothic Roman ruler Theodoric. But Boethius was unjustly charged with treason in 524, and this led to house arrest, then torture and execution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the great works of philosophy

  • By Nicholas on 18-05-18

One of the great works of philosophy

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

A classic. Well read, though perhaps with a little too much emphasis, as though Rintoul doesn't quite trust us to catch Boethius' nuances. I think the real sadness - and why I did not give a 5 - is the age of the translation. Boethius was one of the very first works translated into (Old) English, and there have been many since. I feel sure there've been more recent and more contemporary ones. But - and this is perhaps Audible's biggest failing - they so rarely bother to tell us the name of the translator. Feel a little cheated.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,483

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • phenomenal

  • By Luke J Byrne on 12-01-19

Stimulating and powerful

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

An evolutionary psychologist who is not a victim of scientism! He has a grasp of human life, of individuals as both subject and object, that lifts his analysis head and shoulders above his peers. I shall certainly listen to it again. If it doesn't get a full five stars, that is largely because his prose has a tendency to the purple, and this makes the reading of his own work a little bit like being battered into submission. Worth putting up with for the stimulating content - not as a self-help book, but as an analysis of the human condition.

  • King John

  • Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta
  • By: Marc Morris
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

The brilliantly compelling new biography of the treacherous and tyrannical King John, published to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Authoritative and dramatic, Marc Morris' King John offers a compelling portrait of an extraordinary king whose reign marked a momentous turning point in the history of Britain and Europe. King John is buried in Worcester Cathedral.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid

  • By Jim on 15-06-15

An odd double tale

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

In a physical book, it might have seemed like a weird and clever idea to follow two strands in King John's life, ping-ponging back and forth chapter by chapter, but in an audio book it simply does not work.
Good, solid historical information. Not, sadly, helped by a voice too proud of its own exaggeration.

  • Beowulf: The New Translation

  • By: Gerald J. Davis
  • Narrated by: John Hanks
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The origins, history and authorship of Beowulf are shrouded in uncertainty. This heroic epic probably began, as most do, with a wandering troubadour strumming a stringed instrument, sitting before a hearth-fire, and singing the verses to a spellbound audience arrayed before him. Beowulf is a rousing adventure story, filled with intrepid heroes, monsters and fire-breathing dragons, which can be listened to for the sheer enjoyment of the tale.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part of our heritage

  • By Nicholas on 26-06-15

Part of our heritage

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

Reviewed: 26-06-15

I am now reading Beowulf in another translation. I would never have begun, had it not been for this audio version. It is an ancient and demanding text, and I had not before got further than a few pages. Listening to it - in Hanks sonorous, stentorian but surprisingly appropriate voice - I have at last grasped its extraordinary power. Thank you.

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  • Barchester Towers

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Barchester Towers is the second of six in the series known as Chronicles of Barsetshire. Narrator Timothy West brings life to the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor. It chronicles the struggle for control of the English diocese of Barchester after one Bishop dies and a new one is selected. The rather incompetent new Bishop, Dr. Proudie, led by his formidable wife, and ambitious chaplain, Mr. Slope, begin to create turmoil with their desire to shake up the church establishment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • West is best

  • By Francis on 28-10-08

Wonderful novel, wonderful reader

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

Reviewed: 18-02-15

What more can one say. This is audiobook heaven. I know of nothing else that comes close to the Trollope and West combination.

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  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I

  • By: Edward Gibbon
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Some 250 years after its first publication, Gibbon's Decline and Fall is still regarded as one of the greatest histories in Western literature. He reports on more than 1,000 years of an empire which extended from the most northern and western parts of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa and covers not only events but also the cultural and religious developments that effected change during that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old but gold

  • By Lesleyboyd on 21-04-15

A masterpiece, adequately read

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

Reviewed: 18-02-15

This truly is unabridged, with all the footnotes as well. This makes for serious listening, but does reward with much fine and fascinating material generally left out of abridged volumes. Timken's reading is clear, but suffers from overemphasis, which is a great shame. Gibbon is full of irony, sarcasm and dismissive wit: unfortunately Timson doesn't believe we'll get it unless he signals it with pantomime exaggeration. Silly man: I cannot think of a single person who would be listening who's not already aware of Gibbon's outlook and reputation.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Evelina

  • Or, the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World
  • By: Frances Burney
  • Narrated by: Orson Scott Card, Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Originally published in 1778, Evelina is Frances Burney's first and most beloved novel. It was a landmark in the development of the novel of manners and went on to influence such enduringly popular authors as Jane Austen. By turns hilarious and grim, witty and lyrical, the story follows young Evelina as she leaves the seclusion of her country home and enters into late eighteenth-century London society - both its pleasures and its dangers. Life in eighteenth-century England is vividly rendered as Evelina is educated in the ways of the world and, eventually, love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable due to accent.

  • By Hannah Kilpatrick on 12-10-15

Strong and engaging female lead

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

Reviewed: 18-02-15

The epistolary form is archaic, and Burney can be a little repetitive for modern taste. So I was glad to listen to it, when I would never have actually read it in print. Slow, and at times a bit listless, this is at other times a wonderfully evocative glimpse into a distant world. In the midst of which is a strong and engaging young woman, making her way in a generally unsympathetic world. It fits surprisingly well the chick-lit genre - young woman good, all men bad or silly. Moments of great charm.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful