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John Horncastle

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  • The Modern Scholar: Alexander of Macedonia

  • The World Conquered
  • By: Prof. Robin Lane Fox
  • Narrated by: Robin Lane Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Alexander the Great is the most famous king and conqueror known in the ancient world. In his lifetime, he was given honors equal to those of the gods. After his death, he became a legend and the “Alexander Romance” became the best-selling fiction of the medieval world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the modern scholar Alexander of Macedonia

  • By PHLY on 13-04-13

A warm, conversational telling of Alexander's life

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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: 17-01-19

Professor Lane Fox loves the life and times of Alexander the Great. He tells the whole story, end to end, giving his insightful and personal take. Comprehensive and delightful. I highly recommend.

  • Never Let Go

  • A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning
  • By: Dan John
  • Narrated by: Steven Oswalt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Coach Dan John breaks down the most complicated concepts of strength training and high-performance athletics in his personal, no-nonsense, thought-provoking, and motivating style. Workout routines, Olympic lifting guidance, Highland games, track and field, and Strongman events are all covered, in addition to weight training philosophy for the general public.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm, tough, humorous and practical

  • By John Horncastle on 28-06-18

Warm, tough, humorous and practical

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Really enjoyed this. The narrator conveys Dan John's earthy wisdom and sardonic wit perfectly. I laughed aloud many times. His advice on training is very applicable too. I recommend it!

  • The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

  • By: Adam Nicolson
  • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce Lockhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

From where does Homer come? And why does Homer matter? His epic poems of war and suffering can still speak to us of the role of destiny in life, of cruelty, of humanity and its frailty, but why they do is a mystery. How can we be so intimate with something so distant? The Mighty Dead is a magical journey of discovery across wide stretches of the past, sewn together by some of the oldest stories we have - the great ancient poems of Homer and their metaphors of life and trouble.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Often thought provoking, occasionally cringeworthy

  • By Richard Bowden on 03-06-15

Wonderful book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This is a fascinating book. The author's love shines through as he follows the threads of the Odyssey and the Iliad back to the pre-Classical world. The scholarship and insight brings context which will enrich the reading of Homer or indeed exploring the Bronze Age. The narrator reads with great verve.

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  • Superheroes!

  • Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture
  • By: Laurence Maslon, Michael Kantor
  • Narrated by: Laurence Maslon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, the Avengers, the X-Men, Watchmen, and more: the companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name that tells the story of the superhero in American popular culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the best book ever written on the genre.

  • By Graham on 07-05-16

Good overview of the history of US comics industry

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Great mix of social history, the lives of main creators and review of the landmark stories/characters. Perfect "what really happened" book for people who loved Chabon's Kavalier & Clay and a good primer for those planning to jump into Grant Morrison's Supergods or Gerard Jones's Men of Tomorrow both of which are fantastic books which delve a little deeper into the darker corners of the history of the comic business.

  • Inferno: From The Divine Comedy

  • By: Dante Alighieri, Benedict Flynn (translator)
  • Narrated by: Heathcote Williams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

"Abandon all hope you who enter here." ( "Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch’intrate.") Dante’s Hell is one of the most remarkable visions in Western literature. An allegory for his and future ages, it is, at the same time, an account of terrifying realism. Passing under a lintel emblazoned with these frightening words, the poet is led down into the depths by Virgil and shown those doomed to suffer eternal torment for vices exhibited and sins committed on earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, entertaining and educational

  • By John Horncastle on 06-11-16

Enjoyable, entertaining and educational

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

Good translation well read. This is a fascinating encyclopaedic tour through the 13th century mindset, so keep that in mind. If you're looking for something a bit more fast paced the BBC dramatisation of the abridged whole Divine Comedy (also available on Audible) might be a better place to start.

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