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  • Understanding Japan

  • A Cultural History
  • By: Mark J. Ravina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark J. Ravina
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Professor Ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonian's historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Introduction, Well Worth It

  • By Chris on 26-10-15

Interesting insights

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

It’s not material that has been written for an audible audience....it’s a series of lectures. So bear that in mind!
I enjoyed most of the content but it is a little dry. The hardest aspect is the crazy over pronunciation of the narrator. Almost every word is treated to a theatrical performance of highs, lows and pauses....it quickly becomes very irritating!!!

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  • Chapter 7 (The Last Days of August)

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

"A certain level of concern." Mysteries are solved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By P. Stewart on 21-01-19

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

August Ames is just the red thread linking the insights to the messed up world of porn. The industry attracts problem people and everyone of the people interviewed reveals in some way their culpability in destroying the lives of them self and so called industry friends.
They are on the dark edge of society so we conveniently ignore them....if they were college kids we would be in uproar about their mental health challenges and suicide rates.
Ronson knows how to hook the listener but overplayed the cheesy....”then something happened “ technique! Recommended :)

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  • The Yellow Birds

  • By: Kevin Powers
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Everywhere John looks, he sees Murph. He flinches when cars drive past. His fingers clasp around the rifle he hasn't held for months. Wide-eyed strangers praise him as a hero, but he can feel himself disappearing. Back home after a year in Iraq, memories swarm around him: bodies burning in the crisp morning air. Sunlight falling through branches; bullets kicking up dust; ripples on a pond wavering like plucked strings. The promise he made, to a young man's mother, that her son would be brought home safely....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • should be compulsory listening for all politicians

  • By chrissie on 27-01-13

How would it affect you?

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

We watch wars unfold daily in the media. Numbers are told...statistics. But what is the everyday impact of all this killing?
This book is insightful. A relatively small account of a large battle. However, it’s personal, real and necessary to know that thousands suffer similarly. We send young people to an early psychological grave. We do it too easily. The threshold for war is too low, given the personal impact it leaves behind.

  • Endgame

  • Arisen series, Book 14
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 548

This is it. Alpha team goes once more into the breach. On what will be their final missions ever in the Zulu Alpha - and the fight of their lives — Homer & Ali, and Predator & Juice, launch out into the terminal post-Apocalypse, as London is overrun by the very last rush of death covering the entire planet. Neither mission can fail, but can all four teammates survive? Or will some go down safeguarding the lives of those they love more than life itself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Last Hope of Humanity!

  • By Simon on 04-05-18

At last....it’s done!!!

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

It’s a huge commitment in time and money to finish this series. I wouldn’t advise anyone to start but if you are reading this review...you probably already have. Like me you felt the need to complete.
The author’s strength is in creative action and military storytelling. The weakness is in being repetitive and limited in prose. Character building is woeful. After 150 + hours of listening I realised I hardly cared about any of the characters. They all remained detached from the listener and horribly stereotypical.
It’s 4 stars because it’s the end. It’s done....I’m done! :)

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,373
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,361

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story, sensitively narrated.

  • By bookylady on 01-03-18

Moving....

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

...a human survival tale from humanities disgraceful episode. Yes, there are small elements you can fault. But....the tale needed telling and you must listen to it.
If you have visited auschwitz then it is even more poignant.
Listen and be moved.

  • 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 7,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,895

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
  • Life changing - maybe

  • By Richard C. on 10-12-18

Some sound basics...but very narrow baseline.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

If you are a bible bashing American with little common sense then you will find this book astounding and life changing. If you are not...you won’t!
Respect to the guy for narrating his work. I wish more authors did that. But this booked is far too heavily referencing the bible....to an a non believer the credibility falls off a cliff edge because of this. Had the author balanced across a wide gamut of religions I would have considered the rules well researched. But he simply didn’t do the hard work.
There are summaries available....I recommend them. I fell asleep during too many passages to recommend this book.
Disappointed.

  • SAS Ghost Patrol

  • The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed as Nazi Stormtroopers
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

SAS Ghost Patrol is the explosive true story of the day in 1942 when the SAS donned Nazi uniforms to perpetrate the most audacious and daring mission of the war. Beyond top secret, deniable in the extreme (and of course enjoying Churchill's enthusiastic blessing), this is one of the most remarkable stories of wartime lawlessness, eccentricity and raw courage in the face of impossible odds - a thoroughly British undertaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Story of Desert War Operations

  • By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 07-11-17

Interesting detail of a little known battle

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I enjoy Damien Lewis books for the detail and easy listening. However, I wish he was less hierarchical in his description and portrayal of the characters. For example, the British officers are men of tremendous courage and intellect. The “other ranks” are barely mentioned and when they are they are “steadfast and stoic”. It’s too simplistic and undervalues the many.

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  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astronomy and so much more

  • By Andrei S. on 23-01-18

Outdated unfortunately

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

Reviewed: 21-03-18

It starts badly with introductory sessions that are patronising and justifying why they think the book is still relevant. I guess this was a warning!
Science and astronomy has moved apace....this material hasn’t. Combine that with melodramatic narration and the disappointment rises too high. Each sentence is treated like an Oscar winning delivery. It gets tiring.
Some great books are timeless. This is best left on the bookshelf of history. All too often you are left wondering how things are now...30 plus years later.
On the plus side....I didn’t pay full price ;)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Our Man in Havana

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame about the music

  • By DD Kaplan on 27-07-10

Just a great yarn really well told :)

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

It’s a light hearted smile of a listen. Wonderfully transporting you to a time and place that seems familiar despite never having been there.

  • Carnage

  • Arisen, Book 12
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 589

After recovering Patient Zero, Alpha must escape Africa to end the ZA once and for all. But they can feel the hot breath of a reinforced and vengeful Spetsnaz team on their necks - and there can be no escaping the reckoning of an ultimate sniper showdown between Ali and Vasily, and an incomparably brutal iron-cage Texas death match between Predator and Misha. For the first time, all the teams will come together and must fight as brothers for any chance of making it back to Britain. And only one thing is certain - not everyone is walking away from this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing book

  • By Linda on 06-05-17

Completely run out of ideas!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I guess I have only myself to blame. I knew after series 6 this was dragging, and now it is completely ground to a halt. With over two hours describing a scene literally lasted 10 minutes in real time just goes to show how much this is dragging. It is sad because iIf it was half as long it would be 10 times as good. I cannot recommend this book series to anybody. By the time you have finished you have spent far too much money and you feel ripped off. I’m done with it.

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