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  • The Four Legendary Kingdoms

  • Jack West Jr, Book 4
  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Jack West Jr and his family are living happily on their remote farm when Jack is brutally kidnapped and awakes in an underground cell to find a masked attacker with a knife charging at him. Jack, it seems, has been chosen - along with a dozen other elite soldiers - to compete in a series of deadly challenges designed to fulfil an ancient ritual. With the fate of the Earth at stake, he will have to traverse diabolical mazes, fight cruel assassins and face unimaginable horrors that will test him like he has never been tested before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack West does it again...

  • By Lorraine on 04-11-2016

Jack West Jnr & Scarecrow!

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

Reviewed: 30-07-2018

The 4th book in the Jack West Jnr series, this time Jack is in a tournament to save the world against the best of the best, including Shane 'Sacrecrow' Schofield from Matthew Reilly's others book series.

Just like the other 3 this one is full of over the top situations and people and just like the other 3 I love it for that very reason!

Leave your brain at the door (especially if you're a history fanatic like me) and just enjoy the ride.

5/5 love it and can't wait for the next book later this year (2018).

  • The Storm Before the Storm

  • The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
  • By: Mike Duncan
  • Narrated by: Mike Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 158

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Mike Duncan book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 27-02-2018

History Rome - Enhanced Edition

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

Reviewed: 22-11-2017

I’ve been listening to Mike Duncan for about 8 years and he is still amazing. He brings his knowledge and brilliant story structure from his History of Rome and Revolutions podcasts to a full novel. This book covers my favourite period of Roman history, the late Republic, and gives a full account of what happened leading up to the civil war between Caesar and Pompey. I recommend this book to everybody.

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  • Empire

  • The Novel of Imperial Rome
  • By: Steven Saylor
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 23 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Pinarii witness the machinations of Tiberius, the madness of Caligula, and the decadence of Nero. The deadly paranoia of Domitian gives way to the Golden Age of Trajan and Hadrian - but even the most enlightened emperors wield the power to destroy their subjects on a whim.Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great Fire of 64 A.D, Nero’s persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the Colosseum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel to Roma

  • By Adam on 31-07-2017

Brilliant Sequel to Roma

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

Reviewed: 31-07-2017

If you could sum up Empire in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, historical, brilliant

What other book might you compare Empire to, and why?

Roma, Empire is the sequel to Roma and you probably need to read/listen to it first

What does James Langton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brings the language and people of Rome to life

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

More laugh than cry. Steven Saylor books always take me to ancient Rome

Any additional comments?

Get it, and let Audible know to put more Steven Saylor in their library

  • Red Storm Rising

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 31 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

When Moslem fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralise NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuvers to cloak a crash military build-up. When Soviet tanks begin to roll, the West is caught off guard. What looks like a thrust turns into an all-out shooting war, possibly the climactic battle for control of the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stunning war drama

  • By Anonymous User on 16-01-2019

Amazing What If Scenario

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

Reviewed: 31-07-2017

What did you like most about Red Storm Rising?

A very graphic and well thought out what if scenario of a war between the US/NATO and Russia/USSR

What other book might you compare Red Storm Rising to, and why?

Honestly don't have anything to compare it to

Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favourite?

Toland, he is thrown into a disaster and goes everything he can to get home

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

I don't want to give anything away, but the first attack on the US convoy and the first attack on Iceland are sad

  • Seven Ancient Wonders

  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Thousands of years ago, a magnificent golden capstone sat atop the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was a source of immense power, capable of bestowing upon its holder absolute global rule for a thousand years...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Thomas on 19-03-2017

Indiana Jones 2.0

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

Reviewed: 31-07-2017

Would you consider the audio edition of Seven Ancient Wonders to be better than the print version?

Yes and no. It is great hearing these characters come to life, but the book moves so fast that you can loose your place in an audio recording more than if reading it yourself

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack West Junior of course! An amazing hero for the series, he can do almost anything but is still human

What does Sean Mangan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He help bring the action to life, he appears to understand how the listen would read the book themselves if that makes sense

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Some Things Can't Stay Lost

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need More

  • By Amy on 06-03-2017

Interesting Concept but Not Presented Overly Well

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

Reviewed: 13-02-2017

If you could sum up The Dispatcher in three words, what would they be?

Lack of Depth

If you’ve listened to books by John Scalzi before, how does this one compare?

First book by the author

Which scene did you most enjoy?

His recovery after being hurt near the end (don't want to give anything away)

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

Not really, short of confused I guess

Any additional comments?

Good concept, just quite poorly delivered I guess. He never explains why the phenomenon is occurring, it just is. The protagonist isn't really someone you ever get to truly know nor do you understand why he is constantly needed by the police, it's more a case they should be able to solve since the strange events around peoples deaths have been going on for quite a while. Brilliantly read by Zachary Quinto and would enjoy hearing him read another book.

  • Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician

  • By: Anthony Everitt
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In this dynamic and engaging biography, Anthony Everitt plunges us into the fascinating, scandal-ridden world of ancient Rome in its most glorious heyday. Accessible to us through his legendary speeches but also through an unrivaled collection of unguarded letters to his close friend Atticus, Cicero comes to life here as a witty and cunning political operator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Review of the Greatest Latin Writer

  • By Adam on 13-02-2017

Fantastic Review of the Greatest Latin Writer

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

Reviewed: 13-02-2017

What did you like most about Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician?

The detail the author went into.

What did you like best about this story?

It is very well structured and detailed. You feel like you really get to know man behind the letters and speeches.

What does John Curless bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A brilliant reading that will assist many people with the pronunciation of various Latin names and places

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

I did, however it is quite long

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of Ancient History, Government History, or a Linguistic fan (Cicero is the regarded as the master of Latin) then this is the book for you

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  • The History of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Anonymous User on 05-08-2018

Must Have for Egypt Fans/ Future Students

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

Reviewed: 10-10-2016

As a current student studying ancient history this was a fantastic addition for me.

It would also be brilliant for anyone interested in learning more about one of the greatest civilisations of all time.

The lecturer is very knowledgable and engaging.

Easy 5 stars here.