Mel’s 5 Second Review: The History of Ancient Egypt

The History of Ancient Egypt (2013)
Written by: Prof Bob Brier
Read by: Prof Bob Brier


Ancient Egypt comes to dazzling life in this 48 lecture course. The lectures cover thousands of years of history, from the rise of the Egyptian empire to becoming the world’s greatest civilization of the time, to the final days of the empire with the fall of Egypt’s most famous queen, Cleopatra. Professor Brier is a good lecturer, if a little repetitive sometimes, but he very clearly loves his work, and it shows big time in the lectures. His passion for the subject is almost contagious. You can’t help but smile as he talks about the long dead monarchs like they were buddies, sometimes even calling them ‘my man’ (ex, ‘my man Snefru’, or ‘our man Ramses’). It was quite amusing, and gave the history a personal touch. If you’re even just a little interested in ancient Egyptian history, I definitely reccomend this course. I give it a wonderful 9.5/10.


Mel’s 5 Second Review: Fever Dream audiobook

Fever Dream (2010)
Written by: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Read by: René Auberjonois

Fever Dream

Would I listen to Fever Dream again? Why?
No, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. I very rarely read books more than once, no matter how much I liked it. There are only a small handful of books that I’ve read more than once.

Did the plot keep me on the edge of my seat? How?
Honestly, it’s not really an edge-of-seat kind of book. But it did keep me interested, and that’s the whole point, right?

Additional comments?
This is book 10 in the Pendergast series, and unfortunately, as is the case with a lot of long running series, it’s starting to lose a bit of steam. I still enjoyed it, but compared to their earlier books, from Relic to The Book of the Dead (1 to 7), it’s not in the same league. 1 to 7 were absolutely incredible, but they slowly seem to be running out of juice. There are 2 or 3 more books in the series for me to read still, I just hope the decline isn’t too constant.

Enjoy! 🙂


Mel’s 5 Second Review: The Demonologist audiobook

The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren
Written by: Gerald Brittle
Read by: Todd Haberkorn


Would I recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, definitely! I loved it! Superbly read by Todd Haberkorn. I don’t believe for a moment that everything (or even anything) in the book is actually true, but it was nonetheless a fascinating read. Two enthusiastic thumbs up! 😀

What about Todd Haberkorn’s performance did I like?
He gave each character his own unique voice without sounding silly, which is harder than you might think. Especially for a horror story. His demon voices were especially well done, very creepy.

Was this a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes! And that’s exactly what I did! It was the first time I’d done that, hehe. It was “only” 10 hours though, so it’s not too bad.

Additional comments?
If you like supernatural stuff, and especially if you liked the film The Conjuring, you’ll probably like this as much as I did then.

Enjoy!! 🙂