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Utku

San Jose, CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Modern Scholar: Six Months That Changed the World: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    The world will never see another peace conference like the one which took place in Paris in 1919. For six months, the world's major leaders - including Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States, David Lloyd George, prime minister of Great Britain, and Georges Clemenceau, prime minister of France - met to discuss the peace settlements which were to end World War One.

    Jon says: "Best Audible Title Yet"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall

    I especially liked the small anecdotes Prof. MacMillan inserts in between the events. Her analysis of the personalities involved in the conference together with those anecdotes gives a human perspective to the decisions made in Paris in 1919.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shibumi

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (268)

    Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

    David says: "Only a Russian could be this shibumi"
    "Near perfect"
    Overall

    I gave 5 stars because of the lack of 4.5 stars. It is almost perfect. The characters, the historical settings, and details about various countries and cultures are very well thought of and researched. Niko might be the most charismatic character ever. But I had some problems with the end. The conclusion did not rise to the level of the introduction and the body. But it is still a 5 star (4.5 star to be exact).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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