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AlexIndia

I am a Real Estate broker in Texas who is so occupied by all that I do, I no longer have time to actually read books... so I cover allot more territory in the literary world by listening... especially since I stole my daughter's ipod nano!

Fort Worth, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929: Oxford University Press: Pivotal Moments in US History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Maury Klein
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    The first major history of the Crash in over a decade, Rainbow's End tells the story of the stock market collapse in a colorful, swift-moving narrative that blends a vivid portrait of the 1920s with an intensely gripping account of Wall Street's greatest catastrophe. The book offers a vibrant picture of a world full of plungers, powerful bankers, corporate titans, millionaire brokers, and buoyantly optimistic stock market bulls.

    PHIL says: "Plenty of fine detail, especially of the 1920s"
    "Solid material very little narrative"
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    If you could sum up Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929 in three words, what would they be?

    It flows but not in a story like manner. It is allot of facts and some stories about key characters who played pivotal roles in the crash but was lacking in the type of story telling which would have made me want to listen. I had to make myself listen and pay attention.


    What other book might you compare Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929 to and why?

    An encyclopedia or the wikapedia on the internet


    Did Sean Crisden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really... first there were no characters or rather no dialogue. He had a good voice but got into a rhythm which became annoying. It was like listening to a horse race back in the 1930's.


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

    No I struggled to pay attention because it had was missing a compelling story line other than the facts and figures of the crash. Also the speaker was annoying with the rhythm he used to read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Should you buy this book? The answer is yes, overall. This book has some solid material regarding the crash. I am 47 now, so I never saw the '29 crash, but Mom and Dad both lived through it and my maternal grandfather owned two banks at the time of the crash and it affected my family severely. We went from riches to rags in a matter of two years. This book has allot of facts that you cant find in other books. So overall I am glad I got it and though i have struggled through it for the reasons above, it still is good source material. It is better than a text book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Locales like Mesopotamia or the Indus Valley, peoples like the Hittites or Assyrians, or rulers like Sargon, Hammurabi, and Darius are part of a long-dead antiquity, so shrouded with dust that we might be tempted to skip over them entirely, preferring to race forward along history's timeline in search of the riches we know will be found in our studies of Greece and Rome.

    AlexIndia says: "Great material lecture"
    "Great material lecture"
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    What made the experience of listening to Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations the most enjoyable?

    It lays a foundation for further historical review


    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    Yes and I have many volumes in my wish list. They have valuable information which lays a foundation for further study.


    What about Professor Kenneth W. Harl’s performance did you like?

    He had a strong deliverance, however I felt that he was a bit rushed in his execution of the speech. This might not be his fault however. The producer might have only given him so much time to cover this vast portion of history. I would have preferred a more relaxed lecture where he would have been able to go into more detail of the story lines within these dynasties. Many times it is easier for us to remember history if it is in a story form, rather than a facts and figures regiment.


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

    I would say that it is material that needs to be listened to over a few days. If this is the first time you have covered this material then it needs to be digested over a time span of a week. I would suggest listening to it about 3 times to let the information permeate. For myself, my minor was history at TCU, but predominately American History. My only real exposure to Ancient History beyond my own personal research, was an Art History class I had in the Fall of '91.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I gave this lecture a lower rating in performance and story, I did give it a high rating overall. It received a lower rating in performance because the professor seemed to rush the lecture as previously mentioned. On story I gave it a low rating because it was more of a brief on the facts and figures of the topic and less on the in-depth story line of some of the individuals. Overall I will be interested to listen to this professor in further lectures, as I do have others by him marked in my line up within my wish list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sarah Palin
    • Narrated By Sarah Palin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    At a time when Christian values are challenged - when the greeting “Merry Christmas” has been replaced by the supposedly less offensive “Happy Holidays” - Governor Sarah Palin makes the case for bringing back the freedom to express the religious spirit of the season. In Good Tidings and Great Joy, she discusses one of Christianity’s most sacred celebrations, and how the holiday has been robbed of its meaning and true tradition by the pressures of political correctness.

    AlexIndia says: "Great Book from an outstanding Conservative Woman"
    "Great Book from an outstanding Conservative Woman"
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    If you could sum up Good Tidings and Great Joy in three words, what would they be?

    Moral, Justice and Christian


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very well read and painted a very clear picture of the deterioration of common sense toward Christmas from the nutty left in the US


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Palin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Unfortunately I havde not, but she was worth listening to. Generally I do not enjoy listening to women readers, but Sarah was completely different. I really enjoyed her voice and agreed with her message.


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

    Yes and I did


    Any additional comments?

    I am a right wing conservative who believes in the Constitution in it's original form. I believe that Obama, Clinton, LBJ, Roosevelt, Hoover and Wilson have been and are taking us down the wrong road to eventual destruction. So if you are a conservative who believes in the foundlings of our constitution and christianity, then you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia: Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brian D. Mcknight
    • Narrated By Alex L. Vincent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the fall of 1865, the United States Army executed Confederate guerrilla Champ Ferguson for his role in murdering fifty-three loyal citizens of Kentucky and Tennessee during the Civil War. Long remembered as the most unforgiving and inglorious warrior of the Confederacy, Ferguson has often been dismissed by historians as a cold-blooded killer. Here, biographer Brian D. McKnight demonstrates how such a simple judgment ignores the complexity of this legendary character.

    AlexIndia says: "The southern answer to the tyrannical yankees"
    "The southern answer to the tyrannical yankees"
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    If you could sum up Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia in three words, what would they be?

    I would say that the three best words to describe this story line would be vindication, riotousness and tenacity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It did follow as much of Champs life as possible, considering the lack of the ability to interview eyewitnesses since all are dead from that time. Also the lack of personal papers from Champ makes it difficult to get inside his head.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I am sure the reader was trying to do the best he could, but it sounded like the fellow had been asked to read the book cold, without any run-through. He consistently stumbled over words and really missed the colloquialism of the area. My family was from that area and I have cousins who speak with the accents of Tennessee and Kentucky, so I know how things should be said. The reading of the book makes it very very hard to get through it. Like stumbling through the dark in an unfamiliar room. Very awkward.


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

    Yes... had the reader been better. I kept wanting to read the book for him, it was very painful to get through... I mean the reader was pretty bad!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a southerner, my family had a plantation in what is now Picket County Tennessee and we had a run in with Champ Ferguson during the War. We supported the south 100% but protected an inlay who was deathly ill from small pox. Champ came to kill this fellow and my Great Great Grandfather (Willis Huddleston Parris) talked Champ out of it because Champ knew how strongly we supported the cause for the south and my Great Great Grandfather was a County Judge as well. I wrote the author with the details of this story after I read his book but he did not seem to be very interested. I still hold the opinions of my forefathers and apparently the author does not, thus even though the book was well written and held my attention (minus the horrible reading) I felt the author was just slightly biased. But I could be wrong. I just felt the very slightest bias. Over all I think this is a great book for Civl War buffs in that it sheds light on aspects of the War which breaks the traditional battle lines and generals in command.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Justin Pollard, Howard Reid
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (275)

    Founded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the "rebirth" of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace.

    Jeffrey says: "A good listen"
    "Great flow of Alexandria History"
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    If you could sum up The Rise and Fall of Alexandria in three words, what would they be?

    I would say it was intriguing, captivating and brief. I only say brief, not because the book was too short, but that it took many subjects of history and made tied them to Alexandria. Each these subjects it touches on are volumes in there own right.


    What other book might you compare The Rise and Fall of Alexandria to and why?

    I can not think of one like it exactly, however, Roma flows well and does a good job in emerging the reader into ancient history while giving one plausible explanation to the facts behind the myths.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I believe so. He does quite well and the english accent helps allot and seems to fit within this subject matter.


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

    Each of the declines of the library and museum were very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a 48 year old Texan, who is very well educated in American History, as it was my minor at Texas Christian University. And I have always struggled with world history as a whole and more specifically, ancient world history. I am a year and date fellow, who attaches all events to the spinal column of a time line. That is why world history has always been a weak area for me. It is not taught in Schools the way I need it taught. This book does a good job of laying out a timeline that will be a starting point for me to build that spinal cord backbone and discover more of world history. I strongly recommend this book. I am also a right wing, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin loving conservative and I did not find any left wing socialist marxist attitude from the author, which might be a contaminant of other researchers who try and throw a modern leftist agenda into the mix of history. This book was about what it needs to be... history, plain and simple.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5016)
    Performance
    (3028)
    Story
    (3054)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Great Book and would be a great movie"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have told all I know about this book and even had my 15 year old son listen to it as well. He enjoyed it as much as I did. I meet Newt at a book signing event and agree with most all of what he believes. Mr. Forstchen is a great writer and I have listened to many of his other works.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    Though the entire book unfolds second by second, I think the transition from day to day is the most interesting. How we move from a modern electrically dependent society on one day and slowly transition to a 19th century America over the course of just a few weeks. You could also consider this to be a time travel book, without the science fiction of a time machine.


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed the pace he kept in the reading. It was not dry nor was it boring. He sounds like a fellow you know down the street. A very familiar sounding voice. Someone if you don't know him then you wished you did know him.


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

    YES in fact I could not stop listening and after it was done I started it over again. One of those books, like Lonesome Dove, where you dread counting down the pages (minutes in audio world).


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, download this book, not only is it a real threat to our United States, it is a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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