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Peter

BrightonUnited Kingdom | Member Since 2005

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  • The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (298)

    Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the west with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.

    Michael says: "Just your basic Art of War translation"
    "Artful"
    Overall

    Quite simply and excellent rendition of Sun Tzu's classic text.
    Well paced and nicely divided between the two narrators. One reads the translated Sun Tzu wisdom and the other the footnotes and afterwords.
    This format really breathes life into a 2600 year old book.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (537)

    This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

    Jeff Parent says: "Great book, but...."
    "Great content, narration issues"
    Overall

    Hawking's guide to the universe gives a handy and generally accessible precis of the theories and their development.

    The audiobook is both let down and added to by the narrator, Michael Jackson (no, not THAT one).

    Mr Jackson does put real character into the reading, making the delivery seem more personal than a reading. A number of uncorrected stumbles and mispronunciations definitely detract from an otherwise good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living Biographies of Famous Rulers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Henry Thomas, Dana Lee Thomas
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In the indulgence of their egotistical ambitions and reckless whims, kings, conquerors and dictators have frequently presented a spectacle, sometimes comic but more often tragic in its results, that the authors have tried to bring back to life in this book. Here are living biographies of twenty famous rulers including: King Solomon, Caesar, Ivan the Terrible and more.

    Sherry says: "Living Biographies of Famous Rulers"
    "Poor history"
    Overall

    This is a rather poor and sketchy history of a lucky dip bag of world rulers.

    For me, there was far too much of pseudo-novelisation of historical figures' lives, conversations and physical and emotional reactions.

    There must be a better way to treat what should be a fascinating topic that can teach us many lessons.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coward's Guide to Conflict

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tim Ursiny
    • Narrated By Rolland Lopez
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Success coach Dr. Tim Ursiny shows us that conflict can be a good thing, and facing up to it can lead to fantastic results. Interactive exercises will coach and motivate you to effectively deal with all types of conflict situations, with results that empower and really work!

    Julie says: "Avoid No More"
    "Not for everyone"
    Overall

    This book does cover conflict from many of its sources.

    I bought this with somebody else in mind so am not really in the best position to say how useful it would be if you really needed it.

    It is in a workbook style so it might be more useful in the book form, rather than the audiobook.

    That said, it does contain some sound wisdom and will help anybody with conflict problems to address them. Be warned though, it will be a lot of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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