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Ms Dorothy Kahn

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  • Claudius the God

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Robert Graves continues Claudius' story with the epic adulteries of Messalina, King Herod Agrippa's betrayal of his old friend, and the final arrival of that bloodthirsty teenager, Nero.

    Darwin8u says: "The Deified King of Historical Fiction"
    "A classic story impeccably read"
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    Where does Claudius the God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among my top ten


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The eponymous Claudius who as the narrator takes us into the privileged but often fatal household of the Julio-Claudian Imperial family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Claudius' dunking in the Rhone during the reign of Caligula


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

    Yes, but I really couldn't manage it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (321)

    Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

    Matt says: "Listen To This Immediately!"
    "An engaging argument"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is an accessible arguement about an important problem. Hayes, patiently but without condescention, gives his readers a coherent argument as to why meritocracy leads to an "entitled" elite that loses sight of its moral bearings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christopher Hayes


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Hayes – was your favorite?

    Christopher Hayes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conquests and Cultures: An International History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (152)

    This book is the culmination of fifteen years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over the centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.

    Mark says: "Time very well spent"
    "Ideolog derides ideologs"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Worth the listening but keep your critical faculties in play.Sowell touts his hypothesis about the connection between "culture" and "entrepreneurship", which he seems to consider to be the high point of human achievement, yet leaves glaring holes in the historical narrative that he uses to support it. For example he blames the disappearance of the American Bison on Native Americans without a single mention of characters such as Buffalo Bill who were hired by the railroad corporation to slaughter the bison herds en masse, partly to feed their work crews and partly to rid themselves of a physical obstruction to the building and maintenance of the railroad itself. Another more puzzling omission is that of "The Canal Age", an 80 year span that was of great importance economically, in Sowell's account of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain.Sowell often derides the "cherry-picking" of authors with a different thesis than his own, while indulging in the same tactics himself.On the other hand, the reading is mellifluous and engaging plaudits to Robertson Dean.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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