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  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (4503)
    Performance
    (4125)
    Story
    (4147)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "Great entry in an awesome series!"
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    This is a great book. The story picks up several years after the last one, at the end of Granuaile's apprenticeship. It ends with a great cliffhanger after lots of shenanigans from various supernatural beings. The performance is excellent, especially the dog. I recommend it highly!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Liaquat Ahamed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (255)

    It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.

    Toru says: "interesting insight into interwar period!"
    "Great financial story of the early 20th century!"
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    This a great book. It tells the tale of the four major financial powers in the beginning of the 20th century: America, Germany, France, and Great Britain. It starts in the pre World War I years and carries through to the end of World War II, covering one of the most dramatic periods in financial history, the Great Depression. The book's premise is that the Great Depression was the result of the mismanagement of the world economy by the central bankers of the four powers, which seemed plausible in my layman's perspective. The performance is very good and compliments the story nicely. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Diana B. Henriques
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? These questions have fascinated people ever since the news broke about the respected New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. Many have speculated about what must have happened, but no reporter has been able to get the full story - until now. Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme.

    Reed says: "The second act is just as interesting as the first"
    "Tragic story."
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    This is a great book, offering a thorough account of Madoff's Ponzi scheme. It helped me understand what I believe is the most pressing question raised by the whole affair: how was Madoff able to fool so many people for so long? The performance was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3227)
    Performance
    (2290)
    Story
    (2297)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Classic!"
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    This is the classic account of Nazi Germany written by an eyewitness to historical events. This book is thoroughly researched and brimming with painstaking references to the captured secret documents of the National Socialist regime and to the Nuremberg trial archives. A truly magnificent history book by a non-historian. Mr. Shirer was a journalist, one of Edward R. Murrow's "boys," which means this book is written in an engaging and dynamic fashion. I personally love how he repeatedly refers to Hitler as "the tramp from Vienna" or "the former corporal." This is a "big history" book, concerned with big men and big events. I would suggest listening to it along with Richard J.Evans' trilogy on the Third Reich, which gives a "man on the street" account of Nazi Germany, and you will have as good an understanding of this subject as can be expected from a lay person. The performance by Mr. Gardner is spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (645)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Garbage"
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    This book is awful. I got it thinking I was buying a book about the Madoff scandal, but this is an autobiography of Harry Markopolos. Unfortunately, Markopolos is a poor subject for a biography, auto or otherwise. Most of the book is about the author's greatness, and the stupidity of everyone else. Although he possesses intellectual and mathematical powers far surpassing those of the average man, Markopolos fails to do anything substantial about Madoff other than repeatedly submitting his suspicions to the SEC and the WSJ, even though they repeatedly ignore him. By his own admission, he never thinks about the thousands of individuals whose lives Madoff will eventually destroy, his only worry is for how the scandal will affect the financial industry. I could forgive Markopolos personal flaws, no one is perfect and it was never his job to police the financial markets, but it is grating how he takes credit for things he did not do. This is particularly apparent during the congressional hearings after the scandal broke, when Markopolos describes his joy and I-told-you-so attitude at the downfall of the SEC. It is the pettiest moment of the whole ordeal.
    And make no mistake, this book is an ordeal. It's boring through and through. The only thrilling episodes in this "thriller" happen inside the author's head. Although no one ever threatens his life, Markopolos describes various "measures" he took to protect himself from Madoff, including keeping his children waiting in the car while he checks under the carriage for bombs. When the scandal breaks, his first thought is that the SEC will raid his house to destroy his documents, so he loads a shotgun and later sends his wife to "secretly" give a digital copy of the documents to a friend. I kept waiting for Markopolos to describe the six months he spent in his basement with a tinfoil hat on his head because Madoff was reading his mind.
    The performance was serviceable but melodramatic. I wonder if that was a purposeful decision by the narrator, given the melodramatic implausibility of the source material. Overall, I do not recommend this book. If you want a good book about Madoff, you should get The Wizard of Lies, also available through Audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wanderlust: Dragonlance: Meetings Sextet, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mary Kirchoff, Steve Winter
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Stop, Thief! One spring day Tasslehoff Burrfoot comes to Solace, accidentally pockets a copper bracelet, and (forcibly) makes the acquaintance of Tanis Half-Elven and Flint Fireforge. A simple tale. Except that the fate of the entire race of Dargonesti sea elves hangs in the balance. How does this piece of kender-coveted jewelry lead the companions and a sea elf princess to ally with the phaethons, creatures with wings of flame? The answer lies with a mysterious mage, a broker of souls, who knows the bracelet's secret....

    João says: "Long live Tas!"
    "Long live Tas!"
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    Loved this book. Tas has always been one of my favorite Dragonlance characters, and this book examines his first adventures with Flint and Tanis. The chapters about his experiences as a bird, a fly, and a mouse, the result of a magic potion, are particularly good. I really enjoyed the early development of his relationship with Flint, another of my favorite characters in the series. The narrator's performance is pretty good. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (485)

    There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

    Tad Davis says: "Compelling and depressing"
    "Tour de force!"
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    This is a great book, the first in a trilogy about the Third Reich. A lot has been written about Nazi Germany over the years, but this trilogy is unique in its extensive examination of life under the Third Reich through the use of letters, diaries, and eyewitnesses' accounts. Rather than focusing on just the political aspects of the era, Richard Evans also covers the culture and daily of life of regular people under the Nazi regime.
    The first book begins decades before the Third Reich, and in it we learn that the beliefs expressed by the Nazis in their most extreme form were present in Germany since the days of Bismarck. It follows German history through the Great War and the shock of defeat. It examines the "stab in the back" myth and the German public's reaction to the Treaty of Versailles. It looks at fringe movements in German politics during the inter-war years, including the Nazi party. One of the most fascinating chapters in the book is about the seizure of power itself, when conservative politicians grossly miscalculated Hitler's influence by agreeing to a coalition government with the Nazi leader as premier. After taking power by "legal" means, Hitler proceeded to systematically eliminate all opposition, including his conservative allies, in building his totalitarian regime.
    The performance is adequate but somewhat monotonous. It actually improves in the second and third books, as you can notice the narrator's subtle emotional response when describing the atrocities against european minorities perpetrated by the Nazis.
    This is an essential trilogy for anyone with even a passing interest in 20th century history. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindred Spirits: Dragonlance: Meetings Sextet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Anthony, Ellen Porath
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When Flint Fireforge, dwarf and metalsmith, receives a wondrous summons from the Speaker of the Sun, he journeys to the fabled elven city of Qualinost. There he meets Tanis, a thoughtful youth born of a tragic union between elf and man. Tanis and Flint, each a misfit in his own way, find themselves unlikely friends.But a pompous elf lord is mysteriously slain, and another elf soon meets the same fate. Tanis stands accused, and if his innocence cannot be proven, the half-elf will be banished forever.

    João says: "Great Book!"
    "Great Book!"
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    This book is a great introduction to the Companions, or at least to two of the Companions: Flint Fireforge and Tanis Half-Elven. Tanis endures the open prejudice of the elves because of his human father and finds comfort in his friendship with Flint, who endures the tribulations of being a dwarf in the elven city of Qualinost. The friendship between the two Companions blossoms against the backdrop of a murder mystery that does not fully resolve until the final climatic twists. For long-time fans of the Dragonlance series,such as myself, this book offers glimpses of events to come during the War of the Lance and the Chaos War. The performance was excellent, and Mr. Stillwell deserves much credit for bringing these characters alive.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flip This Zombie: Living with the Dead, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    The zombie apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they're starting a business. ZombieBusters-for all your zombie extermination needs. There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers . . . Except one of them doesn't want the zombies dead; he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients, and this time Sarah and David might have bitten off more than they can chew.

    Grace says: "A wonderful follow-up! (no spoilers)"
    "Awful book."
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    This book is horrible, and I do not know why I read the first three in the series. The mediocre, predictable story is made worse in the telling. The character telling the story from a first-person perspective is one of the worst persons I ever met in real life or literature. This woman is immature, spoiled, obnoxious, and unrepentant of her bad behavior. She learns nothing and grows not an inch through the adversity. She thinks little of her reader/listener and constantly implies we are spoiled children who just don't know how good we have it because we do not live in a post-apocalyptic world. The performance is marginal and the editor failed to remove a misread sentence in the third book. I will not listen to further books in this series, and I do not recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eat Slay Love: Living with the Dead, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    Sarah and David have survived the zombie apocalypse. They stood side by side and fought mad scientists, the undead, and even bionic monsters . . . until the unthinkable happened. A zombie bite. But not even that could stop them. Now, with a possible cure in hand, they're headed east, looking for a safe zone behind the rumored "Wall." They're feeling pretty optimistic. That is, until Dave stops sleeping and starts lifting huge objects. Eat. Slay. Love. Because they haven't got a prayer.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Action & Characters"
    "Awful book."
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    This book is horrible, and I do not know why I read the first three in the series. The mediocre, predictable story is made worse in the telling. The character telling the story from a first-person perspective is one of the worst persons I ever met in real life or literature. This woman is immature, spoiled, obnoxious, and unrepentant of her bad behavior. She learns nothing and grows not an inch through the adversity. She thinks little of her reader/listener and constantly implies we are spoiled children who just don't know how good we have it because we do not live in a post-apocalyptic world. The performance is marginal and the editor failed to remove a misread sentence in the third book. I will not listen to further books in this series, and I do not recommend it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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