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!
Space adventure of the highest caliber, one of Heinlein's best. The performance was great. I highly recommend to fans of classic sci-fi.
Great book, especially when you consider it was published in the 30s. Decades ahead of its time. The performance was great.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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