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Jerry

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  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 31 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Short Stories: The Timeless Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome, Saki, Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Hugh Laurie, Maimie McCoy, Nigel Hawthorne
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    This collection contains: "Idle Thoughts on Babies"; "The Schartz-Meterklume Method"; "A Photographer's Day Out"; and more.

    GeekyGal says: "What an odd use of excellent materials"
    "Worth it"
    Overall

    A veru good collection of short stories from a variety of master authors. What more could one ask?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (267)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    Dominique says: "True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach"
    "Not Disgusting, just tepid with weak storyline"
    Overall

    Some folks must be raised in white-picket fence towns. This was no more shocking that the stories one grows up with in any factory town.
    I am amazed this author wrote Fight Club.
    If you need to be horrified and slash is part of it - then watch Saw or Hostile that kind of stuff.
    If you like real horror there are many good reads - old and new.
    This was just puerile - and lame. I went through about 80% and now just want to delete it from my device and make space for something better. (I found my economics-read more scary actually )

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Basque History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Inhabiting the small corner where France meets Spain, the Basque speak their own language, Euskera. Evidence of their culture showed up as early as 218 BC, and now, with a population of 2.4 million, their influence on our world has been all-pervasive. In this "delectable portrait of an uncanny, indomitable nation," listeners will be enthralled as Kurlansky delves into the roots of an intriguing population, and shows us why they continue.

    Perry says: "An eye opener that will break your heart"
    "Master Work"
    Overall

    First it did hit me that the title was: The BASQUE History of the World... and not A History of the Basque. Perfectly named because you will end up seeing things from a Basque viewpoint..and that is very hard for just anyone to write without getting inside the culture itself.
    This was a masterwork.
    So I guess I wasn't surprised when I realize who the author was and that I have enjoyed every one of his books.
    I will never delete this work from my reading library.
    Enjoyable reading, great reference - and not a bad bit of ethnic cooking - as a person of Italian descent - food TELLS volumes about a people.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alan Beattie
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Alan Beattie has long been intrigued by the fates of different countries, economies, and societies-why some fail and some succeed. Here, he weaves together elements of economics, history, politics, and human stories, revealing that societies, economies, and countries usually make concrete choices that determine their destinies.

    Jerry says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Many historical explanations and comparisons. I was looking for a book to teach me something, not to indoctrinate me into the 'Chicago school' or other bias. This book will help you come to your own conclusions on what works and what fails in economies and why.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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