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David

Springfield, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • This Sceptred Isle Vol 10: The Age of Victoria 1837-1901

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Lee
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Volume 10 covers the years 1837 to 1901: the Victorian Age. The Queen's 64-year reign oversaw huge social changes, wrought by Palmerston, Gladstone, and Disraeli; Dickens, Trollope, Robert Louis Stevenson, Gilbert and Sullivan; the first bicycle and the first electric light bulb.

    David says: "Delightful!"
    "Delightful!"
    Overall

    Very well done history with dramatized vignettes of reading. I'll look for more from this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (935)

    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    Dusty says: "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."
    "Required Reading List"
    Overall

    Orwell makes it clear that collectivism always results in some being more equal than others, and that it only brings misery for all. Entertaining and necessary read!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5697)
    Performance
    (3633)
    Story
    (3661)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Required Reading"
    Overall

    Well-rounded characters and rich plot. Author's misunderstanding of faith leaves rare gaps in logic in what, otherwise, is a prescient theme on collectivism's self-destructive nature. An outstanding page-turner of an American story espousing rugged individualism; until, of course, the rugged individualists form their own collective based on their common rugged individualism - though it is not that simple...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Cary Alan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Many of the novella's core themes, such as the struggle between individualism and collectivism, are echoed in Rand's later books, such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. However, the style of "Anthem" is unique among Rand's work, more narrative-centered and economical, lacking the intense didactic expressions of philosophical abstraction that occur in later works.

    Paul Luthi says: "Short, Sweet, To The Point and VERY GOOD!"
    "Intriquing"
    Overall

    Shallow characters show the tragic logical end of collectivism. A nice story and highly rated for an entertaining story on an ever-more pertinent theme, though Rand's dispensing with faith leaves logical holes in plot and character.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Austrian Case for the Free Market Process: Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By William Peterson
    • Narrated By Louis Rukeyser
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) and Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) were perhaps the foremost defenders of the free market and limited government during the mid-twentieth century ascendancy of Keynesian economics.

    CESAR says: "Keep it simple"
    "Simply wonderful"
    Overall

    This is THE short-course for anyone who wants to understand natural law as it applies to economics. If you were taught Keynesian theory and it seemed like a foggy convoluted mess, Mises and Hayek will explain why in simple language. The vernacular accented voices in quotations adds color and sincerity where it isn't necessary but makes a most enjoyable addition. As David above states, the prophetic nature of these guys has been evident for decades, and those who fail to understand what Mises and Hayek teach are bound to slavery they will never comprehend.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • On the Wealth of Nations: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P.J. O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    As one of the first titles in Atlantic Monthly Press' "Books That Changed the World" series, America's most provocative satirist, P.J. O'Rourke, reads from Adam Smith's revolutionary The Wealth of Nations - so you don't have to. Recognized almost instantly on its publication in 1776 as the fundamental work of economics, The Wealth of Nations was also recognized as really long: the original edition totaled over 900 pages in two volumes.

    David 5 says: "Good, but missing PJ"
    "Unimaginative"
    Overall

    O'Rourke's impression of this work is unimaginative, unhelpful, and boorish. He is apparently impressed with the sound of his voice, but other than him, I worry about who may appreciate this effort.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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