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Ovais

Bedford, IN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (384)

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    JB says: "Very poorly read"
    "A Classic well presented:"
    Overall

    Thanks for making this classic work available on audio. A wonderful job of reading-except for a few audio editing errors(minute 347 on part I and minute 172 on part II).

    32 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Darlow, Barbara Bray
    • Narrated By Brian Bascle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Ibn Saud grew to manhood living the harsh traditional life of the desert nomad, a life that had changed little since the days of Abraham. Equipped with immense physical courage, he fought and won, often with weapons and tactics not unlike those employed by the ancient Assyrians, a series of astonishing military victories over a succession of enemies much more powerful than himself. Over the same period, he transformed himself from a minor sheikh into a revered king and elder statesman, courted by world leaders such as Churchill and Roosevelt.

    Amazon Customer says: "Short-est Way to Learn about the Modern Day Saudia"
    "Informative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In a book about Arab history, one would expect better pronunciation of Arab names and words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Conflicts that Shaped Pharaonic Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John C. Darnell
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Professor of Egyptology and director of the Yale Egyptological Institute John C. Darnell delves into the history of Ancient Egypt from the Predynastic Period through the end of the New Kingdom. In these lectures, Professor Darnell shows that, despite common perceptions, Pharaonic Egyptian civilization existed within a multicultural society subject to disparate geological environments-and that its strength lay in the balancing of contrasting groups and goals.

    Irena says: "Disappointment"
    "Beyond the "Kings List""
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    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    A critical study of Egyptian history, not a mere chronology of events. Incorporates information coming from the latest archeological finds and provides critical and provocative interpretations. Amongst one of the better presentations form Modern Scholar.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Barbara Mertz
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines her doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit or have visited the Nile Valley.

    Ethan M. says: "One of the best history books on Audible"
    "Makes history fun."
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    Some knowledge of Egyptian history would be useful to get the most out of this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Big Picture Investing

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Peter Navarro
    • Narrated By Peter Navarro
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The best-selling If It's Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks introduced the revolutionary concept of Big Picture Investing as a way to not only profit - but also protect your portfolio from heavy losses. Since the publication of that book, the author has received countless requests to illustrate, in a very detailed way, just how to apply Big Picture Investing to the day-to-day management on individual portfolios. Hence, this exciting audio course.

    Wojciech says: "Easy to understand for the most part."
    "Not for casual listening"
    Overall

    This one is going to need all your attention. Download and print the course material, take notes and rewind as often as you need to. the effort will be well rewarded. Plan to spend at least 30-40 hours on this course. It is not one that you can listen to in your car.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Waking Dragon: The Emerging Chinese Economy and Its Impact on the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Navarro
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    At the dawn of the 21st century, China has emerged as the "factory floor" for global production, providing the world with cheap goods at low prices. However, there is a very steep price to pay for these low-budget consumables - a price that very well may have dire consequences for the health and security of the planet. In this eye-opening series of lectures, business professor and best-selling author Peter Navarro dissects the coming China wars and their implications for all mankind.

    Ovais says: "A Rant"
    "A Rant"
    Overall

    This is unexpected in what is supposed to be a scholarly discussion or rather education. It turns out to be more of a sermon or a rant or at best propaganda that would be better suited to appear on Fox. It makes Tom Friedman appear fair and balanced. Modern scholar owes it to its listeners to do justice to this topic by making available a more well rounded analysis of China.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander of Macedon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    The enigma of Alexander the Great has remained with us for 2,300 years. In spite of the best efforts of historians, Alexander is no less a mystery to us now than he probably was during his own lifetime. There was no one like him before or since. In the pages of Harold Lamb's intriguing Alexander of Macedon, we find some of the answers to the great riddle of his character.

    Michael says: "Read Arrian first"
    "Informative and entertaining"
    Overall

    Not one of the narrators better reads-should not have dramatized. Good content and still worth listening to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (171)

    This magnificent novel is about the murder of a miserly, aged pawnbroker and her younger sister by a radical, destitute St. Petersburg student named Raskolnikov, and the emotional, mental, and physical effects that follow. It is a remarkable masterpiece about a man's turbulent inner life and his relationship to others and to society at large. Dostoevsky explored the human condition on many levels in this great piece, and among the main themes the novel explores is the rather strange theory that criminals have a spiritual need to be punished - that indeed they demand it.

    Marsha says: "Perfect narrator!"
    "Excellent Read"
    Overall

    Looking forward to more Russian Classics read by Charlton Griffin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hellas: A Short History of Ancient Greece

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Ancient Greece was the most fascinating and influential civilization of all time, and this concise history tells you why. From the Myceneans and Minoans to the Spartans and Athenians, the full panoply of Greek civilization is represented in this short work. And there is hardly any aspect of importance in our own civilization today which cannot point to its origin in that great Aegean society of city states and warrior tribes.

    Ovais says: "Easy Listen-good content."
    "Easy Listen-good content."
    Overall

    A good introduction to History of the Greek Civilization. And no one can bring it to life better than Charlton Griffin.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mahvish Rukhsana Khan
    • Narrated By Shelley Johnson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mahvish Khan is the only Afghan-American to walk into Guantanamo of her own accord. This unique book is her story, and the story of the men she grew to know uniquely well inside the cages of Guantanamo. Mahvish Khan is an American lawyer, born to immigrant Afghan parents. She was outraged that her country, the United States, seemed to have suspended its tradition of equality for all under the law with regard to those imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, and so she volunteered to translate for the lawyers acting pro bono for the prisoners.

    Robert says: "Stories that need to be heard."
    "Important read/listen:"
    Overall

    Inside America's Gulag-uncomfortable facts that need to be publicized.

    10 of 20 people found this review helpful

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