According to Wikipedia, the first volume of Thomas Carlyle's "The French Revolution" was accidentally burned by John Stuart Mill's maid, only to be rewritten later from scratch by the author. If I had the opportunity, I'd burn it again.
Granted, I really ought to read these Audible listings more carefully. I mistakenly assumed this book was a straight-up history, rather than a heap of ponderous, indigestible 19th Century verbiage. Far from being a history, it's more of a rambling, virulently-opinionated prose poem. Maybe that's your cup of tea, but as far as I'm concerned, puffed-up spume like this explains why the mantra of modern writers is "show, don't tell."
Carlyle's "The French Revolution" might prove useful as a natural alternative to prescription sleep aids, but otherwise it's a must-skip!
What happens when we subscribe to a fantasy world so rigid, so airtight, that the real world can never meet our expectations? I'm not a fan of Ayn Rand, but I found "Ayn Rand and the World She Made" fascinating. Author Heller gives us an even-handed portrait, showing both Rand's admirable qualities, and her deep character flaws. This is one of those rare audiobooks I wished would never end.
the first hour or two of this book is dedicated to the philosophic meanderings of the narator of an old man, the book takes a sudden turn into the actual story, but it takes a long time to actually understand much about the main character even though the author is heavy handed with the philosophical underpinings. Several of the characters seem like shallow caracitures. The narrator shows a lot of vocal variety, but by the end it gets a little weary. not sure it was worth the 15 hour investment.
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