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William

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  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    Alexandra Fuller tells the idiosyncratic story of her life growing up white in rural Rhodesia as it was becoming Zimbabwe. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional English-bred immigrants, Alexandra arrives in Africa at the tender age of two. She moves through life with a hardy resilience, even as a bloody war approaches. Narrator Lisette Lecat reads this remarkable memoir of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism.

    Cynthia says: "Captivating"
    "Very good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top of all audio books I have listened to.


    Have you listened to any of Lisette Lecat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Lisette Lecat is truly outstanding. This is really a performance, not just a narration. I hesitate to recommend the text version because I don't know if I would have enjoyed it nearly as much as I did the audio version. I might have, but her reading was simply superb.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rob Gifford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

    Roberta says: "An Outstanding Book on China"
    "Makes China come alive"
    Overall

    His knowledge of the people, culture, and language makes this a rare find. If you like the travel-history genre (like Kaplan's Balkan Ghosts) I think you will like this as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (313)

    In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye on the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of history and geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.

    Richard says: "Good Start - slow end"
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall

    I like Friedman's approach to history. He avoids the common trap that typical forecasters seem to fall into lately- That just because a trend is headed in a certain direction means that we can safely project where it will take us as if nothing will come along to alter that trend. He offers some interesting notions of things that will alter current trends.
    He takes his vignettes a little too far in terms of detail, but he does apply the appropriate caveats. Great material for discussion and debate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fred Burton
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (96)

    For decades, Fred Burton was a key figure in international counterterrorism and domestic spy craft. As a member of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service in the mid 1980s, he was on the front lines of America's first campaign against terror. Now, in this hard-hitting memoir, Burton emerges from the shadows to reveal who he is, what he has accomplished, and the threats that lurk unseen except by an experienced, world-wise few. Told in a no-holds-barred, gripping, nuanced style, this behind-the scenes account of one counterterrorism agent's life and career is a riveting listen.

    Lew says: "A Masterful, Real-Life Glimpse. Brilliant!"
    "Don't waste your time."
    Overall

    Long on cliches, short on action. Reads like a bad spy novel, except without the excitement. There are much better reads out there about our real spies- This book makes our DSS agents sound like a bunch of play-spies.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Undercover Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Author of the extremely popular "Dear Economist" column in Financial Times, Tim Harford reveals the economics behind everyday phenomena in this highly entertaining and informative book. Can a book about economics be fun to read? It can when Harford takes the reins, using his trademark wit to explain why it costs an arm and a leg to buy a cappuccino and why it's nearly impossible to purchase a decent used car.

    Paul Norwood says: "Everyone needs to know this."
    "Well worth it"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed his discussion about markets, both their power and limits. Harford doesn't try to explain too much with his theories, and the conclusions he does draw are well supported. If you like books like Freakonomics, you will like this as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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