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  • The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

    Doug says: "Fascinating history"
    "Excellent book. Atrocious audio"
    Overall

    Alas, I can hear about every other word in most sentences. I had to give up. I would try again with a different narrator.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora's Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Perino
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In The Hellhound of Wall Street, Michael Perino recounts in riveting detail the 1933 hearings that put Wall Street on trial for the Great Crash. Never before in American history had so many financial titans been called to account before the public, and they had come within a few weeks of emerging unscathed. By the time Ferdinand Pecora, a Sicilian immigrant and former New York prosecutor, took over as chief counsel, the investigation had dragged on ineffectively for nearly a year and was universally written off as dead....

    Lynn says: "Great Story"
    "hokey regional accents"
    Overall

    This would be a swell read if narrator would eschew regional accents -- the attempt detracts, and this would be ever so much better listening without them. His natural reading voice is quite fine.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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