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Edward

I write on economics, history and politics. I read/listen to feed my pen. I enjoy great narration more than music,, movies or tv.

Brooklyn, NY, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Everything That Rises Must Converge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Flannery O’Connor
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (175)

    This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment.

    Ryan says: "Pride goeth before the fall"
    "Are these all the same story?"
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    What did you love best about Everything That Rises Must Converge?

    Everyone's right. Oconnor is a great writer. She peers into the details of her characters with such detail and plausiblity you can't stay uninvolved. And her use of language is great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's an anthology and I don't remember the titles. There was a story that takes place in a doctor's office and it was an amazing contrast of characters.


    Any additional comments?

    She falls back on killing those characters with traditional values, be they flawed values or not. You know who's getting snuffed by the end of the first paragraph.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol [Audio Connoisseur Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    The spirit of Christmas has never been captured better than by Charles Dickens' masterpiece about Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and all those wonderful spirits, especially the ghost of Jacob Marley. It can be fairly stated that Dickens was so successful with A Christmas Carol, that his characters have become more well known than the title itself.

    P. Lane says: "I'm happy with my choice"
    "What the Dickens?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Everyone should read this among all the other classics.


    If you’ve listened to books by Charles Dickens before, how does this one compare?

    I am not a Dickens follower, but I find this typical of his other books in that he identifies a personality or type and tells us we should try not to be like that.


    Which character – as performed by Charlton Griffin – was your favorite?

    Griffin is wonderful. You don't realize that one person is doing all this. I like the voice of naration best. Scrooge was also outstanding.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    One has seen it so many times--


    Any additional comments?

    I think Dicken's message is that if we dislike someone he must be bad. I don't buy it. I don't think a real Scrooge could be as flat as C.D. makes him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ludwig Von Mises: Fountainhead of the Modern Microeconomics Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eamonn Butler
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    The Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises is increasingly recognized as one of the most important originators of modern economic thought. This book studies his ideas in a clear and systematic way and pulls out from Mises's own writings the main themes of his work. Mises's central theme is an emphasis on microeconomics. All real economic decisions, he insists, are taken by particular people at particular times and places; the motivating forces, therefore, are personal and psychological.

    Kent says: "An economic giant for the rest of us..."
    "It's all here."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to a studious intgeligent friend because it gets right to the kernal of how society is motivated or restrained.


    What other book might you compare Ludwig Von Mises to and why?

    This book is unique in my experience. I wanted to read about the man but instead I discovered the idea. The idea is more powerful than the man, even though the author does not hesitate to point out flaws.


    What about Jeff Riggenbach’s performance did you like?

    Riggenbach has a wonderful voice and comprehension of the subject.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to parts of this book over and over to build my undrstanding of those parts that contrast with popular opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    Mises was a slave of truth. He was incapable of adjusting to popular trends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Beginning with May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein's theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of "Old Europe", the Arcadian 20s, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the '29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt's New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

    Mark says: "Relevant History"
    "The purpose of history is to inform."
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    Would you listen to Modern Times again? Why?

    M. Times is a course of study rather than a story. It focuses deeply into the numbers and data that build conclusions so that one reading is not enough. It is a refereence that should be revisited often.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author does not accept widely held beliefs. He goes out and does his own research and challenges the Zinns and Schlesengers who intimidate the main stream of modern history.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There can be no primary scene in an epic but personally I like the author's contrast of production capabilities among Soviet, Axis, British and American economies during wwii.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One is not moved by the catastrophe that was the 20th century. One is numbed by it.


    Any additional comments?

    The author must be a very brave man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aunts Aren't Gentlemen

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    On doctor's orders, Bertie Wooster retires to sample the bucolic delights of Maiden Eggesford. But his idyll is rudely shattered by Aunt Dahlia who wants him to nobble a racehorse. Similar blots on Bertie's horizon come in the shape of Major Plank, the African explorer, Vanessa Cook, proud beauty and 'moulder of men', and Orlo Porter, who seems to have nothing else to do but to think of sundering Bertie's head from his body.

    Charla says: "Always entertaining! Excellent Narration"
    "Golden age of narration"
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    Where does Aunts Aren't Gentlemen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Everything I've read by Wodhouse is superior comic fiction. Aunts ranks with the others. Excellence is the mean.


    What other book might you compare Aunts Aren't Gentlemen to and why?

    At opposite extremes of genre, 'On The Road' by Kerouac is comparable for richness of language and simile


    What about Jonathan Cecil’s performance did you like?

    Cecil is one of the master performers in a golden age of naration. The ability to jump about among characters of different sexes, ages, ethnicities and backgrounds at a speed near that of silent reading is astounding.


    If you could take any character from Aunts Aren't Gentlemen out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bertie, because he could be bullied into picking up the tab.


    Any additional comments?

    American narrators seem to be a sort of second string who couldn't make it on television and settled for second best. British narrators appear to be specialists who love their art. If I am wrong then show me an American who can compete with Mr. Cecil, Miss May or Mr. Davidson. I am a patriotic American writing without prejudice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Gottlieb
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (169)

    In this landmark new study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of the great thinkers, questions much of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. After finishing The Dream of Reason, listeners will be graced with a fresh appreciation of the philosophical quest, its entertaining and bizarre byways, and its influence on every aspect of life.

    Amazon Customer says: "An in depth read."
    "Writer-Narrotor Sync"
    Overall

    This book made me laugh out loud on the subway. The author's gift of irony plus the narrators understanding thereof made this a truly entertaining listen. Quite an achievement for a book on philosophy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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