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Cheryl

Waunakee, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Who Stole the American Dream?

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Hedrick Smith
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    In his best-selling The Russians, Hedrick Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he took us inside Washington’s corridors of power. Now Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America. As only a veteran reporter can, Smith fits the puzzle together, starting with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power from then until today.

    jane says: "He ties it all together"
    "Insightful take on recent economic history"
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    What made the experience of listening to Who Stole the American Dream? the most enjoyable?

    Wide variety of facts to support Smith's main message.


    What other book might you compare Who Stole the American Dream? to and why?

    Endgame by John Mauldin and Paper Promises by Philip Coggan.


    What does Rob Shapiro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One of the best narrators from Audible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ken Albala
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (131)

    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    SamanthaG says: "Very interesting course"
    "Educational, yet very entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to Food: A Cultural Culinary History the most enjoyable?

    The professor weaves together the story of food, food production, cooking and eating on various peoples' culture since the beginning to agriculture to today's genetically modified foods.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Food: A Cultural Culinary History?

    One of the reasons Martin Luther protested the Roman Catholic Church's ban on consumption of animal products during lent was because the geographic region where Luther was located depended on butter as the main cooking fat instead of olive oil.


    What about Professor Ken Albala’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about his presentation. Excellent story teller and educator.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen for anyone who is interested in food, cooking and history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (348)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Ryan says: "Important themes, with blind spots"
    "A completely different view of human development"
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    What did you love best about Why Nations Fail?

    Dispelled so many conventional theories about why certain peoples live in national failure and poverty while others enjoy freedom and the luxury of goods and services. Their explanations of the nuances that create these differences are founded in extensive and responsible research.


    What other book might you compare Why Nations Fail to and why?

    Civilization by Niall Ferguson.


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

    The comparisons and contrasts on North and South America, and what led to these differences, is original work. They do the same to certain areas of Africa with amazing insight.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (671)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "Another monumental work by Ferguson"
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    If you could sum up Civilization in three words, what would they be?

    Different world perspective


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Blue jeans. You need to listen to the book to get this.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The too little told story of the German genocide in Namibia.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in world history would enjoy this book immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles R. Morris
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    In the 30 years after the Civil War, the United States blew by Great Britain to become the greatest economic power in world history. That is a well-known period in history, when titans like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J. P. Morgan walked the earth. But as Charles R. Morris shows us, the platform for that spectacular growth spurt was built in the first half of the century. By the 1820s, America was already the world's most productive manufacturer and the most intensely commercialized society in history.

    Jean says: "How our industries started"
    "Interesting historical perspective"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A good perspective, but a little bit too much detail.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Charles R. Morris? Why or why not?

    Sure, I liked the way he looked at the economic impact of historical industrial events.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Just a little bit mechanical, but still a good reader.


    Any additional comments?

    The end of the book, where he connects to the current China gaining technological, industrial and economic superiority to the U.S., along with the comparisons to the U.S. doing the same to Britian (the theme of the majority of the book), was worth the entire book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (909)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "A little depressing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Don't kill everyone.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No real surprises. Could've been more imaginative.


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

    First listen.


    Could you see The Dog Stars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, not movie material.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best end-of-the-world story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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