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  • Tourist Season

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson

    Tourist season is swinging into high gear in Miami. So are the activities of a bizarre terrorist group determined to keep the hapless "snowbirds" away. Armed with bombs, weed, and jumbled credos, they move toward their grand target, the Orange Bowl Parade, with plans to bring Miami and its tourist trade to a halt.

    Glenn says: "Not his best"
    "Hard to swallow"

    Listened to half of it. The meaningless and brutal killings, and the unlikely development of the story line and some of the characters, made it hard to enjoy.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gust Front: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this, the sequel to A Hymn Before Battle, Captain Michael O'Neal and his forces on Earth prepare to hold back an impending Posleen invasion.

    Gary L. Parks says: "This is CAN of Military Sci-Fiction Woop Ass!"
    "Too long, bloated by babble"

    I listened to about half of the story, 14 hours. I got a little tired of the sometimes unconvincing techno-babble describing weapons and other technology, and finally quit listening when I got very bored by the tactical/strategic-deployment-babble describing unending battlefields. A very interesting story, which I would have found absorbing if it had been half its length. I probably would like it more in hard copy, where I could skip the babble. This reaction may be just reflect my personal impatience to get on with the story and find out what happens.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of the Renaissance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By William Henry Hudson
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Voyages of discovery, inventions, the revival of classical learning, and the advent of science contributed to the intellectual upheavals of this creative period, and are reflected in its literature and art. Hudson focuses on the one thread of continuity that he sees as both the seed and the fruit of this exciting era: the awakening of secular humanism and the emergence of the individual. This history gives the listener a lucid, perceptive analysis of the splendid Renaissance.

    carolyn says: "Tapestry of an age"
    "Excellent explanation of renaissance"

    This is an excellent explanation of the causes of and the nature of the renaissance in its effects on all aspects of society.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The People's Dynasty: Culture and Society in Modern China

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert J. Shepherd
    • Narrated By Robert J. Shepherd

    The state-directed opening of the Chinese economy in 1979 led to a number of radical transformations within Chinese society, but Western understanding of these changes is often limited by erroneous assumptions. Offering a clear picture of the vast economic and social forces of modern-day China, Professor Robert J. Shepherd addresses U.S. investment in China, China's startling economic growth, state vs. society issues in the vast republic, and the effect of social and cultural change on the Chinese people.

    manaf says: "If you know nothing about China"
    "Interesting view of modern Chinese society and gov"

    I recommend this series of lectures because it presents an interesting and sympathetic view of Chinese society and government today. Some of his conclusions are speculations that don't ring true for me, e.g., that Chinese watch our TV shows because it confirms their sterotype of America and that Thailanders, a mostly Muslim population, watch Baywatch for the same reason (not because of the nearly-naked women). His arguments for not-too-quickly condemning China's political system are interesting and convincing, but he seems to try too hard to justify the system at times, e.g., in connection with China's censorship of internet, first by saying that the U.S. govt. has acknowledged that it can't control the internet (implying that China can't either), but then by asking why we would think that CNN (a more objective reporting of news and blocked in China) was important for people to be able to watch anyway. He has a halting speaking style, often with 4 to 8 second pauses between sentences, which I got used to. To reiterate, I do recommend these lectures, because he presents a more interesting and personal view of Chinese society than we usually see in reporting about China.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Johnson, James Kwak
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt

    Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks, which together control assets amounting to more than 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product, these financial institutions (now more emphatically "too big to fail") continue to hold the global economy hostage.

    Kyle says: "Easy to Understand and Comprehend"

    Mostly a history of financial regulation, from Jefferson to date. Usually inadequate descriptions of the complicated financial instruments that were involved in the recent financial crash. For me, boring, not enhanced by the unchanging, disdainful manner of the reader. Not nearly as informative or interesting as Michael Lewis's "The Big Short."

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Clear explanation of financial crisis"

    Excellent description of what happened in financial crash, good descriptions of complicated securities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Grewal
    • Narrated By Jeff Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For all the attention globalization has received in recent years, little consensus has emerged concerning how best to understand it. For some, it is the happy product of free and rational choices; for others, it is the unfortunate outcome of impersonal forces beyond our control. It is, in turn, celebrated for the opportunities it affords and criticized for the inequalities in wealth and power it generates.

    Theo Horesh says: "Masterful and Classic"
    "Academic and boring."

    Listened to 50", then skimmed through another half of book. The author analyzed and dissected, ad nauseam, the many obvious factors boding for and against the adoption of "standards" of commerce and culture by other nations and groups. Very general analysis, with only occasional examples of what he was talking about; very academic. One of the most boring books I've listened to.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Don Leslie

    In this new, greatly updated edition of The Return of Depression Economics, Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increasingly out-of-control financial system set the United States, and the world as a whole, up for the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. He also lays out the steps that must be taken to contain the crisis, and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession.

    John Satterfield says: "Buy the printed book"
    "Buy the printed book"

    A very interesting analysis of the causes of and remedies for the current and historical recessions and depressions, and the actions that have been taken and could be taken to ameliorate them. However, I recommend that the book be enjoyed in hard copy rather than in audio. The material is dense, and Krugman throws out references to many technical aspects of domestic and international finance. Although Krugman states at the outset that he's trying to avoid economic jargon and abstruse economic concepts, so that a broader audience can understand his analysis, he assumes a level of understanding of the forces that operate in finance that I believe most listeners won't have.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Good idea for a plot, poorly executed"

    Great idea for a plot, but sometimes implausible conversations, actions, choice of words. Quite a few cliches, old jokes. Really not very carefully written.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of God

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"
    "Fascinating description of the evolution god."

    "The Evolution of God" is a convincing explanation of how "Homo Sapiens" has come to believe in gods, and then in one god. He quotes (sometimes at great length) anthropolical research and the books of the (now) mono-theistic religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to support his thesis, and comes to a surprising, unconventional conclusion about the validity of belief in divinity.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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