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Joe

west hills, CA, USA

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  • Charlemagne

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Winston
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (320)

    Charlemagne was easily one of the most fascinating figures in Western civilization, as well as the most heroic and romantic. The 47 years of his reign marked some of the most significant and far reaching events of the Middle Ages. Undoubtedly, it was his enlightened vision for Europe that resulted in the Carolingian Renaissance, a period of cultural flowering that never really ceased to develop, and which led in a straight line directly to that period of astonishing achievement we now call the High Gothic.

    Frank says: "A wonderful biography"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    The quality of the production was very good. The content was even better. I knew very little about Charlemange prior to listening to the book. Now I know more than I can remember. The author was thoughough and thoughtful. Except for the occasional speculation regarding the internal thoughts of some of the historical figures, I really enjoyed listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5957)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (538)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Expert Heal Thyself"
    Overall

    The production quality was good. The reader had a good voice and communicated the information relatively well. However, the author's "unconventional" and "expert" interpretations and opinions were neither "unconventional" nor "expert". A straightforward communication of the statistics and relative material would have been far more interesting. In short, "Freakanomics" was really "Pooreconomics." The book was highly speculative, biased, dull and worse yet typical. It reminded me of real estate ads that read: "Charming, spacious, great neighborhood!!!!!"

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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