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Rhys

Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2009

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  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (213)

    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    Henderson says: "Best Summary of Political History I've Read"
    "Broad overview with interesting cameos of society"
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    What did you love best about The Origins of Political Order from Pre-human Times to the French Revolution?

    I enjoyed the breadth of countries that are covered in this work, which gave the theories a feeling of solidity.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    There is only one.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the attempt to base the theory on evolutionary theory unnecassary and a step too far. He criticises people who do this as resorting to "just so" theories, then does it himself. Given the length of the book, it is easy to forget that section and let the rest stand alone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (1012)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Unique view on an extensively documented period"
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    Where does Bonhoeffer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be one of my favourite books, combining both an interesting historical account with an engaging personal story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unique insight it gave into this period of European history.


    Any additional comments?

    Would be enjoyed by people with an interest in evangelical Christianity under the Nazi regime, and anyone looking for a social history of this period of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (455)

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    Ethan M. says: "Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?"
    "Well written introduction to information theory"
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    What did you love best about The Information?

    It follows a logical flow from the discoveries of information theory to our current information age.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (743)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Fascinating journey into the origins and history"
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    Would you listen to The Adventure of English again? Why?

    There were so many interesting stories about how words, phrases and other facets of the language emerged, I would enjoy re-reading it to be reminded of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Would be enjoyed by anyone who finds words and their origins interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Vanessa Maroney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    This is the story of Mary and her friends and a garden which had been locked away for 10 years.

    Penny says: "Magical Storytelling"
    "Great read with the kids if you like literature"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Garden the most enjoyable?

    This classic story is an interesting read, and is well narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator takes on the characters well, and brings the story to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Our children enjoy an engaging story, so loved listening to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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