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Terence

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  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (708)

    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"
    "The way history should be taught"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Civilization to be better than the print version?

    It's a long book, and I preferred listening to the facts and story VS reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brought histroy to life...going back a long long way! I wish history had been taught this way, with key themes, when I was a kid and beyond. Most interesting!


    Any additional comments?

    The book touches on our modern thinking...computer "apps" and brings historical context into todays world. I have a far richer appreciation for what is happening around the world and some of the possible compelling reaons, after listening to this book. Would not usually lisen to a book like this, but glad I did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13244)
    Performance
    (10844)
    Story
    (10968)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Great - refreshing read"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book of this genre that I have listened to, and I was a little skeptical going-in. But happily, it was intriguing, quite riveting flowed nicely and the narration was great. Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (322)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "Huge disappointment"
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    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Barbara Kingsolver?

    I love Barbara Kingsolver's writing...a huge fan! But this story is just too slow and might be better if it were narrated by someone else.


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

    This one does not compare to her usual writing...not by a long shot.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't bring myself to finish it...I've tried hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1765)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (929)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Recommend"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Interesting story and well narrated. Amongst the top books I've listed to this past year.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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