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niall

chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (339)

    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
    "Its a landmark book - but it takes effort"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. The narrative is a mess at the start - but the material is EXCELLENT. I've read this multiple times and loved it each time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1620)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1459)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Very misleading and skewed portrayal"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Lewis and/or Dylan Baker?

    I've read all of Michael Lewis books. But this is the first time that I'm truly intimate with the subject matter and it makes me wonder - were all his books this shoddy with the facts? Lewis is more interested in creating a narrative and ignores the myriad studies and whitepapers that contradict him. The book is poorly researched and depends on a single source who clearly has his own agenda. IEX exists for large institutions to hide their trading intentions - NOT for the benefit of the little guiy.


    What could Michael Lewis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Some actual analysis and better sourcing might be nice


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapter on Spread is accurate and brings back amusing memories.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it. Be entertained. DONT FALL FOR IT.

    1 of 4 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
    (776)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (644)

    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"
    "Bigotry in a thin disguise"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dick Cheney might enjoy it but it discounts large amounts of actual history and facts so that he can get his narrative to fit.


    What could Niall Ferguson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Keep his politics out of it. It permeates his writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Too much of the author superimposing his conclusion over cherry picked facts that suit his narrative. If you plan to read this then PLEASE make sure its not your only source for the subject in question.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (198)

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is one of the most popular chroniclers of British and European royal history. In this fascinating book she sheds light on the scheming, backstabbing and brutality that plagued England after Henry VIII’s death. Filled with remarkable and sometimes shocking details, The Children of Henry VIII is an arresting narrative that brings the past to life and infuses it with all the flair of a riveting novel.

    Neil Chisholm says: "A very dysfunctional family!"
    "The 2nd best of Alison Weirs books"
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    If you could sum up The Children of Henry VIII in three words, what would they be?

    Warm, human, detailed


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Almost as good as her book on the Wars of the Roses . Hopefully that will become available on Audible soon too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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