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Noah

New York, New York | Member Since 2010

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  • Lamentation: The Psalms of Isaak, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ken Scholes
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short fiction writer will take readers away to a new world - an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn't changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.

    Meg says: "Highly Enjoyable"
    "Bo-ring."
    Overall

    This book is boring. The characters are boring, the world is boring, the prose is boring, the action is boring. If I was reading this, I would have been able to skim it quickly to see what happened next (if I cared); as it was, I was trapped for hour after hour listening to this totally forgettable yawnfest.

    The narrators were good, though, and did good voices. I hope they have more interesting, well-written material to work with next time.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run - or Ruin - an Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart, Gavin Osborne
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    A provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics, by the author of the bestselling The Undercover Economist. Thanks to the worldwide financial upheaval, economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge-fund managers to middle-class IRA holders, everyone must pay attention to how and why the global economy works the way it does.

    Noah says: "Macroeconomics is hard"
    "Macroeconomics is hard"
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    What did you love best about The Undercover Economist Strikes Back?

    Tim Harford is the Great Explainer of economics, and no one could have de-mystified the subject of macroeconomics as well as Tim. But still, no one really knows how the macroeconomy works, and "teaching the controversy" is a tall order even for the greatest of explainers.


    Any additional comments?

    Tim's first book, The Undercover Economist, is on more solid theoretical and empirical ground, simply because microeconomic phenomena (buying and selling things) are so much better understood than macroeconomic phenomena (recessions, booms, growth and inflation).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirty Years War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By C. V. Wedgwood
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    Initially, the Thirty Years War was precipitated in 1618 by religious conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire. But the conflict soon spread beyond religion to encompass the internal politics and balance of power within the Empire, and then later to the other European powers. By the end, it became simply a dynastic struggle between Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. And almost all of it was fought out in Germany. Entire regions were depopulated and destroyed.

    Judith A. Weller says: "One of the World's Great History Books."
    "A bit dated but a masterful classic nonetheless"
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    Where does The Thirty Years War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a bit dated compared to more recently written war histories. The sweeping one-line characterizations of personalities and moods would be rare in a modern history, for example. But the book is clearly an incredibly thoroughly-researched masterpiece, and really transports you into the strange, chaotic era of the 30 Years' War.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (237)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    Blake says: "Explains the clash between Islam and the West"
    "Great "folk history""
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    Where does Destiny Disrupted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Destiny Disrupted?

    The description of Muhammad's life was particularly detailed and engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a "folk history", intended not to be historically accurate, but rather to describe the general Muslim narrative of history. It's a very innovative idea.

    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
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1651)

    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."
    "Great book, but incomplete"
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    What made the experience of listening to Flash Boys the most enjoyable?

    Michael Lewis is an incomparable writer.


    What other book might you compare Flash Boys to and why?

    "The Quants", or other Michael Lewis books.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will give you insight into some of the issues surrounding HFT, but it leaves out a lot of stuff, so take its conclusions with a grain of sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1243)

    After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

    David says: "A transition and a preface"
    "Different than the 1st book, better than the 2nd"
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    Where does The Republic of Thieves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely in the upper range.


    What other book might you compare The Republic of Thieves to and why?

    It's similar to the Tales of the Ketty Jay books, which sadly very few people have read. Of course, it's a bit similar to the other books in this series. It's also similar to the Riyria Revelations series.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    No one does "outraged" like Michael Page, and outrage is the main tone of this book, so it fits perfectly!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sabetha is standing on a balcony reading a letter, near the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts more slowly than the others, and involves fewer cons and heists, but has some truly touching moments, and is more "epic" than either of the first two, with foreshadowing of more epic-ness to come!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Lowenstein
    • Narrated By Roger Lowenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (161)

    When Genius Failed is the cautionary financial tale of our time, the gripping saga of what happened when an elite group of investors believed they could actually deconstruct risk and use virtually limitless leverage to create limitless wealth. In Roger Lowenstein's hands, it is a brilliant tale peppered with fast money, vivid characters, and high drama.

    Pankaj says: "Informative and interesting, full of suspense"
    "A real-life Icarus story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There are a few histories of Wall Street that really stand out. The others are mostly written by Michael Lewis. So that puts this book in rarified company.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humanization of the two protagonists, John Meriwether and Larry Hillebrand.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final defeat of Hillebrand, when he's forced to finally open his books for the world to see, was moving. He's not a likable character, but you really feel sympathy for him in that moment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Platt
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Stephen R. Platt is widely respected for his incisive nonfiction, particularly in regard to his knowledge and understanding of China. With Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Platt details the absorbing narrative of the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in the loss of 20 million lives. Occurring in the 1850s, this is the story of a cultural movement characterized by intriguing personages such as influential military strategist Zeng Guofan and brilliant Taiping leader Hong Rengan.

    Adam says: "InTOLerable Reader"
    "A real-life story of the apocalypse"
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    What did you love best about Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom?

    The humanization of the characters, the apocalyptic visions of the last days of the Chinese empire, and the feeling of immersion and immediacy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scene, where the British gunboats break into the Chinese river, and the Chinese peasants bow down to them and worship them. That set the tone for the whole book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The end of the rebellion is extremely sad.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a few really apocalyptic wars that humans have managed to document - the World Wars, the Thirty Years War, the Russian and Chinese Civil Wars...and the Taiping Rebellion. If you want to read about cataclysmic, world-shattering wars, include this book in your reading series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Edward Luce
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (21)

    In Time to Start Thinking, Edward Luce offers an incisive and highly engaging account of America’s economic and geopolitical decline. The Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times for the last four years, Luce has traveled the country interviewing public officials like Lawrence Summers and Senator Don Riegle, business leaders including Jeff Immelt and Bill Gates, as well as teachers, health care workers, and scientists.

    Chris Reich says: "Painful"
    "A wake-up call"
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    American institutions are getting old and clunky and ossified and outdated. This book is sounding the alarm. If you're an American, you should listen to it. It will give you a sense of urgency about reforming the way we do things.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1460)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "A Hollywood blockbuster movie in book form"
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    What made the experience of listening to Leviathan Wakes the most enjoyable?

    The action never stops, the sci-fi never cuts corners, the authors never run out of surprises, and the characters never get flat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amos.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I still don't get why Audible thinks every audiobook reviewer is also good at coming up with movie taglines.


    Any additional comments?

    The best space opera to come along in years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Remains

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (234)

    In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

    Forest says: "This isn't your father's gay hero!"
    "Dark."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Steel Remains the most enjoyable?

    The story itself has an atmosphere of constant brooding tension and incipient horror.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The alien-ness and magical creepiness of the antagonists was a refreshing change from standard fantasy fare, and the protagonists - weary, drug-addicted 30-somethings - were fresh as well.


    Did Simon Vance do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He does great voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part with the heads on the trees was incredibly creepy.


    Any additional comments?

    The problem most people will have with this book (and with Morgan's other books) is the frequency of explicit, extended sex scenes. In the audio version, it's difficult to skip these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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