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William

Age 81, an Adjunct Instructor in economics at the University of North Carolina - Pembroke. Love classical music, history, and current event

Pinehurst, NC, United States

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  • A History of the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Mansfield
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    In this masterly work of synthesis, Peter Mansfield, drawing on his experience as a journalist and a historian, explores two centuries of history in the Middle East. He forms a picture of the historical, political, and social history of the meeting point of Occident and Orient, from Bonaparte's marauding invasion of Egypt to the start of the Gulf War. For more than four thousand years, the Middle East has provided a setting for titanic struggles between great civilizations and religions.

    Colin says: "am i the only one who liked this?"
    "Islam history"
    Overall

    It took me forever to listen to this book. First, the British accent of the reader made it very difficult to understand many things that were being read. It was the worst voice I have ever heard on the recorded books. Secondly, this was written like a textbook, with numerous dates, places, names, etc. that were just about impossible to follow in recorded form, much less in written form.

    I wanted to learn more about Islam, but this book is certainly not a first choice as it is far too complex and difficult to comprehend.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Rex

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Harry Chase
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex tells the story of President Theodore Roosevelt in real time, reflecting the world as "TR" saw it. Full of cinematic detail, Theodore Rex moves with the exhilarating pace of a novel, yet it rides on a granite base of scholarship.

    William says: "An attention getter"
    "An attention getter"
    Overall

    Not every Audible book catches my immediate attention. In fact I have had to plod through several of them. Theordore Rex, however, caught my enthusiastic attention immediately and I could hardly put the book down (turn off my Audible player).

    Of interest to an economics professor, this period of time was extremely active in the development of regulation of industry, anti-monopoly activites, and environmental consciousness. I had no idea just how active Roosevelt had been in these areas. Yet I am not a supporter of the term "robber barons" as the captains of industry in this time period have been labeled.

    Listening to this book has been the most worthwhile time that I have spent in a long time.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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