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  • Ivanhoe

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    The epitome of the chivalric novel, Ivanhoe sweeps listeners into Medieval England and the lives of a memorable cast of characters. Ivanhoe, a trusted ally of Richard the Lion Hearted, returns from the Crusades to reclaim his inheritance. Rebecca, a beautiful Jewish woman, is defended by Ivanhoe against a charge of witchcraft - but it is Lady Rowena who is Ivanhoe's true love. The success of this novel lies with Scott's skillful blend of historic reality, chivalric romance, and high adventure.

    Matthew says: "Excellent writing, excellent narration!"
    "Ivanhoe: Chivalry, Religion, Politics and Passion"
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    Ivanhoe has all the elements for an entertaining and exciting story. I love it as a companion story to middle school world history. The students learn about society's rules during the Crusades and Age of Chivalry and see the problems of hypocrisy and political intrigue alongside family squabbles and stubborn pride. Scott also demonstrates how the mindset of differing religions and nationalities can work together with a little courtesy and valuation of human life. As in the 21st century, schemes cannot function without a financier. The relationship between the borrower and lender can be interesting, as well as troublesome. Robin Hood and Richard, the Lion-hearted are two supporting characters to the Knight Templar, Cedric of Saxon, Rowena, Wilfred of Ivanhoe and Rebekah, the Jewess. This may be Sir Walter Scott's most entertaining work in his creation of the novel genre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Milton Friedman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    What kind of mischief can result from misunderstanding the monetary system? The work of 2 obscure Scottish chemists destroyed the presidential prospects of William Jennings Bryan, as well as Franklin D. Roosevelt's decision to appease a few senators from the American West who helped communism triumph in China, are just 2 such mishaps cited in this important work by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. This accessible work also provides an in-depth discussion on the creation of value.

    James says: "This book is not unabridged."
    "Money: The Root of All Acts"
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    What did you love best about Money Mischief?

    Milton Friedman has a way to make the technical aspects of economics, especially monetary policy, into an interesting story. He tells how a monetary standard impacts political power moves. Inflation becomes a character and not just a phenomenon. Clues to historical events are consequences of changes in the money supply.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Friedman examines inflation, money supply and silver purchase programs.


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

    This was a book to listen to and consider over a period of time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson, Book 5: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2134)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1165)

    All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

    Anandasubramanian says: "Jesse Berstein IS Percy Jackson"
    "Another thrilling Percy Jackson adventure"
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    Where does The Last Olympian rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    The Last Olympian is the best in the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Olympian?

    The final battle with Kronos, Luke and Percy was my favorite scene. I was on the edge of my seat.


    Have you listened to any of Jesse Bernstein???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jesse Bernstein keeps improving his skills as a spellbinding narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1236)

    When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and...a ride from his mom.

    Fiammetta Rey says: "Nice Book, Bad Audio"
    "Another fantastic Percy quest"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this audiobook. I wanted to keep listening to find out how Percy would beat the skeletons sent by Dr Thorn and the General and who had captured Artemis and Anna Beth.


    What other book might you compare The Titan's Curse to and why?

    The Percy Jackson series reminds me of Harry Potter and Star Wars with the classic good v. evil theme. The heroes are not perfect and recognizing good character traits like loyalty as potential character flaws helps to examine our own lives.


    Have you listened to any of Jesse Bernstein???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Bernstein delivers a stellar performance equal to the previous books in the Percy Jackson series.


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

    Yes! There were several times when we continued to listen even after arriving at our destination.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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