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.
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.
Friedman examines inflation, money supply and silver purchase programs.
This was a book to listen to and consider over a period of time.
The Last Olympian is the best in the series.
The final battle with Kronos, Luke and Percy was my favorite scene. I was on the edge of my seat.
Jesse Bernstein keeps improving his skills as a spellbinding narrator.
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.
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.
Bernstein delivers a stellar performance equal to the previous books in the Percy Jackson series.
Yes! There were several times when we continued to listen even after arriving at our destination.
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