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Stephen

New Orleans, LA, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (706)

    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"
    "Full of unusual observations"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Civilization in three words, what would they be?

    insightful, unusual, stimulating


    What did you like best about this story?

    clearly organized


    What does Niall Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    doesn't get bogged down


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

    no - but perfect for falling asleep


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyable bedtime listen - lulls me to sleep in an informative way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3682)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1856)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Great start, characters, disappointing conclusion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Split Second in three words, what would they be?

    Great set up


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Unexpected twists.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The ideal presenter.


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

    Can't remember.


    Any additional comments?

    I love thrillers but this, like most of them, has a terrible time pulling it all together at the end. Entirely too contrived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nostromo

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (21)

    Amazon Customer says: "Wow!"
    "I abandoned listening to this magnificent book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is a truely great book but does not function as an audio book - too many characters and too much description. It's really difficult to keep tabs on all of the elements.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The City of Falling Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Berendt
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after more than a decade to give us an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants.

    Bob says: "Sophorific"
    "Fascinating subject but sadly disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Fair reportage of the fire at La Fenice opera house but lacking descriptive richness and fascinating characters. I would only recommend the book to those with specific interest in disasters and reconstruction. It's not for the general reader.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fire in a historic structure in tightly packed Venice is confined to the building itself despite difficult conditions was interesting. The political and financial intrigue was not at all compelling.


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was quite competent but the book was without dramatic content so he had little to work with.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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