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Jeremy

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  • 1984 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By David Niven, The NBC University Theater
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    War Is Peace! Freedom Is Slavery! Ignorance Is Strength! Big Brother is watching and listening. Yep, we’re talking propaganda, the fabrication of “truth”, the outlawing of dissent, the distortion of reality, endless war… and of course, thought crime. No we’re not talking about the goings on on 2011, were talking about the 1949 NBC University Theater’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.

    Stephanie says: "Worth the buy, but get the unabridged book."
    "Great old-time radio listen!"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. It is under an hour, and that even includes a funny little interlude of someone in the 1940s explaining the novel's relevance. I highly enjoyed the classic radio sounds of people walking and breaking things, too.


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  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel Yergin
    • Narrated By Bob Jamieson
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil, and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations. The Prize is as much a history of the 20th-century as of the oil industry itself.

    Randol says: "major let down"
    "Great listen, but maybe too abridged?"
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    Where does The Prize rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a great book and the audiobook certainly does it justice. If you want to hear about the intrigues of oil from the 60s into the 90s, then this is a great listen for you.

    The beginning (first hour or so) is the most abridged part, so if you aren't familiar with the history at all, it might be worth listening to twice since a lot happens.

    Overall, this is one of the better purchases I have made.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book mentions a number of people and provides a few vignettes about them, but the abridged nature of the audiobook doesn't let you follow their progression for very long.


    What about Bob Jamieson’s performance did you like?

    No complaints here.


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

    This book will neither make you laugh nor cry, but it does give you some excellent information about the development of world oil: oil exploration, oil contracts, oil personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read this book a number of years ago, so I mainly got the abridged audiobook to jog my memory a bit. It was well worth the price I paid, however, a lot of the fascinating stories that were in the book got cut out (particularly about the early development of the oil business - with crazy deals and even crazier characters: Samuel, Teague, Gulbenkian, etc.).

    Still, if you are interested in these stories, there is a great PBS mini-series called "The Prize" that captures all of that very well.

    If you want more recent information on energy markets, I suggest getting Yergin's latest book, "The Quest".

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