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Steven

Caulfield, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • 10 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 118 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1043)

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "The Real Deal"
    Overall
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    Get ready for scenarios and probability. Written in the 1970's, this book was certainly ahead of its time and is very much relevant to today. It even profferred a new word /concept - the meme - in use today. There are some updated comments in response to what Richard previously wrote (that are made known as the book progresses) which add to the quality of this thesis / book and often very funny.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charlemagne

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Winston
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (320)

    Charlemagne was easily one of the most fascinating figures in Western civilization, as well as the most heroic and romantic. The 47 years of his reign marked some of the most significant and far reaching events of the Middle Ages. Undoubtedly, it was his enlightened vision for Europe that resulted in the Carolingian Renaissance, a period of cultural flowering that never really ceased to develop, and which led in a straight line directly to that period of astonishing achievement we now call the High Gothic.

    Frank says: "A wonderful biography"
    "Could not hack it"
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    What would have made Charlemagne better?

    Only can handle so much religion based issues. I am the wrong person for this book. Struck the wrong chord from the beginning and kept banging on in a similar fashion thereafter. Think narrator did not help one bit.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4425)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1640)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Too much detail ?"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1776 the most enjoyable?

    It was a bit of a slog to get through. Perhaps my expectations were out of sink. I think it would have been better if I had more background knowledge / perspective of the period as is very detailed over a very narrow period of time - but hey the title is about 1 year - silly me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Here is a bold new history of economics, the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built a rigorous social science without peer.

    David says: "Fair Review of the Men Behind Modern Economics"
    "Great mix of history and theory"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Making of Modern Economics to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed this book when I listen to it a couple of years ago. It is large but gives a very nice mix of history/biography of the main characters mixed with theory on economics. Bravo !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin & The Way to Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Kent Mackamy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The Way to Wealth, originally a preface to the 1758 edition of Franklin's beloved Poor Richard's Almanack, presents a brief fable of a local wise man, Father Abraham, quoting Poor Richard to an eager crowd. In this inspiring tale, Franklin steps out of the past and shares with you his famed maxims about wealth, knowledge, virtue, and all other elements of business success.

    Rusen says: "Good narration but appears incomplete"
    "Biography might be better"
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    Would you try another book from Benjamin Franklin and/or Kent Mackamy?

    I might grab the biography at some point judging from others reviews. Merits include historical perspective and a few timeless points.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1100)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Cute"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's been a years since I listened, cute but not outstanding. I still have vague memories of enjoying some the tales.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: The Grand Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (332)

    This volume of Churchill's history of the Second World War recounts the events of 1941 surrounding America's entry into the War, Hitler's march on Russia, and the alliance between Britain and America.

    John M says: "Fascinating and Insightful"
    "Great series"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Second World War: The Grand Alliance in three words, what would they be?

    Great series - perhaps the last edition a little weaker than the rest owing to Churchill's weakened position/ access to power


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Caesars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Suetonius, Robert Graves (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (55)

    From the dignified grace of Augustus to the cruel debauchery of Nero, this history chronicles all the vices and virtues of the first twelve rulers of Imperial Rome. The Twelve Caesars was written based on the information of eyewitnesses and public records. It conveys a very accurate picture of court life in Rome and contains some of the raciest and most salacious material to be found in all of ancient literature.

    Louise says: "This is it!"
    "Power corrupts"
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    Would you listen to The Twelve Caesars again? Why?

    Interesting but a little tedious. Lots of nasty tales. I wonder how reliable are the records of that time ?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • April Fool's Day

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24. April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humor. It is also life-affirming, and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best. This tragic yet uplifting story will change the way you think.

    Louise says: "This is A Love Story"
    "Interesting but depressing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Have put aside after going through 3/4 of book. I did not want to listen to any more of the progressive demise of an innocent character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (695)

    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    John M says: "Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this."
    "STIRRING STUFF"
    Overall

    Have listened to the available 3 books. All are terrific, and hope the final book gets produced. A critical period in history written beautifully by a key man of that time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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