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Anja Schmidt

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Denmark | Member Since 2006

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  • 39 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 129 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
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  • The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eduardo Porter
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Many of the prices we pay seem to make little sense. We shell out $2.29 for a coffee at Starbucks when a nearly identical brew can be had at the corner deli for less than a dollar. We may be less willing to give blood for $25 than to donate it for free. Americans hire the cheap labor of illegal immigrants to fix the roof or mow the lawn and vote for politicians who promise to spend billions to keep them out of the country.

    Anja Schmidt says: "Very interesting and enlightning"
    "Very interesting and enlightning"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Price of Everything the most enjoyable?

    Interesting facts explained. He made interesting connections between different influents. Connections that I had never considerer myself.


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

    Nothing special, but his voice is very adequate for this type op book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book seemed lenghty now and then but I kept listening and waiting for the next interesting thing. No disappointment but sometimes it needed a bit of patience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3664)
    Performance
    (3231)
    Story
    (3238)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Fantastic series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone with the slightest interest in modern history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gregory was a favorite all through the series. He tells the story from the side we do not often hear about.


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

    Very much.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so extremely well written that I have no words to describe it.
    I love most books about history and historical events. This one just gets around to everything relevant for that period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6225)
    Performance
    (5285)
    Story
    (5300)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Fantastic series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to everybody with the slightest interest in history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are lots of good characters.
    Gregory represents a story about WWII that we do not often hear about.


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

    He is extremely good at adding good accents to the different nationalities. It makes a great difference with the exceding number of characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so extremely well written that I have no words to describe it.
    I love most books about history and historical events. This one just gets around to everything relevant for that period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (317)

    A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

    S. R. Gibb says: "Disapointing"
    "A fantastic book"
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    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    The sense of eternity.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so extremely well written that I have no words to describe it.
    I love most books about history and historical events. This one just gets around to everything relevant for that period. Fabulous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (513)

    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "Very interesting reading"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The openness and revelatins of truth.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Riding on with crashed bone tells a lot about the game.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good illustration of at rotten system.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (452)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Joshua Kim says: "Pros and Cons of "Why Nations Fail""
    "Great analysis"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Why Nations Fail to be better than the print version?

    Perhaps.


    Any additional comments?

    I think, this book comes around to a very likely conclusion.
    It effectively analyses why many other suggestions about this may be wrong. Very enligthening and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talk to Strangers: How Everyday, Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income, and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Topus
    • Narrated By David Topus
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Every day, random encounters really can change lives, when you make them happen the right way and leverage the connection at the other end. Talk to Strangers explains how to stand out and tap the potential of others by taking notice of who is standing alongside you on the bank line, the latte pickup point, or the ticket counter at the airport. David Topus' life-changing message is that we should "always connect".

    Anja Schmidt says: "Ideas for the introvert"
    "Ideas for the introvert"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am not sure.


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

    No. This is a practical book.


    Any additional comments?

    I lists quite som ideas for small talk that introverts may benefit from.
    It illustrates the value of small talk but few introverts would ever get around to that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21028)
    Performance
    (17513)
    Story
    (18123)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Shopper24 says: "Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!"
    "Big fuzz"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and no. Some might like it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Mild irritation might describe the feeling. Dissatisfaction.
    I is a "French ending" with several issues that never really gets settled. What happens Next is anyones guess.


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

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I think, readers' ratings of this book would be highly influenced by to which degree the scenarios come close to the readers own sexual fantasies.
    The text works fine in creating pictures for the inner eye. Rating will depend on how pleased you are with these pictures. I think, I liked the underlying story better than I liked the actual "Pictures".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (888)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "Really interesting"
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    Where does I'm Feeling Lucky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average. There are so many good books.


    What other book might you compare I'm Feeling Lucky to and why?

    I just read the biografy on the man who invented the Mine Craft game. That is the closest to this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm Feeling Lucky is a very good title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Witchcraft

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois Martin
    • Narrated By Brogan West
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Witchcraft has recently been undergoing a huge popular revival, but does modern pagan witchcraft really bear any resemblance to its historical antecedents? The witch in history was a very different creature from her modern counterpart, and this book sets out to explore the historical background to the European witchcraft phenomenon.

    Steve says: "A brief look at the history of Witchcraft"
    "Enlightening"
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    Would you listen to The History of Witchcraft again? Why?

    No, I don't think so. The book was enlightening but i would probably not need this information again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Chasing the source of misfortune.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kineseren [Chinaman]

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Karsten Pharao
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    En hel landsby. 19 mennesker, heraf 18 gamle og en enkelt dreng på 12, kæledyr og gårdhunde, brutalt myrdet en tidlig vintermorgen. Kriminalbetjent Vivi Sundberg har aldrig set noget lignende. Eneste spor efter morderen er et rødt silkebånd, fundet i sneen. De 19 døde har et andet bånd tilfælles, nemlig blodsbåndet - de er af samme slægt, giftet ind i hinanden på kryds og tværs gennem mange år.

    Anja Schmidt says: "Just OK"
    "Just OK"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kineseren [Chinaman] to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare Kineseren [Chinaman] to and why?

    I am not into crime stories, hence I have no suggestion.


    Have you listened to any of Karsten Pharao’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened before.


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

    The finding of the empty houses.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book recommended in many places and decided to try it though I never really liked crime novels.
    This one had a special dimension because the underlying story is good and that made me like the book. The crime plot itself confirmed to me again that the crime genre is not for me.The supposed thrill just does not catch me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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