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Dries

NijmegenNetherlands

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  • The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    In The March of Folly, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian Barbara Tuchman tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government.

    peter says: "No stone left unturned"
    "Thorough and funny."
    Overall

    As I liked "A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century" and "Guns of August" a lot, I gave this book a try as well. In response to an ealier reviewer: Yes, the last part about Vietnam is a bit more moralistic, but I enjoyed that and at times even thought it was humorous. It seemed to me all the other chapters were working up to the Vietnam bit and the parallels drawn between earlier acts of folly and the US policy in South-East Asia made me smile. I would recommend this book (or this download).

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Naval Treaty

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Edward Raleigh
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    Percy "Tadpole" Phelps, an old school friend of Watson's, finds himself in a desperate situation. His career at the Foreign Office has been jeopardized by the disappearance of a secret treaty that was placed in his trust. Sherlock Holmes comes to the rescue of the disgraced diplomat.

    Dries says: "annoying voice"
    "annoying voice"
    Overall

    I found the reading voice unpleasant. It gets even worse when the reader puts on voices to separate the characters. Try before you buy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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