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  • The Road to Serfdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Friedrich A. Hayek
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (326)

    Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders, from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-'40s, to Reagan and Thatcher in the '80s. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism".

    Scott says: "Classic"
    "eerily relevant for the 21st century"
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    Parts of this "mid-century" (1940's) book may send shivers up your spine since they seem like "today's news" (circa 2011). Hayek's writing is incisive and insightful, if at times a bit "dense" due to high expectations of the vocabulary and language skills of his readers. One example is the occasional use of short quotes in French and German with no translations supplied. Bill Hughes is a master narrator, and his skills are tested in this book with its extensive citations and quotes having parenthetical attributions.

    I appreciated this book for a historical context on the pendulum swings between planning and the free market. No matter which side you are rooting for, you will experience both thrills and slumps, because in the intervening 50+ years since this books original publication, some things are recurring and others are not [yet?].

    Another reason to like this book is the logical/philosophical approach. While the title hints at a provocative rhetoric, the text itself is quite level-headed.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4253)
    Performance
    (1482)
    Story
    (1488)

    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.

    Shawn says: "Great Book"
    "absolutely riveting perspective"
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    This is the kind of history book I like: The point of view is not fully omniscient, so there is some suspense. Yet we do get occasional scenes from the British viewpoint which adds important depth to the details of the situation.

    The author himself narrates, and I gave "only" 4 stars to the Performance since his gravelly voice and slower delivery lost me at times. But halfway into the book, I discovered that the Audible player allows adjustment to playback speed, so I am now happily listening to the last half on accelerated speed.

    One of my favorite Audible books so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Selected Scenes from the End of the World - A Free Short Story from Zombies: The Recent Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (24 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (318)

    You can't kill the dead! Like any good monster, the zombie has proven to be ever-evolving, monumentally mutable, and open to seemingly endless imaginative interpretations: the thralls of voodoo sorcerers, George Romero's living dead, societal symbols, dancing thrillers, viral victims, reanimated ramblers, video-gaming targets, post-apocalyptic permutations, shuffling sidekicks, literary mash-ups, the comedic, and, yes, even the romantic.

    Mike says: "Nice short stories"
    "unorthodox and unsophisticated"
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    To expand on what another reader said in his review about these zombies "forming thoughts," in these stories, the undead actually retain memories of their former lives as well as the ability to drive cars, swim, cooperate, issue commands, and operate firearms. They were almost more like vampires in this regard. The alive human characters were portrayed pretty simplistically, and dare I say unrealistically. 32 minutes of my time mostly wasted, with the only high point being the narrator's correct pronunciation of a Canadian inventor's name. No temptation whatsoever to buy the full edition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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