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John

Berkeley, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (138)

    The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

    Doug says: "Fascinating history"
    "Don't buy this! Faulty media!"
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    What disappointed you about The Proud Tower?

    This is an excellent and important book, but there is no indexing on the file. It is one single file with no chapter breaks, so if you loose your place in the 20 odd hours, you have no way of finding your place. This is the third Audible.com book that has arrived in defective condition. The others were just very poorly recorded. Although this is the fault of the producer and not Audible.com, the latter should screen their products more carefully.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Russian Revolution: From Tsarism to Bolshevism

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan D. Smele
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a key turning point in the history of modern Europe and the world. For much of the 20th century, politics were defined by attitudes to what had taken place in Russia in 1917. To understand the Russian Revolution, then, is to understand a key building block of modern history and the contemporary world.

    Matthew says: "greta"
    "Important story badly recorded"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's accent and manner of speaking is difficult to understand, and this is made worse by a poorly produced recording. If you want this book you'll have to read it in book form---the audio recording will drive you nuts.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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