This is a really well written and presented analysis of the very complex topic of the strategic challenge to US power posed by the South China Sea and the countries which surround it. Informed by a large number of in-person interviews with strategic participants it is one of the very few "current affairs" type books that is a truly absorbing read.
The discussions of the roles of Lee Kuan Yu and Chiang Kai Shek in creating the current East Asia. Both descriptions were very insightful and informative.
This is the first one. It is excellent even at 1.25x.
"The Coming Storm"
Would really love to meet Mr. Kaplan in person some day. He bring deep historical knowledge to current affairs. Really wonderful book!
This is a top level read and it is one of Ken Follett's most enduring and timeless novels. Great character development over a very long book (almost 1,000 pages in printed form).
Follett has several great passages in this novel. He is extremely adept at placing sympathetic figures in dangerous circumstances and creating very dramatic tension. He also uses a wide canvas of geography (from York to Jerusalem) and history (period from "White Ship" to death of Thomas Becket) to tell a great story of ordinary people facing great challenges and themselves creating enduring beauty.
I think his performance of Prior Phillip was best with Jack second. Female characters were also handled well. My only complaint on the performance was that it got pretty worn out in over 40 hours of listening ;)
Be Glad You Live Now!
An exceptional Professor who makes the context of every historical battle very informative and engaging.
Lives of the Noble Greeks -- Just Kidding
Don't Bet On the Favorites!
Yes. This book tells a story of human endurance in a unimaginably alien environment supported by great science and our current understanding of the Red Planet.
The trip across the Martian surface to the return module.
The struggle to create food sufficient to survive a rescue mission
This is a very thought provoking book that is not bogged down by a lot of technicalities. Kaku-san brings us up to date on recent research in biology and cognitive science against a physics (quantum) background. There is speculation, prediction and thoughtful projection of the scientific world presented in a thoroughly entertaining read (or listen). The latter part of the book is a little too much of a rehash of "futurism" (with less of a focus on the mind), but it is still very interesting.
Complex science made accessible for the interested laymen. If you can read (and generally understand) a Scientific American article, you will have no problem with this book.
Good, but not the best. Yes, you can listen to this book at 1.25x and miss little.
The discussion of recent evidence of structural and chemical deficiencies in the brain and their link to mental illness was most interesting. It appears that psychiatry has been trying for 80 years to fix a car's engine by polishing the hood instead of looking inside.
This is one you will want to listen to and finish as soon as you can. Real reading enjoyment.
You Won't Believe
Very good overview of the history of spying and covert operations from ancient times to the modern era. Not nearly long or detailed enough to do the subject justice, however. The course teacher is superb--really, really talented at presenting the topic--not a minute of boredom here.
History of covert operations in the 19th Century was fascinating.
When the spies caught caught and killed--it happens more often than we imagine.
There is a need for more objective reviews of this topic in the literature and fewer "gee-whiz" types books (a la Clancy). This is towards the Le Carre style and the lecturer has great understanding of his topic.
Hold Your Seat
Good character development; recognizable locations and plot development.
No. But the narrator is good. I chose this over several other narrations because of its higher rating and I was not disappointed.
Spying Against the French Revolution
Great Gothic type novel of spying. I picked this up because of other books on spying generally. It is viewed as the earliest and one of the best of the genre. That assessment is accurate. Ignore what they told you about this being a romance novel in high school. Great stuff, wish I had read it earlier in my life :)
Yes. But only for those with some Chinese history background.
Good starting point to understand the interaction of these religions
Not applicable. The discussion of early Taoism is fascinating.
No. The material is way to deep and thought provoking for one sitting.
A good starting place to understand the original and progression of both religions. You should know a fair amount about Chinese history to appreciate this book although some superficial comparisons to Western religions and philosophies are included.
Both the writer and the reader are excellent
Historic biographies of Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon
The whole book is a chronological history
The Man Who Made Europe
This is an excellent book if you wish to learn about the great acceleration of learning and civilization initiated by Charles the Great. Many myths are debunked. The writer makes Charlemange both a person and relevant to us in the modern era. A great listen if you like relatively obscure history.
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