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Daniel

North Potomac, MD, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anthony Pagden
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (191)

    In the tradition of Jared Diamond and Jacques Barzun, prize-winning historian Anthony Pagden presents a sweeping history of the long struggle between East and West, from the Greeks to the present day.

    The relationship between East and West has always been one of turmoil. In this historical tour de force, a renowned historian leads us from the world of classical antiquity, through the Dark Ages, to the Crusades, Europe's resurgence, and the dominance of the Ottoman Empire, which almost shattered Europe entirely. Pagden travels from Napoleon in Egypt to Europe's carving up of the finally moribund Ottomans - creating the modern Middle East along the way - and on to the present struggles in Iraq.

    Tad Davis says: "Great story, with a lot of unfamiliar names"
    "Great sweeping book"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this book. The author takes a sweeping view history, covering events from the ancient Greeks through the Romans and to the present day. While told from a bit of UK perspective, I learned alot, especially concerning the French occupation of Egypt and the long term ramifications of that. He gets a few of his dates wrong toward the end concerning the US invasion of Iraq, but overall a good book. My only other comment is that his conclusions seem a bit muddled at the end concerning whether there is a permanent conflict between the West and the Islamic world simply based on their religious/ideological bases.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Buddy Levy
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    It was a moment unique in human history: the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish empire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story.

    Victor says: "A Great Book"
    "Must READ!"
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    Where does Conquistador rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing book. The narrator is very engaging and the story is simply incredible. It is a must read for anyone interested in this period of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Wessel
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    "Whatever it takes.". That was Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's vow as the worst financial panic in more than 50 years gripped the world and he struggled to avoid the once unthinkable: a repeat of the Great Depression. Brilliant but temperamentally cautious, Bernanke researched and wrote about the causes of the Depression during his career as an academic. Then when thrust into a role as one of the most important people in the world, he was compelled to boldness by circumstances he never anticipated.

    Daniel says: "A must-read for Fed watchers"
    "Ben saves the world"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about In Fed We Trust?

    Good description of how the different Fed actors work together.


    Which character – as performed by Dan Woren – was your favorite?

    The book was narrative, so no characters are performed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book really gives you a sense of how much the financial system froze up during 2008 and 2009 and how much the Fed and other agencies had to do to save Wall street from itself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empires of Trust: How Rome Built - and America Is Building - a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    In Empires of Trust, Professor Thomas F. Madden explores surprising parallels between the Roman and American republics. By making friends of enemies and demonstrating a commitment to fairness, the two republics - both "reluctant" yet unquestioned super-powers - built empires based on trust. Madden also includes vital lessons from the Roman Republic's 100-year struggle with "terrorism."

    Thomas says: "A real eye opener"
    "Great Read"
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    Would you listen to Empires of Trust again? Why?

    NO, don't reread books. Too many good ones out there.


    What other book might you compare Empires of Trust to and why?

    Maybe Empires of the Sea, in terms of scope.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Description of the political culture of Rome and the United States.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a really good read. Learned alot about Rome and how the empire was founded and developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Mark Bowden
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    The Iran hostage crisis was a watershed moment in American history. It was America's first showdown with Islamic fundamentalism, a confrontation at the forefront of American policy to this day. It was also a powerful dramatic story that captivated the American people, launched yellow-ribbon campaigns, made celebrities of the hostage's families, and crippled the reelection campaign of President Jimmy Carter.

    Max says: "Fine as an abridged version!"
    "Great Read"
    Overall

    I was only 13 when the Embassy was taken over, and I well remember the images of our diplomats being praded in front of the cameras. While I am sure there is alot more of the story out there, I learned alot about the takeover and the runup to it from this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Alexander Scourby
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby's youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age.

    Gary says: "the right girl"
    "Terrific"
    Overall

    Just a classic and very well told. Short, so you can listen to it in just a few days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Beginning with May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein's theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of "Old Europe", the Arcadian 20s, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the '29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt's New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

    Mark says: "Relevant History"
    "Interesting, conservative, long"
    Overall

    This is definitely a very sweeping book. The author takes a view somewhat counter to other histories I have read. While I learned alot, as I got more into material I was famliar with, I could more clearly see that the author has a very conservative view on history. Nixon's actions were not illegal, but extra legal, for example. 30 hours is also a very very long listen. So I am not sure if I could recommend this one.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Empires of the Sea: The Contest for the Center of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Roger Crowley
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    Empires of the Sea tells the story of the 50-year world war between Islam and Christianity for the Mediterranean: one of the fiercest and most influential contests in European history. It traces events from the appearance on the world stage of Suleiman the Magnificent through "the years of devastation" when it seemed possible that Islam might master the whole sea, to the final brief flourishing of a united Christendom in 1571.

    Tad Davis says: "Brilliant detail, exciting story"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this book. Learned alot of new history that I had not known before. Author wrote the book in a way that was very easy to follow and really brought out the personalities of the main actors in the events. Strongly recommend.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War 1846-1848

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Nearly all of the Civil War's greatest soldiers - Grant, Lee, Sherman, Davis, and Jackson - were forged in the heat of the Mexican War. This is their story. At this fascinating juncture of American history, a group of young men came together to fight as friends - only, years later, to fight again as enemies.

    Richard says: "Excellent Story"
    "Good Book but not what was expected"
    Overall

    Overall I enjoyed the book very much. That being said it was a bit short of what I expected. Most of the material was on Grant, with much less on Sherman, Lee and Davis. The author did provide alot of good material on the Mexican war, appreciated for those of us who don't know alot about it. Overall I would recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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