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David

SUNNYSIDE, NY, United States

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  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    For more than 40 years, communism held eight European nations in its iron fist. Yet by the end of 1989, all of these nations had thrown off communism, declared independence, and embarked on the road to democracy.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Unsurpassed"
    "Excellent Review"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. I found it an excelent and balanced view of the fall of the Soviet Block. What is chilling is the fact that many of the factors the author points out that lead to the fall of the Soviet Union are present in the current United States: a failure of leadership, the government and medias demonization of opposition, inflation, borrowing, ecessive spending etc. On a positive note, the book also shows what is possible if people are hopeful and persistent.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Kang
    • Narrated By David Henry
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Throughout the past three decades East Asia has seen more peace and stability than at any time since the Opium Wars of 1839-1841. During this period China has rapidly emerged as a major regional power, averaging over nine percent economic growth per year since the introduction of its market reforms in 1978. Foreign businesses have flocked to invest in China, and Chinese exports have begun to flood the world.

    David says: "Unlistenable"
    "Unlistenable"
    Overall

    I am not happy with this selection. I read technical journals and law reviews all the time, so something that is "dry" doesn't bother me. However, I just can't seem to get past the first chapter or two in this audio book. First, the author drops too many names and makes reference to other people's work incessantly - hello - ever hear of a footnote?

    Worse, we are reminded over, and over, and over, about how "Western" political observers and commentators are ignorant, and how Europeans do not (or can not) understand China because they are ignorant, myopic and Eurocentric - or just not smart enough or “nuanced” enough to understand the Chinese psyche. This is plainly annoying. I feel like I am being lectured by an arrogant American graduate student who just discovered there is a world beyond American TV and video games. I get it jack - there are other ponts of view regarding political analysis.
    I also kept wishing the author would speed it up and get to the point. The introduction was too long and dragged - I finally gave up. Laslty, I don't want to be mean spirited, but the narrator's voice is just hard to take - it is too nasal. (I work with native Chinese and Japanese speakers - so its not an accent or cultural thing - the guy just has an annoying voice)

    That being said, I am going to pick up the text and read it. Maybe that will be better. As an audio book though, this is just not worth the time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Inner Strength Hypnosis Collection: Confidence, Determination, Self-Hypnosis, Self-Help, NLP

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Erick Brown
    • Narrated By Erick Brown
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Draw from the boundless energy of the universe with the “Extreme Inner Strength Hypnosis Collection.” Go beyond what you think you are capable of; find resolve where it was lacking in the past and take control of your life!

    David says: "Not worth it"
    "Not worth it"
    Overall

    I should have listened to the other people who gave this a bad review. This is crap; not worth it

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (694)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    I listened to this over a one week period on the subway to and from work. A good basic work. Made me think about motivation of myself and others from a diff angle. I agree with other posters comments about the poor sound quality.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alexandra Harney
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    To write The China Price, Alexandra Harney has penetrated further and deeper into China's enormous ecosystem of export-oriented industry than any outsider before her. She uncover the disturbing truth about how China is able to offer such amazingly low prices to the rest of the world.

    Alexandra says: "Thoroughly Research, Balanced Account"
    "Could have been shorter"
    Overall

    Another reviewer said this could have been shorter. He/she was right. Could have been a magazine lenth article. That being said, worth alisten if you are interested in the other side of outsourcing and want to get an idea of how life is like for the slave laborers that probably made 9/10ths of the consumer good in your house.
    Also helps you understand how and why America got screwed in the last two decades

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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