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David

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  • Language A to Z

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (294)

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Jacobus says: "A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics"
    "Well Worth The Money"
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    What did you love best about Language A to Z?

    The broad scope


    What did you like best about this story?

    The broad scope


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The click languages match DNA studies I have seen.


    If you could give Language A to Z a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A fast march through a whole lot of stuff - but not too fast.


    Any additional comments?

    Humorous and a bit frenetic. A daytime listen imho.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rodney Stark
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Modernity developed only in the West - in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization.

    Dennis says: "Dispelles the misconceptions of modern lies"
    "Like A Refreshing Vodka and Tonic"
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    Where does How the West Won rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the "Must Read" List


    What other book might you compare How the West Won to and why?

    The West And The RestHow The English Speaking Poeples Invented FreedomGuns Germs and Steel


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Foley – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and pretty much did.


    Any additional comments?

    All sorts of things I should have known, and some things I suspected. For instance, I have always been curious how ancient Rome fed all those legions and construction workers. And the population of Rome dropped about 90% in a very short period of time at the end. Now I might know why. Specifically, the state apparatus that confiscated all that needed food was enfebled and the residents had to go out and grow their own food. Or something. Anyway, at least in Gaul, the country people became better fed.

    A LOT better fed. Skeletal autopsies and isotopic studies show this. Apparently the country people got bigger and several inches taller. The glory of rome was built on near starvation rations left over for those who provided the food. So now we might more appreciate the various rebellions.What we lost during 'the dark ages' was a vast aristocracy with leasure time to contemplate Plato and write histories of Roman Glory.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Templars and the Shroud of Christ

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Barbara Frale
    • Narrated By Susan Larkin
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Templars and the Shroud of Christ is the second book in this series by Vatican historian, Barbara Frale. The Knights Templar - the most powerful religious-military order of the Middle Ages - almost certainly looked after the mysterious shroud that is now kept in Turin. Worshipped in a relentlessly secret manner, and known in its intimate nature by only a handful of the order’s officials, the swathe of fabric was kept in the central treasury of the Knights Templar, who were known for their expertise in the field of relics.

    David says: "This is one ditzy broad."
    "This is one ditzy broad."
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    What would have made The Templars and the Shroud of Christ better?

    Someone who knew more about the shroud then I do.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Barbara Frale again?

    For comedy effect only.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not all that bad so no comment


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Templars and the Shroud of Christ?

    Rewrite the entire C-14 presentation.


    Any additional comments?

    I am convinced the shroud is first century and is forensically exactly as biblically described. Further, pollen and microscopic mineral annalysis shows Springtime in Jerusalem.

    I also suspect, as does the aurhor, it is the exact same article well documented as the Mandylion of Constantinople and was plundered during the sack of that city by disgruntled Tenplars on failed crusade.

    If you are orherwise well versed in this matter there is good reason to subject yourself to this weird presentation. Some good stuff on the Templar persecution trials and other tid bits. But know the C-14 was a royal botch job right up their with Piltdown Man. This woman is clueless on the issue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (380)

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    Chrissie says: "Pay attention!"
    "Guns of August v A World Undone"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing at all. It is flat out tripe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Barbara W. Tuchman again?

    Yes. Simply to find out if she is consistently this obtuse.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Very Very Very few.


    Any additional comments?

    Guns of August v A World Undone

    I recommend you listen to both of these in the order I present them to fully appreciate the contrast. My first listen was A World Undone and though I am not a military afficianato it was so compelling I found myself pouring through battlefield maps. And even ordered another audio book "The Sultans" which I give two thumbs up.

    Undone is so easy, so simple, so comprehensive and concise on the entire war that I was appalled with my listen to Guns of August. Putting asside guns covers only the first six weeks of the War, it rises to little more then a thrilling costume drama. And in my opinion a dime store costume drama at that.

    Her discussion of mobilization is an actual travesty and more then likely has adversely effected entire generations of readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Daniel Hannan
    • Narrated By Shaun Grindell
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    British politician Daniel Hannan's Inventing Freedom is an ambitious account of the historical origin and spread of the principles that have made America great and their role in creating a sphere of economic and political liberty that is as crucial as it is imperiled.

    David says: "I put this up there with Guns Germs And Steel"
    "I put this up there with Guns Germs And Steel"
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    What made the experience of listening to Inventing Freedom the most enjoyable?

    The absolutely clear linearity of it all and the rather tenuous chance the void left by Roman withdrawal from Britain would by chance be filed by egalitarian customs that became extinct on the continent.

    And so many times a close run thing even to our modern times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inventing Freedom?

    Survival of common law traditions after the Norman Conquest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The general discussion on how the anglosphere is what it is in large extent because we are all of us much like islands.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The misfortunes immediately following 1066


    Any additional comments?

    This book gets added to my permanent elite library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sultans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Noel Barber
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    This brilliantly readable work of history tells the bizarre story of the Ottoman Empire as seen through the lives of its extravagant and tyrannical sultans. With their absolute power, their love of pomp, and their overwhelming venality and corruption, rarely has a great empire been ruled by such grotesque and awesome figures. For 400 years, they fought wars, terrorized their subjects, made Turkey into a great empire, and then allowed her to decline into ostentatious and impotent decay.

    David says: "One of the indispensables for several reasons:"
    "One of the indispensables for several reasons:"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone curious of history will discover what an alternative universe in this world can really mean.


    What did you like best about this story?

    To much to choose from.


    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    Took awhile getting used to but turned out precisely correct.


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

    I am history buff but was not prepared for this important missing gigantic chasm that needed redress.


    Any additional comments?

    This presents the consequences and development of an historic civilization as planted by Ghengis Kahn`s lineage. A real life lesson on first causes. This story does not reach into that previous so check out Dan Carlon`s wrath of the Kahn`s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (889)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Strong Reccomendation W/3 Cautions"
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    Would you listen to The Better Angels of Our Nature again? Why?

    Some chapters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Better Angels of Our Nature?

    The early chapters.


    Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Many


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. This book confirms my own observations general world conditions are much better then past. Three cautions. 1) the book progresses into very much detail that some of us will not require; 2) The author stratified civilisations by descending order A) Europe; B) Blue States; C) Red States; D) Islamic States. I am in one just above a Caliphate.

    Finally, the author seems a scientist, a socialist, and an atheist. What could possibly go wrong.

    PS - Atheism seems a bit Luddite in the era of quantum mechanics and the double slit experiment which has, apparently been proven retroactive in time. Consciousness, as an independent variable… religious fundamentalist atheists who might deny unknown science?

    Never heard of such a thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The South Sea Bubble and Tulipomania: Financial Madness and Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Mackay
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    These two unabridged chapters from Charles Mackay’s two-volume evergreen work, Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841) deal with the disastrous South Sea Bubble and the extraordinary outbreak of Tulipomania in Holland.

    David says: "Satire Well Worth $6 Sales Price"
    "Satire Well Worth $6 Sales Price"
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    Where does The South Sea Bubble and Tulipomania: Financial Madness and Delusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Requires some attention because the writing is cleverly crafted in a bit antique manner. But a real hoot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The South Sea Bubble and Tulipomania: Financial Madness and Delusion?

    It all sounds so recently familiar. Hundreds of years later.


    What about Greg Wagland’s performance did you like?

    Good Brit presentation of compound sentences. So listen up!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Two or three.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beginnings of Judaism

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Isaiah M. Gafni
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    For thousands of years, Jews have looked to the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament by Christians, for their origins, and have located in them the tenets of their faith. However, much of what is recognized today as Judaism does not appear in the Bible. How did Judaism develop from its biblical roots to the highly developed system we know today? What has changed - and what has remained constant? In this series of 24 spirited and provocative lectures, Professor Gafni investigates how the Jewish faith struggled to continually redefine itself during the first thousand years after the completion of the last books of the Hebrew Bible.

    David says: "Four Stars Is a Reccomendation From Me"
    "Four Stars Is a Reccomendation From Me"
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    Would you listen to Beginnings of Judaism again? Why?

    I have re-played a number of chapters already. Lots of very good info, competently presented.


    What does Professor Isaiah M. Gafni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very broad historical presentation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Mostly.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the better religious presentations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4337)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2332)

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "I Need More King"
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    If you could sum up The Drawing of the Three in three words, what would they be?

    I do not read much fiction but am not quite convinced King writes fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Endless single sentence delights.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't actually recall a single one of them, at the moment.


    If you could take any character from The Drawing of the Three out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dinner? Are you mad?


    Any additional comments?

    I promise to take better care of my firearms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gregory S. Aldrete
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

    Matt says: "Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining"
    "One chapter and got a refund"
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    What would have made History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective better?

    The man reviewed cuneiform then said some of our own sylabic alphabet includes characters descended from it. Our alphabet is not sylabic and some letters decend from hyroglyphics, not cuneiform. I double checked.

    I have read entire books on the development of writing and would love to be corrected if I am mistaken.


    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    Strange narrative "You will see nothing but sun baked mud" in Mesapotamia as far as the eye can see. Then it will rain and wash away the houses and crops (which you must have missed the first time).


    What three words best describe Professor Gregory S. Aldrete’s voice?

    Not that bad


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Visceral dissapointment


    Any additional comments?

    No reason not to try it out. Not everyone knows about cuneiform etc and will not notice. I just lost confidence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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