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  • Tower of Basel: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Adam LeBor
    • Narrated By John Mawson

    Tower of Basel is the first investigative history of the world’s most secretive global financial institution. Based on extensive archival research in Switzerland, Britain, and the United States, and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers including Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England; and former senior Bank for International Settlements managers and officials.

    Richard J. Peach says: "Eye Opening"
    "Amazing story"
    Would you listen to Tower of Basel again? Why?

    Not sure I would listen to it again, but I learned a lot and highly recommend it to anyone who believes that there are important global impact things at work in the world that are kept from us and that there are plans for the future of the planet and all of the people living here being created by people outside of our reach and without our knowledge. There are secret bankers who control the world economy and the book introduces you to them and explains the history of the bank and the people who created it and have run it for decades.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    That there are actually a group of "secret" bankers that make a lot of world economic policy.

    What about John Mawson’s performance did you like?

    Very good job of matching the tone of his voice to the events as they unfold in the book.

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

    When the American banker started helping the Nazi's.

    Any additional comments?

    In some ways, there is nothing surprising about this book because I believed this group existed. But my beliefs felt like conspiracy theories. Now I know this group of people exist and we know their names. It was like finding out that there are two people who work at the FBI named Mulder and Scully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "This book grows on you as you listen to it"
    Where does Sex at Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For the non fiction books that use studies, histories, statistics, etc to make the point of the book it is actually quite good.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how it seemed to be fairly pessimistic and how it had a kind of negative feeling in the beginning and how positive it grew as I listened. It started off and I felt a sense of hopelessness but I kept listening and gradually the book gave me a sense of hopefulness.

    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the woman's voice. The man did just the "quotes" at the beginning of chapters and it was not bad but I believe the woman could have done those as well. They were short and maybe it made you pay attention to them more than if she had read them but I don't think so. Not bad either way.

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


    Any additional comments?

    I almost turned it off several times in the first 1/3 of the book but by the end I was recommending it and talking about various things referenced in the book to other people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "I did not like this book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think younger people might enjoy it, but I did not.

    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    It was a stiff read. The writing was average or below.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Maybe if the right book was involved.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I did not enjoy this book at all so a scene or two being cut would not have improved it for me

    Any additional comments?

    I bought it because it was so topical. I did not think I would enjoy it based on the sample but it is the number one book on a lot of lists so I took a chance. I was wrong. I did not enjoy any of it but I am not complaining. Some books are great and some are not. Other people may enjoy this (and obviously do) but I did not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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