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Gregory

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  • Karl Marx: Das Kapital

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By David Ramsay Steele
    • Narrated By Louis Rukeyser
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (36)
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    (36)

    In his monumental work, Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1818-1883) tried to show that capitalism was both inefficient and immoral. His key to explaining capitalism is his labor theory of value, which he developed from ideas of Adam Smith and David Ricardo.

    Jeff says: "Should Rename As Das Kapital Cliffnotes Unabridged"
    "Not Das Kapital unabridged"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A died in the wool, committed capitalist would like this book very much as it presents the capitalist perception of the ideas of Karl Marx.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Ramsay Steele again?

    probably not.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    the narator was fine. i would listen to other works read by him.


    What character would you cut from Karl Marx?

    i would cut Mr. Steele and let Karl's Ideas stand or fall on their own merit.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should have been marketed as A Capitalist's View of Karl Marx's Das Kapital. I believed it to be a translation from the German. I was interested in the Ideas of Marx, not Mr. Steele's opinions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sucker's Portfolio: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    Available to listeners for the first time, Sucker’s Portfolio showcases a collection of seven never-before-published works from Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Short, sardonic, and dark, these six brief fiction stories and one non-fiction piece are consummate Vonnegut with piercing satire and an eye for life’s obscene inanity. Also available for the first time is an unfinished science-fiction short story, included in the appendix.

    Dubi says: "Hit or Miss, For Completists Only"
    "The voice of vanquished reason"
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    Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007. Like Samuel Clemens, he had a better than average grasp of human history, and like Samuel he used humor to point out our failings as a species. Unfortunately, while people appeared to like his humor, his message largely falls on deaf ears. If you read this book, be aware that, despite maintaining his sense of humor. And while he despairs of any hope that humanity will ever throw off our illusion of sanity and begin to remember our past, and see our present with loathing, he always maintained that we are what we pretend to be. Much of this book is a plea that we pretend to be something better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth: Discworld #25

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (596)

    William de Worde, the accidental editor of Discworld's first newspaper, just wants to get to the truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition. Browse more novels of Discworld.

    Glen Phipps says: "Classic Pratchett"
    "Humor, integrity and magic"
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    Terry Pratchett gives us a world that reflects our own, only with more humor, integrity and magic. He leaves in just enough evil to give the flavor of reality, but you always know that the bumbling character with the good heart will come out on top in the end, no matter how sly and conniving the evil doers. He gives us pearls of wisdom and the hope of innocence. Thank you Mr. Pratchett, and thank you Mr Briggs for a wonderful reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truckers: The Bromeliad Trilogy #1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (184)

    To the thousands of tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no outside. Things like day and night, sun and rain are just daft old legends. Then a devastating piece of news shatters their existence: the Store, their whole world, is to be demolished.

    Joan says: "Great fun w/an edge - classic Pratchett"
    "Another side of Terry Pratchett"
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    Mr. Pratchett is a genius as always. I am a fan of his Diskworld series, so, while I did not rate this book as highly as I do most of his Diskworld books, there is plenty to ponder, and it makes a nice change that you can share with your grandchildren.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    Thursday Next, the forthright and unstoppable detective of Jasper Fforde's first two novels, The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book, rides again in The Well of Lost Plots. Get ready for time travel, adventure, mystery, romance, and crime in a literary caper that pokes fun at fiction itself.

    Anna says: "Best Yet!"
    "j. Fforde strikes again"
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    Another book with the same premise as "The Eyre Affair" and just as good. The author extends the invention quite handily to provide an entertaining light read. This is a book to read when you have plowed your way through "The Brothers Karamosov " and don't feel like ending it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in a Good Book: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (156)

    Inventive and uniquely original novelist Jasper Fforde sends his literary sleuth on another wildly imaginative journey through time and literature. Thursday Next faces a sinister global multinational corporation represented by Mr. Schitt-Hawse, beats the magistrate from Kafka's The Trial at his own game, and trains for her next assignment by apprenticing herself to Miss Havisham. Thursday then accepts the ultimate challenge: capture Acheron Hades, the murderer of characters from the classics.

    Anna says: "a zany action packed romp through lit."
    "A nice light read"
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    Traveling through time and fiction to do battle with evil nemeses and save the world makes an inventive premise upon which Mr. Fforde builds an entertaining and often humorous story. While probably intended for a young adult audience, "Lost in a Good Book" possesses enough light-hearted originality to appeal to most non curmudgeons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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