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  • The Incrementalists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Brust, Skyler White
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years.

    Terri says: "I Wanted More "Meddling""
    "Enjoyable/creative. Not a grand historical vista."
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    Different and enjoyable.

    Not particularly complex. I.e. this is more about the idea, and the people executing it than any grand historical perspective on a group of people tweaking history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nelson Mandela
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (405)

    Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world.

    History says: "Surprisingly honest autobiography."
    "Amazing window into a different world."
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    Amazing window into a different world (20th Century South Africa), and in a long but ultimately successful struggle. It is so easy to see how SA could have decayed into complete chaos like many other countries in Africa and in the Middle East...

    I did not know almost any of this history. From an intellectual perspective, it was interesting to learn that unlike Gandhi, Mandela was not a proponent of non-violence regardless of circumstances.

    Also interesting to see how Mandela just kind of drifted into this role (i.e. it was a very gradual process of increasing realization and involvement).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Book of Value Investing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher H Browne
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Following on the heels of the national best-selling The Little Book that Beats the Market, which has sold over 275,000 copies since its November 2005 publication, The Little Book of Value Investing offers investors (professional and amateur alike) the necessary tools to follow a value-investment model that consistently beats the market.

    Russon says: "Wonderful content, but must get in print form."
    "Not very insightful/new. Some interesting tid bits"
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    Useful historical backdrop on value investing which I did not have. Some useful thoughts on foreign accounting rules, and particular metrics.

    Not very insightful on investing more broadly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1920: America's Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Conroy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Consider this other 1920: Imperial Germany has become the most powerful nation in the world. In 1914, she crushed England, France, and Russia in a war that was short but entirely devastating. By 1920, Kaiser Wilhelm II is looking for new lands to devour. The United States is fast becoming an economic super-power and the only nation that can conceivably threaten Germany. The U.S. is militarily inept, however, and is led by a sick and delusional president who wants to avoid war at any price.

    Jack says: "Glad It Didn`t happen"
    "Not much here if you are not into military history"
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    I am not a history buff, and did not get much out of seeing a number of historical characters and military men portrayed. Same goes for military tactics. These may have been awesome selling points for others.

    Unfortunately there wasn't much else. The characters weren't that interesting. The anti-pacifist, pro-US... was just not all that new or insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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