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Raithea

Raithea

Lewiston, NY USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Fall and Rise of China

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Baum
    Overall
    (329)
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    (302)
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    (307)

    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

    Yu-Chin says: "Offers excellent objective perspective!"
    "Excellent course on modern Chinese History"
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    This course offers a fairly in depth history lesson for the last century in China. It starts out with a summation of the previous events, ideas and principles that led up to the collapse of the dynastic system. The author provides analysis of the events by referring to other historical references. During the more modern era the author is able to add in his own experiences to give the listener a more personal look at the daily realities of the Chinese today. Though there was less of an analysis on the financial history then I would have hoped for, particularly the financial practices of several groups in modern day China. I will admit this is simply my own preference and likely not a notable deficit for most listeners.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Hunt: The Unicorn Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Bruce Coville
    • Narrated By Bruce Coville
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In the center of Luster towers an enormous tree that is the Heart of the World. Now the tree is wounded, pierced by a tunnel that connects it to Earth. Through that tunnel strides Beloved, the ancient enemy of the unicorns, followed by an army of Hunters eager to destroy every last unicorn. At the center of this great struggle is the human girl, Cara Diana Hunter, who sets out with her friend, the gryphon Medafil, to ask a dragon to aid the unicorns.

    Raithea says: "Good story; terrible editing."
    "Good story; terrible editing."
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    The story of the Last Hunt is enjoyable. But for this audio edition the last 2.5 hours contain a lot of chapter that are read twice or sometimes even three times. I don't know who edited this, but they did a very poor job. The climax of the whole series is chopped up and it largely destroys the suspense and flow, which is such a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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