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Saud

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  • Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bill Messenger
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    (54)
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    (47)
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    (47)

    Jazz is a uniquely American art form, one of America's great contributions to not only musical culture, but world culture, with each generation of musicians applying new levels of creativity that take the music in unexpected directions that defy definition, category, and stagnation.

    Now you can learn the basics and history of this intoxicating genre in an eight-lecture series that is as free-flowing and original as the art form itself.

    Saud says: "Get a video course"
    "Get a video course"
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    This course points out charts the professor was displaying on a white board or a projector, which lost me after 3 lectures.

    Interesting topic, not so good presentation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Future of Islam 

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John L. Esposito
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (13)
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    (12)
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    John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. Now, in this brilliant portrait of Islam today - and tomorrow - he draws on a lifetime of thought and research to sweep away the negative stereotypes and provide an accurate, richly nuanced, and revelatory account of the fastest-growing religion in the world. Here Esposito explores the major questions and issues that face Islam in the 21st century and how that will deeply affect global politics.

    Saud says: "An overview of Islamic perception in the West"
    "An overview of Islamic perception in the West"
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    I found myself nodding to many points this book makes regarding the misconceptions about Islam that non-Muslims have. While some points can be questioned and could have been presented more clearly, in my opinion, it is a remarkable effort and Professor John Esposito did an admirable job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legendarium

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
    • Narrated By Robert Rossmann
    Overall
    (343)
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    (312)
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    (315)

    In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.

    Elizabeth Hauris says: "If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it."
    "It's okay"
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    I thought this would be better than it actually was, what with the star power behind it. What a disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    Overall
    (147)
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    (132)
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    (129)

    The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Michael says: "Wonderful"
    "Get used to rewinding"
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    This is the kind of book that's rare and valuable, if a bit aged. It has a wealth of information about antiquity and the ancient orient. If possible, after reading this book, check out the rest of the series and consider buying the hard copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (26077)
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    (23192)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Not my type of story, and I love it"
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    This is a story about a wife who disappears, leaving her husband to take the blame for her disappearance, and throughout the book it keeps you wondering what is wrong with those two twisted individuals.

    The two narrators do a great job in delivering the husband's actions and the wife's journal entries. The profanities might have been too much, except it works here. And the two narrators do a great job in bringing the characters to life in a way that I rarely see in other audiobook stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9608)
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    (8854)
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    (8885)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "A bold story"
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    This is the type of story that sneaks up on you. I absolutely love the way the author portrays the villains in the story, and all the clever situations the story takes you through. The narrator is top notch, channeling emotions into the scenes and giving each character a voice. From the prologue, a terrible thing happens and the narrator's voice cracks while he describes it, making it feel more real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
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    (894)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    Teddy says: "Everything you want to know about Kitchen Science"
    "A trip through the culinary world of today"
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    This book does an excellent job in answering all the little questions and curiosities you may have about food, the kitchen, and the mysteries surrounding the preparation of foods for consumption. It is well researched and highly entertaining throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Antisemites listed here"
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    If you're interested to know about all the groups that blame Jews, this book is for you. It sounds like a boo-hoo I'm the victim here book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (379)
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    (317)
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    (315)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    G. House Sr. says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "A good manners guide for nice jerks"
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    This book acknowledges that we are capable of thinking and doing mean things, and suggests a better way. If you're into self help books and want to try something different, this is a no brained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In God's Path: The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert G. Hoyland
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (19)
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    (16)
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    (16)

    In just over a hundred years - from the death of Muhammad in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 - the followers of the Prophet swept across the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as far flung as the Franks in Western Europe and the Tang Empire in China. The conquered territory was larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest expansion, and it was claimed for the Arabs in roughly half the time.

    Saud says: "Islamic conquest history from the outside"
    "Islamic conquest history from the outside"
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    This is an interesting look at how historians view early Islamic conquests and the explanation of their effectiveness by looking at historical documents from Muslim and other historians at the time.

    The reason I give it three stars is because it requires you to look at maps in the accompanying reference PDF if you wish to get the most out of this book. While this isn't a big issue if you don't care about maps or geography; it could become annoying if maps matter to you. If that's the case, skip this and get the physical copy instead.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (275)
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    (276)

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Rethink your dining experience"
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    We all know about some stories about unpleasant experiences with waiters, and this book doesn't shy away from that.

    I regularly visit various restaurants around town and have seen all sorts of service from terrible to amazing, and this audiobook helps make sense of the mindset of waiters and restaurant staff.

    A little warning: some chapters are not for the squeamish and deals with medical emergencies, bodily fluids, insects and unpleasant kitchen staff revenge techniques.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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