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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
    (300)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (278)

    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!"
    "Modern Chinese History Comes Alive"
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    One of my biggest complaints on a lot of courses and books is that halfway through, they start to drag on about some topics or ideas I just don't find as interesting as some other topics or ideas the author/lecturer could have chosen.

    This stays strong all through the course. There is no lecture that made me fall into passive listening. In fact, the second half is orders of magnitude above and beyond anything I have heard in a long while, because the professor has been to China and followed key events of modern history closely. In other words, it gains that vivid image and personal touch only a person who has witnessed the events can communicate.

    If you get a single course, this is where you should start, hands down.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Broadsides: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1775-1815

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nathan Miller
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    In the late 18th century, it was widely thought that to be a sailor was little better than to be a slave. "No man will be a sailor," wrote Samuel Johnson, "who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail. A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company." If that were true, historian Nathan Miller suggests, then the record of sailing in the age of tall ships would likely be distinguished by few heroes and fewer grand narratives.

    M J Mills says: "Misleading description, solid historical summary"
    "Sail through the high seas of history"
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    I didn't know what to expect getting into this book, which is probably why I enjoyed it as a quick trip through the period specified in the title. If you get this book, don't get your expectations up and you'll probably learn a thing or two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (918)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "It tries, but..."
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    I got this book after reading the Ex-Heroes series by the same author, but I wonder what was going through the author's mind when he wrote it. It may just be me, but I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters nor consider the zombies a believable threat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8696)
    Performance
    (8270)
    Story
    (8285)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Terrifying, Exhilerating"
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    This is the story about being stranded all alone in a planet, with all the isolation, emotional and existential terror that would imply. Throughout the story, you'll keep asking yourself "will he/won't he survive" and at what cost. It's an excellent story, even though I had my doubts going in. It did a great job proving it was well worth my time and credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence Cahoone
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Without even realizing it, we all use the fruits of political philosophy. From liberty to democracy to community, the terms and concepts originated by political philosophers are ingrained in our global consciousness. Yet many of us have an incomplete picture of how these ideas developed and, quite possibly, a skewed perception of their intentions and implications. This highly relevant course sheds light on the labyrinth of Western political and social theory, as well as its influence on modern history.

    Saud says: "Enlightening"
    "Enlightening"
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    While this course is dry compared to some other Great Courses offerings, it's still fascinating if you stick with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3688)
    Performance
    (3376)
    Story
    (3386)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "An epic story"
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    What would you do if an alien ship picks you up and give you control to fight an army of giant space robots? This story explains what most of us would do in these circumstances. The sequel is definitely on my list. I want to know what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Joseph Adams (editor)
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Mary Robinette Kowal, Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In super-hero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games, and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who stand against them, devoid of sympathy for their irrational, megalomaniacal impulses to rule, destroy, or otherwise dominate the world as we know it. It’s just not fair. So those of us who are so twisted and sick that we love mad scientists have created this guide.

    Michael says: "Hand-Wringing, Power Mad Evil Geniuses, ASSEMBLE!"
    "Brilliant!"
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    This is the best collection of stories I've come across for a while. It's full of memorable short stories and one less than memorable, unnecessarily long one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Awakens: The First Formic War, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (714)

    Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.

    Charles Rohrig says: "Sets the Stage for Ender's Game"
    "Good Finale"
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    After the first two installments of this trilogy, this one delivers. You get all the action and tension you could hope for, and then some. My only complaint is that the final few chapters feel rushed, and the conclusion could have been better by mentioning things such as Battle School and what they plan to do next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2309)
    Performance
    (2058)
    Story
    (2077)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "The Obsession of Wall Street"
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    Here's an interesting study about a bunch of people who would pay big money to gain smaller and smaller split-second advantages over other traders, building systems and becoming obsessed on that micro-second "flash" advantage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Comparative Religion

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Charles Kimball
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Get a solid working knowledge of the spiritual beliefs that unite and divide us - as well as the perspective from the other side of these divisions. These 24 lectures offer you an opportunity to gain a solid grasp of the key ideas of religion itself - the issues that repeatedly surface when you look at any faith's beliefs, practices, and organization. Using five major religions - Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism - as illustrations of how religions can address the same core issues in parallel and different ways, Professor Kimball leads you on an exploration of religion's complex and multidimensional nature.

    Eran Lahav says: "Very Good introduction"
    "Intelligent, unbiased and excellent"
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    This course covers a variety of topics and compares them across religions, including creation, where we're going, rituals (in time and space), important people, places and objects, the nature of God, the afterlife and everything in between.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Graeber
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (305)

    Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems - to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash.

    E. J. Ford says: "Stands Economics on Its Head"
    "Debt as a universal truth"
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    What made the experience of listening to Debt the most enjoyable?

    It explores debt as a universal truth, covering its financial form as well as trying to interpret religions on a debt-based system.


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

    It made me really think about the world in a different way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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