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brian

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  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3305)
    Performance
    (2359)
    Story
    (2367)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Do yourself a favor: Get This Book!"
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    This book is very long, yet I'm in the middle of listening to it a 2nd time. The great Grover Gardner delivers another fine performance with Shirer's extensive examination of the Third Reich. From the philosophical and historic roots of Hitler's goals, to the societal pressures and everyday life of the German people, to the military strategies and geopolitical maneuvering, this book comes as close to telling the complete story as any single book can do. Do yourself a favor and get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3887)
    Performance
    (3347)
    Story
    (3322)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "So, I'm NOT an alien!"
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    Wow! Finally a compassionate soul with the courage to shout (figuratively) that being introverted is not a defect that requires treatment. Simply hearing someone else describe the trials introverts go through in this world, and knowing I do the same, was quite touching. The soft voice of the narrator was a perfect fit. Some original scholarly research would have gotten 5 stars out of me. Great work nonetheless.
    Be prepared to relive negative childhood memories. I discovered that my parents are also introverts whose ability to fake being outgoing led them to pressure me to do the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3023)
    Performance
    (1715)
    Story
    (1738)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Almost great"
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    This is my first Ayn Rand novel, and I enjoyed it, with exceptions. The protagonist, Roark, is a great character; fully formed and well executed. As is Dominique; complex and engaging. The antagonists, however, the adversaries of Roark seem like facile caricatures of socialist/collectivist thought. Give Roark an opponent who isn't a sniveling toad or a conniving jerk. Then we'll see what he's made of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oil!

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (151)

    As he did so masterfully in The Jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

    Gregory says: "an outstanding book"
    "This book drinks my milkshake!"
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    If you're interested in this because you liked "There Will Be Blood," definitely give it a listen. The story goes into much greater depth about the social, political, and economic issues of the day. The relationship between father and son is complex and more realistic. Also, this version is read by Grover Gardner, one of my favorites. Great book; great performance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2666)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1148)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    David says: "Good, but be careful"
    "Sound"
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    Excellent listen. Sound economic analysis of controversial issues. The section about sumo wrestlers was interesting, but not exactly relevant to an American audience. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the whys of society.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World - and Why Their Differences Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen Prothero
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    At the dawn of the 21st century, dizzying scientific and technological advancements, interconnected globalized economies, and even the so-called New Atheists have done nothing to change one thing: our world remains furiously religious. For good and for evil, religion is the single greatest influence in the world. In God Is Not One, Prothero provides listeners with much-needed content about each of the eight great world religions.

    Nassir says: "Useful, but doesn't live up to its introduction"
    "Informative, but disappointing."
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    In the introduction, Prothero makes the point that it is well intended, but ultimately disrespectful (at best) to speak of all religions as essentially the same; a different path up the same mountain. Despite his success at pinpointing the different goals for each religion, and the processes for achieving those goals, Prothero fails to adequately explain why the "different paths up the same mountain" metaphor is wrong, harmful, or otherwise misguided. Is it wrong to conceptualize nirvana as the "buddhist's version of heaven?" If so, why?

    If the ultimate presription is understanding, why not use the mountain metaphor as a rallying point for all people, regardless of belief? Understanding can only occur if we can identify with each other's plight.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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