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  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Graeber
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (344)

    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"
    "An abridged version should be better"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is too detailed, thus too long. The author should resume his thesis better


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I think the narrator made a very good job based on the density and details of the book


    Do you think Debt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hiroshima Nagasaki

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paul Ham
    • Narrated By Robert Meldrum
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed more than 100,000 instantly, mostly women, children, and the elderly. Many hundreds of thousands more succumbed to their horrific injuries later, or slowly perished of radiation-related sickness. Yet the bombs were "our least abhorrent choice", American leaders claimed at the time - and still today most people believe they ended the Pacific War and saved millions of American and Japanese lives. Ham challenges this view, arguing that the bombings, when Japan was on its knees, were the culmination of a strategic Allied air war on enemy civilians that began in Germany.

    Luis says: "Amazingly detailed and balanced account."
    "A comprehensive study about a fundamental moment."
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    What made the experience of listening to Hiroshima Nagasaki the most enjoyable?

    The diverse aspects about the bombs.


    What other book might you compare Hiroshima Nagasaki to and why?

    6 months in 1945


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the two bombs effects


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the same


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael Dobbs
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler's armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace - but instead set the stage for a 44-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an "iron curtain" being drawn down over the Continent.

    Alan says: "Totally Outstanding. Bravo !"
    "The six months that endure 45 years"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It is a very good summary of the last 6 months of the second world war and the seeds for the Cold war.


    What about Bob Walter’s performance did you like?

    He is very clear and precise in reading numbers and figures. He should be more ironical when irony requires


    Do you think Six Months in 1945 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I believe the natural continuations are one about blockade of Berlin, then Cuba Missiles crises, Regan Star wars program and German Unification


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A boy wins $100,000 in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover that claiming the winnings may unravel his family. An acclaimed ambulance driver seeks the courage to follow his heart and throw it all away to be a singer-songwriter. A school principal unveils a bold plan to permanently abolish arithmetic. A new arrival in heaven, overwhelmed by infinite options, procrastinates over his long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet a vengeance-minded hare. We learn why wearing a red T-shirt is the key to finding love; how February got its name; and why the stock market is sometimes just...down.

    fernando antonio hadba says: "An ideal format for listen."
    "An ideal format for listen."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One More Thing to be better than the print version?

    n.a


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One More Thing?

    The shortiest stories and the first story


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    the change of tones necessary to keep your attention


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Short Stories is ideal to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill: The Power of Words

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill, Martin Gilbert (editor)
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Throughout his six decades in the public eye, Winston Churchill understood and wielded the power of words. His speeches, books and articles have fascinated generation after generation with their powerful narrative style. Martin Gilbert has selected 200 extracts from Churchill's oeuvre that reflect his life, career and philosophy. They range from intimate memories of his childhood to his contributions to debates on social policy and war and his efforts after 1945 to see the world a better place.

    James Abraham says: "Extraordinary writing, extraordinary narrator"
    "History told by whom made history"
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    What made the experience of listening to Churchill: The Power of Words the most enjoyable?

    The way the author interchange explanations with the speeches made by Churchill


    What did you like best about this story?

    Churchill history is so rich that seems unreal if someone tell. The speeches are so beautiful and moving comparing with nowadays politicians


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The defense for support Russia against the Nazi German


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No because it is too big but fast.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (369)

    “One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.” With this startlingly bizarre sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. Rather than being surprised at the transformation, the members of his family despise it as an impending burden upon themselves.

    Patrick Weldon says: "Kafka-esque terrific"
    "I think I expected too much"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, It is a very good story with a very good narration of it


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I do not dare to change anything


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Very good with a superb intonation.


    Could you see The Metamorphosis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Angry Men

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Reginald Rose
    • Narrated By Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (706)

    Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

    Emily says: "Excellent court room drama"
    "A play you must listen"
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    Where does Twelve Angry Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I believe this is one of the best books to start Audio books. Great play and great actors.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think they made even better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2213)
    Performance
    (2054)
    Story
    (2043)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "The Best narrative so far"
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    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    The story is good and the performance of Ann Hathway is breath taking


    What does Anne Hathaway bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Several voices and perfect voice


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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