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stathis

EARLWOOD NSW, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Candide and his tutor Pangloss travel the globe trying to follow the philosophy "All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds". However, they are stung and let down at every turn, being robbed, tortured, and ridiculed, amongst other trials. On hearing about their often disasterous travels, a listener feels unfortunately less than empathetic, and can't help themselves laughing out loud at this very funny account of the trail our optimistic travellers take.

    Kaui says: "WONDERFUL"
    "Enjoyable introducation"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Candide in three words, what would they be?

    A jolly ride.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We all share human foibles no matter our place in history or society.


    Any additional comments?

    Great introduction to classic French writing. My first audio Voltaire was a real treat.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3717)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2321)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "History easily digested"
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    Would you listen to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World again? Why?

    I would listen again because it is easy to follow and intriguingly told. It is revealed in themes, rather than in strict chronological order, so it draws you in. I listen while at the gym, exercising my brain while I work on the body.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Weatherford puts Mongolian history into perspective in an reasoned and logical way. The narrator Jonathan Davis breathes life into characters and an empire that other imperial nations have sought to diminish. I was completely ignorant of this area of history. The Mongol empire planted many seeds of liberal socialism for large communities which have been adopted in Europe and beyond.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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