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  • The Housing Boom and Bust

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

There was no single, dramatic event that set the current financial crisis off. A whole series of very questionable decisions by many people, in many places, over a period of years, built up the pressures that led to a sudden collapse of the housing market and of financial institutions that began to fall like dominoes as a result of investing in securities based on housing prices. This book is designed to unravel the tangled threads of that story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inciteful Non partisan blame

  • By Adolphe on 08-04-09

Excellent As Always

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Thomas Sowell once again masterfully explains a seemingly complex topic easily and with great wisdom. Robertson Dean's performance was also enjoyable as always and he definitely does Powell's writings justice with his narration.

  • Civilian Warriors

  • The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror
  • By: Erik Prince
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Blackwater is one of the most misunderstood companies of our time. As Erik Prince, its founder and former CEO, writes: "Hundreds of American citizens employed by private military contractors, or PMCs, would lose their lives helping our government wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, only to have their memory tarnished by the unfair and/or ignorant depiction of PMCs as profiteers, jackbooted thugs, or worse."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different look a Security Contractors

  • By Ryan on 01-20-14

Enlightening

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Reviewed: 11-03-17

Very eye opening about the history and inner works of Blackwater. Know a lot more and have a lot more respect for them than I did.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 175,558
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163,746

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Addicting

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Reviewed: 01-29-17

A thrill from start to finish, intriguing and very interesting. The narrator was excellent and brought a lot of enthusiasm to the book.

  • The Joy of Science

  • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
  • Length: 30 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Science is humanity's greatest achievement. It ranges from the study of the universe itself to the smallest particles of matter contained within it - and everything in between. If you want to better understand our physical world, as most of us do, gaining a basic understanding of science itself is profoundly important - yet many are intimidated by the breathtaking scope of such an endeavor. Now an award-winning science teacher has taken out the intimidation, harnessing that breathtaking scope into a series of 60 exciting, comprehensive, and accessible lectures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back to school

  • By Mark on 09-30-13

A Wide Intro to Science.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-16

I loved this! The professor speaks with such passion and detail about every subject it's hard not to get enthusiastic myself. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in science of any sort.

  • Ardennes 1944

  • The Battle of the Bulge
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

On December 16, 1944, Hitler launched his "last gamble" in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes in Belgium, believing he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp and forcing the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beevor excellent as always

  • By Reed on 11-30-15

Amazing.

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Reviewed: 07-25-16

I love history, but the main reason I bought this audiobook was because Sean Barrett narrated it. Love his style of narration and accent.

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  • Intellectuals and Race

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense - one that goes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife is explored in an international context that puts the American experience in a wholly new light. The book explores the incentives, the visions, and the rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusions that have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, not only for particular racial or ethnic groups but for societies as a whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Satisfying Indictment of the Intelligentsia

  • By Andrew on 12-27-16

Fantastic!

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Reviewed: 07-11-16

Very informative and eye opening. Thomas Sowell continues to show his brilliance and desire to spread the truth in this wonderful work.

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  • The Science of Energy

  • Resources and Power Explained
  • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433

To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Overview

  • By Amanda Gannon on 04-07-16

Great Courses Does it Again.

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Reviewed: 05-15-16

The professor was very passionate and knowledgeable on the subject, this was a great and informative course!

  • Abundance

  • The Future Is Better Than You Think
  • By: Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope with Confidence

  • By Dan on 07-25-12

A Very Positive Look at the Future

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-21-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this to a friend who was feeling pessimistic about the future and needed a little pick me up to look at the better things to come.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Abundance?

Learning about how rare aluminum was just a couple hundred years ago in contrast to how "Abundant" it is today was somewhat of an eye opener.

  • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

  • By: The Great Courses, Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, and others
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 43 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508

This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Christina on 09-09-14

Amazing

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Reviewed: 10-11-15

I loved the content and enthusiasm the narrators injected into their lectures. Professor Guelzo and Professor Allit in particular were very engaged and passionate about the subject which made it so much easier to become passionate about American History myself. I highly recommend this course to those interested in American history or history in general.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful