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  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

  • By: Tony Judt
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 43 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but not terrific listening

  • By History on 10-18-11

Impossible to see the wood for the trees

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-14

Where does Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Tedious enumeration of too many unnecessary facts and sentences full of subclauses reiterating the obvious, makes this very tiresome listening. It is impossible to get an overview, and the text is also rather devoid of interesting insights . ( In other words, a typical example of the unfortunate style of history writing so often emanating from the tutorial system at Oxbridge.) Would suggest pretty much any American account of the same period, eg Lewis Gaddis.

The reading is uninspiring and monotone.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Globalization and Its Discontents

  • By: Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

This powerful, unsettling book gives us a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of global financial institutions by the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics. When it was first published, this national best-seller quickly became a touchstone in the globalization debate. Renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz had a ringside seat for most of the major economic events of the last decade, including stints as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist at the World Bank.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly thought provoking analysis on globalization

  • By WIN on 12-01-14

Is this a suitable narrator for an audiobook?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-13

What would have made Globalization and Its Discontents better?

A narrator without a speech impediment

What did you like best about this story?

Hard to tell, since one cannot bear to listen to the reading for more than five minutes.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Absolutely and completely.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment at the poor quality check by whomever released this.

Any additional comments?

Pity on an otherwise interesting material. Will have to be content with reading the book instead.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Winesburg, Ohio

  • By: Sherwood Anderson
  • Narrated by: Terry Bregy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Winesburg, Ohio, a collection of stories set in a fictitious town in the 1890s, has long been considered Sherwood Anderson's masterpiece. Haunting and powerful, it draws readers into the streets and houses of Winesburg - and into the darkly complex lives of each of Anderson's unforgettable "grotesques."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unacceptable audio quality!

  • By Annika on 10-11-12

Unacceptable audio quality!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-12

The audio quality is simply unacceptable in this recording and there are no chapter divisions!

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