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.
This well-researched (so far as I can tell) book on Genghis Khan and his heirs tells a very remarkable story about that empire which stretched from Colonge Germany to Viet Nam at its (brief) height! The demonization of Khan by the West is really rather apalling even more so since we really don't know that we're doing it! The text is a good blend of narrative events, facts, and contexts -- and it works quite well as a book on tape! The reader is superb, the pace is dynamic but not rushed - I really felt like I'd learned about my own culture's hidden history by the time I'd finished. (and by my own culture I mean that of Western Europe).
The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.
this book gives more substance to the two-three-four main characters and in spite of its many fantastic premises delivers a very plausible narrative. the balance of faith and skepticism, of trust and betrayal, is done quite well and left me pondering some things. to say more is to spoil things, but i did think that the arc of the story naturally unfolded the world created by Sanderson and the inherent character traits/flaws of the many characters. my only quibble was with the battle at the gates (you'll know when you get there) -- where one character's abilities are sort of retro-fit to solve a problem... otherwise - 5 stars straight across!
Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.
the download crashed and the book ended six hours short of it s listed time. Surprise! it's ended!!
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Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.
I'm writing this for two reasons. First because as a fictional account of just how far scientists will go in service to their egos I think this narrative does a good job. I say this as someone who spent a good deal of time in a lab and in scientific academic circles. Asimov was hardly immune to this disease himself by the way... Secondly the reader is pretty bad, reading it all like a legal document read after a funeral. I could only listen to this in short bursts. I therefore recommend *reading* the book rather than listening to it.
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This novel challenges our assumptions about relationships between the classes, doctors and patients, men and women, and men and men. It completes the author's exploration of the First World War, and is a timeless depiction of humanity in extremis. Winner of the 1995 Booker Prize.
Alongside The Guns of August this trilogy is utterly remarkable in its power to convey the humanity and inhumanity that is modern warfare. The brusque comparison to the so called primitive head-hunting culture with its ritualized but contained conflicts is especially thought provoking
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Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.
While I found the "whodunnit" aspect of this story obvious from page 10, the juxtaposition of the traumatized victim who had support and money in contrast to the PTSD low income reality of the Vet to be well done and compelling. The story of the outcast Vet is a far too common one and this version is unvarnished and may cause a few people to look differently at those it represents
Touched off by a terrorist act in Bosnia and spreading all too quickly beyond the expectations of those who were involved, World War I was an unprecedented catastrophe with a ghastly cost. After this first "total war"-the first conflict involving entire societies mobilized to wage unrestrained war, devoting all their wealth, industries, institutions, and the lives of their citizens to win victory at any price - the world itself would never be the same.
But having read a few books already I didn't learn much that I didn't already know. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in access. The lecturer has a clear plan in mind and accomplishes it. A good starting place but not an advanced course
In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.
This is "Dark Tower Lite" and that's a good thing! King crafts a series of nested tales which are nicely dovetailed one to the next.
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It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.
This is relentlessly bleak hard and harsh--as were the times and place it describes. For what it intends it succeeds, for something easy to read/listen to--not so much. So approach it as you would any great novel of hard times and desperate people and you may find it to your liking. I think the reader helped the book considerably. It may take me some time to decide if I'm glad I listened to it.
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Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.
The first two books in this series were pretty good. The overlay of the panther and Jane Yellowrock, her interactions with the Vampires and witches carried a certain degree of inner consistency and wove a plausible world around her. The "Deep South" element was rather perfunctory compared to the Sookie Stackhouse novels, but forgivable. This novel.. not so much. The elements are a bit too stereotypical, the introduction of a host of new beasties with no particular individual character to them, the predictable mega-fight at the end--all felt a bit stale. I hope that the next book bounces back; if it doesn't I shan't continue the series.