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  • The Great Deformation

  • The Corruption of Capitalism in America
  • By: David Stockman
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 36 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

David Stockman was the architect of the Reagan Revolution that was meant to restore sound money principles to the U.S. government. It failed, derailed by politics, special interests, welfare, and warfare. Stockman describes how the working of free markets and democracy has long been under threat in America and provides a surprising, nonpartisan catalog of the corrupters and defenders. His analysis shows how both liberal and neoconservative interference in markets has proved damaging and often dangerous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loads of Information but problematic writing

  • By Michael on 04-12-13

Should be titled, 'All the economists I hate'

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

This is an informative listen and the descriptive 'comprehensive' does not do justice to this nearly 37 hours of audio. I imagine the author has been writing this work since he lost his government job under Ronald Reagan.

It is more than just another 'sound money--voice in the wilderness--I told you the market was going to crash' reads, if for no other reason than it is so long and goes beyond the usual Greenspan bashing, although there is plenty of that too. No one is spared his sharp tongue: Keynes, Friedman, LBJ, Nixon and his entire cabinet as well as every fed Chairman with the notable exception of Volker. The list is too long to list.

To describe the tone as shrill might be a bit strong, particularly since the performer seems at time to be spitting out the invective, making it hard to objectively identify the author's tone. Nevertheless, I would not want to live in David A. Stockman's sound money world. His would be a command economy that would put China to shame.

  • The Quiet American

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Joseph Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to Vietnam to promote democracy amidst the intrigue and violence of the French war with the Vietminh, while his friend, Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narrator nearly derails Greene novel.

  • By Richard on 07-12-12

Not Green’s best work...

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

which is often the case when an author exposes his political and nationalist biases so overtly. Being said, the narration with it’s distractingly poor attempts at various accents, the worst being his stab at Bostonian American, but nearly as appalling his french and Vietnamese English...I couldn’t wait for this narration to finish!

  • LeMay

  • By: Warren Kozak
  • Narrated by: Grainger Hines
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 60

The firebombing of Tokyo. Strategic Air Command. John F. Kennedy. Dr. Strangelove. George Wallace. All of these have one man in common - General Curtis LeMay, who remains as enigmatic and controversial as he was in life. Until now. Warren Kozak traces the trajectory of America’s most infamous general, from his troubled background and heroic service in Europe to his firebombing of Tokyo, guardianship of the U.S. nuclear arsenal in the Cold War, frustrated career in government, and short-lived political run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definition.....Leader.....General Curtis Le May

  • By Nj-Mike on 01-04-15

Important historical figure

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Lemay played an outsized role during one of the most fraught periods of American history.

Narration was astonishingly poor. Is 'conflagoration' a word?

  • The Storm of War

  • A New History of the Second World War
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 28 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very interesting book with some shortcomings.

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-24-11

How infuriating it is...

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

when you know early on in a book that the authors bias is stronger than his commitment to a professional rendering of historical events. So many times I thought to stop and move on to a new book but continued in hopes it would improve, only to have this tweed clad knucklehead reason that the firebombing of Dreden led the world to a safer place. Moron!

  • History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

  • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384

Military history often highlights successes and suggests a sense of inevitability about victory, but there is so much that can be gleaned from considering failures. Study these crucibles of history to gain a better understanding of why a civilization took - or didn't take - a particular path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hindsight Bias?

  • By Charles Grayson on 07-11-16

Great survey

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

Very engaging series of narratives linked by thecommonality of failures in battle. Highly recommended for students of military history.

  • The 37th Parallel

  • The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 245

This real-life The X-Files and Close Encounters of the Third Kind tells the true story of a computer programmer who tracks paranormal events along a 3,000-mile stretch through the heart of America and is drawn deeper and deeper into a vast conspiracy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen to the negative reviews!

  • By Vanessa on 11-23-16

Poorly written novel masquerading as non fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a real story

What was most disappointing about Ben Mezrich’s story?

After the first 10 chapters, I thought this was a case of an author burying the lead deeper than he should but by the end, it was clear that this was just a ill conceived concept,poorly written without a coherent plot premise or conclusion. I want my credit back.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Mezrich’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I want to believe...

Any additional comments?

No

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Free: Sherlock Holmes- The First Great Detective

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Thomas A. Shippey
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187

We are familiar with Sherlock Holmes's methodology—using clues, facts, evidence, and reason to solve the case. Here, go inside the world of the 19th century and see what circumstances paved the way for such a hero. Then, turn to some of Sherlock's most exciting cases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok

  • By Slim on 03-04-16

Do NOT listen to this if you want to enjoy...

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

the texts. The good professor gives away the answers to the trademark twist endings of the great Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This reads more like a 6th graders book report, tending to summarise the texts, complete with the endings. Astonishing!

What didn’t you like about Professor Thomas A. Shippey’s performance?

See above

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,743

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

  • By SantaFePainter on 11-18-13

Classic Victorian Work, beautifully performed.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Where does The Complete Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top

What other book might you compare The Complete Sherlock Holmes to and why?

I don't listen to much fiction, serialized or otherwise but this is a great collection that I looked forward to my hour or so every day. Very sad to have finished it.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Outstanding job of fitting voices to characters and the implied social standing of the time. It felt like listening to radio programming in the pre television days. I normally have a hard time adjusting to narrators, taking a few chapters before I can ignore the artistic decisions that more often than not get in the way of the narrative. Not this one. Bravo.

If you could rename The Complete Sherlock Holmes, what would you call it?

The Almost Complete Sherlock Holmes. A few works of Sir ACD were omitted

Any additional comments?

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crash of 2016

  • The Plot to Destroy America - and What We Can Do to Stop It
  • By: Thom Hartmann
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before - including during the Great Depression and the Civil War - because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash. The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New twist/ much learned

  • By Cal H on 04-29-15

Not enough "i's" in Shrill

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

What would have made The Crash of 2016 better?

Fact checking.

What was most disappointing about Thom Hartmann’s story?

Even on points where I might find grounds for general agreement, and there are several, he has sensationalized to the point of innacuracy. The French Revolution caused by the merchant class? Greece was in no way complicit in the preparation of their financial application to join the EU, it was all the fault of Goldman? Every Cypriot with a bank account took a haircut? Are you sure about that? Casts a shadow over the entire book, so much so that I stopped reading/listening. He might be right about the crash of 2016 but not for the reasons he holds so dear.

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

Nothing. I assume the emphasis provided mirrors the POV of the author

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Crash of 2016?

I would not have published this book

Any additional comments?

I want my credit back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Future Crimes

  • Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Marc Goodman
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Marc Goodman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263

One of the world's leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes listeners deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you - and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book for all of us to help protect us

  • By Sandeep on 10-12-15

Must read

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

One might be tempted to think that the essentials of this rather large text can be distilled down to something more portable, but the beauty of this work is in the details. Read or listen to it all.