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  • Narconomics

  • How to Run a Drug Cartel
  • By: Tom Wainwright
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089

What drug lords learned from big business. How does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the $300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy book in the "economics explains X" genre

  • By Ethan M. on 04-11-16

Excellent performance and fun to listen to

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

This book really hit the sweet spot of engaging narrative that is informative, but still easy to follow while listening. I primarily listened to it while cycling, and never felt like I couldn't follow the chapters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Machiavelli in Context

  • By: William R. Cook, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: William R. Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Mention the name Niccolò Machiavelli and you might unleash a powerful response-even among people who have never read a word of his writing. The word "Machiavellian" conjures up images of an indistinct figure quietly making his way through the darkest corridors of power; a cold-blooded political liar; or a coolly practical leader - amoral at best - willing to do whatever is necessary in a world governed not by ideas of right or wrong, but by solutions dictated by realpolitik.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!! Machiavelli - Refreshing and Contrarian

  • By mc2 on 06-14-15

Great series, just not for my purposes

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

Reviewed: 12-13-13

I have a dilemma when evaluating the Machiavelli in Context series: the content is fantastic, but the delivery verges into repetitive. I've found this problem to be endemic in The Great Courses books that I've bought; the lecturer tells you something interesting, then rephrases it several times, with decreasing levels of subtlety.

I listen to audio books when I run, to help the miles go by faster, and really wanted to love Machiavelli in Context. I've gotten a lot out of the book, so hopefully I'll have time to finish the lecture series. In the meanwhile, the pace is just too slow.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • King Lear

  • Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)
  • By: William Shakespeare, Mike Reeves, Phil Viner
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Terrence Hardiman, Lucy Robinson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Experience King Lear as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the format, like the piece

  • By fred on 06-01-09

Very Satisfying to have the extra context

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

Reviewed: 10-18-12

I was initially worried that the "Shakespeare appreciated" series would dumb the play down. However, after listening to their production of King Lear, I am very enthusiastic about the project. I especially appreciate that the guide doesn't stick to only explaining archaic terminology, but also notes many of the more subtle themes that run through the play and describes how specific passages advance these undercurrents. The addition then-contemporary references and allusions to then-topical events and scandals is a nice touch.

The guide's relatively frequent interjections and scene analysis was helpful even beyond their informative content, as they made it much easier to follow which characters are active in a given scene. Otherwise, you have to remember fairly subtle voice differentiations - difficult if you are listening to the play in moderate intervals.

I appreciate that the file seems to have both annotated and non-annotated readings.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

  • In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund
  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Dame Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderfully Read

  • By Jefferson on 11-28-10

Subversive and thought provoking

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-12

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

These stories are sometimes difficult to listen to, particularly as we are socialized these days to expect a happy ending from our entertainment. However, if you stick with it through a few, they act as somewhat of a mental palette cleanser, and help provide a fresh perspective on other stories and events.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Becoming

  • Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 1
  • By: Jeanne C. Stein
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 666

Anna Strong is trained for anything-until she's attacked one night, only to awaken in a dark world that exists between the living and the dead. Here, Anna struggles with her love for the two men who inhabit the realms of each: Max, a human DEA agent, and Avery, a Night Watcher who joins Anna in pursuit of the vampire who changed her life. Now, as her two worlds collide, fate plunges Anna into the ultimate battle between good and evil - where survival is not just for the living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another new take on vampires and the paranormal.

  • By Karen K on 02-26-11

Aggressively ok

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

Reviewed: 03-18-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is fine- which is the problem. It is an essentially mediocre urban fantasy novel in the currently-trendy vampire/kick-ass female protagonist subgenre.

The protagonist is fine to listen to, but nothing really sets her apart as particularly compelling to follow and the plot does also suffer from the tendency for her problems to magically resolve themselves. Not quite Deus-ex-Machina level (well, except for one instance), but the type of situation - sadly prevalent in this sub-genre - in which a weaker protagonist magically vanquishes the (much stronger) opponent of the moment...because she just sort of wanted it badly.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jeanne C. Stein? Why or why not?

I might continue reading/listening to see if the series to see if there is anything interesting that builds after the introductory book. There are almost ten books in the series, so that should give Stein enough room to reveal a multi-layered environment. Although, one narrative tic that makes me wonder if this will ever happen is that the protagonist evidenced almost no curiosity about being dragged from a normal life into a supernatural word that she claimed not to have known about at all.

Did Dina Pearlman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Pearlman was adequate. She did differentiate the characters, but I have certainly listened to more gifted performers.

One particularly irritating aspect of her performance is her tendency to emphasize the word

1 of 1 people found this review helpful