AUDIBLE EDITOR

Christina Harcar

Opinionated. omnivoracious. nostalgic. Christina loves literary and historical fiction, “big idea” nonfiction, history, and fantasy. Her guilty pleasure: unearthing books in print that aren’t in audio, yet.

Follow the Money

From ninjas who operate alone (The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man) to a powerful banking dynasty (The House of Morgan), from Mesopotamia (The Ascent of Money) to Bitcoin (Digital Gold), these classic audiobooks track the history of finance and the artists who work in that métier.
    • The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

    • By: John Perkins
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247

    The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men"....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Don't buy the first "confessions. .." buy this one

    • By Bill Redfield on 02-24-16
    • The House of Morgan

    • An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
    • By: Ron Chernow
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 34 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

    Winner of the National Book Award and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about an American banking dynasty....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Chernow's first book as good as his later ones

    • By S. Yates on 06-01-17
    • An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
    • By: Ron Chernow
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 34 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 12-16-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343 ratings
    • From the author of Alexander Hamilton, a truly epic story about four generations of American aristocrats.
    • The Ascent of Money

    • A Financial History of the World
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,577
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,544
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,531

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An informative grind

    • By Sinjin on 01-08-12
    • A Financial History of the World
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 12-12-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2,577 ratings
    • Financial history as the throughline for human history, period. (Bonus: lots of juicy anecdotes to drop at the office or your next cocktail party!)
    • Digital Gold

    • Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
    • By: Nathaniel Popper
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335

    A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Informative, but dry

    • By Tomer on 05-10-16
    • Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
    • By: Nathaniel Popper
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 05-19-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523 ratings
    • Even though this book was written before the recent Bitcoin run-up to the five-figure range, it remains the most comprehensive account of Bitcoin’s beginnings. Plus, Robert Fass is one of my favorite narrators.
    • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,390
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,817

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader whose one wrong turn leads to a humiliating fall from grace....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • TEN STARS

    • By JOHN on 08-23-09

In Surprisingly Fascinating Topics…

One of the least sexy words being thrown around in politics right now is “infrastructure.” It may not have the buzzy-ness of “classified information,” but I would argue that not only is infrastructure incredibly important (duh) and in real trouble (double duh), it’s also mind-bendingly interesting. Paging Jane Jacobs! Here are three of my favorite books on roads and bridges and things-on-which-one-goes.

What Hath God Wrought

By: Daniel Walker Howe
Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
“Net Neutrality and our current crumbling transit pale before the epic challenges of laying telegraph cable and building railroads in the 19th century! This Pulitzer Prize-winning book delivers the drama.”

The Last Three Miles

By: Steven Hart
Narrated by: Dion Graham
“An Audible favorite because of Dion Graham’s stellar narration, and because, well...we love looking at the Pulaski skyway from our windows, dislike having to cross it to get to work. Rebel without a causeway.”

The Power Broker

By: Robert A. Caro
Narrated by: Robertson Dean
“Buckle your seatbelt for a monumental work about larger-than-life figure Robert Moses who polarized and reshaped New York City, battling pretty much every other major NYC player along the way.”

Christina's Recent Reviews

    • Kristin Lavransdatter

    • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 44 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,041

    As a young girl, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming Erlend Nikulaussøn....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A grand listen

    • By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 07-05-17
    • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 44 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 05-16-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,136 ratings
    • 2017 Will Always Be the Year of Kristin
    • I discovered Sigrid Undset in college, and wanted to bring Kristin Lavransdatter into audio for years. The audiobook, it turns out, is the gift that keeps on giving: the dialogue about the audiobook has been just as satisfying as the audiobook itself. Erin Bennett, the narrator who threw herself into a 45-hour behemoth, loved the story and heroine as much as I did, and it was a joy to start a conversation with her and with listeners about our friend, Kristin. On Twitter, listeners and readers posted pictures of their beloved paper editions, and talked about what Kristin Lavransdatter meant to them. And at Audible, many listeners loved the audiobook… while others didn’t like Kristin at all (those were some of the most enlightening reviews!). Finally, The Washington Post named Kristin Lavransdatter one of their 5 top audiobooks of the year. Wow. For my life in stories, 2017 was and always will be the Year of Kristin!
    • The Power of One

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,167
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,789
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,803

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling story lifted higher by the narration

    • By Bob on 05-14-09
    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Series: The Power of One, Book 1
    • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 02-01-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,167 ratings
    • Excellent Narration Burnishes the Story
    • I read this book years ago, when Peekay’s observations about coming of age in South Africa in the 1940s fascinated me. Listening to the story was immeasurably more powerful, especially in a post-Apartheid world. Full disclosure: I listened immediately after hearing Trevor Noah's Born A Crime, because I wanted to see if The Power of One -- originally published in 1989 -- holds up over time. Bryce Courtenay's (fictional) childhood still works for me as the bildungsroman of a single child in the crucible of boarding school and a backward look at historical South Africa; in light of Trevor Noah's story, however, Peekay's ties to Black South Africans seem stilted --emotionally real to the child-narrator, perhaps, but the characters themselves feel more like archetypes than people.

      What's great about the audiobook is the performance by Humphrey Bower, which manages to be powerful and matter-of-fact at the same time. I cheered for Peekay as voiced by Bower, and I recommend The Power of One to anyone looking for a standalone novel or a worthy follow-up listen for Trevor Noah.
    • Parable of the Sower

    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,688
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679

    Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Octavia E. Butler paints a stunning portrait of an all-too-believable near future....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A good story, a little preachy

    • By Peregrine on 10-24-09
    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 06-16-09
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912 ratings
    • A Prescient, Dystopian View of Society from 1993
    • I came to Parable of the Sower after binging the Xenogenesis series, and I'm glad I did. Octavia Butler’s work has a hypnotic quality, especially this apocalyptic story of a 15 year old who suffers from hyper-empathy. (What book nerd *doesn't* suffer from hyper-empathy at that age?!) Unlike the Xenogenesis audiobooks, Parable of the Sower takes place back on Earth, in the U.S., in a futuristic society where "God is change." As ever, I am amazed by Octavia Butler's clear-sightedness -- she seems to have predicted in 1993 the contemporary (2017) exigencies of income inequality and the accelerating rate of change in everyday life. Wow.

      Lynne Thigpen's performance is incomparable; she makes Lauren feel both sympathetic and real as a narrator and guide to this not-so-brave new world. If you're looking for a smart, satisfying dystopia (especially as a follow-up to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale!), this is the audiobook for you.
    • Grant

    • By: Ron Chernow
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,990
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,655
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3,634

    Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17
    • By: Ron Chernow
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 10-10-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 3,990 ratings
    • Ulysses S. Grant, I Owe You an Apology
    • I always thought Grant was a mediocre general and a lackluster president. I now know how wrong I was! As a general, Grant was the epitome of military strategy and preparedness; after all, the Civil War didn’t win itself. As president, Grant strove to heal the nation’s rifts after the Civil War, using federal power to try to crush the KKK. Ron Chernow tells a fascinating tale of one man’s ever-present humanity against the backdrop of far-reaching historic events. Mark Bramhall’s energetic performance makes the audiobook fly. Thank you, President Grant, for all you did to stop the horrors of Reconstruction; I stand corrected.