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philippe jacob

brookline, ma USA
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  • Suicide of the West

  • How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy
  • By: Jonah Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Jonah Goldberg
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

The West is dying from ingratitude. Democracy and liberty were accidents of history. If capitalism were natural, it would have popped up long before the 1700s, when humanity stumbled into a miraculous explosion in human prosperity. This miracle was not delivered by God or created by machines. It came from new ideas and values. But what is created by ideas and values can be destroyed them. In this age of resentment, we reject the gift of liberty and instead listen to the lesser angels of our nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How did I get here? What are these scars on my wrists?

  • By Daniel J. Dewit on 04-27-18

A clown interpreting capitalism

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Jonah Goldberg does not have much to say except confusing the reader. He does not quite explain what is his disagreement, but just tell you what he thinks and what he thinks is remarkably shallow. Don’t bother read or listen, i am ashamed i spent money for this book!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Empire

  • How Britain Made the Modern World
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red, and Britannia ruled not just the waves but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great listen - What a History Lesson

  • By Dorothy on 11-04-17

How to justify inequality and racial superiority

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

This book is written by a conservative man. One can feel all along the book this same arrogance that makes that some doctors put their name on a disease, not necessarily because they discovered it themselves but more because nobody else gave it yet a name. Yes England was one of the countries were the industrial revolution took place, it claims it invented it. It claims that English is now spoken worldwide! Yes there was a need for a lingua franca and why not English.
Niall Ferguson does not seem to see the reality of England and Europe: two devastating world wars (what an example for the rest of the world) and above anything else, the ruthless colonization of the underdeveloped world that he is trying desperately to justify. He will explain and confuse again the average reader about not regarding a red coat killing mercilessly unarmed natives with a nazi killing Jews in the east of Europe. Really!! he will argue that Great Britain gave up its empire to prevent Germany and Japan to take it over, and these guys were much worst he says! What a confusing example, it is just because England almost lost the war and could not pay the bills anymore and this trend had started several decades ago. An empire made you look beautiful but it is costly after all, and the US that Ferguson sees as the perpetuator of imperialism, just has to admit that it is an imperialist country instead of denying it, and there is nothing wrong with it. I am not too sure about what difference it could make in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan today.
Well anyway it is always interesting to hear stories like this, probably in 5 centuries from now if we still exist, people will read this and hear how people could legitimate themselves or their own country in these days of total inequality and racial superiority.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Adventures in My Youth

  • A German Soldier on the Eastern Front 1941-45
  • By: Armin Scheiderbauer
  • Narrated by: James A. Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

The author could be described as a veteran in every sense of the word, even though he was only age 21 when the war ended. Armin Scheiderbauer served as an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry Division, German army, and saw four years of bitter combat on the Eastern Front, being wounded six times. This is an outstanding personal memoir, written with great thoughtfulness and honesty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Philip B. Mcmahon on 11-26-17

Story of an amnesic nazi soldier

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

It is always shocking to hear these German WWII soldiers, involved in the East of Europe where tens of million of people were murdered, mostly unarmed civilians, telling you their own story without mentioning any shameful or embarrassing memories. Not even a word about the extermination camps that these German soldiers were absolutely aware of. It is easy to say you did not know. Even in Nuremberg the big shots said they did not know and were not guilty. The most unbelievable part is that after being taken as a prisoner by the Soviet army, he complains about the quality of the food. It is a bit like someone came to your place raped and killed your children in front of you and then complains about how brutal the police was when they arrested him, and later complains about the food quality in jail.
However it is better than nothing to read this book, but it shows how the censure or self-censure was in post-war Germany, letting you wander about how many nazis were still running the place.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Rise and Kill First

  • The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations
  • By: Ronen Bergman
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

The news-breaking inside account of Israel's state-sponsored assassination programs, from the man hailed by David Remnick as "arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening

  • By Ari Safari on 02-09-18

Fascinating but most likely neo-disinformation

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Hard to stop listening and impossible to get bored. Biggest operations with ups and downs.
Hard to believe it is near the actual truth, but maybe he was miss-informed on purpose and he really believes what he is telling us? Who knows anyway.
And remember that as long as you talk about one thing: you are not talking about another one.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Masters of Death

  • The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

In Masters of Death, Richard Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the Einsatzgruppen's role in the Holocaust. These "special task forces", organized by Heinrich Himmler to follow the German army as it advanced into Eastern Poland and Russia, were the agents of the first phase of the Final Solution. They murdered more than one and a half million men, women, and children between 1941 and 1943, often by shooting them into killing pits, as at Babi Yar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • People at their worst!

  • By David M. Metz on 10-10-17

Never forgetting

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Terrible and painful experience to re-listen to this WWII nazi onslaught on unarmed men women and children, but this is also what states do, what many of us can do, how we do what we are told by our society.
Holocausts still take place today and states let it happen. We are still a heartbeat away from medieval societies...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Terre des hommes

  • By: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Narrated by: Marie-Christine Barrault
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

"Nous habitons une planète errante." Saint-Exupéry, qui vient d'être nommé pilote de ligne, découvre, admire, médite notre planète. Assurant désormais le courrier entre Toulouse et Dakar, il hérite d'une vaste responsabilité à l'égard des hommes, mais surtout de lui-même et de son rapport au monde. Tout en goûtant "la pulpe amère des nuits de vol", il apprend à habiter la planète et la condition d'homme, lit son chemin intérieur à travers les astres. En plus du langage universel, il jouit aussi chaque jour de la fraternité qui le lie à ses camarades du ciel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Le mythe du hero

  • By philippe jacob on 12-23-17

Le mythe du hero

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

Epoque ou les valeurs de l’homme étaient en rapport avec les autres français ou européens. Ou l’homme et le patriotisme et le travail et l’héroïsme étaient toutes vertus confondues. Mourir pour le courrier? On imagine pourtant que les dates d’arrivée de ces correspondances pouvaient être décalées de quelques jours en cas de mauvais temps, mais il fallait faire mieux que les autres, une compétition infernale. Exupery suggère qu’il cherchait la vie derrière le danger, il aurait pu être alpiniste, mais tout ceci suggère plutôt une fascination morbide pour le monde.
La lectrice ressemble à une grand mère lisant un conte de fées à de gentilles petites filles avant le goûter.

  • Une femme à Berlin

  • Journal 20 avril - 22 juin 1945
  • By: auteur inconnu
  • Narrated by: Marianne Basler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

La jeune Berlinoise qui a rédigé ce journal, du 20 avril 1945 - les Soviétiques sont aux portes - jusqu'au 22 juin, a voulu rester anonyme, lors de la première publication du livre en 1954, et après. À la lecture de son témoignage, on comprend pourquoi. Sur un ton d'objectivité presque froide, ou alors sarcastique, toujours précis, parfois poignant, parfois comique, c'est la vie quotidienne dans un immeuble quasi en ruine, habité par des femmes de tout âge et des hommes qui se cachent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On comprend pourquoi les anciens nazis ne voulaient pas voir

  • By philippe jacob on 11-10-17

On comprend pourquoi les anciens nazis ne voulaient pas voir

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Hitler et ses aides moribonds et entièrement soumis continuent à résister contre un ennemi gigantesque qu’ils n’auraient jamais dû attaquer faute de prendre une raclée en retour et de faire entrer l’Union Soviétique bien à l’intérieur de l’Allemagne et pour les 50 prochaines années. Devant un tel déploiement d’imbécilité de la part des prétentions nazis où les soldats allemands tuent, violent et exterminent en masse pendant 4 ans, on voit dans ce livre la description d’une berlinoise qui devra coucher avec des soldats soviétiques pour continuer d’exister, et qui se trouve dénoncée par ceux d’après guerre, qui ne veulent toujours pas entendre parler des répercussions dû à leur ancienne servitude et surtout au prix de leur violence animale qu’il faut finalement payer.
Aujourd’hui les jeunes générations allemandes lisent et comprennent l’horreur de cette histoire hitlerienne et sont encore stupéfaits, comment de hommes on pu se comporter comme cela pendant plus de 10 ans? Une histoire terrible qui pèse et qui devrait inspirer les hommes politiques d’aujourd’hui qui n’ont pas compris que beaucoup d’entre nous peuvent être réduits à l’état de chien enragé en quelques courtes années par des gens qui savent bien parler aux foules.

  • At Leningrad's Gates

  • The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North
  • By: William Lubbeck
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

This is the remarkable story of a German soldier who fought throughout World War II, rising from conscript private to captain of a heavy weapons company on the Eastern Front. >William Lubbeck, age 19, was drafted into the Wehrmacht in August 1939. As a member of the 58th Infantry Division, he received his baptism of fire during the 1940 invasion of France. The following spring his division served on the left flank of Army Group North in Operation Barbarossa.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great German Soldier's Memoir

  • By Erik on 12-19-14

Any conscience after all these years?

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

Even though the testimony of these nazi soldiers is unique and precious, i am always shocked by how little understanding of their story came out years after. These guys mistreated Soviet civilians and soldiers as he admits himself, and you see him fighting until the bitter end, killing more people. I suppose he wanted to be an officer, what’s wrong with that? even for adolf Hitler... And the death camps of course he never heard of until after the war. He did not mention it but I wonder if he had German 14 or 16 years old boys to command in the last year or months of that WWII, and if that part at least bothered him, but he is just one more of these obedient gentleman who tells his own story that will not be useful for the future of humanity.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • La ronde et autres faits divers

  • By: J. M. G. Le Clézio
  • Narrated by: Bernard Giraudeau
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Dans "La ronde et autres faits divers", J. M. G. Le Clézio donne aux faits divers de nos journaux leur titre de noblesse, comme un défi à la bienséance littéraire. Il n'y a plus de genre mineur lorsqu'un écrivain met tout son art, toute sa sensibilité dans la contemplation amoureuse des êtres et de leur environnement. Qu'il s'agisse d'un vol à l'arraché qui sombre dans le sang, de l'exploitation d'un immigré clandestin ou de l'irrémédiable dégradation d'une petite ville, l'auteur accomplit ce prodige de nous faire entrer au cœur des sentiments, de changer notre voyeurisme en tendresse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Belles nouvelles

  • By philippe jacob on 10-20-17

Belles nouvelles

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Une vue interne sur la misère humaine. On comprend que le Clezio l’a vu de près.
Le lecteur est beaucoup trop cabotin.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Le Club des Incorrigibles Optimistes

  • By: Jean-Michel Guenassia
  • Narrated by: Stéphane Ronchewski
  • Length: 21 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Michel Marini - douze ans en 1959, élève à Henri IV - a une passion, la littérature. Il ne s'en intéresse pas moins au rock'n'roll. Et au baby-foot. Au café où il joue tous les jours se réunit un club d'échecs fréquenté par Tibor, Léonid, Sasha, et les autres, tous réfugiés de l'Est qui ont dû s'exiler pour survivre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On ne s'ennuie jamais

  • By philippe jacob on 07-05-17

On ne s'ennuie jamais

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Bien écrit, un peu naïf sur l'histoire et la réalité des amitiés. Pourtant on ne s'ennuie pas bizarrement.
Le lecteur est beaucoup trop BCBG et un peu efféminé ce qui ne colle pas trop avec le personnage du roman.