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Raphael Gersowsky

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  • Barnaby Rudge

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Stacy Newman
  • Length: 28 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, "Barnaby Rudge" is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution. Through the course of the novel fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and Protestants clash with Catholics on the streets. And, as London erupts into riot, Barnaby Rudge himself struggles to escape the curse of his own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a Dickens that is almost unknown.

  • By Julie Rae Loving on 12-21-18

enthralling from start til end

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-19

wonderfully realized with descriptive passages fit to rend the hardest of hearts, with a vocal narrator who keenly grasps and conveys the essence of this epic masterfully

  • The 1-Page Marketing Plan

  • Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd
  • By: Allan Dib
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830

To build a successful business, you need to stop doing random acts of marketing and start following a reliable plan for rapid business growth. Traditionally, creating a marketing plan has been a difficult and time-consuming process, which is why it often doesn't get done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You haven't read any marketing book like this one

  • By Ernest Kiwele on 11-08-16

The most important business book I've heard

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Easily the most engaging and usable book on building a business through marketing I've heard. The author knows the subject and isn't at all big-headed about being privy to the salient and important points laid out. I'm starting from the beginning (presses play)

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,501

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six stars

  • By mark harris on 12-24-16

A monster!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-19

it's not about everything, but it's about so much of what's important, the other stuff just sort of trickles out of this mammoth volume! An enthralling, eye-wateringly big book about so much of what makes this blue rock interesting

  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

  • By: Jack Gantos
  • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Joey Pigza can't sit still. He can't pay attention, he can't follow the rules, and he can't help it -- especially when his meds aren't working. Joey's had problems ever since he was born, problems just like his dad and grandma have. And whether he's wreaking havoc on a class trip or swallowing his house key, Joey's problems are getting worse. In fact, his behavior is so off the wall that his teachers are threatening to send him to the special-ed center downtown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joey Pigza gets a review

  • By Stig on 10-23-18

We've loved every bit of it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

what a wonderful story. poignant, sweet, empathic. a refreshing take on childhood travails without a filter for the mixed bag that comes with differently abled little ones.

  • The Dented Head of Joey Pigza

  • By: Jack Gantos
  • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,547

From author Jack Gantos comes a brand-new story in the award-winning Joey Pigza series, exclusively on Audible. Joey Pigza wants to be a winner - at everything! And yet, it seems he cannot win. But why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming in an unconventional way - I loved it!

  • By Traci on 09-09-18

lovely, inspiring story for big kids and little

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-18

lovely, inspiring story for big kids and little. a heart-warmer start to finish. read it!

  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

  • Revisioning American History
  • By: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Useful information, not quite listenable

  • By endlessemma on 08-03-15

The most important history book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-13-18

The most important history book I have thus (while, sadly, most US Americans have not) had the privilege of hearing. That it is not part of the curriculum at schools across the nation, is to perpetuate our colonialist domination on a people wronged at every level, past and present.

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  • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511

Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Hard Review to Write

  • By Ark1836 on 11-20-15

changed my mind, and my life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

a truly captivating and fullsome illustration of so much that shapes the way we perceive everything we see, and don't see

  • The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

  • By: John R. Hale, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John R. Hale
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 669

Being a great public speaker can put you on the pathway to success, whether you're looking to teach, inform, persuade, or defend an idea. Yet many of us live in fear of public speaking. As you'll learn in these 12 invaluable lectures, all it takes is confidence, practice, and the knowledge of techniques and strategies used by history's greatest public speakers. Whether you want to finally become the confident public speaker you've always wanted to be or are just looking for fresh advice on how to strengthen your skills, this inspiring course is packed with practical advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Learn from history's success stories.

  • By Ron W. on 06-16-14

greatly enjoyed this course!

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Reviewed: 05-09-18

Sets out to light up what made powerful speeches of old timeless references we can learn from and craft our own epic speeches from. top class!

  • The Science of Energy

  • Resources and Power Explained
  • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770

To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Overview

  • By Amanda Gannon on 04-07-16

herald the warnings but be inspired about tomorrow

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-18

herald the warnings but be inspired about tomorrow. An engrossing, at times very scientific, study of where we've come from in our ways and means of harvesting, storing and harnessing fuels. Will listen again!

  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

  • By: Mark A. Stoler, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark A. Stoler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723

To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeptical but Not Cynical

  • By Ark1836 on 11-20-15

Great course, but...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-18

This course is replete with so much of what’s missing or differing (intentionally or not) from our High School history books, as told by Professor Stoler, a first class historian/historiographer. Two criticisms I’ve found to be in glaring relief when contrasted with the rest of the course is the seeming lack of any mention (unless I missed it) if Native Americans or much more than a few cursory lines about the Black civil rights struggle. Other than that, absolutely top notch.