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  • Destiny Disrupted

  • A History of the World through Islamic Eyes
  • By: Tamim Ansary
  • Narrated by: Tamim Ansary
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153

Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explains the clash between Islam and the West

  • By Blake on 03-26-10

A common sense voice

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

An explanation of the lack of cultural understanding between the Islamic emotionally orientated thinking and western rationality. One of the most useful books in understanding how the cultural views are incompatible.

  • The Siege of Bastogne

  • The History of the Turning Point in the Battle of the Bulge
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

After the successful amphibious invasion on D-Day in June 1944, the Allies began racing east toward Germany and liberating France along the way. The Allies had landed along a 50 mile stretch of French coast, and despite suffering 8,000 casualties on D-Day, over 100,000 still began the march across the western portion of the continent. By the end of August 1944, the German Army in France was shattered, with 200,000 killed or wounded and a further 200,000 captured.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth it if you read other works.

  • By WISDOC on 12-08-16

Not worth it if you read other works.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

If you are interested in details not previously know this is not for you.

  • Ike's Gamble

  • America's Rise to Dominance in the Middle East
  • By: Michael Doran
  • Narrated by: Casey Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

In 1956 President Nasser of Egypt moved to take possession of the Suez Canal, thereby bringing the Middle East to the brink of war. The British and the French, who operated the canal, joined with Israel in a plan to retake it by force. Despite the special relationship between England and America, Dwight Eisenhower intervened to stop the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tightly Argued

  • By Jean on 01-10-17

A veiw of the little know post war history

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

If you could sum up Ike's Gamble in three words, what would they be?

It make the start of the Cold War mush more understandable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nasser. Not well know to this baby boomer.

Have you listened to any of Casey Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Jones narrative are my favorites for clarity.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. But I might listen to it again due to much information that apply to current events.

Any additional comments?

This is one of several book helping understand the current problem between the West and the Middle Eastern mind.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,612

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

Long but very informative. I learn many new facts.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

What made the experience of listening to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich the most enjoyable?

Looking at the internal mechanations of the the cultural and social interactions.

What did you like best about this story?

The political victories before Poland.

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

There only one main character ie. Hitler

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No movie could do a proper job.

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,461

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

a very Twisted view of humanity

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

yeah that seems to treat everybody as a human robot an automaton and does not consider the individuality of individuals

seems to express a very Global concept by human beings ignores individual differences nationalities cultures that make human beings more widely different.

I can see human beings rebelling against this type of you

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  • Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

  • By: Eamonn Gearon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Gearon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

The Middle East is a critically important area of our world. And, with its current prominence in international affairs, media images of the Middle East reach us on a daily basis. Much media coverage, however, is incomplete at best, failing to take account of either the complexities or the historical background of this pivotal region. For most of us, the real story of the Middle East remains untold. What made this crucial geopolitical area what it is today?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Closest thing the GC has to a study of Ottomans

  • By L. Ritchie on 03-24-16

History only vaguely know to me before

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

Would you listen to Turning Points in Middle Eastern History again? Why?

I will listen again now that I have been primed but would rather listen to another although I doubt would find a lecture as good as this. Maybe "SILK ROAD"

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No to intense. But I did it on a long weekend vacation.

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,656

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

NOT WHAT I EXPECTED

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

What disappointed you about Daemon?

I was expecting a scholarly discussion on the danger of the internet and computing. I got a poor novel with authors opinion.

What could Daniel Suarez have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

L am not into stories.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I have no problem with the narration.

  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

  • By: Alex Epstein
  • Narrated by: Alex Epstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827

For decades environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better. How can this be? The explanation is that we usually hear only one side of the story. We're taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, their risks and side effects, but not their positives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging the Status Quo

  • By Ryan E. on 08-20-16

Love alternative view to P/C

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

Excellent alternative view to the so called scientific view of global warming and the danger of mob thinking.

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  • 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 754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652

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

Not for a history buff

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

What disappointed you about The Storm of War?

This is a straight narrative of WWII. There is minimal search behind the scenes. I have seen better TV productions.

Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Roberts again?

Robert style is very dry. But would not mind it if he was given something with more research behind it.

How could the performance have been better?

I just did not think the book was very enlightening. I did sitting through one hour plus but it just never engaged me.

  • In God's Path

  • The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire
  • By: Robert G. Hoyland
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

In just over a hundred years - from the death of Muhammad in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 - the followers of the Prophet swept across the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as far flung as the Franks in Western Europe and the Tang Empire in China. The conquered territory was larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest expansion, and it was claimed for the Arabs in roughly half the time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Islamic conquest history from the outside

  • By SAMA on 01-22-15

ENGLISH ACCENT AND SLOW NARRATION.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

What made the experience of listening to In God's Path the most enjoyable?

LIKE ANY UNKNOWN HISTORY DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW. BUT ENLIGHTEN THE OF RELIGION AND POLITICS IN ISLAM

What was one of the most memorable moments of In God's Path?

I CANT POINT TO HIGHLIGHT. IT IS HISTORY UNFOLDING ITSELF.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

VERY SLOW NARRATOR VERY DRY HELPED TO DOUBT THE SPEED OF NARRATION

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

THERE IS NO WHY OF LISTENING IN ONE SITTING. I LEFT THE STORY FOR ANOTHER BOOK IN ORDER TO FINISH

Any additional comments?

DIFFICULT TO LISTEN TO BUT WORTHWHILE.

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