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  • A Splendid Exchange

  • How Trade Shaped the World
  • By: William J. Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

In A Splendid Exchange, William J. Bernstein tells the extraordinary story of global commerce from its prehistoric origins to the myriad controversies surrounding it today. He transports listeners from ancient sailing ships that brought the silk trade from China to Rome in the second century to the rise and fall of the Portuguese monopoly in spices in the 16th.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and Germane to Today's World

  • By Mark on 07-18-08

Not his best, but interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I found all the parallels through time interesting. There are definitely parts that drag. I also was disappointed that after all the minutia of the 15-1600s, he completely skipped NAFTA, which still has a huge impact today.

  • Millionaire Teacher

  • The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
  • By: Andrew Hallam
  • Narrated by: Peter Drew
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

Most people wouldn't expect a schoolteacher to amass a million-dollar investment account. But Andrew Hallam did so, long before the typical retirement age. And now, with Millionaire Teacher, he wants to show you how to follow in his footsteps. With lively humor and the simple clarity you'd expect from a gifted educator, Hallam demonstrates how average people can build wealth in the stock market by shunning the investment products peddled by most financial advisors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Investment Advice

  • By Kevin on 11-27-13

Another excellent book of fundamentals!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

It's drags a little with all the email addresses and descriptions of the charts, but overall it's a great book. He quotes a lot of Stanley and Buffett, but I seem to continually need to hear these things when I starting thinking like the "fake rich."

  • A Place Called Freedom

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,096

This lush novel, set in 1766 England and America, evokes an era ripe with riot and revolution, from the teeming streets of London to the sprawling grounds of a Virginia plantation. Mack McAsh burns with the desire to escape his life of slavery in Scottish coal mines while Lizzie Hallim is desperate to shed a life of sheltered subjugation to her spineless husband. United in America, their only chance for freedom lies beyond the Western frontier - if they're brave enough to take it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WORTH THE CREDIT AND THEM SOME!

  • By Georgia on 08-28-15

Not Follet's best work

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

Reminds me most of A Dangerous Fortune, which is my least favorite Follet novel and interesting, the one they recommend at the end of the audiobook. It just felt like he spent ages setting up the plot because he was more interested in making London sound like Sodom and Gamorah.

  • Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)

  • How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412

In Brain Rules for Baby, Dr. John Medina shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control. Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Only Baby Book I'd Recommend

  • By Erik on 08-14-15

Great info, bombastic reading

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

The good info sometimes gets lost in the narration. He often sounds like Louis Black in one of his old diatribes from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

  • The Taming of the Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747

Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You'd better like repetition

  • By A customer on 09-17-15

Classic Gregory

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

Some parts really drag, but it was overall interesting. Really highlights the problem of not having religious liberty.

  • Beyond the Pale

  • By: Elana Dykewomon
  • Narrated by: Elana Dykewomon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Beyond the Pale - winner of the Lambda Literary Award - tells the stories of two Jewish women living through times of darkness and inhumanity in the early 20th century, capturing their undaunted love and courage in luminous and moving prose. The richly textured novel details Gutke Gurvich's odyssey from her apprenticeship as a midwife in a Russian shtetl to her work in the suffrage movement in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great historical fiction with a lesbian twist

  • By Kelly on 11-25-13

good story with too much internal dialog

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

the underlying story is beautiful, but there are long stretches where it's just internal rambling of a preteen and that really dragged on over and over. just to mention, since the summary doesn't, there are alot of female sexual relationships. one last thing, if you know your history... you can see alot of the awful things coming.

  • The Litigators

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,782

The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Grisham, entertaining

  • By Jbug on 10-29-11

entertaining, but not powerfulling moving

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-15

enjoyed the story and the frying of the mass tort bar. there are alot of funny moments.

  • Leaving Berlin

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Kanon
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

Berlin, 1948. Almost four years after the war's end, the city is still in ruins, a physical wasteland and a political symbol about to rupture. In the West a defiant, blockaded city is barely surviving on airlifted supplies; in the East the heady early days of political reconstruction are being undermined by the murky compromises of the Cold War. Espionage, like the black market, is a fact of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good spy novel

  • By Stevon on 07-19-15

good plot twists

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-15

overall, the book was good, but I've never been crazy about weak, blubbering female characters and almost every female in this book fits that description. Irene's character is probably the most annoying.