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  • Ideal

  • The Novel and the Play
  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane, Robin Field
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Originally conceived as a novel but then transformed into a play by Ayn Rand, Ideal is the story of beautiful but tormented actress Kay Gonda. Accused of murder, she is on the run and turns for help to six fans who have written letters to her, each telling her that she represents their ideal - a respectable family man, a far-left activist, a cynical artist, an evangelist, a playboy, and a lost soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Budding Rand

  • By Anthony on 07-07-15

Budding Rand

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

What made the experience of listening to Ideal the most enjoyable?

Both the preface to the novel and the preface to the play added much to the listen. It gave a psychological framework that gave greater insight into the work and the writing process. I also really enjoyed the being able to see the edits. The anecdote regarding what sparked the idea for the story also added to the listen.

Any additional comments?

Worth it. I couldn't give it five stars as it is incomplete in a sense. As a fan of her work this did not disappoint.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Summary of Political History I've Read

  • By blah on 05-12-13

I Expected More

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It has some good aspects, but overall its not what I thought it would be. The book is very asia-centric and not always chronological. I understand that he was showing the growth of political systems and so each region developed at different paces, leading the author to jump around from continents and time periods in an almost hodgepodge. I wouldn't recommend this book and believe it is being heavily over-hyped in editor's reviews.

What was most disappointing about Francis Fukuyama’s story?

I'm personally more interested in western development and political theory. As stated, this is very asia-centric- Even when he finally did make it to western political movements, they are presented briefly toward the closing chapters and the author keeps trying to show parallels with chinese and other eastern countries patriarchal politics.

Which scene was your favorite?

snooze

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If it was on tv.

Any additional comments?

I'll still probably listen to the second volume. As this book really is all build-up before the author draws his conclusions. So i made it this far, i guess i'll see if it was all worth it after the next one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Richest Man in Babylon

  • By: George S. Clason
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,970

A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and hold the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Financial Control, Better Quality of Life

  • By will on 08-31-14

Sound Advice for All

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Would you listen to The Richest Man in Babylon again? Why?

I would listen to segments of it again, sure. But it's really something you only need o read once to get the concept and implement it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Richest Man in Babylon?

The main point and thus most memorable concept in the book is that you spend all your time working and paying the baker, the buther, the shopkeeper, the shoe maker.. but you never set any money aside to pay yourself and that you should. It suggests taking 10% of your total earnings and paying it to yourself. Keeping it and adding to it- not spending it for anything but investments that will multiply. Small safe bets are always preferred over a risky endeavor when it comes to what types of investments you should allow yourself to make with your nest-egg.

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

The first two stories were more than sufficient to get the point across, the rest are optional but reinforce the principles set out in the first two stories.

What did you learn from The Richest Man in Babylon that you would use in your daily life?

I would and have started paying myself each week.

  • Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

  • By: Sean Carroll, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe-from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get From Eternity to Here instead

  • By Michael on 07-24-13

Really Fantastic - Challenging

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time to be better than the print version?

I dont think there is a print version- but if there is, definitely. The highly technical language is absolutely more easily understood through the presenter.

What other book might you compare Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time to and why?

As far as the great courses go, this is one of the best ones i've listened to.

Have you listened to any of Professor Sean Carroll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard the professor's other works but i would certainly listen to him again.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I listen to a lot of courses from the teaching company, and this was by far the most challenging to follow. The really hard stuff comes towards the end, but it remained enjoyable throughout. really complex physics, a great crash-course in the field.

Any additional comments?

I think i understand time less now than i did before. i might have to give it a second listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ethics Volume Five

  • Business Ethics, Volume 5
  • By: Henry Harrison Epps Jr
  • Narrated by: Jaicie Kirkpatrick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Ethics Vol V talks about business philosophy and how business ethics affect every sector of our society. After the 2008 prime mortgage collapse the business sector must investigate how could this happen, and how could it affect the global market.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like a textbook being read

  • By Shane McGuinn on 09-12-18

Surprisingly better than expected

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anyone taking a business in society, or intro to ethics course, or even just general human resources management courses would do well giving this a listen. it is info-packed. tons of keywords, themes, and history of ethics applied to business.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

its dry. but its everything you want with little commentary.

What about Jaicie Kirkpatrick’s performance did you like?

She did great. Its tough to read this subject matter and not turn into a monotone robot. she does very well to keep you engaged in otherwise watching paint dry-boring stuff.

Any additional comments?

for the price. its worth it as a refresher or course supplement definitely.

  • War Is a Racket

  • By: Major General Smedley D. Butler USMC Retired
  • Narrated by: Jack Eddelman
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

A report on how the greed of a privileged few, subsidized by public funding, creates substantial profits for themselves from mass human suffering.This was a speech given by General Butler during a nationwide tour in the early 1930's, but it applies even more today! Listen as he frankly discusses, from his experience as a career military officer, how business interests commercially benefit from warfare. He then suggests several practical solutions for reducing the pillage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly some things don't change.

  • By Peter on 06-17-11

Intro to

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

What did you love best about War Is a Racket?

Its a great digest ,in real world terms, without unnecessary commentary.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Facts peppered nicely

Any additional comments?

this would be great to give to people who dont know much about government/military corruption and profiteering. not a lot of depth, but it paints the picture very clearly for common people.

  • The Art of Nonfiction

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Rand takes listeners step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. She discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. She talks about articles and books, explaining how to select a subject and theme, how to identify your audience, and how to write the first draft.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Content, but the narrator is annoying

  • By Ms on 01-26-09

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

One interested in writing absolutely. Possibly even one who is not.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Excellent narration Great voice. Fits the content.

Which scene was your favorite?

The logical breakdown of how to write and how to give your subconscious standing-orders to help the process- also tactics for fatigue and writers block. just really excellent advice.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Show a scene, don't tell it.

Any additional comments?

MUST READ FOR ANY ASPIRING AUTHOR NONFICTION OR OTHERWISE.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • For the New Intellectual

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

This is Ayn Rand's challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the "atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion" that they create. One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy, an ethic of rational self-interest, that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant.<br />

  • By Kate Grace on 01-01-18

Hardly Any New Content

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

New material. This book starts with an original essay and introduction- however the remainder of the book is large passages from her earlier works and novels. If you are familiar with these already and are looking for something new on objectivism this isn't it.

What could Ayn Rand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

New content.

What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good choice for rand's voice.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good narrator and solid intro.. if you're unfamiliar with her works, i feel like this might contain too many spoilers, if you are familiar with her work there is nothing new here.

Any additional comments?

In either case, pass on this audiobook. If you want to read the new content, buy a used copy or sit in a library for an hour. I guess it could be good for highlighting if you dont want to taint your physical copies of the original works.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Strategic Vision

  • America and the Crisis of Global Power
  • By: Zbigniew Brzezinski
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

In 1991, the United States was the only global superpower. It seemed that the 21st century, like the 20th, would belong to America. Then came the stock market bubble, the costly foreign unilateralism of the younger Bush presidency, and the financial catastrophe of 2008. Meanwhile, China was rising and the Middle East was awakening politically. Today it is clear that America is vulnerable - to domestic and international decline and unregulated greed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • very informative, after the partisanship

  • By Andy on 08-19-12

Interesting Enough

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

Reviewed: 05-24-14

What did you like best about Strategic Vision? What did you like least?

It has some interesting notions and concepts regarding possible future hostilities between nations and resources.

Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

There is only one character- its a narrative of Zbigniew himself.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. it would be ripe with propoganda.

Any additional comments?

I didnt gain any real useful information from this book. It did have some interesting commentary on historical tension and where america is likely to find itself in the future if it does not focus its attention at strategically positioning itself for continued dominance or the possibility of subservience to a growing Chinese economy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Patriots

  • A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,832

America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking for preppers

  • By Allison on 02-02-13

Brilliantly Done

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

Reviewed: 05-24-14

Would you listen to Patriots again? Why?

Yes, i might, it has TONS of useful information and tips in actual survival situations involving a societal collapse.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like TK best.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Great for this type of book, he performed shootout/action scenes like a true professional, adding suspense and rapidity to his voice. it was a pleasure to listen to. very engrossing.

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

Yes and no. one its long, so that would be absurd, but the story flows well enough that it could keep your attention probably the entire time.

Any additional comments?

This book is perfect for what it was intended to be. The applaud the author, it has all the right buzz words and references that people of the liberty/constitutional movement will appreciate and relate too. almost like inside jokes, the author does a brilliant job of marrying practical knowledge, fanatical patriot themes, and a thoroughly enjoyable story. With plot twists and character development, fantastic action scenes and a wealth of practical knowledge this book is A+ it's everything it should be and the writer should be extremely proud of it. check this out if you enjoy subjects of economics, survival, weaponry, tactics, sovereignty, liberty, patriotism, objectivity, constitutionalism, conservatism .. you will love it.