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Sarah

Seattle, WA, United States
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Startlingly fresh critique of business today

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-19

This is an expose of how the 1% like to think they're doing a lot of good by making money and giving some of it away in ways that benefit themselves more than anyone else. They "don't like to focus on how money is made, but how it is given away. They don't want to hear about inequality, which is "such a turnoff." They want to be inspired to do good, but never tell them to do less harm. Inspire them to give back, but never tell them to take less. Inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I knew nothing about this world.

It points out how businesses have focused increasingly on shareholder returns to the exclusion of everything else and how attitudes about charity have also changed. It's time to change this increasingly cynical approach to "helping the poor" by getting rich off them.

Short dull synopsis in a monotone voice

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-19

Save your money. Jane Mayer's book is a masterpiece. It is thrilling and important enough to keep you listening for however long it is. Don't try, as I did, to short circuit the process by getting a cheap, utterly lifeless imitation.

Go for the Real thing here. It is worth every minute.

Great narrators, Colossally BORING writing!

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-18

It wouldn't matter if Paul Newman or the greatest orator on the Earth were reading this. They can't make up for the appallingly simplistic writing . It is one declarative sentence after another, with entire myths boiled down to sentences! How did these actors agree to read this _____? It's astonishing that anyone could make these magical myths so BORING, but D'Aulaire has succeeded many times over!

IT WOULD BE MORE EXCITING TO LISTEN TO SOMEONE READ THE TELEPHONE DIRECTORY.

Edith Hamilton's Mythology if far better. Not great, but far, far better than this.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Loved the first half, could not finish it

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

At first I enjoyed the amazing detail in the book, but it became excruciating by the time I was half through. She will not only tell you that she went to lunch on a particular date and a particular place, but also what time she arrived, how she got there, who else attended (including who they were married to and for how long), were any of them late (and why), what did they eat... Eeks. Too much information.

The editor needed to be much more aggressive on this one.

Interesting but depressing

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I enjoyed the first half of the book, lots of new information and perspectives on human history.

But when he gets to the future, it was much too dark for me. I couldn't finish it.

If that's where our future is headed, I don't want to know.

Absolutely Incredible True Story!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Certainly one of the most incredible stories of human survival and endurance in history. You will constantly be amazed at how this Ill-fated Antarctic expedition refused to quit in the face of all the fierce obstacles in the harshest conditions on Earth.

Great story for kids

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I would give this 5 stars as a kids’ book. Kids from 7 up to 14 would love it. As an adult, it was predictable, but it was still a fun book to listen to and it’s not long.

The most depressing book ever written?

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Give some ray of hope that humanity is not going to end in a heap of rubble. I realize we are in a great deal of trouble, but this makes one feel there is no reason to even bother trying to fight climate change or the many environmental problems we face.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Steve Pinker's Enlightenment Now which is a much more hopeful book.

How could the performance have been better?

The voice was a monotone, which is probably appropriate for a doomsday book, but together, the voice and the content were too much.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

Feel good story+sharp heroine+rich detail onWWI

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-14

Where does Maisie Dobbs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In top 10%. Not higher only because I feel guilty listening to fiction rather than "serious" books on science or social issues. But among the fiction books I've listened to, this is definitely in the top 5%. A cliffhanger I did not want to put down.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely Maisie. Inspiring heroine.

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

Different accents, good delivery without overdoing it, brings characters to life.

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

Yes. Very hard to stop!

Any additional comments?

This isn't a heavy philosophical book. It's a feel-good story with an inspiring heroine and lots of details about what it was like to be a young woman in London and France during WWI. Loved it. Now I'm hooked on the entire series. I predict that PBS will come out with a Masterpiece Theatre series based on these books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great story--MAGNIFICENT narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-11

Meera Simhan deserves an Academy Award for her fabulous narration of this book. The story captivated me quickly, but although it is a good tale, it is the narrator who makes this audiobook shine like no other. Simhan's total command of dozens of accents (from Delhi to New York) carries you from the exotic to the mundane, but they are always easy to understand. I have never been so intrigued with Indian accents before, but Simhan's lilting voice made me want to imitate these wonderful dialects. I could listen to this over and over just for the fabulous narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful