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  • Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible

  • The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
  • By: Peter Pomerantsev
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell's Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the glittering, surreal heart of 21st-century Russia. It is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, home to a form of dictatorship far subtler than 20th century strains, that is rapidly rising to challenge the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Elle Kay on 11-25-16

Fascinating portrait of Russia today

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

An artfully presented glimpse into the postmodern unreality of Russia the plutocracy. Worth taking as a cautionary tale, as well.

  • In the Garden of Beasts

  • Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,716
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,744
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,744

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking.

  • By Chris on 06-04-11

All that meat and no potatoes!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

This is more a soap opera in a dramatic setting than an insightful view into the assuredly fascinating, terrible time of the rise of the Nazis.

  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

  • By: Leslie Kean
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, investigative reporter Leslie Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects - metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics - actually exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Books on UFOs That Is Out There

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 08-19-14

Intriguing.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-15

Compelling assembly of testimonials and evidence from authorities and respected sources. A bit too invested in the extraterrestrial hypothesis for me, but honestly so, at least.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

  • An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
  • By: Russ Roberts
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

In How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, Roberts examines Smith’s forgotten masterpiece, and finds a treasure trove of timeless, practical wisdom. Smith’s insights into human nature are just as relevant today as they were 300 years ago. What does it take to be truly happy? Should we pursue fame and fortune or the respect of our friends and family? How can we make the world a better place?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to distinguish Roberts from Smith in reading

  • By Amazing Customer on 03-31-15

Hard to distinguish Roberts from Smith in reading

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

The book is very good, but the otherwise solid performance has a near fatal flaw in that it's practically impossible to tell where Russ Roberts' text stops and the Adams passages begin (and vice versa.)

That said, the relevance of Smith's writings to the modern condition is incredible and this book provides a great condensation of Theory of Moral Sentiments.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,197

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

Superlative adaptation of a great story

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

Reviewed: 07-31-13

WWZ is a great story delivered as a series of interviews; a format which lends itself unusually well to the audiobook format. The producers having taken great advantage here by assembling an all-star cast to really bring the characters to life. The author, Brooks, plays the interviewer himself, and does a great job of it. Lots of clever, light-touch social commentary wrapped in a great adventure. I couldn't recommend this more for audiobook listeners (especially over the film adaptation, which has nearly nothing to do with the book.)

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rapid Japanese

  • Volume 1
  • By: Earworms Learning
  • Narrated by: Marlon Lodge
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Japanese and English a few times, you pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but will be burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Soundquality

  • By Carsten on 09-16-07

Decent premise, fails without companion text

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

Reviewed: 01-17-13

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

Without a text to refer to, too much interpretation is left to an unpracticed ear.
The mobile phone app might be a superior implementation of this teaching system.

If you’ve listened to books by Earworms Learning before, how does this one compare?

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

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If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rapid Japanese?

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful