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  • Lost Enlightenment

  • Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
  • By: S. Frederick Starr
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 25 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful find!

  • By Julia on 11-10-13

Well done summary of the intellectual history of an over looked region

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

With some exceptions, both the author and narrator avoid tendentious characterizations and emotionally derived hyperbole. The material is, in the main, well researched and clearly presented.

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  • No One Would Listen

  • A True Financial Thriller
  • By: Harry Markopolos
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816

No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the story, but not the author

  • By Brock on 05-08-13

Good government failure story

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Good description of government failure, although author's ego gets in the way a bit. Overall, a good story.

  • The Medici

  • Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance
  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning, Paul Strathern explores the intensely dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence as well as the Italian Renaissance, which they did so much to sponsor and encourage. Interwoven into the narrative are the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Intriguing Lens on the Renaissance

  • By Matt Turner on 04-17-16

Captivating history

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

Extremely well researched and written. Some of the chronological skips might be difficult for some readers to follow.

Performance excellent

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