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  • Kriegsenkel

  • Die Erben der vergessenen Generation
  • By: Sabine Bode
  • Narrated by: Claudia Michelsen, Devid Striesow
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Die Kinder der Kriegskinder melden sich zu Wort. Als Friedenskinder sind sie in den Zeiten des Wohlstands aufgewachsen. Es hat ihnen an nichts gefehlt. Oder doch? Die Generation der zwischen 1960 und 1975 Geborenen hat mehr Fragen als Antworten: Wieso haben viele das Gefühl, nicht genau zu wissen, wer sie sind und wohin sie wollen? Wo liegen die Ursachen für diese diffuse Angst vor der Zukunft? Weshalb bleiben so viele von ihnen kinderlos? Noch ist es für sie ein völlig neuer Gedanke, sich vorzustellen, ihre tiefsitzende Verunsicherung könnte von den Eltern stammen, die ihre Kriegserlebnisse nicht verarbeitet haben.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opener

  • By rwise on 03-28-18

Eye opener

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

So much makes sense now. I have learned a lot about myself through this book.

  • Psychology, Second Edition

  • By: Saundra K. Ciccarelli
  • Narrated by: Daniel Baker
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Praised for a very engaging writing style, comprehensive coverage of key research, and strong pedagogical features, Ciccarelli focuses on getting students to actually listen to their textbook. Using the recommended APA undergraduate psychology learning outcomes, the author establishes clear learning objectives for students and ties the text assessment to these objectives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • bad

  • By Bikram on 12-03-09

Excellent content, presentation excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-10

I don't share the opinions of the listeners, who found that the actor is reading too fast. After reading their comments I decided to listen to the audiobook in double speed (iPhone), so I could go back to regular speed, if necessary, and I never had to do that. I enjoyed the whole audio book, it's concise, lively written, and well read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The World Without Us

  • By: Alan Weisman
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mixed feelings

  • By Chris on 08-23-07

Wrong Title

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-07

This is not a good book. Except for the first part this is NOT about a world without us, but about the world with us. The author lists many ecological sins of humans, but not a lot more about the original subject. He is a pessimist, even quotes organizations with implied approval that promote abortion, sodomy and canibalism (sic!) to wipe humans of the earth. Like many pessimists he views himself as a realist and forgets that history has been full of pessimists that have been proven wrong. Every generation has been thinking it was the last. A more appropriate title would have been "Pessimism - a dark view of the future", but that of course would not have sold. Mr. Weisman, just because you are a pessimist, you should not promote your dim views to the next generation.

9 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

Western civilization has given us modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of law, a sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts we take for granted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and informative

  • By Michael Kellogg on 09-29-05

Interesting facts

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-06

This book has been written by a professor of economics who works for a liberal think tank. He must be catholic, why else would he write such a book? It is a good book with interesting facts about the jesuits and other catholic/christian icons. I wonder though, if people with not at least a friendly relationship to catholicism will like it.

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Churchill

  • By: Roy Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 38 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 361

In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of British Political Soap Opera

  • By K. Ray on 12-15-02

A great book for a great man

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-06

This book is long, but not too long. I enjoyed particularly the description of his early life. The writing is interesting, and it's read in a lively voice. But then, how could Churchill's life not be interesting.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Worst Journey in the World

  • By: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

This gripping story of courage and achievement is the account of Robert Falcon Scott's last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard, whom Scott lauded as a tough, efficient member of the team, tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes. From there began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worst journey in the world

  • By ellen on 01-11-09

Chronicle of cold, cold death

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-06

The author was a sidekick in Scott's expedition and the worst journey in the world is not the one that results in Scott's frozen body, but is a "field trip" to steal penguin eggs. Nonetheless an interesting book. I like primary sources and this certainly is one. He writes interestingly and even though the scenery is always the cold, chilling antarctic I never got bored. Recommended for all those interested in arctic travel.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Map That Changed the World

  • William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

In 1793, William Smith, the orphan son of a village blacksmith, made a startling discovery that was to turn the science of geology on its head. While surveying the route for a canal near Bath, he noticed that the fossils found in one layer of the rocks he was excavating were very different from those found in another. And out of that realization came an epiphany: that by following these fossils one could trace layers of rocks as they dipped, rose and fell, clear across England and clear across the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew rocks could be so deceptive?

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-09-04

Interesting read, but why not metric?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-06

Like the other books from Simon Winchester this book is pleasant, not least because the author reads his books himself. Even though this is a narrative rather than a scientific book I wish he would switch to the metric system instead of referring to feet, inches, pounds and ounces. As a science author he should not support the obsolete empirical system. Today only the United States, Liberia, and Myanmar continue to not use the metric system.

3 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,626

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great immersion entertainment

  • By Joseph on 08-26-08

New angle of an old story - good fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-06

When I bought this book I was very sceptical. The story of Dracula has been told and re-told, filmed and re-filmed over and over. What would be left to tell? Well, this book for instance. It tells the old bloodsucker's story in a more modern content and with well developed characters. Even the character of Dracula becomes more complex and interesting than the well-known movie vampire. The alternation of readers/actors between a male and female voice makes it a way better than average listening experience. Even though it is a rather long book it never becomes boring. I will try to read more books from the author.

48 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • The Pirate Coast

  • Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805
  • By: Richard Zacks
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

After Tripoli declared war on the United States in 1801, Barbary pirates captured 300 U.S. sailors and marines. President Jefferson sent navy squadrons to the Mediterranean, but he also authorized a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. He chose an unlikely diplomat, William Eaton, to lead the mission, but before Eaton departed, Jefferson grew wary of the affair and withdrew his support.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By Stewart Kennedy on 08-12-05

A hero, a war with muslims, a slick president

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-05

Richard Zack's second book about pirates and piracies, "The Pirate Hunter" being the first, is an excellent read. In command of the most fitting language he sets a standard for historical writing. His recollection of an almost forgotten historic affair is breathtaking. All of his conclusions are backed up by primary sources, which he quotes frequently. Among the surprising facts is not only that America forgot a truly unforgettable hero in William Eaton, but also that the conflict with the Muslim culture of slavery and piracy is not new. Thomas Jefferson's role in the aftermath of the described incident is surprisingly shameful and eerily modern and the author deserves much praise to identify and prove the president's conflict between political interests and moral, short-term and long-term interests. If the Tripoli incident had been backed up by Hamilton and finished by Eaton as planned - maybe we would not have the problems we have today. This book will be a classic and serve for many years as a source that determines the roots and reasons of conflict between Muslims and Americans. The narrator, Raymond Todd, does his job well. Even though the first chapter is read rather amateurishly, where he lowers the voice at the end of each sentence in a boring, unappealing fashion, he becomes much livelier towards the end. It is though not the task of the voice actor, but of the editor or producer to ensure this type of issue. I am looking forward to listen to more books read by Mr. Todd and authored by Mr. Zack.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

Salt of the Earth
    The Church at the End of the Millennium
    
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        Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
    
    


    
    
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        Peter Seewald
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    51 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Salt of the Earth

  • The Church at the End of the Millennium
  • By: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
  • Narrated by: Peter Seewald
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

This is a rare and powerful in-depth interview of a renowned theologian and high-ranking Vatican official issues of critical importance for the Church and Christianity at the end of an age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book.

  • By Emilie Moynihan on 04-20-05

Catholic Theology in a Nutshell

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-05

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger has been the intellectual head of the catholic church for more than 20 years, but had a strong influence since Vatican II. In this book he elaborates an all difficult questions that face the church, avoiding none. The result is a compelling, honest and quite entertaining book that leaves the listener smart, educated about formal theology and hungry for more. Ratzinger is for theology what Churchill was for history. A shaper of present and future whose eloquence is unmatched. Not only did he become pope by now, he could get the nobel prize of literature for his writings. Unfortunately it is so far the only book by Ratzinger at audible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful