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  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465

It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions, and it was the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the emergence of Greece and Rome to the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death, the struggles of the Great Game, and the fall of Communism - the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Really Makes the World Go Round

  • By Mom in Santa Fe on 07-29-16

World History through the lens of the silk roads

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Very good book, large, sweeping arcs of history made comprehensible. For general history enthusiasts, an entertaining and fulfilling read. My only gripe is the political stance of the writer, which becomes apparent in later chapters dealing with modern history. There's a little too much criticism of Western European governments and civilization, which is of course de rigueur among modern academics, and of course the all-too-predictable glowing praise of medieval Middle Eastern civilization, with analysis of modern Middle Eastern and Persian Gulf civilization that borders on the apologetic. Otherwise, good read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Free Women, Free Men

  • Sex, Gender, Feminism
  • By: Camille Paglia
  • Narrated by: Camille Paglia
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Ever since the release of her seminal first book, Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia has remained one of feminism's most outspoken, independent, and searingly intelligent voices. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. At once illuminating, witty, and inspiring, these essays are essential listening that affirm the power of men and women and what we can accomplish together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paglia at her best

  • By Jason on 04-19-17

More uncomfortable truths

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Lots of intellectuals, critics, culturists, an social arbiters make a name for themselves with their pronouncements, advice, criticisms, opinions, etc., and of course, the more controversial and the more stridently and loudly then make them, the more notoriety and publicity they garner. Camille, happily for us, has chosen as her attention-getting angle, to pronounce TRUTH!

  • The Art of Invisibility

  • The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
  • By: Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622

Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumers' identities are being stolen, and a person's every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge - and he teaches you "the art of invisibility".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Limited value for the average person

  • By James C on 10-14-17

No one's going to do any of that stuff.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

The book's strength is making the reader aware of the countless vulnerabilities we face every day in our technological society. The book's weakness is the lengthy and obnoxious steps outlined to protect yourself, that no one is actually going to do. After all tedious and impractical advice given, the most I did was put a 4 digit passcode on my iphone.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Making of the President 2016

  • How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution
  • By: Roger Stone
  • Narrated by: BJ Pottsworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

In the early hours of November 9, 2016, one of the most contentious, polarizing, and vicious presidential races came to an abrupt and unexpected end when heavily favored presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton called Donald J. Trump to concede, shocking a nation that had, only hours before, given little credence to his chances. Donald Trump pulled the greatest upset in American political history despite a torrent of invective and dismissal of the mainstream media.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Summary of President Donald Trump and the election

  • By D on 06-22-17

LOL, these last couple of years ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Great book, you will laugh out loud at some of the moments and situations described in this book. You have to keep reminding yourself it isn't fiction. Well, you'll laugh out loud if you are happy with Trump becoming president. You might cry if you are not. But we can all agree that we live in historically significant times, and this book is admittedly a gloat-fest by the "side" that "won". I put those words in quotes because 100 years from now all of this hyper-emotional and hyper-political sentiment will most likely be interpreted and thought about differently.

  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Hugh Mann
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,689

This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title

  • By J. Johnston on 05-15-09

Deprogram yourself from a lifetime of propaganda.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

If you feel actual physical pleasure from having a lifetime of social, historical, cultural, and academic programming broken down and swept away, and replaced with logic and uncomfortable truths, this is the book for you!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sea of Rust

  • A Novel
  • By: C. Robert Cargill
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743

It's been 30 years since the apocalypse and 15 years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI - One World Intelligence, the shared consciousness of millions of robots uploaded into one huge mainframe brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give me more Mercer

  • By Jerry on 11-06-17

Good Sci-Fi. Becomes less interesting as you go

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

I really LOVED this book, for the first half or so. Great, original Sci-Fi. Then it sort of becomes a sequence of battles, and the futuristic insights and creative thoughts drop off precipitously. The sequences in which the main character's consciousness fades into hallucinations constructed from half-remembered failing memories grows old quickly. The reader does not speak in especially different, distinguished voices for each character, which makes the performance a bit dull. And the story ends without much of resolution - perhaps the writer is leaving it open for sequels. Overall, it was OK, but about halfway through I dropped my intention to recommend it to my other Sci-Fi appreciating friend.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Rising Sun

  • The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945
  • By: John Toland
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 41 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520

This Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author’s words, "a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened - muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First rate history

  • By Philip on 09-24-14

Time well spent for history buffs!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

WWII from inside Japan. I said the same thing for "Red Flag - A History of Communism" - the books fills in much detail and perspective otherwise omitted when we normally encounter this history.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Flag

  • A History of Communism
  • By: David Priestland
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

In The Red Flag, Oxford professor David Priestland tells the epic story of a movement that has taken root in dozens of countries across 200 years, from its birth after the French Revolution to its ideological maturity in 19th-century Germany to its rise to dominance (and subsequent fall) in the 20th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent for history buffs

  • By Christopher on 10-28-15

Time well spent for history buffs

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

Provides a wide and deep perspective on world events in the last century. The reader is EXTRAORDINARY in his pronunciation of names and places in many languages. Not the most exciting book, but fills in a lot of detail on a subject that is oversimplified in every other place we encounter it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Day of the Triffids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT unabridged.

  • By Dave Cole on 05-12-14

Perfect post-apocalyptic novel

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

Reviewed: 08-28-14

First, I thought it ended rather abruptly. I actually expected I was half way through the book when it ended. So that was somewhat disappointing that it was over. Nonetheless, I wouldn't have been disappointed if I hadn't been enjoying it so much. It's a really good book, full of all the concepts and situations I like in a good post-apocalyptic novel. It's realistic, exciting, and the narrative is practically prose. The writer is extraordinarily articulate and well-spoken. Quite the opposite of the some of the more recent post-apocalyptic/survivalist novels which sound like a how-to manual being read. Highly recommended. I just finished Earth Abides, and although the stories begin quite similarly, they diverge enough to be mutually enjoyable, even if you read them in succession. I should also say that the reader is excellent and perfectly matched to the content.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War

  • By: Joe Bageant
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

After 30 years spent scratching together a middle-class life out of a “dirt poor” childhood, Joe Bageant moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, where he realized that his family and neighbors were the very people who carried George W. Bush to victory. That was ironic, because Winchester, like countless American small towns, is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Deeper Understanding of America

  • By Catherine S. Read on 08-10-14

A Socialist's depiction of working class America

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

Reviewed: 07-31-12

The book is entertaining, and makes you think. The author has a socialist bent - he holds the opinion that if there were no rich people, everything would somehow be better. His characterization and depiction of the realities of the working class are honest, though. He makes excellent points and it's hard to argue with his views on most matters.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful