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  • Lisbon

  • War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939–1945
  • By: Neill Lochery
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Throughout the Second World War, Lisbon was at the very center of the world’s attention and was the only European city in which both the Allies and the Axis powers openly operated. Portugal was frantically trying to hold on to its self-proclaimed wartime neutrality but in reality was increasingly caught in the middle of the economic, and naval, wars between the Allies and the Nazis. The story is not, however, a conventional tale of World War II in that barely a shot was fired or a bomb dropped. Instead, it is a gripping tale of intrigue, betrayal, opportunism, and double-dealing....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Expostiion of Little Known Story

  • By Lynn on 06-16-12

great book

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

Reviewed: 12-24-11

What did you love best about Lisbon?

book is easy to listen to. very interesting in its narrative. It portrayed Mr Salazar in a very interesting light, certainly an immensely smart man that dealt with both warring sides with great diplomacy and tact and was able to keep Portugal safe. He describes in a very entertainng way the intricacies of the relationships taking place during the war,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Going Rogue

  • An American Life
  • By: Sarah Palin
  • Narrated by: Sarah Palin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics - from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needed unabridged

  • By Mike & Jan Geihsler on 02-14-10

very good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-10

Sarah has a special warmth in her voice and she sounds like an ordinary person. Her book is great, very well crafted - I followed the elections and welcomed the book - it did not disappoint, I learned a lot from it.
She will make a difference for America and the World at this time of great uncertainty, in whatever position she lands.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • America's March to Socialism

  • Why We're One Step Closer to Giant Missile Parades
  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Glenn Beck
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

From massive government spending to media declarations of the death of capitalism, Glenn Beck hears the sounds of boots marching America toward a system of government that bears a closer resemblance to socialism with each passing day. To document this, he focuses on stories that range from the headlines to more obscure local stories that might otherwise be overlooked.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • rerun

  • By Doug on 05-24-09

problem

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-09

I do like Glenn and have read his other books with pleasure.
In this audio book however, the level of the background music forced me to put it away after the first chapter. Pity, I hope it can be reissued without the annoying 'marching band' music.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Housing Boom and Bust

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

There was no single, dramatic event that set the current financial crisis off. A whole series of very questionable decisions by many people, in many places, over a period of years, built up the pressures that led to a sudden collapse of the housing market and of financial institutions that began to fall like dominoes as a result of investing in securities based on housing prices. This book is designed to unravel the tangled threads of that story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inciteful Non partisan blame

  • By Adolphe on 08-04-09

very good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-09

Another great book by Thomas Sowell.
I have read most of his writings. The clarity of his thoughts and his intelligence is amazing.
Another classic for the 'weekend' economist.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Our Enemy, The State

  • By: Albert J. Nock
  • Narrated by: Phillip J. Sawtelle
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Originally published in 1935, this elegant essay on the nature of the state shows the important distinction between state power and social power. "Every assumption of power, whether by gift or seizure," he writes, "leaves society with so much less power; there is never, nor can be, any strengthening of state power without a corresponding and roughly equivalent depletion of social power."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • long ago

  • By joe blower on 12-29-09

long ago

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-09

It is most extraordinary that so long ago, Mr. Nock had such clarity of vision.
This book is timeless - I highly recommend it for content, clarity and ease of listening.
I feel cheated that I did not know of this book before.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fool's Gold

  • By: Gillian Tett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

A best seller on both sides of the Atlantic, Fool's Gold is a key commentary on the causes of the recent financial crisis. Taking readers back to the invention of credit-derivative obligations (CDOs) at J. P. Morgan in 1994, and the subsequent exponential growth of that market, Tett explains how credit derivatives seemed a win-win for the financial world, freeing up capital, increasing profits, and diversifying risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent but with one criticism....

  • By Karin on 12-07-12

great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-09

I 'read' many audio books - sometimes I have 3 or 4 that I listen to in parallel.
There are some however that do not fit this norm, once I start those, I will not put them down and I am compelled to go to the end, this book is one of them.
This is a very well written book for the 'weekend' economist wanting to understand what is happening now.

  • Crash Proof 2.0

  • How to Profit from the Economic Collapse
  • By: Peter D. Schiff
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

The economic and monetary disaster, which seasoned Wall Street prognosticator Peter Schiff warned of in the bestselling first edition of Crash Proof, is no longer hypothetical - it is here today. And while most people believe that the economic collapse is over, the reality is that it has only just begun. That's why he's returned with Crash Proof 2.0.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening look into the future of the US economy

  • By Michael on 03-07-10

informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-09

Peter does a great job of providing clarity and vision on the state of the economy. His suggestions are very relevant to the reality of the current situation.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Basic Economics

  • A Citizen's Guide to the Economy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

Basic Economics has been written with the thought that learning economics should be not only a relaxed experience but also an enjoyable one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • could have been shorter

  • By Anand on 07-28-07

good book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-06

Very good book. Easy to listen to.
Sowell brings clarity to a subject that is usually poorly understood by most people. The book will take the reader to a different level of comprehension of economics and dispel many well entrenched myths. Should be mandatory reading to anyone in positions of management.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful