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  • The World Is Flat

  • A Brief History of the 21st Century
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38

When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most important book of the decade

  • By Anthony on 05-08-05

Good but not great.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-05

The first 1/3 of this abridged version is pretty basic. If you haven't been paying attention for the past twenty-five years, you might want to listen intently to that section of the book. The rest is relatively insightful.

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  • Six Months That Changed the World

  • The Treaty of Versailles and World War II [Portable Professor]
  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Margaret MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Between January and July 1919 delegates from all over the world converged on Paris to forge a lasting peace in the wake of World War I. Margaret MacMillan vividly portrays the historical events surrounding the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which laid the groundwork for an even more devastating conflict-World War II-by demanding punishing reparations from the defeated nation of Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Illuminating

  • By Nancy on 02-04-05

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-05

Great presentation. Wonderful context. The eight hours of lecture moved so fast! I highly recommend this audio book to anyone who is interested in history.

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  • American Soldier

  • By: General Tommy R. Franks, Malcolm McConnell
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

The Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command from July 2000 through July 2003, General Tommy Franks made history leading American and Coalition forces to victory in Afghanistan and Iraq, the decisive battles that launched the war on terrorism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An American's American

  • By Ron Toupal on 08-25-04

Not the best book to listen to

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-05

This book is too long and could have been shortened had there not been so much detail about military weaponry and equipment. Perhaps this book is better read than listened to. I also found it interesting that Franks focused on his life and the need about respect others. However, in the middle of the book, and for no apparent reason (perhaps political), he takes shots at Richard Clarke, but no one else. While I'm not a big fan of Richard Clarke, I just thought it was random and unnecessary.

  • Nickel and Dimed

  • On (Not) Getting By in America
  • By: Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Narrated by: Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

This engrossing piece of undercover reportage has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list since its publication. With nearly a million copies in print, Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • of COURSE she has an agenda...

  • By Melissa on 10-04-04

A Candid and Thoughtful Experiment

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-04

Barbara Ehrenreich is a master of her surroundings. In this book, she offers candid and daunting insight into the world of low-wage laborers. Her reflections are not limited to the financial woes of the poor but expand into their social culture and daily realities.

The detail in this book is helpful at times while frivolous at others, which is why I think the other reviewers missed the point of Ehrenreich's message. Yes, she does reveal the working class conditions of certain professions in Portland, Key West and Minneapolis to demonstrate that they are consistent (and demeaning) in the many different regions of America. Yes, she does demonstrate that the negative side of capitalism is a reality for poor Americans. But that does not appear to be her underlying message. Instead, I think Ehrenreich's point is that people deserve to be treated with respect and decency regardless of their occupation.

A word about the narration: This is definitely a book in which the voice of the narrator must fit the tone and context of the author's message. Ehrenreich would have done this audio book justice had she served as the narrator. For the most part Christine McMurdo-Wallis was able to grasp the feeling and tone of each moment of Ehrenreich's experiment, but at times I found it distracting and difficult to listen to her because her voice is quite refined and sophisticated. (It is rather difficult to tap into an author's point of view as an impostor in tough working conditions when the narrator's voice resembles that of Lauren Bacall.) This may explain why other reviewers perceived the author as whiny, condescending and elitist.

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