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  • From the Ruins of Empire

  • The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia
  • By: Pankaj Mishra
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

A little more than a century ago, as the Japanese navy annihilated the giant Russian one at the Battle of Tsushima, original thinkers across Asia, working independently, sought to frame a distinctly Asian intellectual tradition that would inform and inspire the continent's anticipated rise to dominance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview of Development of Modern Eastern Political Philosophy

  • By John Dewey on 06-12-18

Age of Anger is superior, but this is quite good

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

The level of genuinely novel synthesis Mishra offered in Age of Anger makes it the finer book, but I am grateful for this history of counter-imperialist intellectuals. The sentence craft and clarity are every bit as good in this book as his previous, and I learned a great deal from it as well. My only real regret is that Mishra confines his attention largely to Asia, and I think the book could have benefited by looking at African, Latin American, and First Nations intellectual responses to the model of Western modernity.

  • Bring the War Home

  • The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America
  • By: Kathleen Belew
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

The white power movement in America wants a revolution. It has declared all-out war against the federal government and its agents, and has carried out - with military precision - an escalating campaign of terror against the American public. In Bring the War Home, Kathleen Belew gives us the first full history of the movement that consolidated in the 1970s and 1980s around a potent sense of betrayal in the Vietnam War and made tragic headlines in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impartial, much-needed narrative history

  • By Aaron on 03-16-19

Impartial, much-needed narrative history

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Belew is a remarkably thorough and brave scholar, and she needs to be to meet the scholarly challenge of assembling a credible narrative history of a furtive and violent movement like this. Given that much of the movement’s developments involved clandestine and often criminal behavior, it takes great care to assemble and sort through the archive to develop the contours of the real story. That scholarship also involves personal bravery, since the white power movement valorizes acts of  pseudo »lone-wolf » terrorist violence. Finally, the history itself is grippingly narrated and the analysis is intellectually insightful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • This Unquiet Land

  • Stories from India's Fault Lines
  • By: Barkha Dutt
  • Narrated by: Sakuntala Ramanee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

India's fault lines run wide and deep. Some of them go back centuries; others are of comparatively recent origin. The myriad villains these fault lines have spawned include rapists, murderers, terrorists, prophets of religious hatred, corrupt politicians, upholders of abhorrent caste traditions, opponents of free speech and dissent, apologists for regressive cultural practices, and external adversaries who try to destabilize our borders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful journalistic tour of contemporary India

  • By Aaron on 03-09-19

Thoughtful journalistic tour of contemporary India

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

While Dutt’s prose style is sometimes pedestrian, this is an otherwise thoughtful journalistic tour of contemporary India, well read by Ramanee (who manages the shifts from English to Hindi and back again seamlessly).

  • Collected Fictions

  • By: Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

From his 1935 debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity", through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but incomplete

  • By Aaron on 12-17-18

Good but incomplete

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Here is the table of contents I wish were listed in the product description:
Borges and I
Man on Pink Corner
The Library of Babel
Death and the Compass
The Lottery in Babylon
The Maker
The Encounter
The Circular Ruins
Shakespeare’s Memory
August 25 1983
The Immortal
Parable of Cervantes and the Quixote
The Story From Rosendo Juárez
The Aleph
Dream Tigers

You’ll notice that there is no “The Garden of Forking Paths," nor "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius,” nor “Funes the Memorious,” nor “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote." So, as many others have pointed out, this is not just incomplete; it’s missing many of Borges’s most famous fictions. But what’s here is good and well read.

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  • A New History of the American South

  • By: Edward L. Ayers, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edward L. Ayers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

To know the history of the American South, within its own context, is to come to terms with one of modern history’s most astonishing, polarizing, and illuminating stories. In these 24 lectures, you’ll relive the unforgettable drama of the South, from the rise and fall of the slave South to the making of the New South, examining the full scope of a historical epoch that still affects life in the United States today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can’t stop listening

  • By Gawel on 09-03-18

Exceptionally good

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Prof. Ayers presents a well-organized and concise history of one the most historically complex regions in the U.S., weaving economic, political, and cultural threads together in a clear and convincing manner. Thankfully, the brutal facts of racial oppression defining the region are not white-washed here but rather illuminated so that the changing forms of racial subjugation that appear in different decades begin to become more unified and comprehensible if no less repugnant. Many listeners will find their assumptions challenged, and that’s a very good thing.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall and Rise of China

  • By: Richard Baum, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Baum
  • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617

For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Offers excellent objective perspective!

  • By Yu-Chin on 12-15-13

Exceptional and Fascinating Course

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Of the many TGC courses I’ve listened to, this is among the very best. It is sensibly structured, and despite the density of detail, the lectures remain remarkably clear and easy to follow throughout. Best of all is the way Prof. Baum peppers many of the lectures with personal anecdotes drawn from his visits to China going back to the mid-1970s in the late stages of Mao’s reign. The anecdotes he shares are always relevant to the subject at hand and add insight and texture to the lecture’s content. Truly a gem!

  • Tosca

  • By: Thomson Smillie
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Tosca is Puccini at the peak of his theatrical power. The story of the jealous, impassioned opera singer Floria Tosca and her doomed love for the painter Mario Cavaradossi is played out against backgrounds both historically and geographically overwhelming. It is set in three great and historical locations of Rome during the Napoleonic era. Spectacle, sensuality, and cruelty battle for our attention in one of the most truly "action-packed" works of theatre. Enticing us with just a couple of the "great tunes" from this deeply affecting opera, David Timson then begins setting the biographical and operatic scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent introduction to Tosca

  • By T. Angell on 03-12-16

A fine introduction

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This is my first listen to any of Smillie’s guides to opera, and I am delighted to find how excellent it is. You are given, in economical fashion, a sense of the opera’s historical context, its dramatic elements, and its musical characteristics. The excerpts of Puccini’s work perfectly punctuate the overview, whetting your taste for the full musical experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • With Amusement for All

  • A History of American Popular Culture since 1830
  • By: LeRoy Ashby
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 33 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

With Amusement for All is the first comprehensive history of two centuries of mass entertainment in the United States, covering everything from the penny press to Playboy, the NBA to NASCAR, big band to hip hop, and other topics including film, comics, television, sports, and music. Paying careful attention to matters of race, gender, class, economics, and politics, LeRoy Ashby emphasizes the complex ways in which popular culture simultaneously reflects and transforms American culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Fun!

  • By Paul on 11-28-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of With Amusement for All to be better than the print version?

Best to have both

What did you like best about this story?

Transportive strangeness of "old weird America"

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

His voice and performance are just fine

If you could give With Amusement for All a new subtitle, what would it be?

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Any additional comments?

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

  • Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever
  • By: Will Hermes
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Punk rock and hip-hop, disco and salsa, the loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists—in the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were reinvented, all at once, from one block to the next, by musicians who knew, admired, and borrowed from one another.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories... no fact checking (pronunciation)

  • By t on 03-23-12

Great text, fine voice, hilarious mispronunciation

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

Any additional comments?

If you're interested in the art and culture of 1970s NYC, you'll love the book, but you will also laugh out loud more than once at Verner's mispronunciations.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful