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  • Sicilian Splendors

  • Discovering the Secret Places That Speak to the Heart
  • By: John Keahey
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

From Palermo to Castiglione di Sicilia to Alimena, Sicily holds great secrets from the past and unspoken promises. Now, slowly shaking itself free of the Mafia, Sicily is opening itself up to visitors in ways it never has before. Sicilian Splendors explores the history, politics, food, Mafia, and people which John Keahey encounters throughout his travels during his return to Sicily. Through conversing with natives and immersing himself in culture, Keahey illustrates a brand new Sicily no one has ever talked about before. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small towns are a joy

  • By michael on 11-14-18

Small towns are a joy

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I give John Keahey a lot of credit for his approach to travel. He has reinforced the direction I have taken with my travels. I have been to Sicily many times and I now have new places to see thanks to him. The smaller towns give you a glimpse of yesterday. And a feeling of being a part of it a lot faster.
I hope some day this Island finds its own direction because it can stand on its own. It has three perfect things location,location and location. I really enjoyed the book.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,738

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

people skills depressing

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

I enjoyed the book. I don't like Musk. He treats people the way he was treated in school in South Africa. Management style of Attila the Hun. All I kept thinking was Elon get some class. I also hope someone beats him to Mars,preferably an American woman.

3 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady in Gold

  • The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, 'Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer'
  • By: Anne-Marie O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

The Lady in Gold, considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the 20th century's most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait. Anne-Marie O'Connor, writer for the Washington Post, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, tells the galvanizing story of the Lady in Gold, Adele Bloch-Bauer, a dazzling Viennese Jewish society figure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get a better narrator.

  • By David A Weatherbie on 04-13-15

This audio allows you feel this art history

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

Reviewed: 12-25-12

I find stories on art history very appealing. This one is excellent. I recommend this book and plan to listen to it again. At first the person narrating the book put me off. I felt she was cutting her words off. That soon changed and she proved to be the right person to narrate this book. I know my knowledge and appreciation of Gustav Klimt has improved. Also my knowledge of Austrian and German attitudes of this period was eye openning.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Amateur

  • Barack Obama in the White House
  • By: Edward Klein
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And yet, he was re-elected.....

  • By Daryl on 07-08-13

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

If you could sum up The Amateur in three words, what would they be?

Very very depressing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amateur?

The Chicago period with Reverand Wright.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narratation was perfect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No to much to think about.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Austrian Case for the Free Market Process

  • Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek
  • By: William Peterson
  • Narrated by: Louis Rukeyser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) and Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) were perhaps the foremost defenders of the free market and limited government during the mid-twentieth century ascendancy of Keynesian economics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep it simple

  • By CESAR on 03-07-11

Economic philosophy based in reality

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

Reviewed: 04-16-12

What made the experience of listening to The Austrian Case for the Free Market Process the most enjoyable?

I felt the Rukeyser's voice made this story very enjoyable. Both Hayek and Von Mises makes me suspicious of today economic thinking. Their thoughts on government interference to help social change are as current today as when they wrote them.

Would you be willing to try another book from William Peterson? Why or why not?

Yes