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  • The Age of Comfort

  • When Paris Discovered Casual - and the Modern Home Began
  • By: Joan DeJean
  • Narrated by: Teri Wilde
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Today, it is difficult to imagine a living room without a sofa. When the first sofas on record were delivered in 17th-century France, the result was a radical reinvention of interior space. Symptomatic of a new age of casualness and comfort, the sofa ushered in an era known as the golden age of conversation; as the first piece of furniture designed for two, it was also considered an invitation to seduction. With the sofa came many other changes in interior space we now take for granted: private bedrooms, bathrooms, and the original living rooms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not really suitable for an audio book

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-16

Not really suitable for an audio book

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Boring voice of a narrator is not helped by the lack of illustrations frequently referred to in the story. This simply is not a book that lends itself to audio format.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir

  • By: Susie Bright
  • Narrated by: Susie Bright
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91

Ever wondered why theres no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright. Big Sex Little Death is an explosive yet intimate memoir that's pure Susie: bold, free-spirited, unpredictable, larger than life, yet utterly true to life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, thought provoking and very well crafted

  • By Adrienne on 04-21-11

Interesting story, leaves you waiting for more

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

Reviewed: 02-15-12

It's an interesting story of a woman who became one of the most known sex educators in the world. While it did not fully captivate me, I was still left wanting to know more, not only about her, but also about other people in her life, and her relationships with them. After the long excursion into the origins of both sides of her family, the chapters often seemed like teasers, only skimming on the surface of the story with the promise of something deeper, that unfortunately was left out to allow another interesting part to unfold. I have a feeling that I would enjoy a slower paced, more in depth look into Susie's life even more.

One of the big pluses of the Audible edition is the interview that was added at the end, that spiced up the whole thing and added some more interesting details, making me wish that the author would elaborate on her life even more.

Susie Bright is one of the best narrators that I had the pleasure to listen to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth About Muhammad

  • Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion
  • By: Robert Spencer
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 385

In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times best-selling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam -- perhaps the first such portrait in half a century -- unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect our world today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening

  • By David Ewing on 10-09-08

An interesting overview of the life of Muhammad

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

Reviewed: 12-24-11

I didn't realize how much I did not know about the life of the key figure in Islam before I listened to this book. It certainly is a controversial piece for anyone who is emotionally invested in this religion, but the account seems to be pretty balanced, even though it does not paint the main hero in a positive way. The author however tries mostly to avoid judgement or speculation and to present only facts.

In my opinion he succeeds in demystifying the religious figure of the prophet, and to gather as much information about him as is currently possible. Even though there are a few conclusions and suggestions made during the book, and it is quite clear which side of the debate Spencer is on, I feel that he does successfully present the case and the historical account. Even if you disagree with the conclusion, it is definitely worth listening to.

The narration was pleasant to my ears as well.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How to Run the World

  • Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
  • By: Parag Khanna
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Here is a stunning and provocative guide to the future of international relations—a system for managing global problems beyond the stalemates of business versus government, East versus West, rich versus poor, democracy versus authoritarianism, free markets versus state capitalism. Written by the most esteemed and innovative adventurer-scholar of his generation, Parag Khanna’s How to Run the World is the cutting-edge manifesto for diplomacy in a borderless world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read!

  • By Christopher L. Fussell on 02-23-11

Misguided Utopia with few valid insights

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-11

What I liked in the book: the observation about everyone being a diplomat of his/her country, culture and/or institution, of the fact that NGOs can be more flexible than nation-states, and the acknowledgement that NGOs, corporations and even single people are important political players in todays world. This is the reality and it certainly should be embraced in one way or another.

However, apart from this, the rest 4/5ths of the book is over-optimistic praise of the actions of said players, at the expense of nation-states with some ideas that contradict each other and present the author's shallow understanding of history or economics mixed in with hopes and dreams of some globalist institutions and think-tanks.

After reading the first part it almost looks as if the good ideas (decentralization of power, initiatives that come from bottom-up instead of top-down) were really a bait and switch for presenting another Utopian vision of the world, which is not a result of proposed changes, just a place where the power was transferred to other big players.

All this also suffers from the one-sided look at human nature, without any serious consideration of the dark side - the thirst for power, the love of money, fraud (praising Khaddaffi's Sovereign Fund in the light of recent events in Libya is really a good illustration of author's bias), racial and ethnic hatred, and all other things that also make us human.

Overall the book is shallow, optimistic, and misleading. It might be important to read it to know that there are people who think this way, and who also have important voice in current world of politics, but apart from that - buyer beware.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Science of Fear

  • Why We Fear the Things We Should Not - and Put Ourselves in Great Danger
  • By: Daniel Gardner
  • Narrated by: Scott Peterson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 578

From terror attacks to the War on Terror, bursting real-estate bubbles to crystal meth epidemics, sexual predators to poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding. And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear is running amok, and often with tragic results. In the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly - believing they were avoiding risk - road deaths rose by 1,595. Those lives were lost to fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rational assessment of the world we live in

  • By Kristopher on 08-29-09

Excellent book. Highly recommended.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-11

This is the best book on the subject that I've came across. I liked both the theoretical explanations, and practical examples with recommendations. It is impartial, and also shows how the risks of the rare but emotionally significant events are overinflated and overused by media and politicians, and also how our own brains and "guts" mislead us in our daily life. I liked both the writing style, and the narration. I recommend it to everyone.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful