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  • The Vanishing Velázquez

  • A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece
  • By: Laura Cumming
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

When John Snare, a 19th-century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he stumbled on a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young - too young to be king - and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to which the work was attributed. Snare had found something incredible - but what? His research brought him to Diego Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating study of art history

  • By Ron on 07-02-16

Art history light

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

The book is a wonderful story about a printer under the spell of a master work. The book does a great job of explaining art history and collecting practices of the past. The passion of the main figure speaks to contemp

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

  • By: Edwin Lefevre
  • Narrated by: Rick Rohan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333

First published in 1923, this lightly fictionalized biography of Jesse Livermore, one of the greatest market speculators ever, is widely regarded as one of best investment books of all time. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the resource that generations of investors have turned to when they needed deeper insight into their own investing habits and those of others. Listen to this work, featuring narrator Rick Rohan, and you'll soon discover your portfolio growing in new and unexpected ways!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OUTSTANDING

  • By XEVEN on 11-21-09

An insight into trading

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

Reviewed: 10-02-12

What made the experience of listening to Reminiscences of a Stock Operator the most enjoyable?

Great literature offers insight into the human condition. Although trading, in markets, streets and financial markets, is a basic of civilization, little has been written about it. This book is timeless because it explores the discipline and focus required to make a living trading.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The narrative helped me to to recall the behaviour, discipline and nerve necessary to make successful trades. There is nothing like it and I never want to do it again. The book outlines the mindset necessary to run a scalping business in boarding school, the street corner or on the trading floor. It is a rare, and inglorious state of mind that has is almost never explored in literature. In Shakespeare, Shylock is an impoverished narrative of the mindset of a merchant trader. This book goes beyond the cardboard cutouts of merchant trader, and looks at the processe and human relationships necessary to sustain this vein of life. In this sense, it is a classic.

  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

  • By: Edward Gibbon
  • Narrated by: Philip Madoc, Neville Jason
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is one of the greatest texts in the English language. In magisterial prose, Gibbon charts the gradual collapse of the Roman rule form Augustus (23 BC - AD 14) to the first of the barbarian kings, Odoacer (476- 490 AD). It is a remarkable account, with the extravagant corruption and depravity of emperors such as Commodus, Caracalla, and Elagabalus contrasted by the towering work of Constantine, Julian, and other remarkable men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Triumph

  • By Jesse on 09-06-07

Getting Through the Book

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

When I was in grade nine, I was told by my grandfather that this was one of the best written books in the English language. I began to read it on the bus, its corners became tattered as I poured over the words. I memorized passages and adopted its language in my high-school essays and was promptly reprimanded by my english teacher.

I never managed to place the book in a narrative that I could describe to myself.

This recording helped me get through the book in its entirety and absorb it as a narrative.

Great book, great reading, read experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Conservative Mind

  • From Burke to Eliot
  • By: Russell Kirk
  • Narrated by: Phillip Davidson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Kirk defines "the conservative mind" by examining such brilliant men as Edmund Burke, James Fenimore Cooper, Alexis de Tocqueville, John Quincy Adams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benjamin Disraeli, Cardinal Newman, George Santayana, and finally, T.S. Eliot. Vigorously written, the book represents conservatism as an ideology born of sound intellectual traditions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interim review

  • By James on 09-18-09

A review of great books

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

Reviewed: 01-24-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book was well read and reflected the text of the book. However, it reviews rarely read books.

Has The Conservative Mind turned you off from other books in this genre?

It has not.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The material is useful and valuable. However, it is tedious.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Red Alert

  • How China's Growing Prosperity Threatens the American Way of Life
  • By: Stephen Leeb, Gregory Dorsey
  • Narrated by: Brian Bascle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

The American Dream is close to being replaced by a living nightmare. Key commodities that are essential to our daily lives and that are widely believed to be abundant are running critically short. Even worse, the Chinese are doing what they can to monopolize the world's dwindling resources. The U.S. is now largely dependent on our greatest economic rival for rare earth elements as well as a host of other minerals - all of which are absolutely essential to the development of alternative energies....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Scott on 01-23-12

Excellent Book

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

Reviewed: 01-23-12

If you could sum up Red Alert in three words, what would they be?

China seeks a global monopoly in rare earth minerals to secure economic hegemony.

What was most disappointing about Stephen Leeb and Gregory Dorsey ’s story?

The book could be better organized. As well, much of its stems from research by Australian and US academics in the field of strategic trade theory. Although their logic appears sound, at first blush, they are not examining the deep economic costs and risks of China's position.

Did Brian Bascle do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was a drawn out magazine article not a book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nerdist Way

  • How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)
  • By: Chris Hardwick
  • Narrated by: Chris Hardwick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,788

Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a disciple of The Nerdist Way!!

  • By Heather on 07-02-14

Common Sense that needs to be re-iterated

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

What made the experience of listening to The Nerdist Way the most enjoyable?

This is a funny audio book. What is most important is that the author knows his audience and their many many anxieties. So its advice is directed toward them.

Has The Nerdist Way turned you off from other books in this genre?

I probably will never be interested in

Did Chris Hardwick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He does this through different voices and by comedy

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

God no ... I have to earn a living. Listened on the way to work.

Any additional comments?

Great book!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful