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  • The Short Stories, Volume II

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Stacy Keach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Before he gained wide fame as a novelist, Ernest Hemingway established his literary reputation with his short stories. Set in the varied landscapes of Spain, Africa, and the Americam Midwest, this definitive audio collection traces the development and maturation of Hemingway's distinct and revolutionary storytelling style: from the plain bald language of the first story to his mastery of seamless prose that contained a spare, eloquent pathos, as well as a sense of expansive solitude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flat out amazing

  • By chris on 11-30-07

loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Start Keach's narration is masterful which is fitting for a masterful writer! Listening to these beautiful stories was like watching movies while I'm driving.

  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

  • By: Hyeonseo Lee, David John
  • Narrated by: Josie Dunn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,189

An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The grit it must have taken

  • By Lucy on 11-13-17

fascinating!

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Reviewed: 03-08-19

The Author's account of her life and journey to freedom along side her changing identity had a solid ring of truth. After reading it I feel I have some understanding of life in North Korea.

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,533
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,448

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

Eloquent, harrowing and brilliant!

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Reviewed: 01-22-18

-A must read for any one who lives on U.S. soil. I read Malcolm X 30 years ago before I came to the U.S this book is as important as his biography. Perhaps it will usher in intelligent dialogue and positive change ......?

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,687

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Compelling!

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Reviewed: 10-22-17

This work is vital , compelling, and inspiring! It is a compelling emotional roller coaster ride. The language is rich and the story richer and more surprising. I loved it! Every twist and turn. I was hooked from the first and listened obsessively till the end. Thank you to the performer. I wish the Author to know that I was truly moved! My heart felt thanks and best wishes. Bernadette

  • The Secret History of the World

  • By: Mark Booth
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 765

In this groundbreaking new work, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling intellectual tour of our world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise - that everything we've been taught about our world's past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true - Booth produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A unique perspective

  • By Robin on 04-09-12

Fascinating!

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Reviewed: 10-08-17

After listening to 3-4world histories this one was the most riveting. The ideas presented are vast in scope and I found the whole thing fascinating. Definitely amazing food for thought. Thank you it was so enjoyable!

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The Talent Code
    Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything
    
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    Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    3,278 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Talent Code

  • Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything
  • By: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: John Farrell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,550

New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The five things that stuck out to me in the "The Talent Code"

  • By Jason on 09-15-16
  • The Talent Code
  • Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything
  • By: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: John Farrell

Fascinating and enjoyable!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-17

This book is succinct well written, well researched and fascinating. I learned so much and it confirmed many things to me, both personally for my own practice as an artist and in my job as an educator. Many thanks.

  • The Big History of Civilizations

  • By: Craig G. Benjamin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Craig G. Benjamin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

The history of human civilization is an astonishing story of migration, innovation, and social development. Now, the exciting new field of "big history" allows us to explore human civilizations in ways unavailable to historians of previous generations. Big history scholars take a multidisciplinary approach to study great spans of time, unlocking important themes, trends, and developments across time and space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Global vision

  • By Tad Davis on 05-28-17

Comprehensive and entertaining.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-17

I have been listening to lots of history lately. I wish I would have listened to this one first as it put a lot of things in perspective for me. Thank you.

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,577
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,763
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,593

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Highly recommended!!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-17

It almost seems unfair that one can just listen to an audio book and in a few hours learn from a life time of negotiating. I recommended this book to my colleagues. We work with little kids, some of them with special needs. All of the techniques apply and are very useful. It is also a fascinating and compelling read. Thank you.

  • An Economic History of the World since 1400

  • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, tough to listen

  • By Rick on 10-27-16

Loved the comprehensiveness

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Reviewed: 09-26-17

I've been listening to different 'world' histories lately and each one offers different and deeper understanding. This one I wish I'd listened to first as it put a lot of things in perspective for me. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

  • The History of Love

  • By: Nicole Krauss
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,378

Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Garcia-Marquez on Anti-Pschyotics

  • By Jane on 10-14-08

I was listening on the bus - I wept

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Would you listen to The History of Love again? Why?

? I loved it but alas I want to listen to new books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Leo - You had to love him

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Great! all of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end of the book I was listening on the bus. Tears were streaming down my face. - I did not care.

Any additional comments?

It made me weep with abandon in a public place! - If that is not art I don't know what is?