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  • The Conscience of a Liberal

  • By: Paul Krugman
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

America emerged from Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal with strong democratic values and broadly shared prosperity. But for the past 30 years, American politics has been dominated by a conservative movement determined to undermine the New Deal's achievements. Now, the tide may be turning, and in The Conscience of a Liberal Paul Krugman, the world's most widely read economist and one of its most influential political commentators, charts the way to reform.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone interested in U.S. politics.

  • By Patricia on 10-06-13

A must for anyone interested in U.S. politics.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-13

Where does The Conscience of a Liberal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Krugman goes beyond economics by placing the current economic issues that plague the U.S. into their historical and political context. Easy to understand but not "dumbed down".

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • And the Band Played On

  • Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
  • By: Randy Shilts
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 31 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

By the time Rock Hudson's death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The subtitle says it all!

  • By Jan Mitchell Johnson on 03-19-13

Important book performed well.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-13

What did you love best about And the Band Played On?

This book is a highly informative and deeply moving. Its relevance extends beyond the AIDS crisis to public health (and other political) issues generally.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Warden

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Nigel Hawthorne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Set in the world of the Victorian professional and landed classes, the story centres on Mr Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity who is nevertheless in possession of an income from a charity far in excess of the sum devoted to it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a delight

  • By Janet on 12-22-08

Not the best of the Barchester series.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

What did you like best about The Warden? What did you like least?

Trollope is wonderful. The characters at the center of this story aren't particularly interesting, however.

Would you recommend The Warden to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend The Warden to anyone who likes Trollope. Despite certain weaknesses, as the first book in the Barchester chronicles, it is worth reading. The later books in this series are more interesting. Don't give up on the series as a whole, if you don't find The Warden to be particularly compelling.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Frenchman's Creek

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: John Castle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Seeking peace of mind, Lady Donna de Colomb flees the stews of London and the Restoration court for remote Navaron. There she finds the boundless passion her spirit craves - daring to love the pirate hunted by all Cornwall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding...I loved every moment!

  • By Tara on 05-05-10

Silly bodice ripper of a story but great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

Would you try another book from Daphne du Maurier and/or John Castle?

I would not purchase another book by du Maurier. BUT, if John Castle is available, he should be engaged to narrate more (and better) books.

What do you think your next listen will be?

V. Woolf - The Voyage Out

What does John Castle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a wonderful job. I don't think I would have listened to the entire book if anyone else was the narrator. As was the case re. his narration of Vanity Fair, the level of drama, the accents of various characters, etc. - all perfect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

  • By: Tony Judt
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 43 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786

Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but not terrific listening

  • By History on 10-18-11

Challenging but well worth the effort.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book covers a very broad topic and does so extremely well. The political history of Europe since WWII is fascinating. It is also relevant to anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of many important current issues and struggles in this region of the world.

Any additional comments?

This material requires real attention and focus by the listener. If you have the opportunity to approach it with this understanding, it is well worth your while.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Vanity Fair

  • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Narrated by: John Castle
  • Length: 31 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp who craves wealth and a position in society. Calculating and determined to succeed, she charms, deceives and manipulates everyone she meets. A novel of early 19th-century English society, it takes its title from the place designated as the centre of human corruption in John Bunyan's 17th-century allegory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that was meant to be read aloud!

  • By Constance on 02-03-11

Thoroughly delightful!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-12

If you could sum up Vanity Fair in three words, what would they be?

Humorous, elegant and sly.

What does John Castle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Castle's performance really enhances Thackeray's humor and insights re. British society at that time. He also has a wonderful voice and does a great job portraying the many different characters with appropriate accents, etc.

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

Hugely entertaining. I loved it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful