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  • Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture

  • By: Andrew R. Wilson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: The Great Courses
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

A knowledge of China's imperial history is vital for any understanding of its present, as modern China is linked in many ways to the extraordinary culture of its empire. These 24 lectures take you to the heart of life during China's imperial era, through the lives of individual subjects of all social ranks. Across the arc of the course, you'll witness what daily life was like for government bureaucrats, for scholars, for women of the court, for soldiers, merchants, craftspeople, courtesans, imperial cooks, and many others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imperial China: very well done!

  • By victorluis on 12-06-17

Wonderful for academics and lay persons alike

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

This is a great overview of the history of China. Professor Andrew R. Wilson is a very knowledgable and engaging lecturer. I recommend this course for anyone with an interest in China.

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  • Oracle Bones

  • A Journey Through Time in China
  • By: Peter Hessler
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today, the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China's transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent Work

  • By Michael Moore on 12-01-11

Another performer who cannot speak the language

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Oracle Bones to be better than the print version?

No. I'm going to return the audio book and buy the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

Peter Hessler has don a great job of researching this book, and he's a skilled writer.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

I wish someone who can actually pronounce Chinese would read the text. It's actually quite important to be able to understand what the performer is talking about, to follow the story.

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

No. I couldn't get through chapter one; the reader's Chinese was so horrendous.

Any additional comments?

Please stop hiring people who don't speak Chinese to read books about China! And stop making the performers read quotes by Chinese people in a thick Chinese accent. It's so unnecessary.

  • The Fall and Rise of China

  • By: Richard Baum, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Baum
  • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473

For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Offers excellent objective perspective!

  • By Yu-Chin on 12-15-13

Very interesting material, not a good performance

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

What disappointed you about The Fall and Rise of China?

Professor Richard Baum reads in a pattern, where all sentences inside a paragraph end in a slightly up tone, and then the final sentence in the paragraph is always low.

Up up down. Up up up down. Up up down.

This pattern makes it very difficult to pay attention to the words, and my mind starts to drift. I become so aware of the reading pattern that the words just disappear.

What did you like best about this story?

I've restarted the lecture three times, because the material is great, but I just can't seem to pay attention due to Baum's way of reading.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Richard Baum’s performances?

I would not try any of Professor Baum's lectures, unless read by someone else.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Medieval World

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776

Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prof. Armstrong is an rockstar. Loved her class.

  • By Rocco on 10-04-13

A very thorough introduction to the medieval world

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

What made the experience of listening to The Medieval World the most enjoyable?

This is a great course, given by a very knowledgable professor. It is recommended to anyone with an interest in the medieval period.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,877

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Tense, well-written, well-performed audio book

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

I loved this book right from the start. The two voice actors are both excellent at what they do, and they did the story justice!

  • Empress Dowager Cixi

  • The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Jolene Kim
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Important if flawed history of a leader

  • By Heidi on 01-09-14

Why not have someone who speaks Chinese read?

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Empress Dowager Cixi to be better than the print version?

The book is well-written and very entertaining. Jung Chang has written a solid piece of work that makes learning about the dowager empress a lot of fun.

The narrator Jolene Kim, however, is another matter. She reads wll enough, and she might be of Chinese heritage (I have no idea), but she's clearly not from maninland China, and her pronounciation of Chinese Mandarin is horrendous. This detracts a lot from what could've been a perfect audio book. Kim pronounces Cixi as "Zi-shee" (the latter cyllable doesn't even exist in Mandarin), and because of her generally bad pronounciation of Chinese, it's very difficult for someone to look up names and words that she's is reading. Why not choose someone who actually IS from mainland China to read this book?

Another curious choice Kim makes is to read all of Empress Dowager Cixi's direct quotes in a type of Chinglish accent. Why would she do that? Cixi did not speak English at all, and thus did not deliver her opnions in broken English.

Please don't let this discourage you from reading or listening to the book, though! The book itself is great, and deserves to be read by everyone.

  • Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction 

  • By: Sabina Knight
  • Narrated by: George Backman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Perhaps nowhere else has literature been as conscious a collective endeavor as in China, and China's survival over 3,000 years may owe more to its literary traditions than to its political history. This Very Short Introduction tells the story of Chinese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on the key role literary culture played in supporting social and political concerns. Embracing traditional Chinese understandings of literature as encompassing history and philosophy as well as poetry and poetics, storytelling, drama, and the novel, Sabina Knight discusses the philosophical foundations of literary culture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A book perhaps best suited in paper format

  • By Huldren on 07-26-15

A book perhaps best suited in paper format

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

If you could sum up Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction  in three words, what would they be?

This is a condenced book on Chinese literature. The book itself is informative as a crash-course of many decades of literature from the Middle Kingdom, but the person who reads cannot pronounce Chinese. This leads to the problem that when you hear a new Chinese word or name, you have no idea what this word or name is (and it's very difficult to look it up), because Backman as the narrator botches all tones and prononciation. He does a fine job of reading, but I wish they would've had someone else pronounce the Chinese words.

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  • The Disaster Artist

  • My Life inside 'The Room', the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
  • By: Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell
  • Narrated by: Greg Sestero
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,426

Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau's scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, "I have to do a scene with this guy." That impulse changed both of their lives. The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero's laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" ( Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Have to Listen to This Book!

  • By Henry Strickler on 08-28-14

Excellent and touching biography

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Where does The Disaster Artist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very well-written book for anyone who's been mesmerised by the movie "The Room." Greg Sestero reads the book himself, and his performance is great and the impression he does of Tommy Wiseau is spot on.

The book is funny and surprisingly touching at times.

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,199

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave

  • By JD on 12-02-14

Love this comedian, enjoyed the book greatly

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

What did you love best about Yes Please?

Wonderfully written by one of the best living comedians today, and narrated by both Poehler herself, as well as Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner and more. This is a treat to listen to.The only thing detracting from the book to me, is the chapter on Poehler's children. I understand how they are important to her, but I just want to hear about her and her carreer, and I just don't find this chapter as entertaining or interesting as all the other chapters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forever on the Mountain

  • By: James Tabor
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

In the summer of 1967, an Arctic hurricane trapped seven veteran climbers, members of Joe Wilcox's 12-man expedition, at 20,000 feet on Alaska's Mount McKinley. Ten days passed while the storm raged. Despite the availability of massive resources, no rescue was mounted, and all seven men died. The tragedy was one of the most controversial, bitterly contested, and mysterious tragedies in all of mountaineering history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Book, Fantastic Narration

  • By S. Smail on 12-01-13

Good book, but horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

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

No, not at all. I will also try to return it myself and buy the Kindle version if I can.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Although I can tell the book is well written and interesting, the narrator Scott Brick ruined this entire experience for me. He reads in an overly dramatic manner, and doesn't appear to connect to the material in any meaningful way. It seems like he's so taken with his own voice and performance, he doesn't even care what he's reading.

I couldn't finish the book, because as Brick was reading, all I could hear was, "I am a thesbian! I am a thesbian!" It was as if the book was narrated by Frasier Crane. I will stay away from anything narrated by Scott Brick from now on.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful