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  • London

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 49 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Here is Edward Rutherfurd's classic novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning 2,000 years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the 20th century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fabulous!

  • By Angelyn S. Furst on 03-04-18

Engaging Creative And Historical Story Telling

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Reviewed: 05-08-18

I selected this book as a way to prepare for a trip to London. I wanted to get a feel for the city historically. The book delivered exactly what I wanted and kept me entertained the whole time. The narration was well done and the storylines were engaging. What I appreciated the most was the intertwining of geographic and historical facts.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,506

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Legitimately Optimistic but Sometimes Biased

  • By Myrrhmayde on 08-06-18

An Important Message For All

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Reviewed: 03-15-18

Steven Pinker has nailed it again. His systematic analysis of the effects of enlightened reasoning on the wellbeing of humankind is impressive and the conclusion is clear. Enlightenment is not only dramatically benefitting all, it is being embraced by more an more people. I highly recommend this as a healthy antidote to the seductive arguments of negative crisismongering with their "doom and gloom" messages. Recognizing that enlightened reasoning is working is critically important because if we don't understand how successful it is we are tempted to despair and revert to abitrary, ideologically driven approaches to confronting the challenges we face. Thank you Steven Pinker!