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  • A Little History of Economics

  • By: Niall Kishtainy
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can seem daunting. This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young listeners new to economics and to all listeners who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest big ideas, paced nicely in history stories

  • By Philo on 06-20-18

Valuable Information! This Book Is Mercy!

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Reviewed: 10-14-18

We currently live in an age in America where economics is not taught to people before they are already thousands of dollars in debt. And going further into debt in college. People call themselves "homeowners" when they are mortgaged to the hilt. Young men entering the service have to be taught there how to handle a checkbook. Economics is no longer taught in schools. The Board of Education in the United States has created a nation of financial illiterates by withholding any kind of education in economics all through public school systems. This book is a mercy upon us all. A labor of love. Anyone can easily understand so much about these forces and conditions around them now in a pleasant, amusing, fascinating narration. Standing Ovation!

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,761
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,085
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,015

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Honest Social Math - Above and Beyond, "Identity".

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Reviewed: 10-12-18

It is not true that all children want is a safe and comfortable place to sleep, enough food to stave off hunger, and goodwill towards them. A guardian that will protect and defend them. The same as an adult..Just like adults, children want an identity. Most people are taught they are born with all the identity they will ever have. And their options for an identity are within their hometown. Or within their current tribe (family). This memoir puts such ideas to the side of the table and points out that identity, is what a person creates upon themselves. Or for themselves. It is well written with great insight. There is a tribe of us called "survivors", and this book spotlights that element of society as well. "Come back kids".

  • The Ravenmaster

  • My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
  • By: Christopher Skaife
  • Narrated by: Christopher Skaife
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
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    5 out of 5 stars 25
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    5 out of 5 stars 25

The title of Ravenmaster is a serious title indeed, and after decades of serving the Queen, Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife took on the added responsibility of caring for the infamous ravens. In The Ravenmaster, he lets listeners in on his life as he feeds his birds raw meat and biscuits soaked in blood, buys their food at Smithfield Market, and ensures that these unusual, misunderstood, and utterly brilliant corvids are healthy, happy, and ready to captivate the four million tourists who flock to the Tower every year.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By raynwise on 10-10-18

A Classic, I Was Spellbound! Master Story Telling!

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Reviewed: 10-08-18

Celebrated writer Neil Gaiman recommended this book. So, I quickly snapped it up. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of reading this book! Or listening to a master storyteller! This is master storytelling, at its finest! The narration is pure magic. I know I will read this book again, and again. For sure, it is going on my Christmas lists so others can experience being transported to the Tower of London and introduced to the magic therein. No matter your age, you will be shapeshifted into a little child again, listening to this book. I would buy any audiobook narrated by this storyteller. Of course, I now have to go see the Tower of London for myself. As it has now been transformed from a pedestal of injustice, ghosts, and shame, into a magical wonderland of good will. Christopher Skaife deserves a knighthood. Standing Ovation! Encore! Encore! Oh, there is one! Great interview with the author at the end of the book. Don't overlook it!

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  • Love, Lucy

  • By: Lucille Ball
  • Narrated by: Lucie Arnaz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 72
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    5 out of 5 stars 64
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    5 out of 5 stars 64

Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans—a warm, wise, and witty memoir written by Lucy herself. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to record the story of her life. No comedienne had made America laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world’s best-loved performers. This is her story—in her own words. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book

  • By SCOTT on 07-11-18

Pleasure Reading!

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Reviewed: 10-07-18

Very interesting memoir. Tales of early N.Y.C. life and fashion every woman would be curious about. An extraordinary life recounted in a lullaby.

  • A Book

  • By: Desi Arnaz
  • Narrated by: Juan Pablo Di Pace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 9
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    5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 8

Desi Arnaz’s incredible life story - in his own words. Desi Arnaz’s memoir tells the story of how a kid from Cuba hit the big time in the United States. It’s all here - the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the lucky breaks, and the heartbreaking failures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional!

  • By KrisChee on 07-29-18

A Force of Nature! I "Binge Listened", Riveted!

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Reviewed: 10-05-18

I never saw "I Love Lucy" or any of the other shows mentioned in this book. But those televisions products surely pale against the backdrop of this man's actual life! The book starts a little slow with the details of escaping from civil war-torn Cuba, as a child. Only to find himself living in a rat-infested warehouse in Miami with his father. Not speaking English. With brilliant solutions to problems and challenges, he carves his way across the country as an applauded musician, shapeshifts into an actor, and film and theater visionary that dominates the entertainment industry in America from Hollywood to Madison Avenue in New York. And at the same time propelling his wife into superstardom. An unstoppable, brilliant force of nature! This is one of the most amazing memoirs I have ever read. I could not put it down at "bedtime" and was still riveted at 5:00 A.M. after all night binge listening. The narration is captivating and musical with such a beautiful voice. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of listening to this audiobook! This could be a fascinating 10 season television series! Desi Arnaz has to be the most underestimated, under-celebrated human being that ever crossed the globe. Everyone should have the pleasure, and glory, of knowing his story. He was a phenomenon!

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  • Unsinkable

  • A Memoir
  • By: Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway
  • Narrated by: Debbie Reynolds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds - an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising to the top again - that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total fun with Debbie Reynolds

  • By S.P.C. on 10-06-15

Entertaining Memior

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Reviewed: 10-04-18

I purchased this book after reading Todd Fisher's memoir. (I also sat down to watch a documentary he mentions about his mother, "Bright Lights") It has all been very interesting and Debbie Reynolds is a part of history that just would not have crossed my path otherwise. I was very happy to listen to her amazing story. She was Hollywood Royalty and delivers an accounting that includes warmth, good memories, the best sides of people and the industry when it had high professional standards. And the people involved had high personal standards, for the most part. She really cared about leaving people with good memories. Which is what an entertainer used to do, and what people used to pay for. No wonder our nation is fixated on politics now for entertainment. She was part of a magical window in time that is somewhere behind us, and she shares it in this lovely recounting. I can't see how anyone ever got tired of listening to her, I could have listened for another 100 hours. She was a real entertainer in every sense of the word. Her son has honored her legacy so others can experience some of the magic.

  • My Girls

  • A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
  • By: Todd Fisher
  • Narrated by: Todd Fisher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 179
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    5 out of 5 stars 164
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    5 out of 5 stars 162

In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, two unspeakable losses. The stunned public turned for solace to Debbie’s only remaining child, Todd Fisher. The son of "America’s Sweethearts" Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Todd grew up amid the glamorous wealth and pretense of Hollywood. Thanks to his mother, Todd remained down to earth, his own man, but always close to his cherished mom, and to his sister through her meteoric rise to stardom and her struggle with demons that never diminished her humor, talent, or spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Written with Love from the Inside Looking Out

  • By Ivonne on 06-27-18

Fascinating Memior

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Reviewed: 10-02-18

I was not a Debbie Reynolds fan, a Carrie Fisher fan and I confess, I am not a Star Wars fan. These people and things were something going on in the background of my very busy life that I was only vaguely aware of. I am a fan of memoirs and well-written books and have been a bookworm since I was a toddler. This is one of the best memoirs I have ever read. Fascinating recollections of an extraordinary life. I feel like I watched a movie instead of reading a book. At the end of the story, the writer has found his niche, as a writer. That which all else revolves around in the world of entertainment. Standing ovation!

  • The Bonanza King

  • By: Gregory Crouch
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 35
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    4 out of 5 stars 30
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    4 out of 5 stars 30

Born in 1831, John W. Mackay was a penniless Irish immigrant who came of age in New York City, went to California during the Gold Rush, and mined without much luck for eight years. When he heard of riches found on the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1859, Mackay abandoned his claim and walked a hundred miles to the Comstock Lode in Nevada. Over the course of the next dozen years, Mackay worked his way up from nothing, thwarting the pernicious “Bank Ring” monopoly to seize control of the most concentrated cache of precious metals ever found on earth, the legendary “Big Bonanza”.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar narration, biography exemplar!

  • By Greeny on 06-25-18

A Masterpiece! Outstanding Narration!

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Reviewed: 10-01-18

I can't wait to read his other books! Fabulous storytelling! Oh, why can't history telling be so fascinating all the time for everyone? I could feel the author's breath in my ear. The narration is worthy of an Oscar award!

  • The Girl on the Balcony

  • By: Olivia Hussey, Alexander Martin, Franco Zeffirelli - foreword
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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    4 out of 5 stars 26
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In this candid memoir, Olivia Hussey tells her story - from being an "It Girl" in swinging '60s London and her enduring friendship with Romeo & Juliet costar Leonard Whiting, through three tumultuous marriages - including one with Dean Martin's son, Dino - motherhood, stage-four breast cancer, debilitating agoraphobia, bankruptcy, and ultimately, a journey of self-discovery in India that led her on a path to fulfillment. Featuring a foreword by her star-making director Franco Zeffirelli, Olivia Hussey's memoir shines with her luminous spirit and perseverance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book worth reading

  • By Gary on 08-11-18

Oh Livia! So Very Well Done! Excellent!

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Reviewed: 10-01-18

Magical lives make for magical storytelling. Such a beautiful book! A labor of love. I loved every minute of it! You will too!

  • The Husband Hunters

  • American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy
  • By: Anne de Courcy
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 48
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Towards the end of the 19th century and for the first few years of the 20th, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege, and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, 50 years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, to be precise. From 1874 - the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known "Dollar Princess", married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and well read!

  • By Raven on 09-01-18

Bondfide Valuable History Lesson

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Reviewed: 09-21-18

Who would understand the allegiance between the U.K.and the U.S. during WWll without having this information? Or even understand the history of the U.K.? These marriages saved the aristocracy of Britain. The income from America into the U.K. as a result of these arrangements was vast. American daughters and grandchildren filled the seats of financial power and changed Britain. Winston Churchill was a product of one such arrangement. This is such vital information to understand the social intercourse between nations. The obsessions with "Rank" and "Status". And "Reputation". The lot of women and children used as pawns in arranged marriages to improve one's status in society. The lack of charity among the most affluent. The obscene acts of the "self-important". It is all here. Even fashion history. This book is fascinating if you are a social studies buff. Rich with the history of women's rights. And it is all so beautifully written and narrated. The burdens placed on these "princesses" was backbreaking. Dynasties lived or died upon their efforts to please and impress. Families bankrupted themselves to host the Prince of Wales. Who seemed perfectly oblivious to their plight. I will most definitely read this book again. You will not lay the book down and forget that you read it.