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  • Alibaba

  • The House That Jack Ma Built
  • By: Duncan Clark
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,961

In just a decade and a half, Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded Alibaba and built it into one of the world's largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba's $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China's booming private sector.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange: Best part of story happens "off-screen"

  • By Tristan on 09-02-16

Good summary/introduction to Alibaba

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

This book is fine as an introduction to Alibaba's success and Jack Ma's business strategy.

The narrator is absolutely terrible with Chinese pronunciation. This is fairly pathetic. The book is loaded with Chinese words. Audible has huge numbers of books in the non-fiction space that are about China. Yet they can't find any narrators that have even a passing knowledge of Chinese?

Come on, Audible, you need to do better at controlling the quality of your narrators when they read books that involve a large number of foreign words. You could easily do better.

This narrator's Chinese pronunciation is so poor, it would be worth Audible's time to re-record the whole thing with a new narrator. It would probably take no more than a few weeks of training to get a narrator to say the dozens of words in a book like this properly.

  • The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions

  • By: Robert C. Solomon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert C. Solomon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Conventional wisdom suggests there is a sharp distinction between emotion and reason. Emotions are seen as inferior, disruptive, primitive, and even bestial forces. These 24 remarkable lectures suggest otherwise-that emotions have intelligence and provide personal strategies that are vitally important to our everyday lives of perceiving, evaluating, appraising, understanding, and acting in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meditation on emotions - Slow to start but worth the experience

  • By oded noy on 06-17-16

A true philosopher lectures on the good life

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Professor Solomon is much more than a mere scholar of history of philosophy; is is a true philosopher himself. This course was profound and life-affirming, and I would recommend it to anyone no matter their previous experience of philosophy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • On the Path to Enlightenment

  • Heart Advice From the Great Tibetan Masters
  • By: Matthieu Ricard, Charles Hastings (translator)
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound and inspiring teachings from across these traditions. The selected teachings are taken from the sources of the traditions, including the Buddha himself, Nagarjuna, Guru Rinpoche, Atisha, Shantideva, and Asanga; from great masters of the past, including Thogme Zangpo, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Milarepa, Longchenpa, and Sakya Pandita; and from contemporary masters, including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Mingyur Rinpoche.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By signe on 08-14-15

Perhaps not the best book for an audio format

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

I quite enjoyed some of these short saying and stories. However, I feel that an audiobook may not have been the best format to experience this text. Because many of the stories and pieces are very short, there is little time to absorb them before the narrator moves on to the next one. Probably a book that, if read, would give you more time to savor each piece.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bolivar

  • American Liberator
  • By: Marie Arana
  • Narrated by: David Crommett
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There will be blood.

  • By Joselo on 08-02-13

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

All the praise for this book given in the reviews above is well-placed. This is an outstanding work of history, told by Arana with drama, passion, and a keen moral sense. Crommett's narration is superb--his Spanish is near flawless, and he blends the Latin American pronunciations into the stream of his English deftly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Railway Bazaar

  • By: Paul Theroux
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

The Great Railway Bazaar is Paul Theroux's account of his epic journey by rail through Asia. Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes - the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto, and the Trans-Siberian Express - it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just about as good as it gets...

  • By david d. on 03-27-11

Outstanding Example of Travel Writing

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

This audiobook was a true pleasure. Frank Muller's narration was pitch perfect at every turn, from his delivery of a Tamil man criticizing the New Delhi elites, to his performance of Theroux's own sometimes understated, sometimes exasperated, sardonic wit.

The greatest pleasure of this travel account is it's subjectivity! Theroux is so frank about his likes and dislikes, his expectations and disappointments, you really connect with his assessments, even if you don't agree with them.

Also, this book is funny as hell. I laughed out loud commuting on the subway, walking in the park, or sitting on my couch. I looked forward to every minute of listening, and I often backed up just to listen to a conversation a second or third time.

Definitely my top listen of 2015 (and I've listened to over 20 books so far this year!).

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Professor and the Madman

  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,222

Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect example of a quality audible book.

  • By Jerry on 07-07-03

fascinating but lengthy

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

The story itself is intriguing: both the madman's life and the compilation of the OED. Yet the author provided too much distantly related information (out of despair of the shortness of the book?) which diminished it overall quality.


  • Trust Me, I'm Lying

  • Confessions of a Media Manipulator
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,928
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694

"You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trust me, it's worth the listen, and I'm not lying

  • By topsales21 on 09-10-12

insightful( though not surprising) content

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

narrating could be much better; it sounds like Holiday recorded this book at his home office. Also, he employed too much rich-white-teenage-girl tone. loved the content though.

  • Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

  • By: Brooks Landon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Brooks Landon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

Why do some lengthy sentences flow effortlessly while others stumble along? Why are you captivated by the writing of particular authors? How can you craft sentences that reflect your unique outlook on the world? This lively, 24-lecture course introduces you to the myriad ways in which we think about, talk about, and write sentences. Reviving the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing, Professor Landon provides a greater context for what makes sentences great - and how you can apply these methods to your own writing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I appreciate long sentences more now

  • By Kazuhiko on 09-22-13

Unvaryingly Insightful, Undeniably Practical

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

Would you listen to Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft again? Why?

Absolutely. I would do so just to hear him read some of the sentences again. However, be warned that the disclaimer attached to the summary of this course is not quite honest. The absence of the accompanying course guide DOES indeed detract from the usefulness of this class. Perhaps this disclaimer is attached to all great courses audiobooks; yet in the case of this particular course--one on SENTENCE WRITING--the absence of this guide seems a particular flaw.

What did you like best about this story?

Professor Landon's ability to pick out the choicest sentences from various novels, essays, and style guides to illustrate whichever point he might be making.

What about Professor Brooks Landon’s performance did you like?

The professor has an infectious enthusiasm for the topic; he reads every sentence with relish, savouring them, swirling them around in his mouth like a fine liqueur. Contrary to the suggestion of many other reviews attached to this page, he does indeed pronounce the word 'sentence' properly. It's a shame that such a petty prejudice against a man's accent precluded their enjoyment of the splendid gift that Professor Landon has passed on.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft?

I will never underestimate the power of a carefully crafted sentence.