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  • How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 27 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion, and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization. Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting subject, not as good as GG&S

  • By Jeff H on 01-15-15

Excellent book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-17

very interesting comparing success and collapse of ancient civilizations and what to learn from them.

  • The Perfect Horse

  • The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find - his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine - an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Absorbing history

  • By Jean on 04-17-17

Recommended

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Reviewed: 12-25-16

I found this to be a very interesting audiobook which fleshes out the little known story of the displaced horses of Europe during and in the aftermath of World War 2.

  • The Romanov Cross

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
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    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-martial, but after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, he is offered a job no one else wants - to travel to a small island off the coast of Alaska and investigate a potentially lethal phenomenon. The permafrost has begun to melt, exposing bodies from a colony that was wiped out by the dreaded Spanish flu of 1918. Frank must determine if the thawed remains still carry the deadly virus in their frozen flesh and, if so, ensure that it doesn't come back to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Anne on 01-09-16

Meh

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-30-16

Interesting story line but author uses too many bad analogies... "Like a yellow rubber duckie". Narration was very bad ... I nearly bailed out a couple of times, but it does improve towards the end of the book.

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