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  • Free Women, Free Men

  • Sex, Gender, Feminism
  • By: Camille Paglia
  • Narrated by: Camille Paglia
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Ever since the release of her seminal first book, Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia has remained one of feminism's most outspoken, independent, and searingly intelligent voices. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. At once illuminating, witty, and inspiring, these essays are essential listening that affirm the power of men and women and what we can accomplish together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paglia at her best

  • By Jason on 04-19-17

One of the best I've bought

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

Paglia delivers a tour de force in this reading of her latest book. Her emphasis and intonation of her past essays and articles add life to the written word.

Unable to contain herself she frequently seems to ad lib in order to explain certain points and to discuss events along the evolution of feminism in particular. These were the highlights of book for me.

Her thoughts on art had me mesmerised.

I enjoyed this audio book far more than most I've heard and would recommend it to anyone wishing to challenge their own thinking or enrich their knowledge of modern social gender phenomena.

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  • The Ricky Gervais Guide to... THE ARTS

  • By: Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
  • Narrated by: Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

In this episode we ask the question, "What is art?"; Karl offers his thoughts on Hirst's oeuvre; Practical considerations regarding art in the home; Karl through the looking glass; Primeval paintings; Gratuitous graffiti; Sculptures in the Square; Karl on political works of art; Karl on film; Outsider art; Whistler's mother-in-law; Music - from Vaughan Williams to Whittaker; Shakespeare's plays on words; Harry the war poet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupid funny!!!

  • By january on 10-20-12

Why did they stop?

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

The Gervais / Pilkington books are among the funniest things I've ever heard.

If you've never heard one then start now. You'll love it.

Like having three old mates over to chat about nothing at all.

  • The New Road to Serfdom

  • A Letter of Warning to America
  • By: Daniel Hannan
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72

In The New Road to Serfdom, British conservative Daniel Hannan argues forcefully and passionately that Americans must not allow Barack Obama to take us down the road to EU-style social democracy. Instead, he pleads with Americans not to abandon the founding principles that made their country a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent read from a brilliant man...

  • By Martin on 10-30-11

A brilliant warning to Americans flirting with European ideals

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

Daniel Hannan is among one of the worlds most refreshing conservative voices.

This book is a well written and timely warning to Americans about the dangers of seeing themselves as "just another country".

A fantastic, honest and intellectual appraisal of US exceptionalism, it's democratic roots, and the extraordinary peril of losing it.

This could not come at a more important moment in history.

Thanks Daniel, I enjoyed it the first time I heard it also.

  • Grey Wolf

  • The Escape of Adolf Hitler
  • By: Simon Dunstan, Gerrard Williams
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

When Truman asked Stalin in 1945 whether Hitler was dead, Stalin replied bluntly, "No." As late as 1952, Eisenhower declared: "We have been unable to unearth one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler's death." What really happened? Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams have compiled extensive evidence - some recently declassified - that Hitler actually fled Berlin and took refuge in a remote Nazi enclave in Argentina.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Long, but Worth Listening to Half

  • By David R. Tolson on 09-17-13

Excellent counterfactual historical tale

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

What made the experience of listening to Grey Wolf the most enjoyable?

I was absolutely fascinated by the counterfactual telling in this story. The key details are well researched and many are provable, the theories linking these are plausible, and the tale itself is spellbinding.

The author, who is a respected journo that I am aware of, clearly believes that Hitler did survive and the allies allowed it to occur.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Grey Wolf?

The life after arrival in Argentina fits with much of what I personally experienced and heard when living in that part of the world. Secrets and whispers and closed German communities and many other tales.

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  • In Our Time: The Written World

  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Broadcaster and arts presenter Melvyn Bragg fronts The Written World, a five-part BBC Radio 4 series following the origins of writing from its first appearance 6,000 years ago and exploring how it has shaped the world's intellectual history. In the first programme, he looks at the technology of writing, and how making signs on clay, wood, or parchment enabled the development of human culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and informative audio book

  • By Daryl on 01-30-15

Enjoyable and informative audio book

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

What did you love best about In Our Time: The Written World?

The interaction with subject experts across the broad sweep of history covered makes this a very interesting as well as entertaining book.

What did you like best about this story?

The tracking of writing through its impacts down the centuries was a very good way to tell this story.

  • Lost to the West

  • The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
  • By: Lars Brownworth
  • Narrated by: Lars Brownworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a delight for anyone interested in history !

  • By Cinders on 05-28-13

Majestic historical storytelling.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

This is a truly brilliant audio book. This is the third or fourth time I have listened to it and every time I sit enthralled.

The Romans, buttressing Europe for a millennia from the Islamic hordes streaming throughout Christian lands.

Bought low by Christian armies only to limp forward until extermination by the Turks.

A fine reminder of how easily the west surrenders its history and culture, while at the same time reminding us that we have much to be proud of, much in common with Eastern Europe, and part of a story that repeats time after time.

Majestic storytelling.

  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

  • By: Tom Standage
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,798

Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Informative

  • By Stoker on 09-09-11

Offensive use of the terms BCE and CE

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

Would you try another book from Tom Standage and/or Sean Runnette?

From Sean, any day. But I found the authors use of the terms BCE and CE, instead of BC and AD to be highly offensive and a denial of 2000 years of history. I tried to get past this but, as a history book, it was in my ear every few minutes and in the end I could not continue to listen to it.

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  • After America

  • Get Ready for Armageddon
  • By: Mark Steyn
  • Narrated by: Mark Steyn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

In his giant New York Times best seller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction. No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facts

  • By Peter on 11-11-11

Truly brilliant analysis

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

What did you love best about After America?

Steyn has uncovered what many already know but have either been too ineloquent or (sadly) too frightened to say for decades. This is a warning, the west either reclaims its heritage at the forefront of modern history, or we allow ourselves to be torn down into a morass powered by self loathing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of After America?

His comments on the war against manhood was extremely well researched.

What about Mark Steyn’s performance did you like?

Good, witty and well paced delivery.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Make the wrong people do the right thing

  • The Poets' Corner

  • The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family
  • By: John Lithgow
  • Narrated by: Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You, JL

  • By Scot on 07-18-11

Excellent introduction to poetry

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

Reviewed: 12-05-11

Would you consider the audio edition of The Poets' Corner to be better than the print version?

I have long been a fan of good poetry but knew little or nothing of the art behind the words. This was a fantastic introduction for me to the world of poetry, the history and great names in the area - as well as providing me with a lot of very good poems to think over and work through my mind. Liked it a lot.

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

No, it is something I have returned to several times and still working my way through parts of it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,429

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

Really enjoyed this one

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-11

I would recommend this to anybody with even a glancing knowledge or interest in this subject. The Khans, and Genghis as the founder of the dynasty, have had a more far reaching impact on the modern world than I ever could have known. Exceptionally engaging, truly informative, and an all round great book. I have listed to it a few times already.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful