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  • The Age of Cryptocurrency

  • How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order
  • By: Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917

Bitcoin became a buzzword overnight. A cyber enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate. You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars, yet few people seem truly to understand what it is. This raises the question: Why should anyone care about bitcoin? In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey deliver the definitive answer to this question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely fascinating, yet scary and exciting,

  • By Larry V. on 04-13-15

Must read book

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

In short it’s an amazing book. It describes the history and origins of bitcoin and blockchain, going through all events up until 2014. It describes very well the benefits, advantages, risks, ... of crypto currencies. Talks about the impact of digital currencies and blockchain on the global economy and politics. Talks about ethereum and smart contracts, ripple and instantaneous transfers, crypto currency exchanges, wallets, ... and many other related topics.
Even though the book was completed in 2014 but has all what you need to know about the subject.
Finally the narrator, Sean Pratt, is the icing on the cake. He is just perfect.
Amazing book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Unknown Universe

  • A New Exploration of Time, Space and Cosmology
  • By: Stuart Clark PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

On March 21, 2013, the European Space Agency released a map of the afterglow of the big bang. Taking in 440 sextillion kilometers of space and 13.8 billion years of time, it is physically impossible to make a better map: We will never see the early universe in more detail. On the one hand, such a view is the apotheosis of modern cosmology; on the other, it threatens to undermine almost everything we hold cosmologically sacrosanct.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting Information - Poor Reader

  • By Daniel L on 03-17-17

Very easy to read and very informative

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

What i liked most about this book is that it is diversified and touches many subjects in cosmology, few in quantum mechanics, relativity theory, etc...
I didn't like some parts, especially at the beginning of the book, when the author goes back in history and explains about what and how scientists (cosmologists, physicists, ...) discovered the elements of universe and how theories were put in place, etc... I find such parts boring and useless for someone who wants to understand the universe now.
The narration is excellent.

18 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • A Guide to Wine

  • By: Julian Curry
  • Narrated by: Julian Curry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

Actor and wine expert Julian Curry has devised a unique audiobook guide to wine. The whole subject is introduced and explained – how wine is made, the different grapes, the different blends, vintages, wine-growing areas and types. In an entertaining and informal style, he also teaches how to taste wine, and how to choose and store it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive overview

  • By Laurence on 09-26-03

Average

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

Too much details, especially with list of vines and terroirs in each country. This part should have beeen like a reference, not to be read entirely. And not enough details when talking about fermentation or production or tasting. The author mentioned many wines in each country but i would have loved if he mentioned the best reputed wines also with some details about them.

  • Parallel Worlds

  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

In Parallel Worlds, world-renowned physicist and best-selling author Michio Kaku - an author who "has a knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth" (Wall Street Journal) - takes listeners on a fascinating tour of cosmology, M-theory, and its implications for the fate of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent book

  • By Nicolas on 09-20-16

excellent book

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

the author covered a very wide horizon of cosmology with related subjects of quantum physics, relativity and other theories. he explains also the latest quantum theories like string theory, super symmetry and M theories that could be considered as the unified theories and their impact on cosmology. he also talks a lot about the future of humanity and the options that humanity would have to survive. very captivating.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • America's War for the Greater Middle East

  • A Military History
  • By: Andrew J. Bacevich
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro, Andrew J. Bacevich
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country's most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise - now more than 30 years old and with no end in sight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Key to Understanding the US Need for Perp. War

  • By Darwin8u on 05-01-16

Interesting history of all the US involvement in the ME

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

The book contains, in addition to the history of course, the reasons behind those wars and the way the different American decision makers, politicians and military, used to see this region and its importance.
The reader is however very boring. But I highly Recommended the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Survive (and Thrive) During the Great Gold Bust Ahead

  • By: Harry S. Dent Jr.
  • Narrated by: Harry S. Dent Jr.
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

In his brand new audiobook, How to Survive (and Thrive) During the Great Gold Bust Ahead, Harry warns investors that moving their assets into gold isn't the safe haven they think it is - and why it won't protect them from the biggest market collapse since The Great Depression, set to hit in 2016.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Honest bad advice

  • By Brandon Clark on 12-26-16

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

The author seems extremely convinced about his predictions and tries to convey his convinctions to the readers. I'm not sure if anyone on this earth can be so sure about future events especially related to economy, and therefore pushing people to act accordingly.
If however his predictions will be true, then we are heading to a new economical worldwide disaster. But again, is it possible that no one from the world economical and financial leaders predicted the same events or read his book and was convinced about his predictions, and will do nothing to change this fact?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Territory

  • The Secret History of Cyber War
  • By: Fred Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116

As cyber attacks dominate front-page news, as hackers join the list of global threats, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best narrator - Malcolm Hillgartner

  • By Greg Davis on 07-20-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

I was not expecting and was disappointed by the fact that the book talked mainly about the historical events related to cyber security and cyber warfare, from the era older than 10 years (60s, 70s, etc....). I was more interested in more recent events.

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,672

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Misleading title (Sapiens) but interesting book

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

The title makes you think it will be a book about the historical ancestors of human kind. A big part of the book actually talks about it (and it's very interesting) but the remaining part gives a unique analysis about mankind's cognitive evolution throughout history, until our present days and even gives some hints about the future.
I didn't like however the author's sarcasm about religions in general and Christianity in particular. But even with this last comment in mind, I highly recommend the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Triple Agent

  • The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA
  • By: Joby Warrick
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

In December 2009, a group of the CIA’s top terrorist hunters gathered at a secret base in Khost, Afghanistan, to greet a rising superspy: Humam Khalil al-Balawi, a Jordanian double-agent who infiltrated the upper ranks of al-Qaeda. For months, he had sent shocking revelations from inside the terrorist network and now promised to help the CIA assassinate Osama bin Laden’s top deputy. Instead, as he stepped from his car, he detonated a 30-pound bomb strapped to his chest, instantly killing seven CIA operatives....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great modern history story

  • By Melissa on 08-11-11

Not worth it

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

If you think you will read a great spy book, you're totally mistaken. 80% of the book is describing the different characters involved in the bombing and their superiors, relatives, colleagues, etc ... The actual story can be told in not more than 1 hour. There is even a chapter about targeting Osama bin Laden, which has of course nothing to do with the book.
Totally not worth the time spent.
The book "black flags" for the same author, is by far a better choice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Flags

  • The Rise of ISIS
  • By: Joby Warrick
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,857

Pulitzer Prize, General nonfiction, 2016. When Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So much learned

  • By mike flavin on 02-11-16

Must read book

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Anyone who is remotely interested in the Middle Eastern politics and events must read this book. It shows the roots of ISIS (or ISIL or Daesh) and how they started, grew, what events helped them, who was behind their initial ideology, their impact on Iraq and Syria, until they took over Mosul and its treasures and piles of arms, and the public announcement of the Islamic khalifate.
I didn't however like the narrator. He was very slow and monotonous.