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Paul Houser

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  • Crashes and Crises: Lessons from a History of Financial Disasters

  • By: Connel Fullenkamp, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Connel Fullenkamp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Professor Connel Fullenkamp of Duke University guides listeners through four centuries of economic disasters - from tulip mania in the 1600s to the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Each of his 24 lectures covers a notable incident of financial misfortune or folly that is worthy of a Hollywood thriller.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST explainer out there hits a new high level

  • By Philo on 09-22-18

Capitalist Defense of Financial Chicanery

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-19

A capitalist lick-spittle fawns over and soft peddles the very worst of capitalism in crisis.

  • The Calculating Stars

  • A Lady Astronaut Novel
  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the East Coast of the US, including Washington, DC. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the Earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space and requires a much-larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s drive to become the first lady astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super impressed

  • By Mean Jane on 07-27-18

Entertaining Alternate History

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Great narration by the author. A race to the stars to escape impending ecological disaster.

  • The Panther

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,302

Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corey and Brenner--it doesn't get any better!

  • By Janels on 11-01-12

Sadly Forgettable

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-19

19 hours to recognize I was relistening. Brick was dreadful. A collection of well-worn tropes.

  • The Faded Sun Trilogy

  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Collected in one volume is all three books in C. J. Cherryh's epic The Faded Sun trilogy: Kesrith, Shon'jir, and Kutath

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing, very original..No Spoilers.

  • By Kevin Famighetti on 01-11-19

An Earlier Work From a Grand Master

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

A stranger in a strange land epic about the last of a people turning homeward.

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  • Ancillary Justice

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,816
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,578

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past the Narrator to finish the story.

  • By Zillah on 12-08-14

An Original Premise Fulfilled

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

An AI struggling to get a measure of vengeance on a nearly omniscient all-powerful Emperor.

  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series Overall, but seemed Rushed

  • By Daniel on 10-15-17

Regrettable Lack of Depth

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

There are elements of a great story here, but the story lacks meaningful complicated detail.

  • What the Hell Did I Just Read

  • A Novel of Cosmic Horror
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John, and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they - like you - would be better off not knowing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please fix the audio

  • By Chris Bell on 10-03-17

An Insane Return to Form

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The continuing adventures of John, David and Amy. This time with mind-bending f-bugs. Soy Sauce!

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,288
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,963

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-02-18

Just an okay table reading

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

It's just a hokey story with reused tropes that is a little dreary. Ho hum.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,379

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Super Villains Galore

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

No superheroes, only supervillains with normal people to fight against them. Interesting, but not enough.

  • Six Wakes

  • By: Mur Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Mur Lafferty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 713

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. At least Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent story and characters

  • By Blaise Freeman on 02-26-17

A Clone Whodunit

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Six colony ship clones try to solve their murders before they are murdered once again.