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  • The Clockwork Universe

  • Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,456

The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Wonder We Left the Dark Ages

  • By Troy on 01-15-13

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

It had very little to do with the Royal Society and a lot to do with how miserable peoples lives were in the 17th century. I was very disappointed.

  • Peter the Great

  • His Life and World
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 43 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Adam on 10-26-11

Outstanding book!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-12

The book was wonderful. Robert Massie is a brilliant writer. I was enchanted with the book from page 1 and could not stop reading it. agree that the narrator's accent and style were not the greatest. But the narrator is an acquired taste. I initially did not like the narrator but it did not take long before I began to enjoy him. And I had no problem understanding him.

  • Aftershock

  • Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown
  • By: David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

While the "experts" want us to believe that all is well (or will be soon), nothing could be further from the truth. The worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 was just a sneak preview of what is to come. But for those who act quickly and correctly, there is still time to protect yourself, your family, and your business in the next global money meltdown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, convincing, and well narrated advert.

  • By David M. Weprin on 10-01-11

Infomercial Garbage

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

Reviewed: 10-18-11

This was the worst audiobook I have ever read. The arrogance of the authors is astounding. There arrogance is only surpassed by their insecurity. They spend the entire first two chapters trying to convince the reader why you should believe what they are saying. Their answer - because they were the only ones in the world who had the forsight to see the housing bubble and they were right in their last book so they must be right now. Everyone I knew thought that we were in a housing bubble! When they are not trying to convince you how smart they are they are trying to sell you on their services. I lost count of the number of times they mentioned their website or phone number and urged the reader to contact them. Do not waste your money or credits on this book.

20 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008

  • By: Paul Krugman
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

In this new, greatly updated edition of The Return of Depression Economics, Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increasingly out-of-control financial system set the United States, and the world as a whole, up for the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. He also lays out the steps that must be taken to contain the crisis, and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the printed book

  • By John Satterfield on 10-13-09

don't waste your money

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-09

I was very very disappointed with this book. I love Paul Krugman but hated this book. I could not believe that a Nobel Prize winner could write a book about the most important crisis facing the world today and not have any original ideas about how to get us out of this mess. Moreover, the book title is totally misleading - only a small portion of the book (the very last chapter) discusses the current crisis. And that chapter does little more than repeat what Krugman says in his NY Times column - the government should spend our way out of the crisis. The rest of the book is an economic history lesson of what happened in all the other economic crises since the Great Depression. And it is not even a very good history lesson. Not only was the book bad but the narrator was also bad. I could not stand to listen to his condescending tone. Save yourself the time and the credits. If you are interested in reading what Krugman thinks read his column. If you are interested in an economic history book (which this is) there are much better ones out there to read.

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,010

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

Excellent!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-08

I could not stop listening to this book! I listened to it in record time because I could not wait to find out what happened next. It was very well written and very well narrated. Although I think that it probably appeals more to women than men, I enjoyed it very much. I cannot wait to read the follow on book. The only thing that I disliked in the book is that it is a little too graphic at times in its language and in its description of sex and violence.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful