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    • Age of Ambition

    • Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
    • By: Evan Osnos
    • Narrated by: Evan Osnos, George Backman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

    As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Come back when you have a warrant!

    • By Neuron on 11-06-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Tiger Tracks

    • The Classic Panzer Memoir
    • By: Wolfgang Faust
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 382
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 349
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 350

    Wolfgang Faust was the driver of a Tiger I tank with the Wehrmacht Heavy Panzer Battalions, seeing extensive combat action on the Eastern Front in 1943-45. This memoir is his brutal and deeply personal account of the Russian Front's appalling carnage. Depicting a running tank engagement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the snows of Western Russia against the full might of the Red Army.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Realistic I can't verify, but it's a fun read

    • By amazonbuyer2016 on 11-30-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Lingo

    • Around Europe in Sixty Languages
    • By: Gaston Dorren
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    Lingo spins the listener on a whirlwind tour of 60 European languages and dialects, sharing quirky moments from their histories and exploring their commonalities and differences. Most European languages are descended from a single ancestor, a language not unlike Sanskrit known as Proto-Indo-European (or PIE for short), but the continent's ever-changing borders and cultures have given rise to a linguistic and cultural diversity that is too often forgotten in discussions of Europe as a political entity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect narrator fit!

    • By John S. on 08-31-16
    • Around Europe in Sixty Languages
    • By: Gaston Dorren
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 12-01-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 86 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Winter Is Coming

    • Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
    • By: Garry Kasparov
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 647
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 587
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 586

    The ascension of Vladimir Putin - a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB - to the presidency of Russia in 1999 should have been a signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years - as America and the world's other leading powers have continued to appease him - Putin has grown into not only a dictator but a global threat. With his vast resources and nuclear weapons, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • skip the first chapter (the intro read by Garry)

    • By I am No Expert on 10-19-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Ten Days That Shook the World

    • By: John Reed
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    A journalist writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, John Reed gives a gripping record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally seized power. Containing verbatim reports both of speeches by leaders and the chance comments of bystanders, set against an idealized backcloth of the proletariat, soldiers, sailors, and peasants uniting to throw off oppression, Reed's account is the product of passionate involvement and remains a classic of reporting.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting but difficult to follow

    • By Eduardo Bucio on 09-05-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Deng Xiaoping

    • A Revolutionary Life
    • By: Alexander V. Pantsov, Steven I. Levine
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 66

    Deng Xiaoping joined the Chinese Communist movement as a youth and rose in its ranks to become an important lieutenant of Mao's from the 1930s onward. Two years after Mao's death in 1976, Deng became the de facto leader of the Chinese Communist Party and the prime architect of China's post-Mao reforms. Abandoning the Maoist socioeconomic policies he had long fervently supported, he set in motion changes that would dramatically transform China's economy, society, and position in the world. Three decades later we are living with the results.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thought-provoking

    • By Jean on 07-21-15

    Regular price: $34.94

    • Red Sorghum

    • A Novel of China
    • By: Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (translator)
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty, as the Chinese battle both Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s. A legend in China, where it won major literary awards and inspired an Oscar-nominated film directed by Zhang Yimou, Red Sorghum is a book in which fable and history collide to produce fiction that is entirely new—and unforgettable.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best narrator I've ever heard!

    • By Tyler on 12-12-16

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Paper Promises

    • Debt, Money, and the New World Order
    • By: Philip Coggan
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    Just as Britain set the terms of the international system in the 19th century, and America in the 20th century, a new system will be set by today's creditors in China and the Middle East. In the process, rich will be pitted against poor, young against old, public sector workers against taxpayers, and one country against another. In Paper Promises, Economist columnist Philip Coggan helps us to understand the origins of this mess and how it will affect the new global economy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great intro and overview on money, banking, debt

    • By Philo on 03-09-12

    Regular price: $22.46

    • The Last Panther

    • Slaughter of the Reich - The Halbe Kessel 1945
    • By: Wolfgang Faust
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183

    While the Battle of Berlin in 1945 is widely known, the horrific story of the Halbe Kessel remains largely untold. In April 1945, victorious Soviet forces encircled 80,000 men of the German 9th Army in the Halbe area, South of Berlin, together with many thousands of German women and children. The German troops, desperate to avoid Soviet capture, battled furiously to break out toward the West, where they could surrender to the comparative safety of the Americans.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Fake Memoir - Literary Fraud - Violent War Porn

    • By Erik on 05-25-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Shanghai 1937

    • Stalingrad on the Yangtze
    • By: Peter Harmsen
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    This deeply researched book describes one of the great forgotten battles of the 20th century. At its height it involved nearly a million Chinese and Japanese soldiers, while sucking in three million civilians as unwilling spectators and, often, victims. It turned what had been a Japanese adventure in China into a general war between the two oldest and proudest civilizations of the Far East. Ultimately, it led to Pearl Harbor and to seven decades of tumultuous history in Asia. The Battle of Shanghai was a pivotal event that helped define and shape the modern world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely Informative

    • By Jon Joel on 01-29-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Beautiful Room Is Empty

    • A Novel
    • By: Edmund White
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Moving from a Midwestern college to the Stonewall Tavern on the night of the first gay uprising - and populated by eloquent queens, butch poseurs, and a fearfully incompetent shrink - The Beautiful Room is Empty conflates the acts of coming out and coming of age.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Awful Narration

    • By Christopher on 02-19-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Singapore Is Not an Island

    • Views on Singapore Foreign Policy
    • By: Bilahari Kausikan
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Small states are always vulnerable. It is this sense of vulnerability that keeps Singapore alert. As a small country in Southeast Asia seeking to survive and prosper, Singapore cannot be ordinary. It must be extraordinary. Otherwise, why would anyone want to deal with Singapore rather than with larger countries? Herein lies the central challenge for Singapore in every area, including foreign policy. Singapore Is Not An Island: Views on Singapore Foreign Policy is a compilation of essays and public speeches by Bilahari Kausikan over the last 25 years. His is a frank and dispassionate assessment of the geopolitical realities to date.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Strange Stones

    • By: Peter Hessler
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure, Strange Stones is a far-ranging, thought-provoking collection of Peter Hessler’s best reportage - a dazzling display of the powerful storytelling, shrewd cultural insight, and warm sense of humor that are the trademarks of his work. Over the last decade, as a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three books, Peter Hessler has lived in Asia and the United States, writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider in these two very different regions.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • funny, entertaining

    • By Katherine on 08-02-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Leningrad: Siege and Symphony

    • The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich
    • By: Brian Moynahan
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony was first played in the city of its birth on August 9, 1942. There has never been a first performance to match it. Pray God, there never will be again. Almost a year earlier, the Germans had begun their blockade of the city. Almost a year earlier, the Germans had begun their blockade of the city. Already many thousands had died of their wounds, the cold, and most of all, starvation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Important take on history and music

    • By J. Kahn on 10-14-14

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Tracking Bodhidharma

    • A Journey to the Heart of Chinese Culture
    • By: Andy Ferguson
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    The life of Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, has, with the passing of time, been magnified to the scale of myth, turning history into the stuff of legend. Known as the First Patriarch, Bodhidharma brought Zen from South India into China in 500 CE, changing the country forever. In Tracking Bodhidharma, Andrew Ferguson recreates the path of Bodhidharma, traveling through China to the places where the First Patriarch lived and taught. This sacred trail takes Ferguson deep into ancient China.

    Regular price: $26.60

    • A Boy's Own Story

    • A Novel
    • By: Edmund White
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The audiobook's unnamed narrator, growing up during the 1950s, is beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, compelling him to seek out works of art and literature as solace-and to uncover new relationships in the struggle to embrace his own sexuality.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Book, Mediocre Narration

    • By Bosco on 06-03-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei (Volume One: The Gathering)

    • By: David Tod Roy (translator)
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    In this first of a planned five-volume set, David Roy provides a complete and annotated translation of the famous Chin P'ing Mei, an anonymous sixteenth-century Chinese novel that focuses on the domestic life of Hsi-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. This work, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of the narrative art form - not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narration and rollicking story

    • By Caroline on 11-21-14

    Regular price: $26.95

    • Kosher Chinese

    • Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion
    • By: Michael Levy
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    In September of 2005, the Peace Corps sent Michael Levy to teach English in the heart of China's heartland. His hosts in the city of Guiyang found additional uses for him: resident expert on Judaism, romantic adviser, and provincial basketball star, to name a few. His account of overcoming vast cultural differences to befriend his students and fellow teachers is by turns poignant and laugh-out-loud funny.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not quite his target audience I guess

    • By John S. on 10-09-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • In the Company of Bears

    • What Black Bears Have Taught Me About Intelligence and Intuition
    • By: Benjamin Kilham
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Imagine raising an orphaned bear cub, carefully reintroducing her to the wild, then being welcomed back, almost daily, to observe her wild world for more than 17 years. Imagine visiting her in her feeding spots, watching her with her mates and her young, peering into her den, and, over time, observing the lives of all the other wild bears in her territory and surrounding ones. That is what happened to Ben Kilham.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lovely, Inspiring

    • By Kimberly on 05-10-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes

    • The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China
    • By: James Palmer
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    When an earthquake of historic magnitude leveled the industrial city of Tangshan in the summer of 1976, killing more than a half-million people, China was already gripped by widespread social unrest. As Mao lay on his deathbed, the public mourned the death of popular premier Zhou Enlai. Anger toward the powerful Communist Party officials in the Gang of Four, which had tried to suppress grieving for Zhou, was already potent; when the government failed to respond swiftly to the Tangshan disaster, popular resistance to the Cultural Revolution reached a boiling point.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 50% Earthquake 50% Bad Government

    • By Daphne on 05-20-15

    Regular price: $24.95

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