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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 1,070
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 928
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 926

    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: $26.95

    • 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 347
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 318

    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

    • The Four Books

    • By: Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas - translator
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling reeducation compound, freethinking artists and academics are detained to strengthen their loyalty to Communist ideologies. Here, the Musician and her lover, the Scholar, along with the Author and the Theologian, are forced to carry out grueling physical work and are encouraged to inform on each other for dissident behavior. The prize: winning a chance at freedom.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 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 617
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 557
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 557

    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 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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: $24.95

    • Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction 

    • By: Sabina Knight
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Perhaps nowhere else has literature been as conscious a collective endeavor as in China, and China's survival over 3,000 years may owe more to its literary traditions than to its political history. This Very Short Introduction tells the story of Chinese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on the key role literary culture played in supporting social and political concerns. Embracing traditional Chinese understandings of literature as encompassing history and philosophy as well as poetry and poetics, storytelling, drama, and the novel, Sabina Knight discusses the philosophical foundations of literary culture.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A book perhaps best suited in paper format

    • By Huldren on 07-26-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Last Panther

    • Slaughter of the Reich - The Halbe Kessel 1945
    • By: Wolfgang Faust
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    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

    • 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 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    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

    • In Manchuria

    • A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China
    • By: Michael Meyer
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    For three years Meyer rented a home in the rice-farming community of Wasteland, hometown of his wife's family, and their personal saga mirrors the tremendous change most of rural China is undergoing in the form of a privately held rice company that has built new roads, introduced organic farming, and constructed high-rise apartments into which farmers can move in exchange for their land rights.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Recommended, uniquely informative and entertaining

    • By mz on 01-02-17
    • A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China
    • By: Michael Meyer
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 02-17-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 38 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 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 57
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent in every way

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-26-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Strange Stones

    • By: Peter Hessler
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    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

    • 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 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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

    • Lingo

    • Around Europe in Sixty Languages
    • By: Gaston Dorren
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 62

    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 14 mins
    • Release date: 12-01-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 76 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    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

    • 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 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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: $34.94

    • Little Rice

    • Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream 
    • By: Clay Shirky
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Since the 1990s China has been climbing up the ladder of quality, from doing knockoffs to designing its own high-end goods. Xiaomi - its name literally means "little rice" - is landing squarely in this shift in China's economy. But the remarkable rise of Xiaomi from startup to colossus is more than a business story because mobile phones are special. The common desiderata of the global population, mobile phones offer the kind of freedom and connectedness that autocratic countries are terrified of.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Informative and up to date.

    • By Kevin on 01-10-16
    • Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream 
    • By: Clay Shirky
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 10-13-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 ratings

    Regular price: $14.95

    • 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 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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

    • The Farewell Symphony

    • A Novel
    • By: Edmund White
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Named for the work by Haydn in which the instrumentalists leave the stage one after another until only a single violin remains playing, this is the story of a man who has outlived most of his friends. Having reached the six-month anniversary of his lover's death, he embarks on a journey of remembrance that will recount his struggle to become a writer and his discovery of what it means to be a gay man.

    Regular price: $34.94

    • Paper Promises

    • Debt, Money, and the New World Order
    • By: Philip Coggan
    • Narrated by: George Backman
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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 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 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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

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