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FM Veteran

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  • "Not revolutionary any more"

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    Having so often seen this book mentioned in other texts, I was interested to find out what all the excitement was about. Having finished it, I could only wish I’d read it fifty years ago, when the ideas contained within it must have sounded much more revelatory than they do today. To be fair, it’s unusually articulate for a scientific text, and the central hypothesis is still robust and thought-provoking. But it's not what you'd call an entertaining read. Kuhn does illuminate some of his ideas with historical examples, but nothing like as colourfully as a good popular-science writer would today. Consequently, much of the book is, in all honesty, pretty turgid. In between the passages where the pace picks up, there are long stretches of rather hard going. It even takes Kuhn several chapters just to establish his premises before embarking on the main argument. By then, I didn’t really feel that bothered any more. Still, it’s intelligently read and well produced, it’s pretty short (4.5 hours on x2), and at least you can say afterwards that you’ve read it, and not just read about it.

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    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

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    • By Thomas S. Kuhn
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
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    Named one of "The Hundred Most Influential Books Since the Second World War" by the Times Literary Supplement, and one of the "100 Best Nonfiction" books by the Modern Library, Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a landmark of scientific thought. Written in 1962, Kuhn's book took an entirely different view of how scientists perceived and achieved changes in basic theoretical assumptions - what he termed "paradigm shifts".

    FM Veteran says: "Not revolutionary any more"
  • "A long and winding road - but worth..."

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    What I most liked about this ambitious study is that, unusually, it does not present a timeline of a single location but moves from place to place as time goes on – so that, for example, you can learn what was in the news in China, India or Egypt just when Troy was falling. You do however need to be aware that Susan Wise Bauer is not a historian, but a teacher of American literature. Her introduction announces slightly ominously that she is not interested in ‘scientific’ history, and prefers a story-telling approach. Consequently, the early chapters, made up of the outlandish mythologies of dead cultures, had me worried. But there was no need to be. Though she largely ignores the latest archaeological, genetic and linguistic data that make some of her old textual sources look quite misleading, you still get an engrossing and flowing account of events, as reported by the ancients themselves, that gives you a feel for the big picture. And there’s nothing to stop you delving deeper into ‘scientific’ details if the fancy takes you.

    Narrator John Lee does a good, solid job with this huge project, lending the story a suitably grand air and attempting all those exotic ancient names colourfully. Unfortunately, I felt he didn’t quite pass the acid test of a great narrator, which is to add colour to the narrative without distracting. You needn’t be a pedant to wonder why he pronounces Latin the way they do in the Vatican instead of the way the Romans did. And, although he has an appropriately RP accent for the project, his articulation of every syllable is strangely precise, as though he were desperate to get top marks in an elocution exam. Yet some of his vowels remain incongruously northern English; and, when he lobs in a bunch of random US pronunciations, as though educated North Americans will otherwise be bamboozled, you wonder whose side of the ocean he’s on. Maybe an American female might have captured Ms Bauer’s tone better?

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    The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

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    • By Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

    Anne says: "Entertaining and informative"
  • "Not quite full marks"

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    Given the unwieldy length of its subject, Francis Wheen’s book is remarkably brief, and possibly not the most cost-effective use of an Audible credit. On the other hand, it does tell you all you probably need to know about Marx’s strangely influential tome. Wheen paints a picture of Marx as a chaotic, pretentious fibber who knocked together just enough material to please his editor, but never got around to completing a work that has nevertheless attained the touchstone quality of a religious text. He then undermines ‘Das Kapital’ in almost every particular: not in a polemic way, but simply by evoking the mind-boggling abstruseness of its economic argument (which even Harold Wilson never bothered to read) and then relating the manifold ways in which subsequent history has proved this ‘scientific’ text wrong in virtually all of its predictions. It’s therefore perplexing that Wheen ends by suggesting, on the strength of nothing but the same romantic impulse that spawned ‘Das Kapital’ itself, that Marx may have his day yet.

    Since Wheen has a pleasing and suitably sardonic speaking voice, it’s a shame that he didn’t relate the text himself. Simon Vance’s performance is all right as a substitute but, though he obviously boned up on how to pronounce German consonants and vowels, his efforts at German intonation often resemble calamitous car-crashes. You’d have thought that the narrator brief for an audio-book concerning a much-quoted German author and German text would somewhere include the words, “Must speak German”.

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    Marx's Das Kapital: A Biography: Books That Changed the World

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    • By Francis Wheen
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    In this brilliant book, Francis Wheen, the author of the most successful biography of Karl Marx, tells the story of Das Kapital and Marx's 20-year struggle to complete his unfinished masterpiece. Born in a two-room flat in London's Soho amid political squabbles and personal tragedy, the first volume of Das Kapital was published in 1867 to muted praise. But after Marx's death, the book went on to influence thinkers, writers, and revolutionaries.

    FM Veteran says: "Not quite full marks"
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    Andrew Roberts has somehow managed to show the whole picture whilst not losing sight of all the little things that made-up this momentous time. I would strongly recommend his book to anyone with even a passing interest in WW2. By drawing on the works of a rich variety of sources and with the benefit of hindsight and obviously substantial and meticulous research, plus the ability to categorise varied elements into a logical format, he presents an entirely new slant on so many aspects of the war. Not long into my listening I bought the hardcopy as a companion volume. However, what really makes this audiobook a true standout is the reading by Christian Rodska, interspersed with the 'voices' of Hitler, Churchill, Patton, Monty, and just about everybody else from the SS Corporal to the British Colonel, the GI, the Diplomat, the Soldier, Sailor and Airman and the ordinary 'man in the street' which bring to this work a cast of thousands. This is what audiobooks are about. I am an avid listener of audiobooks over many years and this is one of the best examples of the 'craft' that I have been pleased to come across. Encore..!

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    The Storm of War

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    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    One of the best selling History titles of 2009. Examining the Second World War on every front, Andrew Roberts asks whether, with a different decision-making process and a different strategy, Hitler's Axis might even have won. Were those German generals who blamed everything on Hitler after the war correct, or were they merely scapegoating their former Führer once he was safely beyond defending himself?

    Colin says: "An Outstanding Piece of Work"

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    • By Susan Wise Bauer
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UNABRIDGED) by Ranginui Walker Narrated by Michael Keir Morrissey

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    This is Dr. Ranginui Walker's best-selling history of Aotearoa, New Zealand, from a Maori perspective. Since the mid-nineteenth century, Maori have been involved in an endless struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. In this book Dr. Walker provides a uniquely Maori view, not only of the events of the past two centuries but beyond to the very origins of Maori people.

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  • The Nile: A Journey Downriver through Egypt's past and Present (






UNABRIDGED) by Toby Wilkinson Narrated by Peter Ganim

    The Nile: A Journey Downriver through Egypt's past and Present

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    Renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson leads us through space as much as time: From the river's mystical sources (the Blue Nile which rises in Ethiopia, and the White Nile coursing from majestic Lake Victoria); to Thebes, with its Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Luxor Temple; the fertile Delta; Giza, home of the Great Pyramid, the sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World; and finally, to the pulsating capital city of Cairo, where the Arab Spring erupted on the bridges over the Nile.

  • The Rescuer (






UNABRIDGED) by Dara Horn Narrated by Diane Piron-Gelman

    The Rescuer

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    In 1941, a young Harvard-educated classicist named Varian Fry arrived in occupied France on a daring mission to rescue more than 2,000 of Europe's leading writers, artists, and intellectuals from the Nazis. Hounded by the Gestapo, he smuggled Marchel Duchamp, Marc Chagall, Hannah Arendt and dozens of other 20th century cultural luminaries out of France and brought them to America. So why did even the people Fry saved want to forget him?

  • How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous (






UNABRIDGED) by Georgia Bragg Narrated by L. J. Ganser

    How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

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    Over the course of history, famous people made mistakes that were so monumental they could never escape them, no matter how brilliant their successes! Ferdinand Magellan is credited as the first man to sail around the world...but he only actually made it halfway. His terrible treatment of everyone he met cut his life journey short. Queen Isabella of Spain is remembered for financing Columbus' expeditions - and for creating the Spanish Inquisition.

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