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  • The Sun Also Rises

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: William Hurt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, mediocre narrator

  • By Lukas on 07-10-17

Great book but not the best Hemingway

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I like Hemingway’s style. Some snobs will call it simplistic but it works and, if you compare it with the writing in some modern best sellers, it is actually a great style.
If you want to learn about bullfights from someone who loved them, this is a great book. I have miss feelings about bullfights. I used to hate them but I’m starting to see why someone like Hemingway liked them. It also paints a fantastic picture of the Spanish landscape.
Over all I do not regret purchasing this book although if I have to pick only one book by the author I’d go for For Whom The Bell Tolls.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Considered one of the all-time great American works of fiction, Fitzgerald’s glorious yet ultimately tragic social satire on the Jazz Age encapsulates the exuberance, energy and decadence of an era. After the Great War, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. He buys a mansion across from her house and throws lavish parties to entice her. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best version of The Great Gatsby

  • By James on 24-10-12

There is a reason why this is a classic.

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I purchased this book reluctantly because “it was not my kind of book but I had to read it because it was a classic”.
I’m really glad I bought the book. There is a reason for it to be a classic. At no point the book slows down or becomes boring; it flows perfectly and the main character is nothing I thought he would be. The narrator does a great job too.

  • Apocalypse

  • Wasteland Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kyle West
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Alex Keener has lived all of his 16 years underground in US Bunker 108. When he goes on his first recon into the Wasteland, he will find out exactly why. Outside, Alex discovers a harsh landscape twisted by the impact of the meteor Ragnarok in 2030. Besides Raiders, dust storms, and cold, a new threat is evolving - the xenovirus, which twists men and animals into deadly monsters.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad if you are a 16 yr old afraid of big words

  • By Ariel on 14-02-19

Not bad if you are a 16 yr old afraid of big words

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

Granted, the genre doesn’t lend itself to great art but come on! It is infinitely inferior to The Dark Tower. The narrator is good and he does what we can with the book's limited vocabulary and short sentences. The worst part is how the author explains everything all the time. It’s like he is telling jokes and then feels compelled to explain them just in case.
I will not be buying the next books in the series.


  • Moros y cristianos [Moors and Christians]

  • La gran aventura de la España medieval [The Great Adventure of Medieval Spain]
  • By: Javier Esparza
  • Narrated by: Jaume Comas
  • Length: 35 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

José Javier Esparza comienza la historia de este audio libro donde terminó La gran aventura del Reino de Asturias del que lleva vendidos más de 30,000 ejemplares. Han concluido los tiempos agónicos de la primera resistencia cristiana contra el invasor musulmán y entramos en una España de moros y cristianos donde no siempre es fácil separar historia y leyenda: una España de doncellas cautivas y reinas moras, de guerreros y trovadores, de monjes y comerciantes en un tiempo en el que la vida era una apuesta continua.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelente

  • By Ariel on 29-08-18

Excelente

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Excelente libro sobre el bajo medievo español. El relato es entretenido. El narrador ha cambiado desde el volumen previo. Personalmente creo que es una gran mejora para la audiencia no mexicana. Para alguien con un conocimiento básico (que no es lo mismo que nulo) de historia, el libro aporta muchos detalles nuevos. Como en el volumen anterior, la ausencia de ideología neo marxista es refrescante. En ningún momento se trata de imponer estándares modernos a personajes históricos, mucho menos de idealizar la cultura mora mientras que se denigra a la naciente cultura e identidad hispana. El autor también utiliza el nombre correcto, España -o Hispania- en lugar del políticamente correcto Iberia, para referirse a los territorios Cristianos de la península. Un lujo.

  • The Children of Men

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

The year is 2021. No child has been born for 25 years. The human race faces extinction. Under the despotic rule of Xan Lyppiat, the Warden of England, the old are despairing and the young cruel. Theo Faren, a cousin of the warden, lives a solitary life in this ominous atmosphere. That is until a chance encounter with a young woman leads him into contact with a group of dissenters. Suddenly his life is changed irrevocably as he faces agonising choices which could affect the future of mankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • clear and atmospheric narration

  • By Eager on 03-04-16

This book explores a very interesting idea

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

The idea behind the book is really interesting: how would people behave if they knew there was no future for the human race? The prose is good also. I found the main female character’s stupid idealism extremely irritating but I know people like her and, after all, that is just my personal opinion. There is however the nagging feeling that author speaks through her. Even if he does, his original idea is so good that the book is worth reading.

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  • La Gran Aventura del Reino de Asturias [The Great Adventure of the Kingdom of Asturias]

  • Así Empezó la Reconquista [How the Reconquest Began]
  • By: José Javier Esparza
  • Narrated by: Raul Gutierrez
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

El nacimiento del reino de Asturias bajo la España musulmana fue una empresa titánica de resistencia y supervivencia. Una de las aventuras más fascinantes no sólo de la Historia de España, sino de la historia universal. Aunque resulta inconcebible que un puñado de rebeldes cristianos consiguiera formar, en el norte de la Península, un reino independiente frente al mayor poder de su tiempo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelente libro

  • By Ariel on 13-07-18

Excelente libro

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18

Este libro es excelente (una vez que te acostubras al acento del narrador, que no es ni español ni latinoamericano neutro, pero mas bien suena como el profesor Girafales).El libro trata sobre un periodo de la historia muy poco discutido (700-950) AD. Creo que es útil incluso para aquellos que leen a menudo libros de historia. Ademas, la ausencia del marxismo cultural que parece haber afectado cada uno de los libros de historia publicados recientemente en el mundo anglosajón es un lujo. El libro no idealiza la ocupación musulmana de España, tampoco se ensaña contra el Islam. Tampoco pinta al reino Visigodo destruido por la invasión como un grupo de salvajes sin consecuencia, que solo estaban vagando por España esperando para que alguien los civilizara, al contrario. Disfrutemos mientras podamos.

  • Maps of Meaning

  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

From the author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos comes a provocative hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't hesitate. Just buy it.

  • By Jonathan on 13-06-18

No one could wish this book to be longer

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I like Peterson but I think no one could wish this book to be longer. It seems to go on and on forever. Some parts are good, mainly when he focusses on experimental (or at least descriptive) psychology. When he tries to create his own system of philosophy (to call it something) the book derails:
The prose is too convoluted, full unnecessary iterations of nouns and adjectives such as: Chaos is the serpent, the dragon, the devouring creature from the deep, the all engulfing primeval darkness, etc., etc. or Culture is the father, the known, the place where we feel secure, home, etc., etc. (I am making these two up but the book is full of descriptions like these). It reminds me of the sort of postmodernist crap Jordan snorts at. Also many themes repeat themselves several times over in the book. I think the Inquisitor scene in The Brothers Karamazov is discussed at least 3 times! By the end I found myself starting up chapters and then skipping them altogether. In the last chapter Jordan recalls telling his dad "I think I discovered something no one has any ideal about and I am not sure I can do it justice", I'm with him on that one

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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,145

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven

  • By Matthew on 04-02-18

Specially good for parents of young boys and girls

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Reviewing the book is difficult because I really like the author. I’ll try to be fair.

The book is hard to classify. It can certainly teach you a lot about how postmodernist ideas have made things bad for everyone -not only for ‘young boys’- and how they are bound to make things even worst. At face value this could be a self-help book. If you are only looking for that, you’ll do much better with something by Roger Dawson (I guess). The book is a mix of short stories, philosophy and literary criticism, with some hard science –by which I mean not “social” science- sprinkled around. It is well written and engaging. The underlying subjects are deep but the book is not overly intellectual. Anyone who is sick of postmodernist Marxism will find it enjoyable. The degree of new knowledge provided by the book will depend on what is on your bookshelves already. For someone who has read from Nicomachean Ethics and the consolations of philosophy to Alan Sokal’s intellectual impostures, the book doesn’t provide much more on the way of new knowledge. It is however a breeze to listen and provides you with a well-packed set of premises to support you in a discussion. I am happy I bought it. Parents of 'young boys’ (and girls) should certainly read it.

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  • Historia de España contada para escépticos [History of Spain for Skeptics]

  • By: Juan Eslava Galán
  • Narrated by: German Gijon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

En este libro, que abarca desde los caníbales de Atapuerca hasta el talante del presidente Zapatero, no he pretendido escribir la historia que escribiría el pueblo, ya que el pueblo es ágrafo por naturaleza, sino, más bien, una historia de España contada para escépticos que no creen en la historia de España. No pretendo que sea veraz, justa y desapasionada, porque ninguna historia lo es, pero por lo menos intentaré que no mienta ni tergiverse a sabiendas, que ya es un propósito sobradamente ambicioso en los tiempos que corren.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelente y muy balanceado

  • By Ariel on 20-12-17

Excelente y muy balanceado

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

Qué difícil es encontrar estos días un libro (especialmente de historia) que no esté infectado de revisionismo post-marxista y political correctness. Este libro es realmente un lujo: entretenido y a la vez serio y lleno de datos relevantes. Más que para escépticos, este es un libro para los que están cansados de partidismos (para un lado y para el otro). No exulta ‘el imperio’ pero tampoco lo condena por todos los males de la humanidad; no se ensaña con los moros pero tampoco trata de vender el cuento de la ‘tolerancia’ y la edad dorada. Muchos libros, especialmente en el mundo anglosajón, casi que predican que España (o Iberia como la prefieren llamar ellos) estaría mejor siendo parte de Marruecos…

Una buena historia general de España. En algunos lugares se puede sentir una ligera falta de profundidad pero no se puede esperar más de un libro que cubre 2000 años de historia (aunque comienza con la pre-historia, esta parte la explora apenas) en unas pocas horas.

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  • Almost a Miracle

  • The American Victory in the War of Independence
  • By: John Ferling
  • Narrated by: David Baker
  • Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In this gripping chronicle of America's struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports listeners to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and fierce dedication. As Ferling demonstrates, it was a war that America came much closer to losing than is now usually remembered. General George Washington put it best when he said that the American victory was "little short of a standing miracle."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive introduction to America's independen

  • By Ariel on 31-08-17

Comprehensive introduction to America's independen

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

Reviewed: 31-08-17

This was an excellent introduction for someone who knew his basics about America’s war of independence from films. Some readers complained that the author was somehow biased against Washington. For someone constantly wary of the tiresome bias and revisionism of “modern” historians and “social science” pundits, this book didn’t seem particularly biased; on the contrary, it seemed to present a well-balanced analysis. The prose was good and engaging, made me feel emotional at some points. I am happy to have listened this audiobook.

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