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  • Street of Eternal Happiness

  • Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road
  • By: Rob Schmitz
  • Narrated by: Tim Flavin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

A timely and engaging look at the new China told through the stories of its ordinary people. Shanghai: a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day to partake in a mad torrent of capital, ideas and opportunity. Rob Schmitz is one of them. He immerses himself in his neighbourhood, forging relationships with ordinary people who see a brighter future in the city's sleek skyline.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pls release version with a new reader.

  • By Dan on 30-04-19

Pls release version with a new reader.

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

Reviewed: 30-04-19

This fantastic story is read by someone who cannot pronounce the many Chinese words in here - I suspect many people who buy this book will speak Chinese. However, more egregiously, he even pronounced “Peace Corps” as “Peace Corps.” I expect better from an NPR correspondent’s audiobook.

  • Empire

  • How Britain Made the Modern World
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red, and Britannia ruled not just the waves but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you think

  • By Elaine on 01-01-18

Balanced view

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

This is an excellent and balanced view of Britain’s imperial rule and legacy. Overall, it emerges as a defence of liberal values. Great listen, performed well.

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  • City of Devils

  • By: Paul French
  • Narrated by: Paul Chan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

1930s Shanghai could give Chicago a run for its money. In the years before the Japanese invaded, the city was a haven for outlaws from all over the world: a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, fortunes made - and lost. 'Lucky' Jack Riley was the most notorious of those outlaws. An ex-navy boxing champion, he escaped from prison in the States, spotted a craze for gambling and rose to become the Slot King of Shanghai. Ruler of the clubs in that day was 'Dapper' Joe Farren - a Jewish boy who fled Vienna's ghetto with a dream of dance halls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Endlessly interesting

  • By Dan on 24-10-18

Endlessly interesting

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

Paul French is a giant among men in the China-watcher community. This meticulously researched and beautifully written story does not disappoint. And if you’ve spent time in shanghai - you will yearn for the world that was before. Warts and all. Fantastic.

  • The Fighters

  • By: C. J. Chivers
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Almost 2.5 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers has reported from both fronts from the beginning, walking side by side with combatants for more than a dozen years. He describes the experience of war today as it is endured by those most at risk - the camaraderie and profound sense of purpose, alongside courage, frustration, and moral confusion mixed with technical precision. In these remote places where the reason for their presence is sometimes not clear, these young men kill or are killed, facing palpable and often constant threat of ambush or hidden bombs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping read bought alive in audio

  • By Notsosporty on 24-09-18

The most compelling book about American involvement in iraq and afg

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

This will be remembered as the seminal book on America’s post-9/11 wars. I dislike hyperbole and am not prone to it. This will leave you sitting for minutes in utter silence after listening to it. Unflinching, honest, brutal. Tragic, heroic.

  • War with Russia

  • An urgent warning from senior military command
  • By: General Sir General Sir Richard Shirreff
  • Narrated by: General Sir Richard Shirreff, Michael Fenner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Closely modeled on his NATO experience of war gaming future conflicts, War with Russia is a chilling account of where we are heading if we fail to recognise the threat posed by the Russian president. Written by the recently retired Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe and endorsed by senior military figures, this audiobook shows how war with Russia could erupt, with the bloodiest and most appalling consequences, if the necessary steps are not taken urgently.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely important insight clumsily delivered.

  • By Flying Tiger on 31-05-17

Never a more important time

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

.... than to have listened to this book during the week of Trump-Putin’s Helsinki summit. Dangerous world.

  • The World As It Is

  • By: Ben Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Random House presents the audiobook of The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes, read by Mark Deakins with and introduction read by the author. This is a book about two people making the most important decisions in the world. One is Barack Obama. The other is Ben Rhodes. The World As It Is tells the full story of what it means to work alongside a radical leader, of how idealism can confront reality and survive, of how the White House really functions and of what it is to have a partnership, and ultimately a friendship, with a historic president. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the time to listen to this book

  • By Rudolph on 25-07-18

Timely and important

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-18

Not only is Ben Rhodes’s narrative timely and important, but the audio performance is spectacular. You feel like a fly on the wall of the world as it was progressing - a different time. But as Rhodes and Obama remind us, progress does not always move in a straight line. Thank you, Ben.

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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting but also funny

  • By Dan on 07-12-17

Haunting but also funny

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Incredible novel. The performance is top notch and believable. A student of security and conflict, I found this haunting but ever relevant.