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  • Twelve Years a Slave

  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

Hugh Quarshie reads the extraordinary autobiography of Solomon Northup. His harrowing true story, first published in 1853, was a key factor in the national debate over slavery prior to the American Civil War, significantly changing public opinion on the topic of abolition. It tells the horrifying tale of Solomon Northup, an educated, free black man living with his wife and children in New York State, whose life takes an appalling turn when he is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Character

  • By BillyBlackBear on 21-03-14

Staggering

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Reviewed: 17-03-19

A absolutely essential tale to listen to and remember. To understand that this is how humans treated other humans is an invaluable lesson for all.

  • Disinformation

  • Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom Attacking Religion and Promoting Terrorism
  • By: Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
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    4 out of 5 stars 10
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    4 out of 5 stars 10

The highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is at it again. A quarter century ago, in his international bestseller Red Horizons, Pacepa exposed the massive crimes and corruption of his former boss, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, giving the dictator a nervous breakdown and inspiring him to send assassination squads to the U.S. to find his former spy chief and kill him. They failed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dripping with bias

  • By Angus on 05-03-19

Disinformation a History

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Reviewed: 21-01-19

I found the author's account very interesting and engaging. I don't think the basic premise of disinformation is unfamiliar to most with an interest in politics or history but the review of Soviet involvement and development was intriguing.

I feel that the author has overreached somewhat in his application of the disinformation analysis to the recent US elections. The analysis presented leaves many unanswered questions such as what the Republican campaign was doing and Mitt Romney himself is only spoken about in glowing terms. It was distasteful to compare Obama to Ceausescu which he states he doesn't want to but then goes on at length. No individual in politics is likely to be above reproach but this seemed a bridge too far. The author also cited facts about the US debt for which the blame is laid at Obama's door. This is just plain lazy and some might say a form of disinformation as it used the kernel of truth and viewed it through a partisan lens.

All this being said I did enjoy the book overall.

  • The Templars

  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful - and most secretive - of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. Their story - encompassing as it does the greatest international conflict of the Middle Ages, a network of international finance, a swift rise in wealth and influence followed by a bloody and humiliating fall - has left a comet's tail of mystery that continues to fascinate and inspire historians, novelists and conspiracy theorists. Unabridged edition read by Dan Jones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very engaging account of the Templar's history.

  • By Simon B on 20-12-17

Enjoyable

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Reviewed: 16-07-18

Narrative history is not to everyone's tastes but I found this thoroughly enjoyable. Very engaging and entertaining.

  • The Road to Unfreedom

  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
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    5 out of 5 stars 111

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Road to Unfreedom, written and read by Timothy Snyder. The past is another country, the old saying goes. The same might be said of the future. But which country? For Europeans and Americans today, the answer is Russia.Today's Russia is an oligarchy propped up by illusions and repression. But it also represents the fulfilment of tendencies already present in the West. And if Moscow's drive to dissolve Western states and values succeeds, this could become our reality, too. In this visionary work of contemporary history, Timothy Snyder shows how Russia works within the West to destroy the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the few times I wish there was a sixth star

  • By Alan R on 09-05-18

Revealing

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Reviewed: 24-06-18

Gave me more information than I knew about the subject which is always a goal of mine. Presented nuanced and thought provoking views of the political structure and interaction with the public. Thoroughly good listen.

  • Dark Money

  • How a secretive group of billionaires is trying to buy political control in the US
  • By: Jane Mayer
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book to understand why we are where we are

  • By Gregory Monk on 19-07-17

Illuminaing

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Reviewed: 21-06-18

A very interesting sweep of the rise of interest groups and their networks. I found the narrator's delivery very good as well.

  • Adaptive Markets

  • Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought
  • By: Andrew W. Lo
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Half of all Americans have money in the stock market, yet economists can't agree on whether investors and markets are rational and efficient, as modern financial theory assumes, or irrational and inefficient, as behavioral economists believe - and as financial bubbles, crashes, and crises suggest. This is one of the biggest debates in economics, and the value or futility of investment management and financial regulation hang on the outcome. In this groundbreaking book, Andrew W. Lo cuts through this debate with a new framework.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting hypothesis

  • By Fishforreal on 15-06-18

Interesting hypothesis

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Reviewed: 15-06-18

As a lay person it was very interesting to hear about the hypothesis of Adaptive Markets I am not really qualified to critique the theory but it was certainly interesting.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • The Untold Story of a Lost World
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. Today a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting-edge technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs created a hugely successful empire that lasted for around 150 million years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable.

  • By G. Morgan on 13-05-18

Engaging

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Really found this interesting. It let me get back to a fascination with dinosaurs from childhood. Fascinating insights into how the current understanding has come about. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • The Romanovs: 1613-1918

  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 28 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of 20 tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic content and narration

  • By H L Condliffe on 03-06-16

Sweeping History

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Reviewed: 07-03-18

Loved it. Fascinating subject well written and delivered. Keeps you coming back for more. I was new to the particulars of Russian history but it kept me engaged throughout.