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d l murley

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  • This Time Is Different

  • Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
  • By: Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing--and recovering--their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different"--claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. This book proves that premise wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the general reader

  • By James on 20-11-11

Very academic

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I've got a reasonable knowledge of financial matters, but this book was very academic. To be fair, it's probably my own fault for not knowing enough about the subject matter, so I feel a bit guilty about the low score I gave it.

  • Flashman in the Great Game

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 8
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 115

Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all. What caused the Indian Mutiny?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the best

  • By Gary on 07-11-16

Good story let down by poor volume control

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

Story was good as are most of GMF's, however Colin Mace's narration varies wildly in volume between inaudible to painfully loud. There's no volume at which the book can be comfortably listened to.

  • Flashman and the Angel of the Lord

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 9
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages, and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all. If only Flashman had got on with his dinner and ignored the handkerchief dropped by a flirtatious hussy in a Calcutta hotel....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long but enjoyable

  • By MR D A JONES on 30-03-16

Good story let down by audio production

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

The story is good like most of GMF's work. The audio book is let down by the volume of the narration, which varies between to quite to hear to deafeningly loud.

  • Flashman at the Charge

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 7
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, so-so production

  • By d l murley on 22-10-18

Good story, so-so production

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

The story is superb like most of GMF's stuff, the reading is good but the narrator reads male voices about ten times louder than female voices, so either the female voices are inaudible or the male voices are uncomfortably loud. There's no happy medium.

  • Watling Street

  • By: John Higgs
  • Narrated by: John Higgs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

A journey along one of Britain's oldest roads, from Dover to Anglesey, in search of the hidden history that makes us who we are today. Long ago a path was created by the passage of feet tramping through endless forests. Gradually that path became a track, and the track became a road. It connected the White Cliffs of Dover to the Druid groves of the Welsh island of Anglesey, across a land that was first called Albion then Britain, Mercia and eventually England and Wales. Armies from Rome arrived and straightened this 444 kilometres of meandering track, which in the Dark Ages gained the name Watling Street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Listen

  • By smtfhw on 16-07-18

Garbage

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I thought this would be written by a historian and be about Watling Street, rather than the autobiography of a tedious Scouse drug abuser. This book is so horrifically liberal and remoaner biased it's painful to listen to. I wish I could at least reclaim the money I wasted on it, if not claim compensation for the time I wasted listening to it.

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