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  • PostCapitalism

  • A Guide to Our Future
  • By: Paul Mason
  • Narrated by: Paul Mason
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

From Paul Mason, the award-winning Channel 4 presenter, PostCapitalism is a guide to our era of seismic economic change and how we can build a more equal society. Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone continual change - economic cycles that lurch from boom to bust - and has always emerged transformed and strengthened. Surveying this turbulent history, Paul Mason wonders whether today we are on the brink of a change so big, so profound, that this time capitalism itself has reached its limits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating perspective on economic history...

  • By Peter on 01-02-17

Thought provoking but shockingly sloppy

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

Reviewed: 27-07-17

Would you consider the audio edition of PostCapitalism to be better than the print version?

Definitely not

What was one of the most memorable moments of PostCapitalism?

Paul Mason's vision of the world after capitalism; his sweeping summary of economic cycles

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No-one had listened to the recording. It's full of false starts and restarts. It's very annoying and appallingly sloppy

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It's a demanding, academic read

Any additional comments?

It's a pity it's so badly produced: Mason is an excellent broadcast journalist and reads his own work really well

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Towards the Flame

  • Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia
  • By: Dominic Lieven
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The Russian decision to mobilize in July 1914 may have been the single most catastrophic choice of the modern era. Some articulate, thoughtful figures around the tsar understood Russia's fragility, yet they were shouted down by those who were convinced that despite Germany's patent military superiority, Russian greatness required decisive action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You must listen to the final chapter

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-06-15

Thorough, scholarly and interesting

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

Reviewed: 23-04-17

This isn't popular history and it doesn't dumb down the subject for people like me who are listening at the gym. So I did occasionally struggle to keep up and do my fourth set

This book is, though, very well written. it's clear and free of jargon

the performance is excellent: just the right balance of dispassionate but interested. His pronunciation of proper names in multiple languages is admirable

I enjoyed it and learned a lot that I hadn't known. It made me revaluate what I thought I did know about why Russia entered the Great War

  • Michel Thomas Method

  • German Introductory Course
  • By: Michel Thomas
  • Narrated by: Michel Thomas
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn German in the same way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best way to learn a new language

  • By Steven on 19-02-10

brilliant - a painless way to learn

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

this method is excellent. I can't recommend it highly enough. These are the first two lessons

  • Dead Mountain

  • The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
  • By: Donnie Eichar
  • Narrated by: Donnie Eichar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story ruined by author's conclusions...

  • By Yevgeny on 08-07-14

Odd but enthralling

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Donnie Eicher must be very odd: he knew almost nothing about Russia or the Soviet Union but became obsessed with the death of group of students in Siberia in the 1950s.

Overall, it works. He does a good job of telling a very mysterious story. He's not the first non-Russian author to have looked at it and his solution is far less definitive than he would have you believe. But he tells the story well and he even does a decent job of narrating.

I'm just glad I'm not his long-suffering wife

  • July 1914: Countdown to War

  • By: Sean McMeekin
  • Narrated by: Steve Coulter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, the world seemed unmoved. Even Ferdinand’s own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the Hapsburg heir, saying simply, "It is God’s will." Certainly, there was nothing to suggest that the episode would lead to conflictmuch less a world war of such massive and horrific proportions that it would fundamentally reshape the course of human events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good book but let down by the narration

  • By Mark on 28-10-13

A good book but let down by the narration

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

Reviewed: 28-10-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

How could anyone think it was a good idea to pick a sonorous American narrator and fail to coach him in how to pronounce any European language? (Or even British English - Lord Salisbury is pronounced as "sal-iss-bury")

What did you like best about this story?

A well written telling of how the world stumbled to war. Well written but not inspiring

Would you be willing to try another one of Steve Coulter’s performances?

No

Was July 1914: Countdown to War worth the listening time?

Just about

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Six Days of War

  • June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • By: Michael B. Oren
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating acoount of the politics of a war

  • By Mark on 25-04-12

A fascinating acoount of the politics of a war

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-12

This is an excellent account of how a crisis can degenerate into a war. I know the history of the Middle East quite well but learned a great deal from this book -- particularly the reminders about how worthless security guarantees from Europe and the US can be. My only criticism of the book itself is that the author sometimes takes memoirs at face value rather than putting them in the context of the motivations of the writer and the subject: for example, are a few of the Yiddish bon mots what the players wish they had said or were they really that quick witted? The narrator is good and the reading is never dull but his pronunciation of Hebrew and Arabic terms is careless and sometimes unitelligible if you don't know what he is trying to say

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Wisdom of Crowds

  • Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few
  • By: James Surowiecki
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All of us are smarter than any of us

  • By Jim on 27-04-13

Great book -- terrible audio quality

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

This is an excellent book but is let down by the very poor quality of the audio. I downloaded in a high quality format but both parts of the book sounded like old AM radio. A great pity

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Berlin Diary

  • The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934–1941
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

By the acclaimed journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and beautifully read

  • By Mark on 23-11-11

Stunning and beautifully read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

I had read bits of the book years ago but I had forgotten how compelling it was. Shirer's day-by-day picture of life under the Nazis is uncannily accurate with the hindsight of history. He wrote beautifully although his growing loathing of the Nazis makes the later parts of the book more tirade than report -- loathing the Nazis was, of course, justified but I wish Shirer had tried harder to understand why otherwise-rational Germans didn't share his hatred. He often resorts to sweeping stereotypes about "the German character" and he fails to pursue insights on the Nazi use of class resentment and modern media. Still, worth every minute of listening and the reading adds extra resonance to every sentence.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth's London

  • Everyday Life in Elizabethan London
  • By: Liza Picard
  • Narrated by: Liza Picard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Like its popular and acclaimed predecessors, Restoration London and Dr Johnson's London, this fascinating evocation of Elizabethan London is the result of the author's passionate interest in the practical details of everyday life and the conditions in which most people lived, which most history books ignore: the streets, houses and gardens; cooking, housework and shopping; clothes, jewellery and make-up; medicine and sex; education, etiquette and hobbies; religion, law and crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but the narration is a little dry

  • By Margaret on 10-01-12

Good but needs a professional narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

Liza Picard does a good job of capturing the daily life of London and this is enjoyable listening but it was probably a mistake to get her to read it herself. She has one of those very plummy voices -- nothing inherently wrong with it. However, it's not a neutral voice but she doesn't know the tricks of adding inflection and pace to a reading

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs, Michael Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818

The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-Primes for Dummies

  • By Olivier on 23-01-13

Fascinating, compelling, frightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-11

The story of how those responsible for the great banking crisis caused it, profited from it and disappeared from view. Essential listening as the repercussions continue