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  • The World of Yesterday

  • Memoirs of a European
  • By: Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell - translator
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Stefan Zweig's memoir, The World of Yesterday, recalls the golden age of prewar Europe - its seeming permanence, its promise and its devastating fall with the onset of two world wars. Zweig's passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the brink of extinction. It is an unusually humane account of Europe from the closing years of the 19th century through to World War II, seen through the eyes of one of the most famous writers of his era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Brink of Destruction

  • By Rachel Redford on 26-07-17

an extraordinary insight into a man and his time

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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: 18-07-18

a wonderfull story, beautiful written and ofgreatest actuality at present times. An insight into working ofcreative mind and a fascinating epoch.

  • A Tale of Love and Darkness

  • By: Amos Oz
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the 40s and 50s in a small apartment crowded with books in 12 languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. His mother and father, both wonderful people, were ill-suited to each other. When Oz was 12 and a half years old, his mother committed suicide - a tragedy that was to change his life. He leaves the constraints of the family and the community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Jo Brown on 04-03-17

Words fail to describe the beauty and power

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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: 10-03-18

of this book. They say that life is stranger than fiction and as Amos Oz shows us it can be even more beautiful and tragic. Extraordinary story....Amos Oz is a writer who can measure himself with the giants of the 19th century Russian litterature as far as the mastership, the power of observation and emotiobal awarness areconcerned.Plus a tremendous erudition and culture.

  • Belonging

  • The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail (1492-1900)
  • By: Simon Schama
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 36 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. It spans centuries and continents; from the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492, it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance, to the brink of the 20th century and, it seems, a point of profound hope. It tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; and an opera composer in 19th-century Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story of the Jews

  • By G. Child on 09-02-18

Beautiful informative read

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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: 01-03-18

Simon Schama can add detail and colour to the historical events in a way that makes the people from the past jump out of the pages of the book sit with you at the table recounting their lives. As a narrator he does not impose himself and seems relally to be driven mainly by the need to understand and know. I loved this book and i regret it is over....The second part was however for me atleast read be tter than the first....

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  • The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE - 1492

  • By: Simon Schama
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs, Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. It spans the millennia and the continents - from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part of the history of the Jews.

  • By Teresa Cooper on 15-01-16

An informative engaging read

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

A very interesting subject tackled in an engaging and entartainig way. The second part read better than first but it may be the question of taste.I recommend highly for all interested in history as well as Jewish history in particular.

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  • My Promised Land

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
  • By: Ari Shavit
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsettling and challenging critique of Israel

  • By Anthony on 13-06-14

Balanced, heart felt account of the situation

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-17

A great read, a book with heart and brains, difficult to abandon, full of ideas to reflect on.

  • Judas

  • By: Amos Oz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abravanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her 40s, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tender love and betrayal

  • By Anthony on 15-06-17

A very thoughtful rendering of a story of a nation

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-17

The Story of Israel recounted through lives of individuals, their loves, strivings and doubts. d

  • When Nietzsche Wept

  • By: Irvin D. Yalom
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 89

Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, is at the height of his career. Friedrich Nietzsche, Europe's greatest philosopher, is on the brink of suicidal despair, unable to find a cure for the headaches and other ailments that plague him. When he agrees to treat Nietzsche with his experimental "talking cure", Breuer never expects that he, too, will find solace in their sessions. Only through facing his own inner demons can the gifted healer begin to help his patient.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Mateusz Sobiesiak on 19-12-17

a great thought provoking book

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

Reviewed: 26-06-17

a very good thought provoking book read in an engaging way. Looking forward to read other positions by the same author

  • The Path

  • A New Way to Think About Everything
  • By: Professor Michael Puett, Christine Gross-Loh
  • Narrated by: Professor Michael Puett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

In the first book of its kind, The Path draws on the work of six of the great - but largely unknown - Chinese philosophers to offer a fresh and revolutionary guide to human flourishing. By examining the teachings of Chinese thinkers and explaining what they reveal about our daily lives - from greeting others to raising children - The Path challenges some of our deepest held assumptions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable

  • By Rannoch Donald on 29-06-16

Excellent informative inspirational read

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

Reviewed: 23-04-17

excellent inspirational read for anybody in search of self instruction and self improvement. Well done

  • Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

  • How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents
  • By: Lindsay C. Gibson PsyD
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In this breakthrough book, clinical psychologist Lindsay Gibson exposes the destructive nature of parents who are emotionally immature or unavailable. You will see how these parents create a sense of neglect and discover ways to heal from the pain and confusion caused by your childhood. By freeing yourself from your parents' emotional immaturity, you can recover your true nature, control how you react to them, and avoid disappointment. Finally, you'll learn how to create positive new relationships so you can build a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Game changer

  • By mark on 29-08-17

Great tool for self discovery

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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: 19-03-17

A great read for understanding yourself and others wrote with compassion and without judgement. I recommend it!

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  • Understanding Japan

  • A Cultural History
  • By: Mark J. Ravina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark J. Ravina
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Professor Ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonian's historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Introduction, Well Worth It

  • By Chris on 26-10-15

Good introduction into key concepts of Japan

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

A very engaging introduction into the key concepts of Japanese life and culture.
Good read!