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  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • By: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life changing boom

  • By Thomas Sichel on 30-09-17

Realistic Approach

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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: 31-01-19

The book is great, I love how the system described there encourages people to respect the reality as it is, and provides the reader with tools and ideas about how to engage with it effectively to achieve desirable goals.

  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

Best narrator of all times.

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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: 07-04-18

In the beginning the book sounds more like listening to an autopsy rather than a story, it tries to be factual at the expense of coherence to an extent which, I think decreases the book's utility to an average listener. On the other hand, I think that students of archaeology may appreciate this approach a lot. Starting at the middle of the book it comes closer to the golden mean.
The narrator was fantastic. I normally avoid female narrators, as I prefer lower voices and found the overall quality of narration better among males, but Mrs Phylida Nash is without doubt the best narrator I have ever heard. It feels as if she's the one who's written the book, I don't have enough words to do sufficient justice to her work. I'll be keeping an eye on her from now on.

  • Thinking about Capitalism

  • By: Jerry Z. Muller, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jerry Z. Muller
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

In these 36 engaging lectures, Professor Muller takes you deep inside the perspectives on this most important and pervasive force. You'll gain fresh insights that will strengthen your understanding of capitalism's rich history, its fascinating proponents and opponents, and its startling impact on our world. These lectures take you beyond economic analysis to look at how some of the greatest intellects have thought about capitalism and its moral, political, and cultural ramifications.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just a bit too much on th right for my taste

  • By Victor Gil López on 19-03-16

The best on Great Courses

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Reviewed: 03-06-17

This is my favourite course in the great courses series. I've listened to it two times from start to finish and use it as reference for my essays very often. It's absolutely essential for everyone interested in the topic of international political economy.

  • Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists

  • By: Luke Timothy Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

These 24 inspiring lectures introduce you to the sages who, as a group, represent the "missing page" of the history of philosophy. Although their names are sometimes familiar to us, as in the case of Cicero and Plutarch, their philosophy is not. Studying these thinkers offers some surprising ways to think about philosophy. This course offers ample opportunity to hear, in their own words, the philosophers' prescriptions for healthier living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eureka!

  • By Karol on 25-04-17

Eureka!

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Reviewed: 25-04-17

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

I would! It puts one in awe of the incredible wisdom that's been amassed by the ancients that is sadly forgotten in this day and age, but should be shouted from the rooftops! The Greco-Roman moralists should be known to every high school student.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists?

I couldn't name one particular moment - but there's so many things that are said by the thinkers that make perfect sense while at the same time are also said in a simple, yet elegant way - something that is very lacking in modern academia.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed it so much I came re-listened some of the chapters right after finishing the book.

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  • 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 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not bad but expected more insight

  • By Anonymous User on 14-04-19

A unique read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-04-17

It has been incredible to listen to a former spy chief revealing secrets of trade.

  • Quo Vadis

  • By: Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Narrated by: Henryk Drygalski
  • Length: 25 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Wykwintny dramat historyczny z watkiem milosnym w tle, przedstawia skromny swiat chrzescijan w kontrze do topiacego sie w przepychu i rozpuscie Rzymu. Za sprawa milosci i wiary bohaterowie przechodza przemiany osobowosci.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Najlepsza książka jakiej słuchałem.

  • By Karol on 11-02-17

Najlepsza książka jakiej słuchałem.

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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: 11-02-17

Pan Drygalski po mistrzowsku prowadzi narrację, a język Sienkiewicza w pełni oddaje charakter starożytnego Rzymu. Dałem angielskie tłumaczenie w prezencie znajomej profesor. Powiedziała, że nie rozumie jak Sienkiewicz mógł równie autentycznie przedstawić wczesne wspólnoty chrześcijańskie.

  • The Foundations of Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas F. X. Noble, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. X. Noble
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

What is Western Civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it - I'll be ordering more

  • By First Impressions on 21-09-16

Lots of good stuff

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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: 26-09-16

I have been positively impressed by the amount of ideas that Prof. Noble managed to present. Not only that, but he's really good at showing similarities in ideas between different cultures living in different times. One can hear echoes of the ideas that were popular 3000 years ago even today. It teaches you humility, I'd say.
I was a bit disappointed by the fact that the course ends almost right after Columbus discovers America.

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