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  • Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation

  • By: Adolf Hitler, Michael Ford (translator)
  • Narrated by: James Smith
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released which reveals more than any past translation. This is also the first translation available in an English language audio format. Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, and made some parts more sensational while concealing the true meaning in other parts of the book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great historic insight

  • By Aaron on 31-03-2016

Well narrated, and interesting insight

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

Reviewed: 11-09-2016

Helps join the dots with what AH was thinking at the time, the footnotes help clearly explain what the author assumed everyone at the time would know. Can get tedious at times but I believe the narrator did a great job expressing the true feelings of the author and keeping you interested.

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  • The Modern Scholar

  • Six Months That Changed the World: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919
  • By: Dr. Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Dr. Margaret MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The world will never see another peace conference like the one which took place in Paris in 1919. For six months, the world's major leaders - including Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States, David Lloyd George, prime minister of Great Britain, and Georges Clemenceau, prime minister of France - met to discuss the peace settlements which were to end World War One.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent overview

  • By Ian Hyde on 04-01-2017

Essential in understanding today's world

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

Reviewed: 01-07-2016

A brief but very important lecture if you're interested in finding out what created the current world as it is today and understanding why there are ongoing conflicts.
I don't agree with the professor's conclusion but one has to remember the lecture was recorded in 2003 it would be interesting to get an updated conclusion with the benefit of hindsight. I would highly recommend this lecture.

  • Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

  • By: Robert Bucholz, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Bucholz
  • Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Beginning with the Renaissance, the culture of the West exploded. Over the next 600 years, rapid innovations in philosophy, technology, economics, military affairs, and politics allowed what had once been a cultural backwater left by the collapse of the Roman Empire to dominate the world. This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and captivating lecturer will show you how - and why - this extraordinary transformation took place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful Grand Oration

  • By SYLVIANNE on 08-11-2016

Great job in joining the dots of European/Western history

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

Reviewed: 13-12-2015

Listened to the whole lecture, well presented and easy to follow. Even if one is only interested in one branch of western history eg. French History, I believe this is still time well spent.

  • The History of Ancient Rome

  • By: Garrett G. Fagan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Garrett G. Fagan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, engaging and informative

  • By Garyfmp on 19-06-2015

Enjoyable, engaging and informative

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

Reviewed: 19-06-2015

The professor has a refreshing way of lecturing, clear outlines of how, who, why and what made Rome and Romans tick all derived from know evidence not pseudo archeology.
I'm now hooked on these courses.

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  • The Lost King of France

  • Revolution, Revenge, and the Search for Louis XVII
  • By: Deborah Cadbury
  • Narrated by: Hannah Gordon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Louis-Charles Bourbon enjoyed a charmed early childhood in the gilded palace of Versailles. At the age of four, he became the Dauphin, heir to the most powerful throne in Europe. Yet within five years, he was to lose everything. Drawn into the horror of the French Revolution, his family was incarcerated and their fate thrust into the hands of the revolutionaries who wished to destroy the Monarchy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery finally solved, a great audiobook

  • By Garyfmp on 13-11-2014

Mystery finally solved, a great audiobook

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

Reviewed: 13-11-2014

Very interesting story that just gets better as it goes on, fascinating to see how different conclusions were reached as time and science progressed.

  • The Greater Journey

  • Americans in Paris
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Garyfmp on 19-10-2014

Loved it!!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-2014

Well written and informative, really helps join the dots between America and Paris, a wonderful audiobook.

  • Paris

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Jane Wymark, Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 31 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Inspired by the haunting, passionate story of the city of lights, this epic novel weaves a gripping tale of four families across the centuries: from the lies that spawn the noble line of de Cygne to the revolutionary Le Sourds who seek their destruction; from the Blanchards whose bourgeois respectability offers scant protection against scandal to the hard-working Gascons and their soaring ambitions. Over hundreds of years, these four families are bound by forbidden loves and marriages of convenience; dogged by vengeance and murderous secrets , and brought together by the tumultuous history of their city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rutherfurd brings out the soul of the city

  • By Jan on 07-07-2014

A long story but but full of interesting information

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

Reviewed: 04-10-2014

What made the experience of listening to Paris the most enjoyable?

Listening to the story about the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and the war years,

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thomas Gascon was my favourite because of his link to the above

What three words best describe Jane Wymark and Jonathan Keeble ’s performance?

A good performance but not sure why the French characters had an English (cockney?) accent and yet the Germans had the more appropriate (in my opinion) German accent.

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

No because its very long

Any additional comments?

The numbered chapters in the audio book did not match the spoken chapter numbers, not sure why.

  • Paris, Paris

  • Journey into the City of Light
  • By: David Downie
  • Narrated by: Max Winter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a one-way ticket, his head full of romantic notions. Curiosity and the legs of a cross-country runner propelled him daily from an unheated, seventh-floor walk-up garret near the Champs-Élysées to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of Père-Lachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens, and the aristocratic Île Saint-Louis midstream in the Seine.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Had to stop listening and buy Kindle edition.

  • By Amazon Customer jo on 15-08-2017

Beautifully written and narrated

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

Reviewed: 19-08-2014

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

Yes, I felt like I was back in Paris listening to a friend speaking to me in a cafe about this beautiful city.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author - due to his style of relaying what he observes in a humble and passionate way.

Which character – as performed by Max Winter – was your favourite?

The author and his story. Max Winter has a warm mellifluous voice that in my opinion perfectly matched the cadence of David Downie's beautiful prose. I normally speed up the narration but due to his pleasant voice I decided to leave the setting at normal speed. He also has a pleasant pronunciation of french words.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last chapter when he mentioned "....I am unfailingly enchanted by the view from Trocadero of the Seine and the sparkling Eiffel tower".......

Any additional comments?

Lots of interesting information that you don't normally read in the usual tourist books so now looking forward to going back to Paris.....again!

  • Buying a Piece of Paris

  • By: Ellie Nielsen
  • Narrated by: Nicki Paull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Paris has seduced many admirers, but for visiting Australian Ellie Nielsen, it's true love. So deep is her infatuation that, if she can't have it all to herself, she'll only be satisfied with buying her own little piece of Paris.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting observations

  • By Garyfmp on 15-08-2014

Interesting observations

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

Reviewed: 15-08-2014

If you could sum up Buying a Piece of Paris in three words, what would they be?

Informative, observant, lighthearted

Who was your favorite character and why?

The writer

What does Nicki Paull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I preferred to speed up the audio (x1.5) because I was more interested in the information so cannot really comment.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some emotional connection to the places Ellie described

Any additional comments?

Wouldn't mind listening to another story about Paris from this Author

  • The Sweet Life in Paris

  • Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
  • By: David Lebovitz
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could not finish this audiobook

  • By Garyfmp on 15-08-2014

Could not finish this audiobook

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

Reviewed: 15-08-2014

What disappointed you about The Sweet Life in Paris?

To many American phrases like "I made a bolt for the door" when he decided to leave a place, "slam dunk" etc etc

Would you ever listen to anything by David Lebovitz again?

No, probably best he sticks to cookbooks in my opinion

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Drummond?

Max Winter has a far more pleasurable voice but it would be wasted on this audiobook

What character would you cut from The Sweet Life in Paris?

The writer

Any additional comments?

If you have fallen in love with Paris and want a more moving nostalgic experience look for a different book