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  • Capitalism vs. Socialism: Comparing Economic Systems

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Edward F. Stuart PhD
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Ever since we produced our course Thinking About Capitalism, customers have expressed interest in a follow-up course that could help them understand socialism in the same way. After much consideration, we determined that it actually would be more beneficial to create a course that compares and contrasts the two major global economic theories, examining them in ways that move past the polemics many of us are used to and looking at these systems as they relate to one another and the world at large.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Great Lecture

  • By Carol on 31-05-2019

Awesome Great Lecture

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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: 31-05-2019

I cannot rate this title highly enough. From the first chapter to the last the information was current, insightful, thought-provoking and I learnt so much about the world I live in.

My only criticism would be that they were a lot of references, which is understandable to the American economy but I really would like to have seen more references to other countries for example Australia New Zealand South American etc.

If you are interested in understanding economics, socialism, communism dictatorships then I recommend you download and listen to this Great Lecture. I’m going back to chapter 1 to listen to it again.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story

  • By Mari on 19-08-2014

Classic Moriaty

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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: 14-03-2019

Interesting plot, which had me wondering how I would cope in a similar situation. Great characters, well written enjoyable listening.

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth waiting for

  • By alison carrington on 17-06-2018

Classic Robotham

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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: 14-03-2019

Catch up with characters revealed in Robotham’s other offerings.
Verbose in some areas, infuriating in others. It’s always a good title if I finish the audiobook; and this one I did.

  • Nineteen Minutes

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens - until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes - or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show - destroying the closest of friendships and families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Wendy Berry on 12-11-2017

Difficult subject

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-2019

I really struggled with this title; I guess I’m really not into this type of story.
I was not able to finish this audiobook.

  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The truth is out there! Really out there... No, really, really out there!

  • By Lawrence on 20-01-2016

Just a bit too silly

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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: 14-03-2019

This was quite difficult for me to listen to; I guess it wouldn’t be if I was into conspiracy theories.
I was unable to finish this audiobook.

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

Three sisters, one birthday, one little problem... The three Kettle sisters have had a mortifying mishap. Their raucous, champagne-soaked birthday dinner has come to an abrupt end following a violent argument and an emergency dash to the hospital. So who started it this time? Was it angry, hurt Cat, still recovering from the 'night of the spaghetti'? Was it Lyn, so serenely successful, at least on the outside? Or was it quirky, dreamy Gemma, the sister who can't keep a secret except for the most important one of all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So enjoyable

  • By Teresa on 01-10-2015

Stock Standard Moriarty

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

Reviewed: 30-01-2019

I love the Australian-ness of this novel, however it feels like other Moriarty titles I've listened to.

Moriarty knows how to unfold a story, and how to join the beginning to the end so her plots are somewhat predictable.

Fans will love this title.

  • Homegoing

  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman.

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery, one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Zoe on 30-03-2019

Great story - a little long

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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: 30-01-2019

This is a great story, if not a little too long. I could not finish it, though I'm keen to know how the story ends.

My interest was held until the novel shifts to characters in the USA, after that I had difficulty listening to the telling of man's inhumanity to man.

The narration is superb - though I did not finish this title, I would certainly recommend it.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid story and main character.

  • By Adrian Panow on 12-10-2015

Why is this not a Hollywood blockbuster?

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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: 30-01-2019

The story was so completely implausible which obviously makes for a Hollywood blockbuster; so why am I not seeing this franchise at my local CinemaPlex???

I had aches and pains everywhere listening to The Gray Man, the second title I've downloaded now.

This title is a somewhat easy listen if you're looking for mindful distraction. The narration was quite good too!

  • This Is How It Always Is

  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

 This is Claude. He's five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes. Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and performed

  • By Jennifer on 10-12-2018

Tooooo long

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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: 30-01-2019

I did not finish this title. The story is an interesting one, and the way a child's life can change the lives of those who love them can be remarkable. Unfortunately, the writing was so overly verbose I found myself fast forwarding too much and eventually I had to give up.

I found the narrator read the mother Rose with flat affect and it really bothered me.

  • Smoke Gets in your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematorium
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, 23-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about, she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death. Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So insightful and genuine

  • By Anonymous User on 13-03-2019

Interesting behind the scenes peek at death

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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: 30-01-2019

I could not finish this title. The narration was excellent, and the story of what happens after death and the honest look at the business was quite interesting, but it was really done at about the 5 hour mark.

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