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  • Political Order and Political Decay

  • From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Fukuyama examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy but informative

  • By Andrew on 13-08-2018

Heavy but informative

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-2018

A good sequel. however, it felt a little bit like it lacked a conclusion. That said I'd highly recommend it if you are looking to expand your knowledge on why different cultures seemly act against their own economic interests.

  • The Line Becomes a River

  • By: Francisco Cantú
  • Narrated by: Francisco Cantú
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Line Becomes a River, written and read by Francisco Cantú. How does a line in the sand become a barrier that people will risk everything to cross? Francisco Cantú was a US Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012. He worked the desert along the Mexican border, at the remote crossroads of drug routes and smuggling corridors, tracking humans through blistering days and frigid nights across a vast terrain. He detains the exhausted and the parched.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting

  • By Andrew on 30-07-2018

interesting

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Reviewed: 30-07-2018

I was moved to tears by bits of this thoughtful book. And I loved the view he offered from both sides.

I was troubled though by the authors lack of consideration of one of the key issues around the border. That of if there are legitimate reasons why Americans would not want to allow everyone in Mexico or indeed the world to come to the US.

He never seems to consider this point but it is key. However fact it actually explains why the hard line approach to immigration is popular in the US and the west as a whole.

  • Das Reich

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Within days of the D-Day landings, the 'Das Reich' 2nd SS Panzer Division marched north through France to reinforce the front-line defenders of Hitler's Fortress Europe. Veterans of the bloodiest fighting of the Russian Front, 15,000 men with their tanks and artillery, they were hounded for every mile of their march by saboteurs of the Resistance and agents of the Allied Special Forces. Along their route they took reprisals so savage they will live forever in the chronicles of the most appalling atrocities of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not what I expected

  • By Andrew on 10-06-2018

Interesting but not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 10-06-2018

An interesting book which seems to be rather padded out. Not what I expected has rather a lot of French sections which are never explained to the English reader.

  • Into Thin Air

  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley. This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I have just climbed Everest!

  • By Tonya on 21-11-2016

No my Cup of Tea

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

Reviewed: 08-04-2018

I hated the accents the reader put on which really took away from the story. Aditionally as a non climber I really struggled to find purchase in this book.

  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Synthesis

  • By Shane on 29-05-2016

Engaging and highly enlightening

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 15-01-2018

The book was absolutely wonderful. It opened a huge number of doors of thought and left me with much to think about.

The first 3rd where the author talks at length on China and India was initially quite hard to push through. However push through and you quickly see that this section sets the stage for the truly enlightening conclusions drawn in the later chapters.

Well worth the investment of time

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don`t Miss This Experience

  • By Graham on 18-05-2015

Highly Depressing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-2017

Great read, paints a very bleak picture of the dustbowl immigration experience. Definitely worth reading but perhaps give it a skip if you're feeling a bit down.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Sophie on 20-05-2015

Moving

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-2017

The book was fantastic and brought tears to my eyes. The only complaint was that the Germans were a little bit to stereotypically evil.

  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • By: Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    3 out of 5 stars 19
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    4 out of 5 stars 19

Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but

  • By Bachir El Khoury on 30-03-2015

terrible narrator - great philosophy

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

Reviewed: 25-08-2017

The narrator is literally the worst. He took what could have been exciting and make it sleep inducing.

  • An Economic History of the World since 1400

  • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
  • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Economic history of only Europe

  • By Amol on 18-07-2018

Very interesting with a great narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-2017

The narrator nails the lecture format with even the mistakes adding to the experience. I would Highly recommend this to anyone with a interest in Economics.