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  • The World of Yesterday

  • Memoirs of a European
  • Written by: Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell - translator
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

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
  • Timeless

  • By Denis Romanov on 2019-01-28

Still very relevant to our troubled 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: 2019-03-08

Sweig, in his usual deep and textured style, touches on all the facets of our evolving world as it hurls itself into an abyss of conflict and hatred. Except that this time, the witchhunt is against muslims, and this on a global scale. We learned nothing from the past, so we are condemned to repeat it.

  • The Happiness Project

  • Written by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • a waste of time

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-12-16

a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-16

Returned this inaudible book recommended by a friend.Authors should not assume they can narrate or pronounce worda properly. As for content, this is the kind of bromide talk shows a la Oprah thrive on. Not for the serious happiness seeker.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing: An Action-Steps Summary and Analysis

  • Written by: SpeedReader Summaries
  • Narrated by: Keli Douglass
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Kondo's book, a number-one New York Times best seller, teaches listeners how to declutter their homes using a unique and remarkable step-by-step methodology for simplifying and transforming one's space. Please note that this summary is NOT the original book and is meant to be listened to as a supplement to the original.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great short cut

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-12-15

great short cut

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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: 2018-12-15

this book provides the essential KonMarie steps with additional insights and advice. Well presented. and useful for a quick-start to de-cluttering.

  • Who Lost Congo?

  • The Consequences of Covert Action
  • Written by: Herman J. Cohen, Charles G. Cogan, Stephen R. Weissman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Cohen and Cogan portray U.S. involvement in Congo in the 1960s as necessary and relatively benign. Weissman replies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Congo always fascinates

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-10-11

Congo always fascinates

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-11

This debate from opposing viewpoints shows how, when it comes to the CIA, easy it is to muddle the history of this tragic land. The narrator, however, disappoints with his inability to pronounce names of people and places.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • Written by: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harari’s Books are a delight

  • By Jose Amaya on 2018-11-18

dreadful ramble with no useful solutions

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-06

Harari's book is a labyrinth of arguments and counter arguments drowning in the web of 1st world biotechinfoteck mumbo jumbo. The planet earth is a very big place, with vibrant cultures not hooked to shallow narcissistic social media. People eat, dance, celebrate festivals together...and live without Zuckerberg's ether community. Nor are they looking to algirythms to help them make decisions. Written by someone who spends his life inside first world tech cocoons. Harari, it seems, has fallen victim to his own concepts and algorythms and writes from inside his silo, a dark and very narrow place. Suffocating book.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • A Bend in the River

  • Written by: V.S. Naipaul
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In this incandescent novel, V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man, an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. Naipaul gives us the most convincing and disturbing vision yet of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-30

Brilliant!

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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: 2018-09-30

Naipaul and Vance are a formidable team in this beautifully told story of the Congo in the 70s. Well worth a read and a listen too.

  • Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire

  • Written by: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Narrated by: Denis Podalydès
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    0 out of 5 stars 0
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    0 out of 5 stars 0

"Les Rêvries du promeneur solitaire" de Jean-Jacques Rousseau, promenades un à cinq : "L'habitude de rentrer en moi-même me fit perdre le sentiment et presque le souvenir de mes maux, j'appris ainsi par ma propre expérience que la source du vrai bonheur est en nous, et qu'il ne dépend pas des hommes de rendre vraiment misérable celui qui sait vouoir être heureux."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • une recette pour le bonheur

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-09

une recette pour le bonheur

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-09

un livre à savourer. En particulier, la dernière promenade est une expérience poétique éblouissante. Une méditation lyrique.

  • Pathways to Bliss

  • Mythology and Personal Transformation (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
  • Written by: Joseph Campbell, David Kudler
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Joseph Campbell famously defined myth as “other people’s religion.” But he also said that one of the basic functions of myth is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a sort of travel guide or map to reach fulfillment - or, as he called it, bliss. For Campbell, many of the world’s most powerful myths support the individual’s heroic path toward bliss. In Pathways to Bliss, Campbell examines this personal, psychological side of myth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revivifying !

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-07-29

Revivifying !

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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: 2018-07-29

A joy to listen to Campbell"s wisdom organized around the theme of a pathway for seekers of bliss. A very informative collection. All that is missing is Campbell's own voice, which is irreplaceable and irreplicable. Creates a perfect moment at the end of a busy day.