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  • The Fall and Rise of China

  • Written by: Richard Baum, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Baum
  • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 96

For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Summarization of Modern China

  • By Ryan McGregor on 2018-02-05

Listen to the concluding chapter!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-01

Great overview, looking forward to reading more about all the countries in Asia.

I especially loved the conclusion; how although the current political climate is tense and many injustices are happening, there is hope that in the long term things will get better, especially when The People rise up and make a stand for their needs*.
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I think this message applies all over the world. My own country and the USA definitely come to mind.

*I include way more than food and shelter under needs, such as freedom to marry, freedom of expression of gender and freedom from genocide [see the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women].

  • Split Tooth

  • Written by: Tanya Tagaq
  • Narrated by: Tanya Tagaq
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy and friendship and parents' love. She knows boredom and listlessness and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her and the immense power that dwarfs all of us. When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • breathtaking

  • By Jodi halsband on 2019-03-01

heavy & poetic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-19

definitely worth getting as an audiobook! Tanya Tegaq has a wonderfully expressive cadence as she reads ends each chapter with throat signing. the story is chilling and heart wrenching.

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  • The Education of Will

  • A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog
  • Written by: Patricia B. McConnell
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

World-renowned as a source of science and soul, Patricia McConnell combines brilliant insights into canine behavior - gained from her work with aggressive and fearful dogs - with heartwarming stories of her own dogs and their life on the farm. Now, she reveals that it wasn't just the dogs who had serious problems. For decades Dr. McConnell secretly grappled with her own guilt and fear, which were rooted in the harrowing traumas of her youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TW: molestation of a minor, rape, trauma

  • By Neaera on 2018-07-19

TW: molestation of a minor, rape, trauma

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-19

This book was great, but I wasn't always in a good place to be hearing about the author's molestation or rape. unlike in a paper book, I couldn't exactly skim ahead and decide to save the chapter for another time. that said, what a brave and open-hearted book. I highly recommend it to people who love dogs and to people who love autobiographies, just be ready for some heavy stuff.

  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

  • Written by: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Full Cast Recording
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but is better with narration.

  • By Neaera on 2017-12-22

Great story but is better with narration.

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

Reviewed: 2017-12-22

I really loved all the actors and actresses playing the different characters but I think some of the dialogue was pretty forced to make up for not having any narration.

Also when ever they mentioned that a certain amount of time had passed it felt really startling since there wasn't anything but a comment like "you've been here a year now" to tell me that any sort of time had passed.

I've really enjoyed this story but I think I'll look for just the audiobook next time.

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