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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-17

Thought provoking but shockingly sloppy

Would you consider the audio edition of PostCapitalism to be better than the print version?

Definitely not

What was one of the most memorable moments of PostCapitalism?

Paul Mason's vision of the world after capitalism; his sweeping summary of economic cycles

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No-one had listened to the recording. It's full of false starts and restarts. It's very annoying and appallingly sloppy

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

No. It's a demanding, academic read

Any additional comments?

It's a pity it's so badly produced: Mason is an excellent broadcast journalist and reads his own work really well

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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-17

Thorough, scholarly and interesting

This isn't popular history and it doesn't dumb down the subject for people like me who are listening at the gym. So I did occasionally struggle to keep up and do my fourth set

This book is, though, very well written. it's clear and free of jargon

the performance is excellent: just the right balance of dispassionate but interested. His pronunciation of proper names in multiple languages is admirable

I enjoyed it and learned a lot that I hadn't known. It made me revaluate what I thought I did know about why Russia entered the Great War

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-17

brilliant - a painless way to learn

this method is excellent. I can't recommend it highly enough. These are the first two lessons

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Odd but enthralling

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

Donnie Eicher must be very odd: he knew almost nothing about Russia or the Soviet Union but became obsessed with the death of group of students in Siberia in the 1950s.

Overall, it works. He does a good job of telling a very mysterious story. He's not the first non-Russian author to have looked at it and his solution is far less definitive than he would have you believe. But he tells the story well and he even does a decent job of narrating.

I'm just glad I'm not his long-suffering wife

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-13

A good book but let down by the narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

How could anyone think it was a good idea to pick a sonorous American narrator and fail to coach him in how to pronounce any European language? (Or even British English - Lord Salisbury is pronounced as "sal-iss-bury")

What did you like best about this story?

A well written telling of how the world stumbled to war. Well written but not inspiring

Would you be willing to try another one of Steve Coulter’s performances?


Was July 1914: Countdown to War worth the listening time?

Just about

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-12

A fascinating acoount of the politics of a war

This is an excellent account of how a crisis can degenerate into a war. I know the history of the Middle East quite well but learned a great deal from this book -- particularly the reminders about how worthless security guarantees from Europe and the US can be. My only criticism of the book itself is that the author sometimes takes memoirs at face value rather than putting them in the context of the motivations of the writer and the subject: for example, are a few of the Yiddish bon mots what the players wish they had said or were they really that quick witted? The narrator is good and the reading is never dull but his pronunciation of Hebrew and Arabic terms is careless and sometimes unitelligible if you don't know what he is trying to say

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

Great book -- terrible audio quality

This is an excellent book but is let down by the very poor quality of the audio. I downloaded in a high quality format but both parts of the book sounded like old AM radio. A great pity

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

Stunning and beautifully read

I had read bits of the book years ago but I had forgotten how compelling it was. Shirer's day-by-day picture of life under the Nazis is uncannily accurate with the hindsight of history. He wrote beautifully although his growing loathing of the Nazis makes the later parts of the book more tirade than report -- loathing the Nazis was, of course, justified but I wish Shirer had tried harder to understand why otherwise-rational Germans didn't share his hatred. He often resorts to sweeping stereotypes about "the German character" and he fails to pursue insights on the Nazi use of class resentment and modern media. Still, worth every minute of listening and the reading adds extra resonance to every sentence.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-11

Good but needs a professional narrator

Liza Picard does a good job of capturing the daily life of London and this is enjoyable listening but it was probably a mistake to get her to read it herself. She has one of those very plummy voices -- nothing inherently wrong with it. However, it's not a neutral voice but she doesn't know the tricks of adding inflection and pace to a reading

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-11

Fascinating, compelling, frightening

The story of how those responsible for the great banking crisis caused it, profited from it and disappeared from view. Essential listening as the repercussions continue

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