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  • Cakes and Ale

  • Autor: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Sprecher: James Saxon
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 33 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

When Cakes and Ale was first published in 1930 it roused a storm of controversy, since many people imagined they recognised portraits of literary figures now no more. It is the novel for which Maugham wished to be remembered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • Von Sebastian Gruson Am hilfreichsten 15.04.2016

Entertaining!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 15.04.2016

An entertaining tale about the freedom of spirit and the dichotomy of reality and perception , masterfully narrated.

  • The Silo Effect

  • The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers
  • Autor: Gillian Tett
  • Sprecher: Fiona Hardingham
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 6 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Sprecher
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Geschichte
    3 out of 5 stars 4

From award-winning columnist and journalist Gillian Tett comes a brilliant examination of how our tendency to create functional departments - silos - hinders our work - and how some people and organizations can break those silos down to unleash innovation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, terrible narration

  • Von Sebastian Gruson Am hilfreichsten 05.04.2016

Great book, terrible narration

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
1 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 05.04.2016

The book and its premise were fascinating. A must read for anyone who works in a corporate setting and desires to do things more efficiently while improving the work life balance.

The problem was the narrator. She clearly did not have a grasp of the material and narrated accordingly. She mangled words and names which could have been remedied by even the most rudimentary research (eg EBITDA, etc). Her staccato narration style was irritating at best and made what should have been an interesting book a nightmare to listen to. My suggestion: have the author of the book narrate it. I have seen Gillian Tett on numerous shows and interviews, and she has a pleasant and convincing voice.

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  • Ashenden

  • Autor: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Sprecher: Christopher Oxford
  • Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 17 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

When war broke out in 1914, Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a play. Multilingual, knowledgeable about many European countries, and a celebrated writer, Maugham had the perfect cover, and the assignment appealed to his love of romance, and of the ridiculous. The stories collected in Ashenden are rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent, reflecting the ruthlessness and brutality of espionage, its intrigue and treachery, as well as its absurdity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • Von Sebastian Gruson Am hilfreichsten 13.03.2016

Entertaining

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 13.03.2016

A well conceived collection of stories of a WWI spy. Not only does the reader travers the globe at a time of historical conflict, but he is also given access to the insightful and humorous observations of the protagonist. Excellent narration.

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  • The Razor's Edge

  • Autor: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Sprecher: Gordon Griffin
  • Spieldauer: 13 Std. und 37 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters: his fiancée Isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions; and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. The most ambitious of Maugham's novels, this is also one in which Maugham himself plays a considerable part as he wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • Von Sebastian Gruson Am hilfreichsten 04.03.2016

Excellent!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 04.03.2016

Superb Maugham novel with multifaceted characters and their life quests inextricably woven together with a colorful backdrop of interwar Paris, masterfully narrated.

  • Turning Points in Modern History

  • Autor: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Sprecher: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 17 Min.
  • Originalaufnahme
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

This lecture series takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe - from China to the Americas to New Zealand - to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. In just 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll get the amazing story of how life as we know it developed. Starting in the early 15th century and culminating in the age of social media, you'll encounter astounding threads that weave through the centuries, joining these turning points in ways that may come as a revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing teacher.

  • Von lepaula Am hilfreichsten 13.08.2016

Excellent!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 19.02.2016

Good overview! Easy to understand and a successful connection of historical dots revealing transformational trends.

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • Autor: Richard Flanagan
  • Sprecher: Richard Flanagan
  • Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 5 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Sprecher
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 15

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant!

  • Von Sebastian Gruson Am hilfreichsten 31.07.2015

Poignant!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 31.07.2015

A moving story of the power of redemption and of the strength of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming cruelty and suffering in a Japanese POW camp during WW II. The protagonist, Dorrigo Evans, epitomizes the innate complexity of the human character - on the one hand able to demonstrate unyielding compassion for the men under his command, on the other conflicted in his feelings towards his family and the ones he loves. It is no wonder that Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker Prize with this masterfully crafted tale.

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  • The Gentleman in the Parlour

  • Autor: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Sprecher: Philip Bird
  • Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 16 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Geschichte
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Somerset Maugham's success as a writer enabled him to indulge his adventurous love of travel, and he recorded the sights and sounds of his wide-ranging journeys with a unique urbane, wry style. The Gentleman in the Parlour is an account of the author's trip through what was then Burma and Siam, ending in Haiphong, Vietnam. Whether by river to Mandalay, on horse through the mountains and forests of the Shan States to Bangkok, or onwards by sea, Maugham's vivid descriptions bring a lost world to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Treasure Trove

  • Von Sebastian Gruson Am hilfreichsten 12.07.2015

Treasure Trove

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 12.07.2015

Somerset Maugham takes the reader on a delightful journey throughout Southeast Asia of the 1920's. It is an exquisite journey through a region which continues to fascinate to this day. The author accompanies the reader on this literary journey with humorous observations, outrageous biases of his time and perceptive encounters with others throughout.

  • Travels with My Aunt

  • Autor: Graham Greene
  • Sprecher: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 27 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over 50 years at his mother’s funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon South wood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisitely Entertaining!

  • Von Sebastian Gruson Am hilfreichsten 10.07.2015

Exquisitely Entertaining!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 10.07.2015

A wonderful tale, part comedy, part spy thriller, but foremost a personal travelogue of man's search for his own purpose.

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  • The Fall and Rise of China

  • Autor: Richard Baum, The Great Courses
  • Sprecher: Richard Baum
  • Spieldauer: 24 Std. und 8 Min.
  • Originalaufnahme
  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars 38

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
  • Comprehensive, entertaining, educational

  • Von Amazon Customer Am hilfreichsten 30.03.2017

Mesmerizing!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 07.06.2015

Professor Baum manages to present a complex history in an easy to understand manner - he masterfully connects specific occurrences in Chinese history with broader trends on the world stage and demonstrates how they are inextricably linked. Professor Baum accomplishes this with great passion and with the listener in mind - the chapters are divided up in a logical periodic sequence, making it easier for the listener to grasp.

China is already an economic if not political superpower. This course is an important contribution toward understanding how this came to be.

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • Autor: Bill Browder
  • Sprecher: Adam Grupper
  • Spieldauer: 14 Std. und 7 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerizing!

  • Von Sebastian Gruson Am hilfreichsten 05.06.2015

Mesmerizing!

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 05.06.2015

Professor Baum leads the listener through the developments of Chinese history with clarity and great engagement. Despite the plethora of information presented, the listener never loses sight of the importance and impact of major developments in Chinese history. China is de facto a world economic and political power today - Professor Baum expertly explains this development and provides a credible thesis of the continued rise of China.