Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Bios & Memoirs, Business & Economics31/03/2017 • 128kbps

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

John D. Rockefeller, Sr., history’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most famous dynasty, is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, a National Book Award-winning biographer, gives us a detailed and insightful history of the mogul. Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist.

Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded “the Octopus” by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

Rockefeller was likely the most controversial businessman in our nation’s history. Critics charged that his empire was built on unscrupulous tactics: grand-scale collusion with the railroads, predatory pricing, industrial espionage, and wholesale bribery of political officials. The titan spent more than 30 years dodging investigations until Teddy Roosevelt and his trustbusters embarked on a marathon crusade to bring Standard Oil to bay.

While providing abundant evidence of Rockefeller’s misdeeds, Chernow discards the stereotype of the cold-blooded monster to sketch an unforgettably human portrait of a quirky, eccentric original. A devout Baptist and temperance advocate, Rockefeller gave money more generously than anyone before him – his chosen philanthropies included the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of Chicago, and what is today Rockefeller University. Titan presents a finely nuanced portrait of a fascinating, complex man, synthesizing his public and private lives and disclosing numerous family scandals, tragedies, and misfortunes that have never before come to light.

John D. Rockefeller’s story captures a pivotal moment in American history, documenting the dramatic post–Civil War shift from small business to the rise of giant corporations that irrevocably transformed the nation. With cameos by Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, Jay Gould, William Vanderbilt, Ida Tarbell, Andrew Carnegie, Carl Jung, J. P. Morgan, William James, Henry Clay Frick, Mark Twain, and Will Rogers, Titan turns Rockefeller’s life into a vivid tapestry of American society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is Ron Chernow’s signal triumph that he writes this monumental saga with all the sweep, drama, and insight that this giant subject deserves.

©2004 Ron Chernow (P) 2013 Blackstone Audio

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North and South

Classics, Editor's Pick30/03/2017 • 128kbps

North and South

Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

© and (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Juliet Stevenson: Exclusive Interview

Arts & Entertainment28/03/2017 • 128kbps

Juliet Stevenson: Audible Sessions: Exclusive Interview

Audiobook queen Juliet Stevenson joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss her latest audio project, her career as an audiobook narrator, and the books that have inspired her.

©2016 Audible Studios (P)2016 Audible Studios

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Sherlock Holmes

Classics, Mysteries & Thrillers17/03/2017 • 128kbps

Sherlock Holmes

“…it was reading the Sherlock Holmes stories as a boy that first turned me on to the power of writing and storytelling” (Stephen Fry)

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle’s detective fiction, Fry has narrated a striking collection of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, including four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful, intimate and deeply personal introductions, one for each title.

He writes: “Popular fiction offers different kinds of superheroes to save the world by restoring order to the chaos, confusion and criminality of our times. Heroes with remarkable gifts are as in vogue now as they have been since they first appeared, perhaps even more in vogue. But although the very first one was launched in serial published form just like his masked and body-suited successors, it was not in DC or Marvel comic books that he made his appearance; rather it was in the sedate and respectable pages of Mrs Beeton’s Christmas Annual in the mid-Victorian year 1887.”

Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round national treasure. He is the acclaimed narrator of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and most recently recorded The Tales of Max Carrados for Audible Studios – a performance that earned Fry the accolade of “quite irresistible” from The Washington Post. Stephen has contributed columns and articles to newspapers and magazines, appears frequently on radio and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography.

Chapter 1: Opening Credits and Introduction to A Study in Scarlet
Chapters 2-15: A Study in Scarlet
Chapter 16: Introduction to The Sign of Four
Chapters 17-28: The Sign of Four
Chapter 29: Introduction to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 30-43: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 44: Introduction to The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 45-56: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 57: Introduction to The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapters 58-72: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapter 73: Introduction to The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 74-86: The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 87: Introduction to The Valley of Fear
Chapters 88-102: The Valley of Fear
Chapter 103: Introduction to His Last Bow
Chapters 104-112: His Last Bow

©2017 Stephen Fry (introductions); original text public domain. (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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The Way We Live Now

Classics03/03/2017 • 128kbps

The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now is a complex and compulsive tale that traces the career of Augustus Melmotte, a strange and mysterious financier who bursts into London society like a guided missile. In setting up a dubious scheme based on speculative money and stock market gambles, Melmotte manages to lure in several members of the English aristocracy, for whom money is the summum bonum. The world is at his feet – until the corruption catches up with him.

Considered one of Trollope’s greatest works, The Way We Live Now leaves the listener questioning whether much has changed in the last century or whether this, after all, is the way we live now.

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Public Domain (P)2016 Naxos AudioBooks

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