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jackifus

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  • "Important story, imperfectly executed"

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    Few books detail the suffering of the Polish people during and after the Second World War. That being the case, I'm grateful that Anne Applebaum researched and wrote this book as the information contained therein is rare and valuable. I found her description of the Eastern European social context at the close of the war to be especially so.

    She treats horrors visited upon the Poles, Ukrainians, Hungarians, Czechs, Germans, and Jews with incredible clarity and with a rare touch that brings context to those horrors and allows for an appreciation of suffering by one or other group that does not diminish horrors visited upon others.

    Her work here is admirable.

    Unfortunately, the book does not hang together especially well.

    She structures the book in chapters each describing a component of Soviet occupation (Policemen, Violence, Ethnic Cleansing, Radio, Politics...). Each of these components combine to create a context within which Soviet occupation was able to take root, grow in influence, and "flower" into its particular flavor of totalitarianism.

    Each chapter then contains a series of anecdotes that describe how the chapter subject was realized in Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia.

    In theory, the above structure could work well, but I had trouble with it in this book.

    Any overarching thread felt subsumed by anecdotes. Chapters launch into episodes about Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia but without a clear sense of how each anecdote or episode fits into a larger thesis. Some chapters have a closing few sentences that draw back to a central notion, but while reading, I lost a sense of what about a given anecdote was important. And then, without a paragraph to help put the story just heard into a broader framework, another anecdote would follow. So I was left with a collection of stories without a concrete feeling of why each was important or how it fit into a broader picture.

    The author has done quite a bit of research and she's eager to demonstrate it through the inclusion of quite a bit of detail. I wish she would have provided more interpretation of that detail to lend the book greater coherence.

    I will recommend this book to friends and colleagues because its subject is so important and books about it are so scarce. I will however not recommend it unreservedly.

    The narrator is capable and improves after the opening section which is made up of a series of quotes. Unfortunately, her pronunciation of Polish place names is frustratingly mediocre, as though she didn't approach their pronunciation seriously. Aside from that, she improves over the course of the reading and is not unpleasant. This is not an easy book to narrate and the narrator does pretty well to lend shape to text that hasn't much shape on its own.

    She deserves 4 stars in general, but her pronunciation mistakes are so careless that I remove a star.

    The subject of the book is important enough to lift the "overall" star score though its realization here is imperfect.

    It's a worthwhile read.

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    Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

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    • By Anne Applebaum
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete.

    jackifus says: "Important story, imperfectly executed"
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  • Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government

    "Stalin actually ran our war policy!"

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    What did you love best about Stalin's Secret Agents?

    The amazing research that produced this book is clear, well written, and well analyzed. It is astonishing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Dexter White, because he was one of the best agents Stalin had. He and his fellow agents were able to shape America WWII policy and helped Stalin use America to enlarge his Communist Empire!


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    good listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I realized that so many Russian agents had taken over policy positions in the American government and pushed us into a war that claimed 500 thousand American lives.


    Any additional comments?

    Every single American should read/listen to this book. This is truly and excellent academic study of a subject that will be shocking to all Americans: The Soviet Leader, Joe Stalin, actually was able to use his agents in the American government to shape our war policy to help him enlarge his empire. If made into a movie, no one would believe it, and it is all true.

  • John Adams

    "A wonderful analysis of a Great American"

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

    The audio version was spectacular. I have not read the print version, but the depth of character that comes through the audio version could not be reproduced in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just how religion motivated John Adams, and so many other American patriots. Also, the family difficulties Adams faced, as well as the political and economic challenges he faced. His life was difficult but he felt a 'calling' to lead, support, and defend the creation of this new nation conceived in liberty. How Adams had the gall and guts to defend the British soldiers accused of killing the patriots in Boston is inspiring. He defended them based on principle, and though the other Bostonians did not like it, they respected the motivation of the man. Finally, the love story between the man and the wife is sensational.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was an excellent performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The American Patriot


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the book, you will be grateful that we had such men at the founding of our Nation that help to birth us, give us our guiding principles and documents, and demonstrate what duty and service to one's country really means.

  • Imperial Life in the Emerald City

    "Limitations of the American form of Government"

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Imperial Life in the Emerald City to be better than the print version?

    I suppose so, it was every easy to listen to, and it is not necessarily a book I will need to refer back to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Imperial Life in the Emerald City?

    The author's descriptions of all the good people accepting the challenge and danger of trying to create a new, great society in Iraq with all their effort, and their ultimate failure.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is a good listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Why America can not actually win a war! Our system is the result of our history, and it can not really be exported in the short term, and we should not try.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listing of many of the failures of American occupation policy in Iraq. There are very little proposed solutions to these myriad complex problems. The author writes from the level of a private who complains that the sergeants over him do know what they are doing, and the Captain in charge is an idiot, and the Colonel in command has no clue, and the General must be smoking dope and living in a brothel somewhere. Nevertheless, though it is obvious the author really wants to criticize the Republican Administration, and the senior leaders and their ambitious desire to actually make life better for the Iraqis, what he really does is show how the American form of post war occupation, developed generally from WW II Germany and Japan, really can not work. Our government is too big, to complex, to focus on the important things first, and that makes working and securing a post combat occupation almost impossible. We do not have good occupation doctrine and systems, and we probably do not have the ruthless political will needed to pacify and occupy any country and change its culture. Thus, we should not try. In the future, we need to defeat the enemy forces, find the most powerful guy in the country, put him in charge, and bribe him to not to attack us. Other than that, we need to let the locals run their own countries, and save us all a lot of heart ach.

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    Joseph says: "Entertaining & thought-provoking. Highly recommend"
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    brian says: "Exposing the truth."
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    brian says: "Exposing the truth."
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  • The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Butcher Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tim Butcher
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    The Trigger tells the story of a young man who changed the world forever. It focuses on the drama of the incident itself by following Princip's journey. By retracing his steps from the feudal frontier village of his birth, through the mountains of the northern Balkans to the great plain city of Belgrade, and ultimately to Sarajevo, Tim Butcher illuminates our understanding of Princip and makes discoveries about him that have eluded historians for 100 years.

    Charles says: "Good, but not what I was looking for"
  • Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield (






UNABRIDGED) by Max Hastings Narrated by Nigel Carrington

    Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
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    With an introduction read by Max Hastings. An exhilarating and uplifting account of the lives of 16 ‘warriors’ from the last three centuries, hand-picked for their bravery or extraordinary military experience by the eminent military historian, author and ex-editor of the Daily Telegraph, Sir Max Hastings. Over the course of 40 years of writing about war, Max Hastings has grown fascinated by outstanding deeds of derring-do on the battlefield (land, sea, or air) - and by their practitioners.

  • Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (






UNABRIDGED) by Evan Osnos Narrated by Evan Osnos

    Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Evan Osnos
    • Narrated By Evan Osnos
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    As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.

    Sam says: "Important stories from contemporary China."
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