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  • "Ravaged by Storm -- Shattered by Sy..."

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    Truly unforgettable piece of investigative journalism at its best; the emotions in the reviews attest to the haunting staying power of the horrific events being recounted. Meticulously researched and presented in a way that has you feel the impending storm approaching with each page, compounded by the prescience of tragedy. Fink gives a brief explanation of the geography and history of the land and the levees, and some insight as to the worse case scenario prior to the storm. The land so dependent on the infrastructure of the system -- the citizens also dependent on the systems. What follows is a domino effect-like breakdown of those systems that had provided such a false sense of security, from the personal morals and responsibilities, to the corporate policies, to the government. Fink shows a top-rate journalist's ability to accurately report the events unattached to opinion, having each person responsible for their actions without labeling them good guy/bad guy; and there are times, in certain situations that you flip back and forth with your own judgements, but always keep the weight of decision in your own mind.

    The account does get long as it goes over the legal process and how it was perceived by the media, but the details helped -- like a necessary stretch after a long hard workout, stress relief; and it is an interesting look at the machinations of the legal system and corporate power. Still, a fact to consider for some readers. Kristen Potter gives a flawless and pragmatic performance, always concise and neutral, piling onto the reader the responsibility of their own conclusion. I remembered a disaster preparedness drill we went through at our hospital to pass the JCAHO guidelines... The drill-coordinator gave us the ol' *who would you throw out of the boat if the boat was going to sink* dilemma. The supervisors in the boats started rationalizing whom and why, as the drill-coordinator listened straight faced. When everyone had decided on whom to toss overboard to lighten their boat, the coordinator said, "but, you have to get everyone safely to shore." We, the Hospital Administrative Directors, had not counted on that possibility.

    I found the book fascinating and heartbreaking. One of the few times I have felt truly like I was walking in the shoes of another, from an obese paralyzed black man, to an old beloved mother, to a frantic nurse with children at home, to a doctor juggling whom to put on the rescue helicopter, to a daughter hundreds of miles away. I certainly have made some moral adjustments. Excellent, informative, very haunting.

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    Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
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    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Sharon says: "A Must Read"
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  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    "Great Book - But Not a Great Audio"

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    Still listening to it but I am sorry I am hearing it instead of reading it. The narrator sounds like she is reading a menu. The subject is so compelling and overwhelmning but that is DESPITE the robot rendition. Maybe you can`t dramatize a non-fiction book and it would be inappropriate to have a narrator screeching and screaming but the flat automaton read style does not work. But this is just my personal take - the content is enough to change your mind forever.

  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

    "Guess you had to be there"

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Think anybody would enjoy it but it seems more of a book about tradecraft and the author's background and less about the hostages who were rescued.


    What could Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't think they could do anything since their book was more about their prep and cant invent tension with the escape. The movie probably can take liberties and may have.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was flat and annoying at the same time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Argo?

    The author's early background was not necessary and at time I forgot what the main theme of the book was.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of build up to the departure which seemed uneventful. . Obviously it was a great coup but there was a sense of the book being more about the author and his CIA experience. I expected to be more excited reading the book but felt unsatisfied afterwards. I have not seen the movie but am sure the tension was ramped up in the Hollywood way ....ironically the cover story was Hollywood so maybe the story needed to be told via movie rather than a book. Finally the narrator was dull flat and annoying at the same time.

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  • "Chilling !"

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    It's a miracle that we haven't had an accidental full-scale detonation of a H-bomb.

    The author tears apart the myth that the military has the utmost safety standards for building, maintaining, storing and transporting nuclear weapons.

    Heck, if I run my business the way the military runs its nuclear program, I would be in jail, for a long time.

    The author clearly documents the stumbling way the military went through arming the nation to the teeth with dodgy nuclear weapons with a safety record that was criminally insane. The fact that none of those responsible have been prosecuted clearly shows the military-industrial complex power and reach.

    Bureaucracy that refused to adopt higher safety standards, refused proper communication protocols during Korean and Vietnam wars, the battle between military and civilians over who should control nuclear weapons, and the stupidity of Lemay who got branded as a Nazi even though he fought against them... all are laid out bare.

    I shudder to think what would have happened if an accidental detonation had happened. Heck, if such a thing had happened after 9/11, the US would be at war with nations that had nothing to do with it.

    Nuclear safety is a myth.

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    Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."

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    Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Explosion Aboard the Deepwater Horizon (






UNABRIDGED) by Tom Shroder, John Konrad Narrated by Sean Pratt

    Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Explosion Aboard the Deepwater Horizon

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    • By Tom Shroder, John Konrad
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    In the spring of 2010 the world watched for weeks as more than 200 million gallons of crude oil billowed from a hole three miles deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Warnings of various and imminent environmental consequences dominated the news. Deepwater drilling - largely ignored or misunderstood to that point - exploded in the American consciousness in the worst way possible. Fire on the Horizon, written by veteran oil rig captain John Konrad and longtime Washington Post journalist Tom Shroder, recounts in vivid detail the life of the rig itself, from its construction to its improbable journey in the year 2000 to its end.

    Shep says: "An incredibly well-told story"
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    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (






UNABRIDGED) by Barbara Demick Narrated by Karen White

    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

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    • By Barbara Demick
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    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
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    The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (






UNABRIDGED) by Lawrence Wright Narrated by Alan Sklar

    The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

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    • By Lawrence Wright
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    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
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    Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit (






UNABRIDGED) by Eric L. Haney Narrated by Robertson Dean

    Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

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    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
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    The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (






ABRIDGED) by Naomi Klein Narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie

    The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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    In her ground-breaking reporting, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism". Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment": losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.

    Nika says: "You can't be neutral..."
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    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (






UNABRIDGED) by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

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    • By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
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    An old Chinese proverb says "Women hold up half the sky." Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances.

    Nancy says: "This unabridged book is abridged"
  • 4.6 (496 ratings)
    Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan (






UNABRIDGED) by Sean Parnell, John Bruning Narrated by Ray Porter

    Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

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    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
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    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (






UNABRIDGED) by Katherine Boo Narrated by Sunil Malhotra

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

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    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
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    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (






UNABRIDGED) by Sheri Fink Narrated by Kirsten Potter

    Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
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    (411)
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    (357)
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    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Sharon says: "A Must Read"
  • Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott Patterson Narrated by Byron Wagner

    Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Patterson
    • Narrated By Byron Wagner
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    In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

    Gary says: "Definitive history on Electronic Trading"
  • Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Spencer Narrated by Russell Niemand

    Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
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    Bestselling author and jihad expert Robert Spencer unveils the shocking truth behind the mainstream media's propaganda about the Arab Spring and shows how the Fort Hood attack, the Boston Marathon bombings, and other violent acts by Muslims in the United States are indeed fresh instances of the Arab Spring ideology coming to this country. Robert Spencer brings years of study on radical Islam to this shocking and insightful book. Arab Winter Comes to America is a powerful warning of the terror and tyranny to come.

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  • Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert D. Kaplan Narrated by Michael Prichard

    Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries' worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future.

    Andy says: "helpful, but only an inch deep"
  • Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion (






UNABRIDGED) by Gary Webb Narrated by Christian Rummel

    Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gary Webb
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
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    In July 1995, San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb found the Big One - the blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about - without even looking for it. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial turned into a massive conspiracy involving the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, L.A. and Bay Area crack cocaine dealers, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Lucien says: "Rude Awakening"
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit (






UNABRIDGED) by Eric L. Haney Narrated by Robertson Dean

    Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (921)
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    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Preston Narrated by Richard M. Davidson

    The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
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    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
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  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (






UNABRIDGED) by Eric Schlosser Narrated by Scott Brick

    Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
  • The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence (






UNABRIDGED) by Martin Meredith Narrated by Fleet Cooper

    The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Martin Meredith
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
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    Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe’s continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa’s resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.

    Jeff says: "Africa: Land of Hope and Horror"
  • Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Wiseman Narrated by Peter Noble

    Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

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    • By Richard Wiseman
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time in the dark can transform your waking life.

    Julia says: "One half of a very good book"
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan (






UNABRIDGED) by Sean Parnell, John Bruning Narrated by Ray Porter

    Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
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    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
  • Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Spencer Narrated by Russell Niemand

    Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By Russell Niemand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Bestselling author and jihad expert Robert Spencer unveils the shocking truth behind the mainstream media's propaganda about the Arab Spring and shows how the Fort Hood attack, the Boston Marathon bombings, and other violent acts by Muslims in the United States are indeed fresh instances of the Arab Spring ideology coming to this country. Robert Spencer brings years of study on radical Islam to this shocking and insightful book. Arab Winter Comes to America is a powerful warning of the terror and tyranny to come.

  • Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Wiseman Narrated by Peter Noble

    Night School: Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

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    • By Richard Wiseman
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time in the dark can transform your waking life.

    Julia says: "One half of a very good book"
  • Failures of Leadership: History's Worst Rulers and How Their People Suffered For It (






UNABRIDGED) by Frederick Parker Narrated by Kevin Pierce

    Failures of Leadership: History's Worst Rulers and How Their People Suffered For It

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    • By Frederick Parker
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    Bad leaders never learn from their mistakes. Better leaders learn from their mistakes. But the best leaders learn from the mistakes of others, so they do not make them themselves. This exciting new audiobook from historian and entrepreneur Frederick Parker looks at the 20 worst failures of leadership in history and the consequences it meant for those under their rule.

  • Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert D. Kaplan Narrated by Michael Prichard

    Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries' worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future.

    Andy says: "helpful, but only an inch deep"
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  • Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey into the Realities of International Aid (






UNABRIDGED) by Tori Hogan Narrated by Robin Miles

    Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey into the Realities of International Aid

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tori Hogan
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    Young and idealistic, Tori Hogan travels to Kenya as an intern for Save the Children, intent upon doing her part to improve the lives of refugees. But the cynicism of a young African boy changes Tori’s life and sets her on a course to reconsider everything she thought she knew about helping those in need. Years later, Tori returns to Africa and embarks on a journey through Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, searching for the truth about what does and does not work in international aid.

  • The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers (






UNABRIDGED) by Gordon Weiss Narrated by James Adams

    The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gordon Weiss
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    In the closing days of the 30-year Sri Lankan civil war, tens of thousands of civilians were killed, according to UN estimates, as government forces hemmed in the last remaining Tamil Tiger rebels on a tiny sand spit, dubbed "The Cage". Gordon Weiss, a journalist and UN spokesperson in Sri Lanka during the final years of the war, pulls back the curtain of government misinformation to tell the full story for the first time. Tracing the role of foreign influence as it converged with a history of radical Buddhism and ethnic conflict, The Cage is a harrowing portrait of an island paradise torn apart by war.

  • Story of My People (






UNABRIDGED) by Edoardo Nesi Narrated by Derek Shetterly

    Story of My People

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edoardo Nesi
    • Narrated By Derek Shetterly
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    Winner of the 2011 Strega Prize, this blend of essay, social criticism, and memoir is a striking portrait of the effects of globalization on Italy’s declining economy. Starting from his family’s textile factory in Prato, Tuscany, Edoardo Nesi examines the recent shifts in Italy’s manufacturing industry. Only one generation ago, Prato was a thriving industrial center that prided itself on craftsmanship and quality. But during the last decade, cheaply made goods - produced overseas or in Italy by poorly paid immigrants - saturated the market, making it impossible for Italian companies to keep up.