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Martin

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  • Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Hannah Arendt
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Sparking a flurry of heated debate, Hannah Arendt's authoritative and stunning report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared in The New Yorker in 1963. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative - an unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the 20th century.

    Darwin8u says: "Both a Monster and a Clown"
    "Still has Great Power to Offend"
    Overall

    This work was (and is) highly contreversial and has lost none of it's power to offend. Hannah Arendt, no doubt felt that she was being honest and straightforward. Her narrative often seems far more critical of Israel than the perpetrators of The Holocaust. This is a hard, cold and uncaring narritive. There is an almost complete absence of sympathy for the victims of The Holocaust - only the flippant dismisal that is only appreciated by those who exercise it. It is easy to see why Arendt is often portrayed as a "self lothing Jew". Her unrelenting theme seems to be: this was a ridiculous and unneccesary show trial and look at all the bad and silly things that Israel is doing. Why - how dare Israel kidnap Eichmann and take him to Israel. When she occasionally manages to put her axe aside, the details are useful. Apart from this the "Banality of Evil" can easily be applied to Hannah Arendt herself.

    8 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (591)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "Powerful Testimony"
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    I have no problem saying that I am a Christian. Christianity has suffered at the hand of popular media over the past years. Elizabeth Smart's testimony shows the power and strength of faith in the face of complete and absolute evil. There are parts of this book that are extremely hard to read. It is difficult, if not impossible, to imagine two individuals more demonic than Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. Forgiveness and compassion are essential cornerstones of Christianity. But forgiveness and compassion do not come without effort. Brian David Mitchell and Wand Barzee easily and happily lived at the same level of the worst SS guards at Auschwitz. Mitchell and Barzee are completely devoid of humanity. One example of the power of God is that he can forgive SS guards at Auschwitz, Mitchell and Barzee when we cannot.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Trevor Marriott
    • Narrated By Norman Gilligan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (54)

    There have been countless attempts to solve the brutal murders committed by Jack the Ripper more than 100 years ago. It seems that almost everyone has their own theory and their own suspect, ranging from the reasonably likely to the entirely preposterous. What this most famous of British criminal cases has always required is a professional eye to analyse it with all the benefits of modern investigate techniques. Now that has been provided in the shape of the man most qualified to solve the case: former British murder-squad detective Trevor Marriott.

    Galadriel says: "A must for the Ripper-obsessed"
    "An excellent reference"
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    This is a fascinating look at the investigations into the ripper killings. The daily lives of the victims is vividly illustrated by the testimony of the people who knew them personally as well as the police and examiners who worked the case. The actual facts of this case are more compelling than any fictional account. These accounts serve to underscore the absolutely brutal and soulless nature of the killer.

    This book has received some negative reviews on amazon.com. One of the main complaints is that this is a rehash of other books. A good deal of this book does come from verbatim testimony taken during the investigations. This is necessary detail for a serious investigation that adds to the credibility of the work.

    The author, Trevor Marriott; a retired police investigator, does raise some very worthwhile points and challenges some long accepted points in the case.

    - The Goulston Street graffito; the famous "The Juews..." message, long assumed to be the work of the killer, may have and may not have had anything to do with the killings.

    - While not new, Marriott explores killings beyond the canonical five victims that may have been the work of Jack the Ripper.

    - Many more...

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer, Jefferson Chase (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sonke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs that had been covertly recorded and recently declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington, D.C. These were discoveries that would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general - almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war.

    Scott says: "Banality of evil"
    "Deflates claims that only a few knew"
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    I grew up in a town close to Camp Forrest where German POWs were held in the continental United States during the war. Although this book deals with German POWs held in The United Kingdom, this book was of particular interest to me. I was shocked at how prevalent the ideas about people in territories invaded by nazi troops were. It seemed to be more or less accepted that regardless of any written rules of conduct (which seem nebulous at times), that committing rape and murder were perfectly acceptable practices. Any small act was accepted as a pretext for the most appalling crimes against humanity. The "thousand year reich" will certainly be remembered for far more than a thousand years for these acts. I pray that we do better.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Streets of Whitechapel: A Jack the Ripper Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By R. Barri Flowers
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Modern day criminologist, Ripperologist, and bestselling author R. Barri Flowers delivers a heart-pounding historical thriller in Dark Streets of Whitechapel, featuring arguably the most infamous and elusive murderer of them all--19th century serial killer Jack the Ripper.

    Martin says: "Good - but the actual case is more interesting"
    "Good - but the actual case is more interesting"
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    This is a good and fairly structured fiction based on the Jack the Ripper killings in the late 19th century in Whitechapel. It suffers from the same problems seen in fictional accounts of the sinking of the Titanic and other historical fiction; the actual facts and case are far more interesting than the fictional characters. The actual history outshines this story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Key: A True Encounter

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Gregory Itzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    From the best-selling author of Communion comes the mysterious true story of how an unknown visitor barged into Streiber's hotel room late one night - and imparted extraordinary lessons in personal development and man's fate that challenge us to rethink every assumption about the meaning of life.

    Trevor says: "Totally in line with Truth"
    "Hard to take"
    Overall

    This book is a bit hard to take. It comes across as a dump of Popular Science, The National Enquirer and the same arrogant ignorance behind the "Coexisit" bumper sticker. The text offers an extremely contradictory suggestion that we accept The Gospel of Christianity with the surrender to God offered by Islam. Christians surrender to God by accepting Christ as our saviour - in other words, Christians surrender to God by accepting the Good News of The Gospel. Islam denies the death and Resurrection of Christ. Islam rejects the very foundation of Christianity. For a Christian, this is not optional and not up for debate. A religion that merges the major religions would be complete folly and solve nothing.

    This book is an unfortunate mix of truths and half-truths. Read it (or listen to it) with your eyes and ears open. Listen carefully to who this book suggests we worship.

    1 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Forgotten Voices of the Falklands: Part One, Fatal Miscalculations: The Killing Begins

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Hugh McManners
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In April 1982, Argentina surprised the world by invading the Falkland Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The tiny islands had long been the subject of a fierce territorial dispute between Argentina and the UK, and the occupation quickly escalated into a terrifying full-blown conflict between the two countries.

    Donald says: "Fractured"
    "Excellent series one person mumbles"
    Overall

    The who Forgotten Voices series is quite excellent. There is, unfortunately, one individual who when interviewed (Gerald Cheek) who mumbles so badly that he is unintelligible at very best. They should have read this persons responses. There are times when you can't understand a single word. Every other person interviewed is clear as a bell by comparison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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