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Douglas

mission viejo, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Good Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it "the surge". "Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences," he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic Army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers.

    Candy says: "This book is amazing, but brutal"
    "One of the best audiobooks of the year"
    Overall

    Great writing, compelling story, and superb narration equal one great audio experience. i can understand why this book won the Pulitzer. Any young man thinking of going to war should read this to make an informed decision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5189)
    Performance
    (3154)
    Story
    (3172)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Great Audio Book"
    Overall

    The best audio books are ones where the narration adds to the story. Freedom is a "narration added" book. Suarez, the author, is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton: he shows the same attention to detail while asking the question, "what if we went --this-- far?"

    Easily five stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of God

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (267)

    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"
    "Great"
    Overall

    Very thought provoking. Highly recommended.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7202)
    Performance
    (4221)
    Story
    (4252)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Horrible ending"
    Overall

    What a wonderful ride....incredible narration... I just kept saying, "Oh please don't end inconclusively."

    It did. The book seemed to be gearing up for a great conclusion. And then it ended.
    Terrible.


    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Empires of Trust: How Rome Built - and America Is Building - a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    In Empires of Trust, Professor Thomas F. Madden explores surprising parallels between the Roman and American republics. By making friends of enemies and demonstrating a commitment to fairness, the two republics - both "reluctant" yet unquestioned super-powers - built empires based on trust. Madden also includes vital lessons from the Roman Republic's 100-year struggle with "terrorism."

    Thomas says: "A real eye opener"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    I thought this was going to be a great book. The first chapter shows such great promise. Unfortunately, the book is a as dull as a one note song. Each chapter makes the same point. Each chapter begins with some Roman history, which is superficially connected to American history or current events, and concludes with the same point. Over and over again.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (624)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "Frightening"
    Overall

    This is a wonderfully written disturbing history of the CIA. I finished this book wondering if the CIA represents the inevitable malfunction of all government bureaucracies, or specific to an American spy agency. I fear the former, and am left with grave concern that intelligence can act intelligently.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Madeleine Albright
    • Narrated By Madeleine Albright
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Does America have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists? Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State and best-selling author of Madam Secretary, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world.

    Thomas says: "The point??"
    "Use a Professional Narrator"
    Overall

    This book could have been sooo much better if Sec. Albright had used a professional to narrate her book. I found myself zoning out for all but the most intriquing parts because her voice was so hard to focus on. She drones. Very monotone. Very bad narration. Aside from that, interesting perspective.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Little Pieces

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (155)

    By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

    Heath says: "Great Book"
    "Cheated"
    Overall

    This would have been 5 stars, were it true. Now that the truth is out, if it's true that an addict will lie, cheat and steal for a fix, and since Mr. Frey did just that for money, his story of redemption is bogus. I'd get my book credit back from Audible, just on principle, but I like Audible too much. I wouldn't give this author one more dime.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Law: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Gimenez
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firm, who long ago checked his conscience at the door, catches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller.

    MEMcL says: "Carlsbad reader"
    "Great"
    Overall

    Compelling, hard to put down. The narration adds to the story. Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Well...it was okay"
    Overall

    I liked the structure of this novel, and I mostly liked the characters, but the ending did not live up to the buildup. I hate it when that happens. Most disappointing. Were the ending more satisfying, I'd probably give it 4 stars. I must agree with another reviewer who found the voices and music somewhat distracting at times, but mostly, the producers of this audio version get A for effort in making this ever so slightly different than the book, and different than many audio books that are simply read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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