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Nancy

Camas, WA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Gopnik
    • Narrated By Adam Gopnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Written 200 years after Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln shared a birthday on February 12, 1809, this insightful account sheds new light on two men who changed the way we think about the meaning of life and death. Award-winning journalist Adam Gopnik's unique perspective, combined with previously unexplored stories and figures, reveals two men planted firmly at the roots of modern views and liberal values.

    Joshua Kim says: "Connecting Darwin and Lincoln"
    "A tedious read"
    Overall

    This book might get better but I could not listen longer thatn 40 minutes. The tedious details parsing each word and line of Lincoln's speeches were too much for me even while doing the mundane task of pulling weeds. This felt like a grad student's disertation. Uninteresting and tedious.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Harwood, Gerald F. Seib
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    With keen inside analysis and great stories drawn from astonishing access to Washington's key players, Pennsylvania Avenue takes us behind the scenes to show what really happens on the first street in America and how that affects the country.

    Dan says: "Very good! - Highly Recommend."
    "A look behind the scenes of government"
    Overall

    This book was fast paced and examined a diverse selection of offices and agencies that influence Washington. The topics changed and evolved in a way that provided something of interest to everyone. It was a fascinating look inside for anyone intested in the ways people and non government agencies can influence our government.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    "If the general public knew what was going on inside the White House, they would scream." So states one Secret Service agent, just a small link in the chain of security that has guarded the public image of the presidency and the men who define it - until now.

    Nancy says: "National Enquirer comes to the White House"
    "National Enquirer comes to the White House"
    Overall

    This book started out interesting enough in a gossipy way. In the beginning, information seemed garnered from inside sources. But eventually it deteriorated into a partisan hachet job. The writer couldn't find anything good to say about the Carters or Clintons but Nancy Reagan's control over the presidency of Ronald Regan was justified because she had Ronnie's interest at heart. This book was written just a few years into Clinton's term and all information on them seemed to come from conservative newspapers. 20 minutes on Clinton and Paula Jones (extolled for her beauty and brains) BEFORE he became president and the evidence that Hilary was NOT a lesbian was the alleged affair she had with Vince Foster! "Everyone thought Barbara Bush was a sweetheart" tells it all. Read it if you are one of the few hard core Republicans left, you will love it.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • My Life So Far

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Fonda
    • Narrated By Jane Fonda
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths.

    D says: "An Honest Look at One's Life"
    "My Life so Far"
    Overall

    Could not put this book down. Growing up following the sagas of Jane Fonda made this book all the more fascinating. I appreciated the honest approach she took and have the most respect for her courage and generosity. Historical, biographical and a look behind the scenes; from beginning to end it was an excellent "read" and all the better that she narrated it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • America's Secret War: Inside the Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover, the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

    David says: "The Best"
    "America's Secret War"
    Overall

    The pieces don't fit. The information and point of view presented by Mr. Friedman appear to be a revisionist's view of the Iraq and Afganistan Wars. He has interesting theories but be sure to read other authors to get a well rounded picture. Much information was left out of his story to make his pieces fit. He appeared to have information not available to U.S. Intelligence (knowing what Al Sistani was thinking and planning)yet closed his chapter on Tora Bora saying we don't know what happened. While it is an interesting perspective and easy listening, don't be taken in until you have read other accounts. It is careful not to make the administration (except Donald Rumsfeld) look bad. It is the rosiest picture of the war I have read yet. It would be interesting to see how he spins the last 6 months of the Iraq war.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Seymour M. Hersh
    • Narrated By Peter Friedman
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers, and outraged the Bush Administration, with his stories in The New Yorker magazine, including his breakthrough pieces on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Now, in Chain of Command, he brings together this reporting, along with new revelations, to answer the critical question of the last three years: how did America get from that clear morning in September to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?

    Dean Carter says: "journalistic coverage of Presidency gone bad"
    "Reporting as it should be"
    Overall

    This book brings you information in a factual, specific manner. It would appeal to readers with a good undertanding of and interest in current events. It will supplement your understanding of our world and the politics that shape it but a reader who has not followed current events or relies on "Fox News" would be lost. However, the Fox news junkie is absolutely the person who should read this. But for all of you fact/ real news junkies it is a must read. You will develop a profound respect for a real news journalist.

    35 of 43 people found this review helpful

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