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A. J. Frank

Wash DC | Listener Since 2008

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  • 4 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Jake Mishkin's seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. As he awaits a killer (or killers) unknown, Jake writes an account of the events that led to this deadly endgame, a frantic chase that began when a fire in an antiquarian bookstore revealed the hiding place of letters containing a shocking secret, concealed for 400 years.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Not your average story."
    "Fun story but...not very interesting"
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    Michal Gruber is one of my favorite fiction writers of all time. This book was disappointing. It was an interesting story but didn't go deep enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ahmed Rashid
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (24)

    Rashid examines Central Asia, and the corridors of power in Washington and Europe, to see how the promised nation building in the region has progressed. His conclusions are devastating.

    John Robert BEHRMAN says: "Useful!"
    "Not History, Simplistic viewpoint"
    Overall

    I read the Taliban and liked it a lot. Descent into Chaos is very different. Rashid is only presenting his own viewpoint which he admits in the beginning. However, he is very simplistic in many of his views. He mischaracterizes the intellectual tradition of the neo-cons, says that central Asia is the birth place of terrorism, and says the US army is currently broken among other things.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alistair Horne
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused the fall of six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict, and as many European settlers were driven into exile. From the perspective of half a century, it looks less like the last colonial war than the first postmodern one.

    Judith says: "A fascinating book"
    "Insightful account of a war very relevant today"
    Overall

    A Savage War of Peace is an excellent account of the French in Algeria. The author provides us with excellent analysis while still maintaining a lack of bias. The lessons that can be drawn from this account are very relevant today for fighting insurgencies.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George Packer
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
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    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    The Assassins' Gate, so dubbed by American soldiers, is the entrance to the American zone in the city of Baghdad. In 2003, the United States blazed into Iraq to depose dictator Saddam Hussein. But after three years and unknown thousands killed, that country faces an escalating civil war and an uncertain fate. How did it get to this point?

    D. Flagg says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Very observant"
    Overall

    Packer is a very observant and astute journalist. The Assassin's gate will give you an excellent impression of the human experiences were like in Iraq and how strategic decisions affected them. Generally he is not partisan or bias.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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