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michael

poway, Ca, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Guy Lawson, William Oldham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    The Brotherhoods is the chilling chronicle of the shocking crimes of NYPD detectives Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito, notorious rogue cops convicted in April 2006 of the ultimate form of police corruption-shielding their acts behind their badges while they worked for the mob. Their crimes included participation in the murders of at least eight men, kidnapping, torture, and the betrayal of an entire generation of New York City detectives and federal agents

    Conrad says: "Blind Justice"
    ""I" problem"
    Overall

    What did this NYPD Detective do????? He continually tells us how great he is and how incompetent everyone else. He complains the "incompetent" Feds are always going for the "glory" but he goes on tilt when another NYPD officer tries to steal the glory from him.
    Det Oldham was so good that after his big case his employer (Federal Prosecuting Attorney) told him to stay away from Mafia cases. He admits his own NYPD detectives had no respect for him.
    For the most part his book is made up of newspaper articles and court records from cases developed by the "incompetent" feds. This guy is a petty, self promoting, glory seeking leech.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (424)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Boring stuff"
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    What would have made This Town better?

    Bland...nothing new...thought I might get some insight into DC....instead just a bunch of wanta bes...way to much kiss ass....author had favorites he wanted to look good so he wouldn't miss that next party invite...


    Has This Town turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It would have to be done by " Anonymous"....so you would get real reporting without fear of retaliation


    What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

    not much


    What character would you cut from This Town?

    cared about none


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Overbooked

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Becker
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Tourism, fast becoming the largest global business, employs one out of 12 persons and produces $6.5 trillion of the world’s economy. In a groundbreaking book, Elizabeth Becker uncovers how what was once a hobby has become a colossal enterprise with profound impact on countries, the environment, and cultural heritage. This invisible industry exploded at the end of the Cold War. In 2012 the number of tourists traveling the world reached one billion. Now everything can be packaged as a tour....

    Michael Williams says: "Complaint fest. All complaint no solutions"
    "Debbie Downer is alive and well"
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    What would have made Overbooked better?

    way to negative....


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Becker again?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Alma Cuervo’s performance?

    not an issue


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I love to travel....I don't need a lecture on the evils of travel...


    Any additional comments?

    YUK!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against alQaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ali H. Soufan, Freedman Daniel
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    On September 12, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier—when it was requested—the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against alQaeda—without laying so much as a hand on them.

    michael says: "Terrorism, torture and the CIA"
    "Terrorism, torture and the CIA"
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    Where does The Black Banners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top five


    What other book might you compare The Black Banners to and why?

    A Legacy of Ashes/Enemies A History of the FBI both by Tim Weiner. Both books give you an look into the cultures of the Intelligence Agencies. I know many of the men and women of the CIA risked their lives daily but the CIA bureaucrats cannot continue to lie and coverup their incompetence. As the FBI Agent warned the CIA pre 9/11 that by not providing photos and information on known AQ terrorist in American they will be responsible for the attack. Outrageous behavior by the CIA. Add to that the CIA's torture of terror suspects was the "wrong thing to do" as recently stated by CIA Deputy Director on 60 minutes. Bravo!
    Ali was vindicated......


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ali's battle of wits with the terrorist suspects....also when the FBI stuck to their guns that there was no evidence/link between Saddam and AQ....even when pressured by the White House....


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The CIA's failure to provide information to the FBI on the 9/11 terrorist traveling to the US pre 9/11, their use of torture and their subsequent cover up. Very upsetting .


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book about those in the trenches including FBI, and CIA and the military who put their lives at risk in the most dangerous places. Ali stated his case clearly and I hope lessons are learned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1043)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "A romance novel/cook book not what I'm looking for"
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    What disappointed you about Red Sparrow?

    Author supposedely is a former CiA officer but is silly and illogical with his romance story, leaps of credibility and BEYOND BELIEF heros murderous fights....Everybody is an idiot except for CIA


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jason Matthews again?

    never...too boring


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Nothing...I expected insight into a CIA agent and got NONE


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    DISAPPOINTMENT


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2150)
    Performance
    (1815)
    Story
    (1793)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Jackie says: "I should have listen to the other reviewers"
    "Best read in this field"
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    If you could sum up What Every BODY Is Saying in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, interesting and practical


    What did you learn from What Every BODY Is Saying that you would use in your daily life?

    I've read most of the books on body language and I found this one to be the most informative with tips on how to put the theory into practice. The author does a great job of pointing out that every nervous reaction is not necessarily a sign of deception.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Pfarrer
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (268)

    On May 2, 2011, at 1:03 a.m. in Pakistan, a satellite uplink was sent from the town of Abbottabad, crackling into the situation room of the White House in Washington, D.C.: "Geronimo, Echo, KIA." These words, spoken by a Navy SEAL, put paid to Osama bin Laden’s three-decade-long career of terror.

    Bo says: "Great Book, Misleading Title"
    "Magazine article"
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    In the first part of the book the author takes us thru a history of Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and 9/11. He refers to the NSA, CIA and FBI as the three stooges, idiots and incompents. BTW, today in the news the incompetents at the CIA were able to foil an airline bomb plot. In a similar way, the idiots at the FBI have foiled several terrorist plots since 9/11.

    Even though FBI Director Mueller held his position for a month prior to 9/11 the author refers to him as a political hack who got his appointment thru political connections, ignoring his service in Vietnam as a Marine in a Rifle Platoon and his extensive background as a Federal Prosecutor in criminal cases. In addition, the author accuses the FBI of ignoring the 9/11 warning signs due to "political correctness". Strange he never blames President Bush for anything.

    I guess he didn't read The Looming Tower; The Road to 9/11, a well researched book that explained the problems of 9/11. Being an avid reader, I appreciate when an author does his homework to provide an accurate history, instead of calling people names. If you want to read the best book written on 9/11, including a history of Al Qaeda, read the Looming Tower. The author's book is poorly researched and filled with unsubstantiated speculations.

    We all admire the great job the SEALS did in Pakistan but the author distracts from that by by his pathetic name calling and obvious lack of homework. His last section on the raid would make a nice magazine article and a tribute to the brave and competent SEALS.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world.

    geoff says: "comprehensive"
    "Speed listening"
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    The speaker talked way too fast...felt I was speed listening with no time to absorb the info. Book has way to many facts, numbers and percentages...add in speed reading equals low rating. Disappointing as I am really interested in subject matter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3439)
    Performance
    (3054)
    Story
    (3065)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Trying to understand what makes a hacker tick"
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    I am not interested in IT but have always been curious about what makes a hacker tick. The book provided pretty good insight into their world. The social engineering concept is creative and at times genius. Unfortunately overall the main character is disappointing and pathetic because he is so very intelligent and wasted his God given talents on hacking.
    Everything he does is justified and he expresses no remorse for his continual invasions of privacy. In the end everything is peaches and cream because he has joined the club.

    Overall the book did answer but question of who and why but I didn't like the answer and the book had way to many unnecessary numbers and hacker technical stuff. Way too much.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1732)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "rambling"
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    A few interesting tid bids but for the most part but rambling and disjointed. The heavy British accent makes it somewhat difficult to follow.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1687)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1164)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Too much info minutia...made difficult read"
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    This book went on and on about minutia...cut in half makes a much better read

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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