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Carl

woodbridgeLaneWoodbridge, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3559)
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    (2166)
    Story
    (2186)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Opened my eyes...."
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    Jack Weatherford provides new scholarly research that put Genghis Khan's achievements and his impact in a revealing light. I found it revealing and insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
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    (1286)
    Story
    (1278)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "All Americans Need to Read this Book"
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    Rachel Maddow provides an insightful treatise on the impact of major changes that have taken place in the relationship between the military, the government and the people over the course of the last fifty years. While I don't completely buy all that she has to say - Maddow raises major issues that have not received much debate but should be examined closely such as the militarization of the CIA, the use of contractors to supplement the military and the expansion of drone warfare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (424)

    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "A look at the darkside of professional sports"
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    Tyler Hamilton relates a compelling history of how a basically honest person got trapped into a web of lies and deceit. While the book provides insight into Armstrong's history of doping and evasion, the book really focuses on how pervasive it was within the sport. It explains the edge that doping gave the athletes ... but also showed how hard they still had to work.

    This book is not for the faint of heart, many parts of the book made me squeamish ... the things the athletes did to dope their blood were really quite gruesome.

    My favorite part was at the end during the Sixty Minutes interview when Tyler explains why he got caught up in doping by asking the interviewer what he would do if he had to choose between doping and giving up the sport.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (722)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "Fascinating Yet Boring"
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    Would you try another book from Marc J. Seifer and/or Simon Prebble?

    A well researched and exhaustive book on Nikola Tesla. I found the information about the inventor and his relationship with both Thomas Edison and Westinghouse fascinating. Also the extent of his ground breaking and original research in electric power, electric motors, radio and other technologies was interesting. Also the competition between inventors, patent wars, and claims of who was "first" was interesting as well.


    What could Marc J. Seifer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too much time is spent on Tesla's personal life and relationships with different luminaries of the time. Some of his relationships like those with Mark Twain are interesting and added color to the story. Others like Tesla's relationship really more of an acquaintance with Rudyard Kipling seemed to be more of name dropping than essential to the story.

    I found some of the cultural aspects like the fascination with life on Mars at the time interesting yet at the same time there was too much detail, and too many examples provided by the author. Much of the details provided seemed like overkill - I felt like I had already gotten the point and was being bludgeoned with additional trivia.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Simon Prebble does a good job in bringing color to the stories and the characters but all in all much of the book seemed repetitious and boring.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Steve Sheinkin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    On a bitter cold day in January 1741, Benedict Arnold was born. Little did anyone know that he would grow up to become the most infamous villain in American history. But first, he would be one of the country's greatest war heroes. Fearless in the line of fire, a genius at strategy and motivating his men, General Arnold was America's first action hero. But his thirst for recognition would ultimately be his undoing.

    Richard L. Rubin says: "Fascinating History!"
    "Intriquing story"
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    What did you love best about The Notorious Benedict Arnold?

    Sheinkin provided a lot of insight into Arnold and while we may never truly know what caused Arnold to turn traitor, he provides a plausible explanation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical detail and the insight into the back-stabbing and gamesmanship that our early founding fathers engaged in with each other.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jack Goldsmith, Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Bob Loza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Is the Internet erasing national borders? Who's really in control of what's happening on the Net--Internet engineers, rogue programmers, the United Nations, or powerful countries?In this provocative new book, Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu tell the fascinating story of the Internet's challenge to governmental rule in the 1990s, and the ensuing battles with governments around the world.

    Roy says: "The World is Flat?"
    "Interesting Topic"
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    Good topic and well presented. Tim Wu brings clarity to the issues of Internet Governance and "Internet Control" that are so often bandied about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jason Vuic
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (272)
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    (275)

    Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Hardly. The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

    Roy says: "Flim Flam at its Best"
    "Interesting but disjointed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was an interesting look at the Yugo - a car I remember hearing a lot about at the time it was being imported to the U.S. It has an interesting back story involving the Yugo's promoter James Bricklin. The book is almost as much about James Bricklin's adventures in importing cars as it is about the Yugo. Jason Vuic places the Yugo imports in an historical context involving the cold war and the conflicts within the former Yugoslavia. While I found some of the historical context that Jason Vuic discussed in the book interesting, it wasn't always clear which events had a direct bearing on the Yugo and which ones didn't. There was a long discussion about Yugoslavia defying the Russian boycott of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angelos - I kept waiting for the tie in to the Yugo but it never came - other than to highlight how Yugoslavia was independent from Russia.


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting look at a car most of us have heard about but largely forgotten. A nice trip down memory lane for car buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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