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Tim

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  • 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
    (548)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    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"
    "Every American should read this book"
    Overall

    The War on Terror has devolved into a highly polarized debate over America's involvement in Iraq. At one extreme are the flag-wavers who insist that America's freedom and way of life are threatened by bloodthirsty terrorists bent on our destruction. At the other end of the spectrum are the liberals who decry the war in Iraq, spread defeatism, and seek to portray George W. Bush as an incompetent, nearly criminal idiot. George Friedman's astute analysis of the context for the war on terror dispels both sets of myths. With logic and lucidity, Mr. Friedman deftly explains the global context from which the War on
    Terror sprang. Without excusing the barbarity of September 11 and other atrocities, he helps us to question the simplistic label of "terrorist" and to understand Al Qaeda's true aims. This book was a fascinating look at the complexity of political and military maneuvering on both sides, as well as with other nations. Who is an ally? Who is an enemy? The answers are not so simplistic as we've been led to believe. If you want to understand the world that you live in, you must read America's Secret War.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Cry to Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Best selling author Anne Rice reveals the dark, eerie beauty of the 18th-century Italian society of the castrati: the castrated males - sterile yet sexually functional - who were celebrated and adored for their glorious soprano voices. She draws the listener into the castrati's strange and luminous world of extraordinary decadence, opulence, and brutality.

    Patricia says: "Abridged = A-Butchered"
    "Absolutely hideaous!"
    Overall

    I usually don't like listening to abridged versions of books, but in this case I'm soooo thankful that I only wasted three hours of my life. I expected much more from this novel in terms of historical context, character development, and a glimpse into the world of 18th century opera. What I received was an atrociously bad romance novel populated by despicable, two-dimensional characters playing out a melodrama against a cardboard backdrop. Moreover, Tim Curry's narration was so ridiculously over the top that I could barely stand it. Unless you are a diehard fan of Anne Rice, pass on this one. Otherwise, you will be crying to get your money back.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Band of Brothers

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    In the summer of 1942, a band of citizen soldiers were brought together by the desire to be better than the other guy. At its peak, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 through Utah Beach, Market-Garden, the Bulge, and Hitler's Eagle's Nest, WWII historian Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company.

    A User says: "Band of Brothers"
    "Well-produced"
    Overall

    I'm not a fan of abridgemens, and this version of "Band of Brothers" reminds me why I'm not. Although this audiobook is extremely well-produced, and Cotter Smith's narration is flawless, I missed the details I'd seen in the HBO miniseries. I wanted to know more about the men, more than the miniseries told; on that score, this abridged audiobook came up short. I wish now that I had read the full book, and then watched the miniseries. Ah, well. This was a quick, complelling listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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