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Gautam

Lake Forest, CA, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Arthur Goldwag
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Easy to spend hours with and fun to dip into, and seasoned with just the right amount of common sense skepticism, Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies is a refreshing look at some of the most fascinating people, moments, and places in history.

    Dr. says: "Many interesting fact - BUT"
    "Not bad, needs some polish"
    Overall

    The text:

    Nicely written with just the right amount of depth across a variety of CCSSs... Goldwag doesn't "go deep" but does provide pop-culture worthy details on many of the topics he covers, for example I now know where the phrase "drinking the kool-aid" comes from.

    The audio:

    Sanders maintains a pleasant tone and cadence but the presentation is marred by the jarring inclusion of birth and death dates for every.single.person.mentioned!

    The bottom line:

    A good casual read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    Secret Service agents, acting as human surveillance cameras, observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president's inner circle. Ronald Kessler reveals what they have seen, providing startling, previously untold stories about the presidents, from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as about their families, Cabinet officers, and White House aides.

    ken says: "A so so read."
    "Give it a pass"
    Overall

    I guess I shouldn't have expected much from Kessler based on his other tomes but this book was really a disappointment. Reads like the diary of a petulant child, full of complaints, juvenile prose and commentary from "a current agent". Funny at times, annoying most. Give it a pass....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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