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Edo

Hirosaki, Japan | Member Since 2010

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  • The Columbus Affair: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (354)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan has written hard-hitting articles from hot spots around the world. But when a controversial report from a war-torn region is exposed as a fraud, his professional reputation crashes and burns. Now he lives in virtual exile - haunted by bad decisions and the shocking truth he can never prove: that his downfall was a deliberate act of sabotage by an unknown enemy. But before Sagan can end his torment with the squeeze of a trigger, fate intervenes....

    p says: "I second the 'Meh" - disappointing and boring."
    "Thrilling Tale of Piracy on Homeland Shores"
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    As a long-time Steve Berry fan, I grabbed his latest as soon as I saw it on the shelves. While I found this book interesting and the plot very captivating, I don't think it was one of his best. I liked the story and the characters very much; the references to characters in his other novels brought a smile to my face.

    I did fly through this book and the story kept me guessing at how it would end. I did think that The Columbus Affair followed too closely to some of his other works where the prodigal son returns to follow the path set for him and becomes the hero in the end. Even expecting this to happen, there were plenty of twists and surprises in the plot which kept me reading. If you're a fan of historical fiction, I'd highly recommend this book.

    Also, the author's explanation of what's real and what's fiction was a great addition and it led me to his related novela - The Admiral's Mark. It was worth a quick read as well. Now I have to wait for Berry's next foray into history..."

    0 of 0 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
    (487)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (415)

    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!"
    "Interesting Peek Behind the Political Curtain"
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    Leibovich provides an interesting look into the world of politics in Washington, D.C. with the perspective of an insider who's usually an observer of those who wield the power. The story flowed well and did a very good job of explaining how everything and everyone in D.C. are (incestuously?) related and connected. For political junkies and lovers of the TV Series, The West Wing, this book will provide a thrill that shows what makes Washington tick.

    Definitely worth reading if you're interested in American politics!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Colin Powell
    • Narrated By Colin Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (384)

    It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules" - such as "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit" - that introduce his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others. A natural storyteller, Powell offers warm and engaging parables with wise advice on succeeding in the workplace and beyond.

    Jean says: "Great Story Teller"
    "Great Advice from an Amazing American"
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    This book was full of Gen. Powell's advice and anecdotes for everything from family to work to leadership to life. I learned a great deal from his discussions of his 13 Rules of Leadership. There were bits of information that I can apply immediately. I thought this book was so useful that I will buy the print version just so I can have it to more easily refer to. The General does a great job reading the book and the stories he tells have much more impact coming from his own lips. I have recommended this book to my friends in the military and out, and highly recommend it as required reading for anyone in a leadership role. You'll take away a great deal of life lessons from this book - it's definitely worth the time, money, and effort!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jake Adelstein
    • Narrated By Jake Adelstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    At 19, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime reporting at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For 12 years of 80-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake.

    Steven says: "Memoir, crime story and travelogue in one package"
    "A Look Behind the Chrysanthemum Screen"
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    Jake Adelstein gives an engaging and interesting look into life in the underworld of Japan's capital--something that few Japanese reporters are willing to expose and even fewer foreigners are allowed to glimpse. Having lived in Japan for over 15 years, I remember some of the things Adelstein reports on and it was great to get the real story behind the news.
    The author's narration was not as gripping as a professional narrator may have produced but the large number of Japanese words might have given a non-Japanese speaker trouble. Adelstein's choice to ensure that words and names were pronounced correctly overcame any deficiencies which came up due to his amateur narration. (Personally, hearing words or names pronounced incorrectly seriously distracts from my focus on the story.)

    If you're interested in Japan or in journalism, this book is a must-read. I strongly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2922)
    Performance
    (2641)
    Story
    (2632)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Very Informative Look into SEAL Life"
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    An excellent overview of life as a Navy SEAL and a touching story of a true American hero. I worked alongside other SEALs and they are all as upstanding and patriotic as Chris Kyle. This book gave me more insight into the innerworkings of the SEAL Teams and provides an informative look at the real toll of war: what it does to our military members, their families, and how it affects everyone's physical and psychological wellbeing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's interested in seeing what goes into making our nation's elite fighting forces and what their lives are really like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, was a Mafia superstar, responsible for more than 50 murders. Currently serving 13 life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado, Casso has given journalist and New York Times best-selling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen.

    William says: "The author fails the objectivity test"
    "Chilling Insight into the Underworld"
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    An amazing story about a man's journey through the innerworkings of the NY Mafia with names most people will remember from the headlines. I thought this was an excellent account of what it really takes to become a made man. In the end, I thought Gaspipe ended up sounding a little sympathetic but then I remembered all of the people he admitted to "taking care of" and I got over it.

    If you loved the Henry Hill story, mob or Mafia movies or tales of secret societies, you'll enjoy this enthralling story of life in the mob.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conquests and Cultures: An International History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    This book is the culmination of fifteen years of research and travels that have taken the author completely around the world twice. Its purpose has been to try to understand the role of cultural differences within nations and between nations, today and over the centuries of history, in shaping the economic and social fates of peoples and of whole civilizations.

    Mark says: "Time very well spent"
    "Great Information but Too Dense for Audio?"
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    I loved this topic and the information provided was superior. I found the content to be well-researched and the flow of the information was very smooth. The historical content explained a lot of things about how different cultures affected others and interacted with others through exploration and conquests.

    I did, however, feel that because this book is packed with details and facts, I had to rewind sections to relisten to them if I became distracted by something or if a stray thought popped into my mind. As much as I enjoyed this, I think it would have been better to have read the print version instead of the audiobook.

    Regardless of the media you choose, this book is highly insightful and worth reading if you're interested in world history, cultural interactions or world conquests. I'm recommending it to my friends!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (691)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "Gripping story--too close to modern times!"
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    The story was very well written and the characters excellently developed that had me searching for more time to continue listening to the audiobook. The plot developed well and just when I thought it was coming to a conclusion, a new twist would appear that kept me wondering what would happen next. The story is scary in that it resembles modern times in America and the squelching of free market enterprise by burdensome government regulations - all in the name of the common people. This should be required reading for everyone under 60 as a warning for what may come if we aren't careful and attentive to what our government is doing "on our behalf."

    I chose this version of the audiobook because others said that Christopher Hurt's reading was better but I don't find it particularly great. He doesn't vary his voice along with the characters so sometimes it's hard to follow whose words he's reading. Overall, it doesn't distract from my enjoyment of the story but I find nothing special in Hurt's reading of this novel.

    There is one big problem with this particular version of the audiobook - there's a ghost echo in the background throughout the entire book. It sounds as if it were poorly digitized from a cassette tape with the sound of the other side of the tape leaking through. I'd recommend another version of this audiobook just to make sure you don't get this poor quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Beinart
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    In The Icarus Syndrome, Peter Beinart tells a tale as old as the Greeks—a story about the seductions of success. Beinart describes Washington on the eve of three wars—World War I, Vietnam, and Iraq—three moments when American leaders decided they could remake the world in their image. Each time, leading intellectuals declared that history was over, and the spread of democracy was inevitable. Each time, a president held the nation in the palm of his hand.

    Paul says: "Review of America's Foreign Interventions"
    "Thought-provoking!"
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    This was a great history lesson and interesting perspective on the lead-up to America going to war and how the leaders of the time made decisions. I thought the piece was well-researched and presented in a very interesting format. I'd say it's one of the better non-fiction books I've read recently and very engaging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4876)
    Performance
    (2655)
    Story
    (2671)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Too True to Life!"
    Overall

    Dead or Alive is Clancy at his best. The action kept me enthralled and wondering how the plot would twist and turn right up to the end. I thought it was a little scary as to how close to recent real life events Clancy came in this novel (it's almost like he's a psychic!) I think this is his best since Red Storm Rising and Red October and I highly recommend this to anyone who remotely enjoys this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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