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  • Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ahmed Rashid
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    Rashid examines Central Asia, and the corridors of power in Washington and Europe, to see how the promised nation building in the region has progressed. His conclusions are devastating.

    John Robert BEHRMAN says: "Useful!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is a must read (listen to) book. The western press has done a miserable job of informing us on the dynamics at play in this critical region that has produced everything from suicide bombers to nuclear weapons. "Descent into Chaos" is an insider's account of how it became the mess it is and the monster it is becoming. More than a journalist, Ahmed Rashid is a warm-blooded, caring participant in the events he describes. I thought I was well-informed on Afghanistan and Pakistan until I listened to this book on a road trip through West Texas. The dissonance between the richness of this book and the barren void of West Texas was extreme and appropriate.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (235)

    The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.

    Susan Holland says: "Not what I was expecting..."
    "Didactic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Too much about his writing in relation to the amount of it. Good for librarians and researchers maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Bob Woodward examines how the Bush administration avoided telling the truth about Iraq to the public, to the Congress, and often to themselves in State of Denial. Woodward's third book on President Bush is a sweeping narrative from the first days George W. Bush thought seriously about running for president, through the recruitment of his national security team, the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the struggle for political survival in the second term.

    Chris says: "Concerning and hard to put down"
    "Great book, abridged. Misguided reading"
    Overall

    The narrator's choice to impersonate the voices of the subjects of the book backfires with Woodward's voice. The attempt to imitate Woodward makes the reading slow, tedious, soporific. The impersonation of Bush is funny and entertaining but adds nothing to the content of the reading. Great book however, how does Woodward do it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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