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Peter

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  • Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dan Senor, Saul Singer
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (195)

    Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK?

    morton says: "A Remarkable Audio!"
    "Excellent read--great insight into Israel"
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    Very worthwhile, Really glad we read this before visiting Israel--provided a greater appreciation for the people, their accomplishments, their personality. stories were inspiring. My only complaint was that this ties things up in a nice bow and the story of this country and people is much more complex and prickly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1574)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (630)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Maybe best novel I have ever read"
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    I cannot believe I never knew of this masterpiece before. Brilliant and captivating on so many levels. The buildup of the story, the simple writing, the cleverness of tying so many things together and the universal timeless wisdom throughout. The story was riveting, I cried, I laughed aloud and simply could not stop listening. One of those books where I am sad when it ends. Not surprising to discover that 15 million people have read this, though apparently only a small portion are in English.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9969)
    Performance
    (6046)
    Story
    (6075)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "One of the best books I have ever ready"
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    I could not stop listening to this powerful, heartbreaking story. The experience and suffering was so powerful. It would be hard to believe if it were fiction, the fact that it is true made me stretch my imagination and realm of what humans can inflict on others and how someone can tolerate and then thrive under continually brutal circumstances.

    A remarkable story, incredibly well written and performed. Not to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (267)

    Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the west with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.

    Michael says: "Just your basic Art of War translation"
    "A short must read for anyone who does business"
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    A book with universal truths and a timeless wisdom that is necessary to understand if you are in business. A critical insight if you do business with ruthless people. Also it imparts the importance of preparation necessary for success in just about anything. I wish I had read it sooner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Pfarrer
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (253)

    On May 2, 2011, at 1:03 a.m. in Pakistan, a satellite uplink was sent from the town of Abbottabad, crackling into the situation room of the White House in Washington, D.C.: "Geronimo, Echo, KIA." These words, spoken by a Navy SEAL, put paid to Osama bin Laden’s three-decade-long career of terror.

    Bo says: "Great Book, Misleading Title"
    "Riveting story, but felt the author had an agenda"
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    The training of the Navy Seals, their history, their mindset, examples of their past accomplishments and the Bin Laden assassination were excellent and riveting.

    The author's first hand experience as a Seal provided excellent insight and the prose is good.

    Yet I felt uncomfortable at the end that there were inaccuracies because of his own agenda. I know his background information on Osama Bin Ladin was missing key facts and were slanted. His description of the Arab Israeli conflict was biased toward sympathy to the Arabs with a number of facts innacurate. In addition, I had this feeling he was trying to undermine Obama--and while I see that politics gets in the way of getting things done, there seemed a subtle maliciousness that seemed to twist facts.

    there were 2 provocative points he brought up, one that I am skeptical about, and another that he might be uniquely right about. The first is that he states that Bin Laden got a hold of powerful nerve gas from Iraq after the fall of Hussein, showing there were large amounts of weapons of mass destruction and that we did not find them but Al Qaida did. His example was very limited and questionable--I have to ask if Al Qaida did have it why didn't they use more of it and in more crowded places.

    The other point which might be true is that Bin Laden was ultimately done in by Al Zarkawe (sp?) who used one of the blown couriers to help tip the Americans to find Bin Laden and that Al Zarkawe was ruthless in destroying all around him. Interesting and plausible.

    The reviews were surprisingly limited and minimal and the denials from the head of the Seals about the accuracy is interesting--they say he made a lot of it up. Hard to know who to trust.

    Overall an interesting read but frustrating because not clear what is true and what is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12669)
    Performance
    (5134)
    Story
    (5195)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Among the Best Fiction I have read in 10 years"
    Overall

    The writer is seductive until I was completely hooked and could not stop listening. A modern Victor Hugo. The setting of a depression time circus is a good background, but it is the interaction and development of the characters and the pacing of the story that makes this special. Almost as good as Cutting for Stone or the Kite Runner--a real treat to read, and really sad when it ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (195)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Kenneth says: "Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording."
    "Far more insightful than the movie Social Network"
    Overall

    A real insight into the young smart mind of the Facebook founder and the incredible of fortuitous events that created this phenomenom. One of those stories that would seem too amazing if it were not true, an engaging read and a relatively even handed approach on the issues and challenges the company and people faced and how they battled them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6198)
    Performance
    (2550)
    Story
    (2561)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Riveting legal thriller--liked it more than Turow"
    Overall

    Started a little slow, then I got completely hooked and could not stop listening, a clever plot unfolds on multiple levels with several great twists. I pride myself on figuring out the ending and got fooled, and loved it! Fast reading, great insights into the legal system by an obvious pro, a gruesome formidable foe. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (379)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "In depth analysis of Al Queda & our Intel Agencies"
    Overall

    Very good perspective about the events leading up to 9/11, the dysfuntion of our intelligence agencies and a good insight into the 2 key figures of Al Queda and how they started and how long they have been around and a feel for how formidable they are. Very relevant and eye opening. Worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ford County: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Grisham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

    Wendy S. Ohl says: "Good story, hard to listen to"
    "Better than I expected"
    Overall

    Was surprised that I liked these short stories even more than most of his novels. The first one started off slow--I think intentionally--and each story seemed to get better. I loved the variety of the tales and was sad when the final story was over. Gives a good feel for the rural south and was light and entertaining, though I confess a couple of the stories--particularly the two about the lawyers and the one about the male nurse have stayed with me for quite awhile. The book is a treat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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