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David

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  • Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Andrew Bacevich
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In Breach of Trust, Andrew Bacevich takes stock of the separation between Americans and their military, tracing its origins to the Vietnam era and exploring its pernicious implications: a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Among the collateral casualties are values once considered central to democratic practice, including the principle that responsibility for defending the country should rest with its citizens.

    Darwin8u says: "Volunteer Mil+Disengaged Pop = Perpetual War Baby"
    "Sad Truths"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book but, I must admit, I already new much of the history he points out. I was a little surprised he did not go into more detail about how the American public has forgotten about the military while, at the same time, use the military as political fodder. Perhaps it is because the general public does not want to be actively involved in any form so the bumper sticker is enough to satisfy their collective conscience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1589)
    Performance
    (1395)
    Story
    (1419)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Still a wonderful story"
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    I thought this was a very delightful book but was surprised that I never new the original ending. Anne Hathaway did d wonderful job reading the book which added to my overall enjoyment.

    For those of you who have never read the original, try this - you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jeremy Scahill
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (227)

    From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone strikes - including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden.

    Lanlady says: "fantastic book -- and disturbing"
    "JSOC"
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    I thought this would be a good story about the possible unlawful use of force by the American military in other countries and, to a large degree, it was. But, in telling the story, the author also provided an incredible picture of one of the most effective and efficient non-traditional military forces in the world - JSOC. It amazes how well they are trained, supplied, and led while, at the same time, are abused by the very government they serve.

    This was one of the best books I have read about the US special operations world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
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    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (300)

    Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    William says: "Good book, bad narrator"
    "Faith No Longer"
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    Great book but I am a fan of Sam Harris so I am bias. I don't think this is a book for everyone and would probably discourage the far right Christians from reading or listening to it.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (336)

    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!"
    "DC From an Insider's View"
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    I was surprised at just how well written this book was. The author was constantly entertaining and making me laugh while providing some great information. I would recommend this book to all political junkies but, be warned, when you are finished with the book Washington, politics, and journalism will have a different meaning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (1840)
    Story
    (1830)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Haller for the Defense"
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    Mickey is back and better than before. If the cops can cut corners so can defense lawyers and Haller does it with style.

    It seems his personal life is getting better and the Haller team is really starting to shine even with the setbacks. I hope to see him again.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (376)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "Returned from the Dead"
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    Wow, I was sure Harry was dead but to my total joy, he is not. He only get better and wiser as he ages. Some cops have a "something else" in them that makes them better at solving the unsolvable and that is Harry. I hope to hear more of his cases.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1812)
    Story
    (1794)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Coming From a Dak Place"
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    I liked this book much better than her last. I liked the characters and the plot. Her main characters always seem to have been in some dark places as children and she used that in this book as well. The twists and turns kept me deep in the book until the very end. I also like it because she usually has at least one strange turn in her books that, on the surface, could not be real but when examined they are, in fact, very plausible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (229)

    On the Swedish coastline, the bodies of two victims of grisly torture and cold execution are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain that he has the ability to solve the case. After the victims are traced to Latvia, Major Liepa of the Riga police takes over the investigation. Thinking his work is done, Wallander slips back into his routine - until he is suddenly called to Riga and plunged into an alien world.

    Stevon says: "My first Mankell book"
    "The Incxredible Kurt"
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    This was one of the stranger mysteries I heard recently. The author goes into lots of detail on meaningless points while ignoring some of the real interesting points he, himself, created. It is a fun book because of its time in history with no cell phones, communist cops and lots of people scared to death of their government and all its hidden secrets. As a side note, Kurt Wallander is on German television weekly in a series like CSI. I watched the Dogs of Riga a few weeks ago but was saddened because the ending was so different. The book is better and I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (250)

    Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft.

    PETER WADE says: "BETTER WEAR A SEATBELT FOR THIS ONE - GREAT STORY!"
    "Big Ego"
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    I loved this book but it was very complicated. The twists and turns were so surprising I had to listen to some several times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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