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Christopher

Union, NJ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 34 reviews
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  • 114 titles in library
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  • Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lars Brownworth
    • Narrated By Lars Brownworth
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (786)

    In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

    Cinders says: "Just a delight for anyone interested in history !"
    "A Great Primer to Byzantine History"
    Overall

    The author does a fine job of reading his own work. Like any book about distant history, you've gotta pay close attention, or you can quickly lose your place and have no idea what he's talking about. But if you pay attention, the book is an excellent narrative, from the founding of Constantinople to the fall of Constantinople. You could draw a nice graph of the rising and falling fortunes of the Empire from this clearly-written, entertaining account. In a single volume, Mr. Brownworth has done a great summary of 1,100 years of history, and I found myself wanting to seek more detailed, deeper histories of certain events and people, but that's by no means a criticism of this book. If you had x pages to tell the rich story of Byzantium, you can't tell it more evenly and smoothly than this book does. I think I really did end up with a reasonably comprehensive, if basic, passing familiarity with the totality of this now-little-known empire, which basically was the center of the WORLD for 1,000 years. It's made me wish my Greek friends had a better grasp of their own history so we can talk it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Camille Paglia
    • Narrated By Camille Paglia
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    Ever since the release of her seminal first book, Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia has remained one of feminism's most outspoken, independent, and searingly intelligent voices. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. At once illuminating, witty, and inspiring, these essays are essential listening that affirm the power of men and women and what we can accomplish together.

    Jason says: "Paglia at her best"
    "More uncomfortable truths"
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    Lots of intellectuals, critics, culturists, an social arbiters make a name for themselves with their pronouncements, advice, criticisms, opinions, etc., and of course, the more controversial and the more stridently and loudly then make them, the more notoriety and publicity they garner. Camille, happily for us, has chosen as her attention-getting angle, to pronounce TRUTH!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (2003)
    Story
    (2002)

    Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumers' identities are being stolen, and a person's every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge - and he teaches you "the art of invisibility".

    Amazon Customer says: "Audio is Not the Right Format"
    "No one's going to do any of that stuff."
    Overall
    Performance
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    The book's strength is making the reader aware of the countless vulnerabilities we face every day in our technological society. The book's weakness is the lengthy and obnoxious steps outlined to protect yourself, that no one is actually going to do. After all tedious and impractical advice given, the most I did was put a 4 digit passcode on my iphone.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Roger Stone
    • Narrated By BJ Pottsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    In the early hours of November 9, 2016, one of the most contentious, polarizing, and vicious presidential races came to an abrupt and unexpected end when heavily favored presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton called Donald J. Trump to concede, shocking a nation that had, only hours before, given little credence to his chances. Donald Trump pulled the greatest upset in American political history despite a torrent of invective and dismissal of the mainstream media.

    D says: "Summary of President Donald Trump and the election"
    "LOL, these last couple of years ACTUALLY HAPPENED."
    Overall
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    Great book, you will laugh out loud at some of the moments and situations described in this book. You have to keep reminding yourself it isn't fiction. Well, you'll laugh out loud if you are happy with Trump becoming president. You might cry if you are not. But we can all agree that we live in historically significant times, and this book is admittedly a gloat-fest by the "side" that "won". I put those words in quotes because 100 years from now all of this hyper-emotional and hyper-political sentiment will most likely be interpreted and thought about differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Hugh Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1477)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1118)

    This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

    J. Johnston says: "Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title"
    "Deprogram yourself from a lifetime of propaganda."
    Overall
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    If you feel actual physical pleasure from having a lifetime of social, historical, cultural, and academic programming broken down and swept away, and replaced with logic and uncomfortable truths, this is the book for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sea of Rust: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By C. Robert Cargill
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (223)

    It's been 30 years since the apocalypse and 15 years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI - One World Intelligence, the shared consciousness of millions of robots uploaded into one huge mainframe brain.

    selkie86 says: "Fantastic western"
    "Good Sci-Fi. Becomes less interesting as you go"
    Overall
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    I really LOVED this book, for the first half or so. Great, original Sci-Fi. Then it sort of becomes a sequence of battles, and the futuristic insights and creative thoughts drop off precipitously. The sequences in which the main character's consciousness fades into hallucinations constructed from half-remembered failing memories grows old quickly. The reader does not speak in especially different, distinguished voices for each character, which makes the performance a bit dull. And the story ends without much of resolution - perhaps the writer is leaving it open for sequels. Overall, it was OK, but about halfway through I dropped my intention to recommend it to my other Sci-Fi appreciating friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Toland
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1369)
    Story
    (1368)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author’s words, "a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened - muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox."

    Philip says: "First rate history"
    "Time well spent for history buffs!"
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    WWII from inside Japan. I said the same thing for "Red Flag - A History of Communism" - the books fills in much detail and perspective otherwise omitted when we normally encounter this history.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Flag: A History of Communism

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Priestland
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    In The Red Flag, Oxford professor David Priestland tells the epic story of a movement that has taken root in dozens of countries across 200 years, from its birth after the French Revolution to its ideological maturity in 19th-century Germany to its rise to dominance (and subsequent fall) in the 20th century.

    Christopher says: "Time well spent for history buffs"
    "Time well spent for history buffs"
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    Provides a wide and deep perspective on world events in the last century. The reader is EXTRAORDINARY in his pronunciation of names and places in many languages. Not the most exciting book, but fills in a lot of detail on a subject that is oversimplified in every other place we encounter it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of the Triffids

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (543)

    Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever.

    Dave Cole says: "NOT unabridged."
    "Perfect post-apocalyptic novel"
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    First, I thought it ended rather abruptly. I actually expected I was half way through the book when it ended. So that was somewhat disappointing that it was over. Nonetheless, I wouldn't have been disappointed if I hadn't been enjoying it so much. It's a really good book, full of all the concepts and situations I like in a good post-apocalyptic novel. It's realistic, exciting, and the narrative is practically prose. The writer is extraordinarily articulate and well-spoken. Quite the opposite of the some of the more recent post-apocalyptic/survivalist novels which sound like a how-to manual being read. Highly recommended. I just finished Earth Abides, and although the stories begin quite similarly, they diverge enough to be mutually enjoyable, even if you read them in succession. I should also say that the reader is excellent and perfectly matched to the content.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joe Bageant
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    After 30 years spent scratching together a middle-class life out of a “dirt poor” childhood, Joe Bageant moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, where he realized that his family and neighbors were the very people who carried George W. Bush to victory. That was ironic, because Winchester, like countless American small towns, is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass.

    Catherine S. Read says: "A Deeper Understanding of America"
    "A Socialist's depiction of working class America"
    Overall
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    The book is entertaining, and makes you think. The author has a socialist bent - he holds the opinion that if there were no rich people, everything would somehow be better. His characterization and depiction of the realities of the working class are honest, though. He makes excellent points and it's hard to argue with his views on most matters.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3717)
    Performance
    (2985)
    Story
    (2972)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Colin says: "Existential leavings"
    "Masterpiece. A work of art!"
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    Listened to it twice to better appreciate and enjoy it. So rich, so wonderful. Dark and violent, yes... but that's what the time and place was. I have never encountered such a masterful rendering of the English language. This is the 20th century equivalent of Shakespeare. I read "The Road" also, and it was very good. This book is high art.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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