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Richard

Madison, WI, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 9-11 Commission Hearings: Richard A. Clarke (3.24.04)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By 9-11 Commission
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Former National Coordinator for Counterterrorism Richard A. Clarke's testimony before the 9-11 Commission, presented March 24, 2004.

    Amazon Customer says: "riveting"
    "To insure an informed citizenry...."
    Overall

    I'd suggest you listen to the staff briefings first. That gives you the background to understand this and the other testimony better. They're dry, but important to the big picture. Clarke is arrogant and it comes shining through, but he also provides very specific answers to very specific questions, including in answer to a question as to whether a Condy Rice statement about an agressive master Bush plan was true. His complete answer is "No" (not much ambiguity there).

    The book and these hearings are not about the same thing. The book takes Bush to task for being obsessed about Iraq from day one and therefore missing out on the threat of terror. This hearing deals just with 9/11 and largely with being able to get Bin Laden. Very informative and thanks Audible/CSPAN for providing it free.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Preston, Michael Preston
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    While Galileo was suffering under house arrest at the hands of Pope Urban VIII, the 30 Years War was ruining Europe, and the Pilgrims were struggling to survive in the New World, work began on what would become one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Taj Mahal. Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, its flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have for centuries dazzled all who have seen it.

    Neil says: "A broad perspective"
    "Enhanced Experience of Seeing the Taj Noticeable"
    Overall

    Read this before we saw the Taj. Absolutely good thing to know the historical background (and to know some of the guides tales are merely tall tales). Interesting history and background plus architectural discussion.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Redbird Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times best-selling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

    Buford says: "Quintessential Fannie Flagg."
    "Nothing Special"
    Overall

    Predictable and trite. While there are some feel good feelings here, it's very easy to predict everything that will happen and it is over the top at times. There are also some glaring gaps in the logic of the story too. There are better books out there.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (217)

    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

    Penny says: "Two Words"
    "South African Wonder"
    Overall

    This is a truly wonderful book, made better by the excellent reading voice. An intense and plausible story, where virtue is seen in both black and white, and the shortcomings of man are also seen in black and white. Despite being 50 years old the story is still highly relevant. The descriptions of South Africa make it clear that it is both worthy of being called beloved and alas, also worthy of crying over....

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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