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Working Poor

JD

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  • A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism 

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daniel Byman
    • Narrated By Luke Truan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    The product of painstaking research and countless interviews, A High Price offers a nuanced, definitive historical account of Israel's bold but often failed efforts to fight terrorist groups. Israel's debacles in Lebanon against groups like the Lebanese Hizballah are examined in-depth, as is the country's problematic response to Jewish terrorist groups that have struck at Arabs and Israelis seeking peace.

    Eric says: "The worst production/narrator ever"
    "Narration is poor"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This might have been a intriguing and informative listen, except I -personally- could not get past the narration, and subsequently not past the first chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Adam Winkler
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    A provocative history that reveals how guns - not abortion, race, or religion - are at the heart of America's cultural divide. Gunfight promises to be a seminal work in its examination of America's four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. Adam Winkler uses the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital, as a springboard for a groundbreaking historical narrative.

    Working Poor says: "Not Neutral. Biased toward gun control."
    "Not Neutral. Biased toward gun control."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The description of the book could have been honest.


    What was most disappointing about Adam Winkler’s story?

    It turned out to be propaganda. Too bad, I was looking forward to a balanced "neutral" view. Alas, neutral is very subjective.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John McLain’s performances?

    Nope.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Pity.


    Any additional comments?

    Buyer beware. It doesn't matter which side of the debate you are on, even if you don't have a side, this on is Not neutral as advertised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Denver Nicks
    • Narrated By Rob Granniss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Bradley Manning perpetrated the biggest breach of military security in American history. While serving as an Army intelligence analyst, he leaked an astounding amount of classified information to WikiLeaks: classified combat videos, plus hundreds of thousands of documents from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and from embassies around the globe. Nearly all of WikiLeaks' headline-making releases of information have come from a single source: Bradley Manning.

    James says: "The story of the biggest whistleblower ever."
    "Poor, confused, and conflicted, PFC "Brad""
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    What disappointed you about Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History?

    This is basically a one sided account, from Mr. Manning's perspective, of how his conflicted sexual identity/gender identity, the testosterone fueled military mentality and feeling persecuted lead him to passively aggressively, albeit strictly forbidden by UCMJ, leak millions of classified "cables" to potential enemies.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Denver Nicks again?

    If Mr. Nicks at least tried to exercise some objectivity.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Granniss?

    Favor Flav


    What character would you cut from Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History?

    Easy, Bradley -cry me a river- Manning.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually ended up with this book by accident, but thought I'd give it a go, and try to maintain an open mind. This book is so biased, and the narration extremely whinny, I don't care how open your mind is, it will soon slam the doors. This piece of work is pure garbage. I'd wager that is what written by Manning's defense team. I don't really mean to be harsh, but it looks like "harsh" it is. I'll be seeking a refund.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Narrated By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    The audiobook provides unprecedented insight into leadership, management, strategy, and life-thinking that not only helped Rumsfeld lead the Pentagon in wartime, but earned him a reputation as one of America's toughest and most effective CEOs.

    Tim says: "Great Leadership Principles!"
    "Rumsfelds rhetoric and idle ramblings"
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    What would have made Rumsfeld's Rules better?

    If he had actually shared his Machiavellian magic, instead of propaganda.


    What was most disappointing about Donald Rumsfeld’s story?

    It's no secret that this guy is a certified Michael Foxtrot and makes Dick Cheney seem warm and friendly. My morbid curiosity was hoping he might just lay it all out there (his management style). Nope, this is pure propaganda. No secrets to obliterating your business rivals here. : (


    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan
    • Narrated By David Doersch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Based on unprecedented access and interviews, Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time.

    danny lawrence says: "Tragic story on K2"
    "Narration sounds like it's automated"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was looking forward to the story, but the narration is horrible and sounds like it's automated.


    What could Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Found a different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Doersch’s performances?

    Not a chance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Not Gonna Lie: And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Lopez
    • Narrated By George Lopez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    George Lopez just hit the half-century mark and the reset button on his life. Newly single and ready to embrace life, George was excited to turn 50. It would be a welcome new phase in his life, a chance to say goodbye to a decade that included a kidney transplant and a divorce. But when he looked around a room full of his childhood friends, all gathered to celebrate his birthday, many now bald or overweight, it suddenly hit him that he was old. What happened? And more importantly, what was he going to do about it? George learns the hard way that when you turn 50, everything changes.

    A. Phipps says: "I'm Not Gonna Lie: This Book Was GREAT!!!!"
    "Self loathing at it's finest ..."
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    Would you try another book from George Lopez and/or George Lopez?

    If you care about George defending dating women in their 20's, his impotence, painted toe nails, and other -really not funny- nonsense this is the book for you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assertiveness: The Art of Getting Your Way Nicely

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Multiverse Audio
    • Narrated By Carlos Prater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
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    (2)

    Starting today, you can finally attain complete control and freedom of your life! Get what you want in the easiest and nicest way possible! Discover the secrets on how to easily get your way in relationships and at work, effectively influence others by expressing your opinions and ideas suavely, and cleverly deny others' requests or commands without offending them, all while remaining to be an overall respected and well-liked person.

    Working Poor says: "Written for a third grader"
    "Written for a third grader"
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    Would you try another book from Multiverse Audio and/or Carlos Prater?

    Written and narrated for a third grader. If you haven't mastered social engineering at this level by the third grade ... ??? : ( I was hoping for a "fresh" 21st Century take on assertiveness, and this wasn't it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Martin A. Lee
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Martin A. Lee traces the dramatic social history of marijuana, from its origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in a culture war that has never ceased. Lee describes how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition and morphed into a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry. Colorful, illuminating, and at times irreverent, this is a fascinating listen for recreational users and patients, students and doctors, musicians and accountants, Baby Boomers and their kids, and anyone who has ever wondered about the secret life of this ubiquitous herb.

    Blake says: "A hard book for me to rate"
    "LONG OVER DUE"
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    If you could sum up Smoke Signals in three words, what would they be?

    No "refer madness" here, just a well researched, comprehensive, reality based breath of fresh air that has been long over due.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Too many to list.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (556)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "Excellent Listen!"
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    If you could sum up Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries in three words, what would they be?

    This was an excellent listen! The author/narrator sounds a lot like Bill Bryson, very similar personality also. I highly recommend!!!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killer Compendium, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By RJ Parker
    • Narrated By Beth MacEwan
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    This book is an astounding compilation of 50 of the world's most notorious and ruthless serial killers, including: Serial Killers Who Were Captured, Serial Killings That Were Never Solved, Female Serial Killers, and Doctors Who Killed Their Patients. Some of the more infamous cases are: Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Son of Sam, Karla Homolka, Christine Fallings, the Green River Killer, Dr. H.H. Holmes and the Zodiac

    Carla says: "Arrgghh! I didn't read the reviews!!!"
    "Horrific narration"
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    What did you like best about The Serial Killer Compendium, Volume 1? What did you like least?

    This is a promising book. I wish I could have tolerated the narration long enough to finish it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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