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Una-Marie O'Leary Match

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55
REVIEWS
5
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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By James C. Humes
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    James C. Humes reveals the astonishingly accurate predictions of Britain's most famous prime minister and how his critics' perceptions of them shaped his political career. Who could have foreseen the start of World War I twenty-five years before the assassination of a Serbian archduke plunged Europe into war? Who could have predicted the rise of al-Qaeda nearly eight decades before anyone had heard of Osama bin Laden? Winston Churchill did.

    Jean says: "The voice in the wilderness--Are we listening yet?"
    "Very interesting and scary."
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    Would you listen to Churchill again? Why?

    Yes, there is a lot to be learned from Churchill. Lessons from the past teach us why the world is in the current state of upheaval and what are likely outcomes in the future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Churchill?

    His eerie prediction of the coming (and now here) problems with Islamic terrorism, and the letter he wrote that was read to G.W. Bush after 9/11.


    Have you listened to any of Matthew Brenher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible. There is just too much to digest. I shall be listening to this again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    Need more good history books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joel Mowbray
    • Narrated By R. K. Meier
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Whose side are they on? Diplomacy is one thing. But giving aid and comfort to the enemy is quite another. Yet that is exactly what our very own State Department is doing -coddling brutal dictators, covering up gaping holes in our nation's safety net, and appeasing regimes that actively sponsor terrorists around the world. In this global war on terrorism, the U.S. State Department has proven itself to be one of our biggest obstacles to victory.

    Una-Marie O'Leary Match says: "What did he say?"
    "What did he say?"
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    What disappointed you about Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security?

    The readers intonation was terrible. It was impossible to tell the difference between a quote and a statement. In addition, his tone was like someone reading to a kid, which contradicts the serious tenor of this nonfiction book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know. I think I'll read a book. This is my 3 rd disappointment since I re-upped.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security?

    Don't know. Didn't listen long enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur Goldschmidt, Lawrence Davidson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (186)

    The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment.

    Magnus Odeen says: "An honest, detailed and well written history"
    "History of Islam NOT Middle East"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Muslims and people who want to believe that the west is responsible for all the problems in the Islamic world.


    What was most disappointing about Arthur Goldschmidt and Lawrence Davidson ’s story?

    There was no history of the various peoples. It was all religion, but skipped thousands of years of Judaism and hundreds of years of Christianity. Some information was incorrect. It was a PC version of Islamic history.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Weiner?

    Maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition?

    I wouldn't publish it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Tristan Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    In the fall of 1940, the Nazis are at the height of their power. France is occupied, Britain is enduring the Blitz and is under threat of invasion, America is neutral, and Russia is in an uneasy alliance with Germany. Stephen Metcalfe is a well-known man about town in occupied Paris. He's also a minor asset in the U.S.'s secret intelligence forces in Europe. Through a wild twist of fate, it falls to Metcalfe to instigate a bold plan that may be the only hope for what remains of the free world.

    Charlotte Cox says: "The Tristan Betrayal"
    "Best Performance Ever"
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    What did you love best about The Tristan Betrayal?

    The absolute best thing was the acting ability of the performer Paul Michael. The story itself was good but somewhat predictable, however, the acting made it so much more interesting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, as above, it was good but obvious in places.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    All the foreigners. Michael's ability to do accents and read foreign languages well was superior.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could've given Paul Michael a 6 I would have. He made the book worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anna Funder
    • Narrated By Denica Fairman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police could become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their fellow citizens, there are thousands of captivating stories.

    Jane says: "Important book"
    "Cheerful Beatrix Potter Bedtime Story of the Stasi"
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    Would you try another book from Anna Funder and/or Denica Fairman?

    No, publishers summary says "extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany," but 6 chapters in I'm still waiting... I was hoping for an exciting historical communist spy vs. people story, instead there was a lot of stuff about the reporter, her feelings and opinions etc. It was like a dull PBS/BBC p.c "isn't it terrible" essay that misses the greater point.


    Has Stasiland turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, just the author and especially the performer.


    What didn’t you like about Denica Fairman’s performance?

    Sounds like my old Aunties cheerful renditions of The Big Bad Wolf. The performance lacked intonation, therefore there was no emotional/passage or character differentiation. German voices had no accents but were simply read in a lower voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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