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Unapologetic

Colorado | Member Since 2014

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  • 29 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 52 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2018
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  • Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Radden Keefe
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (59)

    In Chatter, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the international eavesdropping alliance known as Echelon, sorting facts from conspiracy theories to determine just how much privacy Americans unknowingly sacrifice in the name of greater security.

    E. Lundin says: "Really neat look at intelligence gathering/secrecy"
    "Biased book with interesting anecdotes"
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    Chatter sheds light on many failures of the intelligence community and specifically the NSA. However, the author, fails to understand and deliver the reasons "why?". His left leaning rhetoric gets in the way of what could have been a well written evaluation of the NSA and SIGINT at large. One example, author complains about polygraph examiners instead of linguists being hired after 9/11, without understanding how the linguist needs were being met by the NSA and the agency's need for examiners instead of more linguists.

    Chatter maybe worth buying 75% off from the deeply discounted shelves outside Barnes and Nobles. Otherwise save your Audible credit, and read the book's mediocre highlights online.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Minutes to Doomsday: An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (570)

    In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counterintelligence. But his real expertise was "reading" body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated.

    TAG P. says: "Solid book that should be a movie"
    "Glorified story about a workaholic FBI agent"
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    This book comes across as very self aggrandized version of ....well...a run of the mill espionage case. Quite frankly it was more horrifying to listen about FBI ineptitude than the 8th Army spy ring.
    Navarro tries too hard to come across as a tough guy, rather being a professional Federal agent. “I am steps away from throwing Rod off the balcony” type of dialogue is rather childish. As the same suspect is known to carry a loaded gun and could possibly have put a few in Navarro’s dome had he tried to put his hand on the psychopath suspect. Also the story highlights Navarro’s reckless behavior and lack of common sense, which seems to be a pattern throughout his life. From tackling a bunch of gang bangers with knives for items not worth a day’s pay, almost losing his arm the process, to placing family and sick wife second to being a cool SWAT dude.

    Overall it’s an average story. Highly recommend borrowing from a library or getting it free, to save your precious credits. Too bad I can’t get mine back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (976)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Bob says: "Reader cannot read"
    "Must read for any history buffs"
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    Larson is an excellent story teller. To add Balaban as a narrator simply push the experience that much further towards amazing.

    Highly recommend for anyone looking for a history lesson that involves people centric view points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ashlee Vance
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37771)
    Performance
    (33762)
    Story
    (33688)

    In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

    Tristan says: "The best of competence porn"
    "Must read for anyone interested in the future of technology "
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    I liked this book as it highlights many close hold aspects of Musk and future of his companies. Author’s research and delivery are impeccable. Narrator was on point as usual.

    I really enjoyed Musk’s quirks, many of which truly underline some weaknesses his personality. Lack of trust in anyone or anything being a major factor. I also noticed some cultural aspects of his upbringing in South Africa.

    Elon Musk simply uses people and things to deliver the grand designs his mind has conjured up about humanity. And that makes him very important as he is willing to sacrifice anything and everything to get there. Meanwhile let’s hope he doesn’t drop dead of a stroke or a heart attack. His demise would truly be a major setback to the way we perceive our future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D DAY Through German Eyes: The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Holger Eckhertz
    • Narrated By P. J. Ochlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (826)

    Almost all accounts of D-Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6, 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day?

    John Lindsey says: "A work of fiction"
    "Excellent narrative from a perspective seldom somethingght"
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    I absolutely enjoyed the matter of fact details and impressions by the German troops. I also respected the lack of excuses or regrets during the interview by these soldiers. Simple and succinct narratives which depict so much more about the June 6 invasion than many romantic books and Hollywood movies. God bless America and our allies, truly the greatest generation of heroes, who went through hell to give us our freedom today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Brandt
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (735)

    "I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.

    Grace Azul says: "Don't give up!"
    "Amazing research...great insight"
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    Being raised in Michigan, the Hoffa thing was always part of the folklore, not just his disappearance but his legend in general.

    Local community always knew it was the mob but how and where was always suspect.

    This book and it’s author bring to light incredible and complicated relationships which affected our culture, our nation, and our psyche and still do today.

    Imagine if RFK was never the AG, imagine if Hoffa had not been released from prison till the 80s, imagine if Fitzsimmons was taken out in the late 70s. Any of these could have changed the outcome of many things to include the Vietnam War, Nixon winning the Presidency, and of course Hoffa living a long life and maybe averting the decline of Detroit.

    This book is absolutely worth the read and its important, because to forgot history is to repeat it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of M16 - Life and Death in the British Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gordon Corera
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    From Berlin to the Congo, from Moscow to the back streets of London, these are the stories of the agents on the front lines of British intelligence. And the truth is often more remarkable than fiction.

    MI6 has been cloaked in secrecy and shrouded in myth since it was created a hundred years ago. Our understanding of what it is to be a spy has been largely defined by the fictional worlds of Ian Fleming and John le Carré. Gordon Corera provides a unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality that lies behind the fiction.

    Unapologetic says: "Good details but lacks thorough research"
    "Good details but lacks thorough research"
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    Pro: Really good coverage about Ms. Park's contribution to the fight and her achievements. Though at first seemed Gordy was simply towing the liberal BBC line. However, he qualifies her well as one of the greats based on facts and original research.

    Cons: Gets Penkovsky affair false while miscalculating why the man betrayed his country. Rather than vanity, it was betrayal of him by USSR that led to his ultimate deception. His service to his country and connections were nullified because his father - whom he never knew - fought and died while serving in the White Army.
    Simply put, Corera's lack of understanding regards to human aspect of spying really shows.
    Perhaps his next book should be about India's love affair with the USSR and now Russia, as both countries are actively targeting U.K. and US via Cyber space. With his cultural connection, he could use his home base in Goa for research and probably deliver a fascinating look behind this amazing yet murky relationship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
    • Narrated By David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
    Overall
    (6036)
    Performance
    (5604)
    Story
    (5584)

    Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

    tatiana says: "New Fan"
    "Same formula but disjointed performance"
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    Enjoyed the monster story ....as stand alone themes were always the best for the series vs. the whole alien conspiracy.

    Pros:
    -Real actors playing their characters
    -Decent depth and continuity throughout the play
    -Mulder's puns and sarcasm

    Cons
    -Unnecessary dialogue
    -No real narration to set up the stories or scenes
    -Contradicting liberal biases, it's ok to stereotype Gulf Arab but must normalize lesbian couples.

    Overall it's 1.5 stars, but throwing in an extra half star for the monster story.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Gordon Corera
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (266)

    As the digital era becomes increasingly pervasive, the intertwining forces of computers and espionage are reshaping the entire world; what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now affects us all. Corera's compelling narrative takes us from the Second World War through the Cold War and the birth of the Internet to the present era of hackers and surveillance. The book is rich with historical detail and characters as well as astonishing revelations about espionage carried out in recent times by the United Kingdom, the United States, and China.

    CJA says: "One in a Million"
    "Good history but ranted with anti US vitriol..."
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    Pros: good history and event coverage, adequate research regards to Western govt. failures.

    Cons: lacked info on 2nd and 3rd party players such as India, Iran, and other proxy coat tail wannabe regional powers. Perhaps author is biased against his adopted country in favor of the one he left behind. Also, lots of bias towards Western agencies and policies. No mention of Chinese or Russian policy pitfalls. Overall worth the listen, though with some grain of salt!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Agendas: The X-Files Anthologies, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    FBI special agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder go hunting in the shadows for dangerous truths in this new collection of original, never-before-published tales of The X-Files. Edited by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, Secret Agendas features heart-stopping stories by some of today's hottest writers of mystery, thrillers, science fiction, and horror.

    Unapologetic says: "Quality definitely went down...."
    "Quality definitely went down...."
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    Pros
    Some stories were decent and worth listening to.
    Glad to hear the male narrator back for another round.
    Cons
    Huber/female narrator is awful. She needs to be fired, only thing she brings to the stories is bitchy attitude and pointless complaining.

    Overall, authors need to develop the story lines based on the real XFILES characters. Scully is smart, sympathetic, and logical. Mulder is brave, curious, and persistent. This volume definitely misses the mark compare to the previous editions.

    Disappointing!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Under and Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Queen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (539)

    In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law-enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a "confidential informant" made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance.

    Richard says: "Great Listen"
    "Good non-fiction about the non-sexy aspects of undercover work"
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    Enjoyed the honest portrayal of the OMGs and the special agents who go after them.

    Queen goes little too in depth about his struggles to the point of seeking pity.
    I couldn't help but feel how desperately our society needs someone like Queen to do the dirty work for the rest of us. People like the author make sacrifices everyday, lose their families, their identities. Yet we as a society, to include the paper pushers in govt. simply use and abuse such heroes.....

    Decent book, just have patience and enjoy...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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