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Mike Schleicher

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  • Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    "Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals.

    Nelson Alexander says: "What Every President Should Know"
    "Very interesting"
    Overall

    This is the first plausible explanation for our adventures in Iraq I have come across. Other than that, the author does a good job of explaining that we have met the enemy and he is us. I became interested when I heard the author interviewed on Bob Edwards XM show. Some of this is uncomfortable and some may see it as America bashing. Of course, much of what is here is offered with the clarity of hindsight. The author takes seemingly isolated incidents and examines them together. This was a good book. Well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chairman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen Frey
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    No one knows the dark side of "The Street" better than master storyteller Stephen Frey, author of such riveting novels as Shadow Account and The Day Trader. Now, in his most ambitious work to date, Frey proves that no writer can put a high-powered hero at greater risk, nor offer readers more thrilling rewards.

    J. Anderson says: "Excellent!"
    "Skip It"
    Overall

    The premise is good, it starts out great, but the end is totally implausible. I realize business is business and can be cut throat, but this is ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lunar Park

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By James Van Der Beek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

    Matthew says: "Not Mainstream Crap"
    "Lunar Park Review"
    Overall

    The book starts slow. In fact, I thought the reader was giving me a foreward at the start. No doubt, this is a scary book. But, I found it ultimately unsatisfying. The main character does stupid things and knows what he is doing is stupid. He knows he is sqaundering a wonderful relationship. Yet, he does nothing to stop his own stupid behaviour. By the end, little is resolved or answered. Why does his dad torment him? And is it his father that is the source of the torment? Why do family members leave, but show up at the end? What happened to all the lost boys? I would avoid this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1522)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (338)

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "The Best Grisham Yet!"
    Overall

    I have read and listened to many John Grisham novels, and this was my favorite. This featured a great story, truly great characters, and a first rate mystery. The story takes it's good sweet time unfolding, but you don't mind. The story is never dull, never boring. These are wonderful people. I hated finishing this book. Michael Beck's narration is first rate. From listening to him, it sounded like the emotional ending affected him as well. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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