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curtis

Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Mayer
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    The Dark Side is a narrative account of the decisions the U.S. made after September 11, decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In gripping detail, Jane Mayer relates specific cases, shown in real time against the larger tableau of Washington, looking at the intelligence gained and the price paid. In all cases, there were incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, our country's place in the world, and its sense of itself.

    Madeleine says: "Brilliant and Maddening"
    "Enlightening!"
    Overall

    A very well crafted account of our country's recent decent into torture and the fearmongering politics of the Bush Administration. Although a very long-winded book, the author leaves no detail or accusation unexplained. Mayer clearly did her homework on this subject, as this book should be mandatory reading for every civics class in American schools.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Overly Sentimental tale doesn't meet expectations"
    Overall

    This novel started out raising my curiosity. The mystery of the past was a good way to begin the story, but the present day story line was so cheesy and lame. It really added nothing to the book, which also had an ending that was HORRIBLE.

    The narrator was excellent though, she did a great job with the accents, giving each character their own voice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thurston Clarke
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    With new research and previously unavailable interviews, The Last Campaign provides an intimate and absorbing historical narrative that goes right to the heart of America's deepest despairs - and most fiercely held dreams - and tells us more than we had understood before about this complicated man and the heightened dramas of his times.

    D. Littman says: "not good political history"
    "Very compelling and inspiring story"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The sound quality and the narraitor were excellent. This was an intimate, up close look at a unique canidate and campaign during troubled times. I've read the other reviewers complaints that the author was biased and romanticized RFK's campaign. This may be the case but I can recall a few points when the author makes objective points that aren't flattering for RFK. Bottom line, if you're interested in history, politics, the Kennedys, or RFK you'll love this book. There is a wealth of interesting information and campaign stories that wont disappoint.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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