Pirates and slavery were a historical problem in the Mediterranean for centuries prior to Jefferson's birth. Roger Crowley chronicled this in his book "Empires of the Sea". This plague on the people of the Mediterranean, and the World, was ended by Jefferson's Barbary War's. The ingenuity, courage, and daring of the American troops and their leaders changed the the path of history and secured support of the major European to end this blight.
The writing was interesting and the reading was good and at times powerful. This a book that should be read to gain a viewpoint of the attitude of many of the leaders and people Muslim world toward the "unbelievers" or infidels. A problem that we, or children and future generations will have to deal with.
Skin games is the 15th book in the Dresden Files series and a solid addition to the franchise. After fourteen books you might think that Harry has done just about everything a wizard in the 21st century can do. But things just keep coming at him that we or he don't see on the horizon. Sort of like running aground in the middle of the ocean on a cruise liner with all charts showing open seas. (Could Harry's ability to knock out modern equipment, bring down an ocean liner during a honeymoon cruise?)
Once again James Marsters demonstrates his voice acting ability to bring Harry Dresden's world into living, breathing, characters that make you care about them. James Marsters is the voice of the Dresden Files - at least in 14 out of the 15 audio books. In each he adds depth to the characters - making them come to life in our earphones. Demonstrating the depth of this acting skills by playing all the parts and making us not only believe all of them, but care about them. I first took notice of him as 'Spike' in the 2nd season of the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". His screen presents took what was to be a bit part to a major character in the 7th and final seasons and then, on the the Buffy spinoff Angel.
How can a manager build a team who break the rules, end up in front of a hearing board, and yet succeed in the face of impossible odds where many others have failed. In, "The B-Team" we are treated to an example of an unlikely group, thrown together, who succeed while breaking the rules. A really fun story.
Oscar Wilde has a totally irreverent and completely sarcastic view of Victorian life style and morals. The play is done so earnestly and with tongue so firmly in cheek it is a wonder that the dialog is as clear and understandable as it is. Wilde's attempt to lampoon the more absurd conventions of his day are firmly spiked by James Marsters, who wears his role as comfortably as a favorite pair of loafers.
While the topic could be interesting, the way this book is written and read is a non-drug cure for insomnia.
"A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition", "Power, Faith, and Fantasy", Don Quixote, 1434 or The Prince
Audible carries a large number of books narrated by Arthur Morey. From the number and genres of the writings I must assume that he has done well with them. But, until this tome I had not been exposed to him. Perhaps the author, editor or publisher instructed him to read in a monotone – I don’t know. But, I do know that I kept finding myself dozing off or waking up from his rendition of this text.
If sure that there were some passages or concepts that could be considered "Redeeming Values", but I must have slept through them.
I'd recommend a rewrite - a total rewrite
Is the success of Israel???s business startups a case of ???Chutzpah??? (audacity, brazen nerve, courage, effrontery, incredible 'guts,' mettle, presumption topped off with a little (or large) touch of arrogance) or Davka (despite everything).
The authors of ???Startup Nation??? argue the case of chutzpah quite strongly, and they are right. The people of Israel have had to "make do" in a land with few natural resources, surrounded by hostile nations. Due, in part to this, have become the "go to" place for emerging technologies the computer, science, ecology, medicine, and a host of other fields.
But these successes are as much due to ???Davka??? (often defined as ???despite everything??? or ???just because you want me to disappear from the face of the earth - I will not??? emphasis on the last three words) - the insistence on surviving whatever is thrown at them and turning lemons (or the fruit of trees growing in salt water) into lemonade.
While the general media from around the world is not report the successes of Israeli technology to impact their nations, in many ways people the world daily touch products of the Israeli minds.
I had not stumbled across Michelle Sagara before this - much to my sorrow. This was a was written novella read to perfection by Khristine Hvam.
This is a story about a young girl (lady) crossing the bridge from both her adolescent's in a dangerous area of her city, to the painful time of personal and physical growth on the 'right-side-of-the-tracks(bridge) in the 'good' part of town.
Khristine Hvam did a great job with the reading of this book, further enhancing my respect for her vocal talents.
And the best part was that it was free - but I did purchase "Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1" due to this novella.
I thought that this was a audio version of the movie, but it was not. Rather it was a biography of Lyle Logue the Kings speech pathologist - not bad - but not what I was looking for.
Simon Vance was able to bring some life into the story.
For the most part this was a time filler - don't think I will bother with it again.
This was a necessary book. It gives insight to the feelings and processes that shaped the American response over the eight years of the GW Bush Presidency and that have carried on though to the Obama administration. Like the results or not, at least we now have more information, from his viewpoint, on the why, what, and how he functioned.
My feelings toward George W Bush as a President run the gambit of respect and support to frustration, disappointment, and dismay. Perhaps most of the missteps were due to bad advice - but in the end history will only remember that it was his Presidency. Chaney, Rowe, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell or so many others that cycled through his administration will only be footnotes, at best.
Those who are elected to the Presidency are not suddenly granted infinite wisdom (Carter is a good example of this - but I did like his energy policies). Errors in judgments, policies, decisions or actions have a way of taking on a life of their own.and most often can not be returned to the paper that authorized them.
I think that both Presidents Bush did their best, but in the end - while I respect them both - I was disappointed in both. However, I think that they are strong enough to get past that with only a little loss of sleep..
My biggest complaint about this recording is the poor edition. the gaps between chapters are unconscionably long and detract from (and maybe even devalue) the message. I do not have a single audio book in my collect that has gaps like this. I can only wonder if was not an intentional slight - sort of a parting shot at his legacy.
Those who believe that the current version King James Bible is the final and unchallengeable word of G_d will not be happy with this book. A statement early in the book of, ???There are more errors in the New Testament than there are words??? sets the stage for a Fundamentalist to have a coronary.
Professor Ehrman gives the reader a rare insight into how the New Testament came into the form we know today. He talks about the human equation in the development, distribution, of the scriptures which were written decades (even centuries) after the events took place. He explains the reason for errors in copying, intentional and unintentional modifications, losses, additions (often centuries later) and out right fabrications of the various texts and how, they finally ended up as one document. He documents his arguments in great detail and proves that this is not a hatchet job. It is obvious that he cares deeply about the topic and repeatedly shows the reader where and why the issues exist.
It would benefit the reader to acquire a printed version of the text to be able to annotate the information for yourself. Trying to bookmark the recoding while you are driving might be a little difficult and hazardous. You will want to keep notes, there will be a test later.
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