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Brian

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  • The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes. One Goal. And Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    In the tradition of Seabiscuit, critically acclaimed author Neal Bascomb reaches back to the golden age of sport and crafts an utterly captivating narrative of what may be the most remarkable athletic feat of all time.

    Brent says: "Most inpirational!"
    "Too much Wes Santee"
    Overall

    It is as though the publisher told the author you need an American angle. One third of the book is given over to Wes Santee. No doubt Wes was a great runner, but he never raced either Banister or Landy, and never broke the 4 minute mile.
    This makes the Wes Santee portion of the the book a "would a could a should a" tale, that is at odds with the rest of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Russell Kirk
    • Narrated By Phillip Davidson
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Kirk defines "the conservative mind" by examining such brilliant men as Edmund Burke, James Fenimore Cooper, Alexis de Tocqueville, John Quincy Adams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benjamin Disraeli, Cardinal Newman, George Santayana, and finally, T.S. Eliot. Vigorously written, the book represents conservatism as an ideology born of sound intellectual traditions.

    Ted says: "Worth the time and effort"
    "for true believers only"
    Overall

    I was hoping for an introduction to Conservatism, and its under pinning philosophies. All that this book provides is an over wordy, and boring uncritical recitation of the lives of the author's heroes.

    4 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Paradox: Artemis Fowl, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Enn Reitel
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    After disappearing for three years, Artemis Fowl has returned to a life different from the one he had. Now he's a big brother, and spends his days teaching his twin siblings the important things in life, such as how to properly summon a waiter at a French restaurant..

    Chris says: "Disappointing Narraration, buy the paper book."
    "It's not just the narrator"
    Overall

    Changing the narrator at book six was big disappointment. I'm not willing to say the current narrator was bad, but he was different. That in itself is a jarring change and detracts from the story. This makes a weak book worse. The time paradox, is probably the weakest of the series, and it may be the the author has run out of ideas for this character. If you have listened to the previous books, like me, you need to listen to this book too, but be prepared to be disappointed. It is not a bad book, but it has fallen back to "the pack", and this is a fall from greatness

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By George Tenet
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that has attended the post 9/11 world, one man's vital testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and compelling, At the Center of the Storm is George Tenet's memoir of his life at the CIA - a revelatory look at the inner workings of America's top intelligence agency and its dealings with national leaders at home and abroad.

    Karen says: "Brilliant!"
    "As good an explanation as you'll get"
    Overall

    I must admit that I've gone from being disdainful of George Tenet, to being an admirer. This wasn't the book that changed my opinion -that was "The One Percent Doctrine", Ron Suskind - but this book confirms my feelings.
    There are no new startling revelations in this book, but it is probably the best insider view we will ever get during a critical time in world history.
    Why only 4 stars? The narration and writing style quite match. Making the book slow going at times, and at other times making the authors quips fall very flat

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ireland: A Concise History from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    No one will gainsay that Ireland is a beautiful, enchanted place. But Ireland has a history more varied, turbulent, fascinating, and terrible than any other. From the first English presence in Ireland in the twelfth century, through siege, rebellion, and civil war, to Irish Ascendancy, Home Rule and the present-day Troubles, bestselling author Paul Johnson tells, with remarkable clarity and concision, the compelling story of this most remarkable island.

    Brian says: "Typical Paul Johnson"
    "Typical Paul Johnson"
    Overall

    I've read many Paul Johnson books, but this my first listen.
    His books are reasonably interesting, but like all "non-fiction" they have to be read and listened to in with the author's biases in mind.
    This book seems to suffer more than others, from the author's pro English conservative biases. Admittedly the period of Irish history addressed in this book, is entwined with England, but this book would be better titled “an English history in Ireland”.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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