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Ken

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  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (355)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "Superbly written description of the Afgan war!"
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    Would you listen to The Outpost again? Why?

    Yes. Just to be able to put myself back with the brave men and women who fight our wars without question. This writing truely placed you in the outposts next to our soldiers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The American soldiers.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Shapiro’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (830)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "The history, the language, the process was amazing"
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    Where does Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am unable to rank "Jefferson" as it falls into a category of its own. Suffice to say I was intrigued.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    The most memorable part of the book is the use of the English and how beautifully descriptive it was in the day. We certainly do not converse that way today!


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Edward Herrmann is the best at reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3108)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (909)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Great story of unexpected achievement!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I don't believe that many people know about Charlie Wilson. It illustrates how one's flaws can assist one in achieving your goals. The meeting of three people for a common cause is absolutely wonderful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Charlie Wilson's War?

    There were so many! The book is just chocked full of them. In a word the total "story" was the most memorable moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again,there were so many. I think Gust's many colorful explanations made me laugh. The descripitive language astounded me on how it really "cut to the chase". Let's say he had a way with words.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, laugh again in way that did not take away from such a huge success in a very serious situation. I wish I had known when the Soviets left Afganistan what really happened and how much Charlie Wilson and Gust were responsible for their defeat.


    Any additional comments?

    Great true story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (203)

    From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.

    Betty says: "DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"
    "Interesting / Puff Piece"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. The facts and inside perpective is compeling. The only problem is making the President look like Alexander the Great and Attila The Hun.
    There is definitely a propaganda agenda here for the President by making President Bush look inept and the demeaning of Donald Trump.
    These facts spoiled an otherwise interesting story and should have been left out.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The specifics of the killing of UBL.
    The President's incredible acumen for decision making, please!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Situation Room.


    Do you think Manhunt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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