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  • The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    From Mark Bowden, internationally best-selling and acclaimed author of Black Hawk Down and the preeminent chronicler of the actions of our military and special forces writing today, comes an intensely gripping account of the hunt for and elimination of Osama bin Laden. With unprecedented access to key sources and his great gift for storytelling, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.

    W. Goodman says: "Bowden is great as usual, but the narrator sucks"
    "Bowden is great as usual, but the narrator sucks"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Finish the most enjoyable?

    Mark Bowden tells a really great story, and he obviously had very good source access.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The descriptions of how the Obama team made the decision to kill bin Laden and why were fascinating and a very good look into national decision making on critical issues facing our country. McRaven comes off looking like a badass.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator thinks that whispering makes him sound more mysterious. Or maybe he just likes to whisper. Anyway, his voice acting contributed nothing to the story and eventually became distracting from it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Irony of American History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Reinhold Niebuhr
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Forged during the tumultuous but triumphant postwar years when America came of age as a world power, The Irony of American History is more relevant now than ever before. Cited by politicians as diverse as Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Niebuhr's masterpiece on the incongruity between personal ideals and political reality is both an indictment of American moral complacency and a warning against the arrogance of virtue.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superlative Book"
    "Get a new narrator"
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    This book is incredibly profound. Unfortunately its narrator distracts from the message with a stilted accent. Is he British? Wealthy from New England? In the end, it makes listening to the book a trying experience. A deep Southern drawl would be less trying. Please get Grover Gardner or someone who can read a powerful book without testing the listener's patience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (583)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "What you see depends on where you stand"
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    It was a good book, and Ronson's sympathetic take toward the people he covers humanizes them as they dehumanize others. Whether it's racism, or anti-semitism, or anti-twelve foot tall lizardism, whatever group dehumanization you prefer, the point is that these people fail to see the flaws in their own absurd thinking while fabricating flaws in others. An old man pissing against a redwood becomes a satanic act somehow, while McVeigh's murder of more than 100 patriotic Americans in the Murrah Building is a proportional response to Ruby Ridge and Waco. And yes, if you attend Aryan Nations meetings, you are a racist anti-Semite. Just like Randy Weaver. SPOILER ALERT: it was Alex Jones who erased the footage on Ronson's video tape, in order to secure himself an exclusive, and he did it in such a way that would facilitate Ronson's conspiracy mongering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage Generation Y

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bruce Tulgan
    • Narrated By Bill Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    This book will frame Generation Y (children born between 1978-1991) for corporate leaders and managers at time when the corporate world is desperate to recruit and retain workers in this age group. It will debunk dozens of myths, including that young employees have no sense of loyalty, won't do grunt work, won't take direction, want to interact only with computers, and are only about money.

    Tom says: "Tom Benson"
    "Good"
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    Good book. Not the best book I ever listened to, but definitely solid. I will use its insights with my staff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (417)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    David says: "A history of the world before the West mattered"
    "A Truly Amazing and Successful Undertaking"
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    Well worth your 18 hours. Amazingly even-handed, even if it loses some of its balance on the issue of Israel generally and in the treatment of the Six Day War particularly. Regardless, I would recommend it to anyone and would be interested to hear an analysis of it by other historians of Islam.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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