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Robert

Scottsdale, AZ, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Bud, Not Buddy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By James Avery
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal winner, is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression.

    Robert says: "Bud, Not Buddy"
    "Bud, Not Buddy"
    Overall

    This is my favorite book in the world, its breathtaking, adventurious, depressing and elating all at the same time. you read this book (or listen to this book) you won't be sorry I guarantee!
    Age 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    On the world maps common in America, the Western Hemisphere lies front and center, while the Indian Ocean region all but disappears. This convention reveals the geopolitical focus of the now-departed 20th century, but in the 21st century, that focus will fundamentally change. In this pivotal examination of the countries known as “Monsoon Asia”—which include India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Tanzania—best-selling author Robert D. Kaplan explains how crucial this dynamic area has become to American power.

    Loren says: "A map is worth a thousand words ..."
    "Rich in information"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend Monsoon to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, to those who have an intellictual bent. It very informative, very rich in facts, figures, data, etc. I wouldn't call it a story - it's not a story, it's history, sociology, geography, politics and religion all blended together to describe this important but mostly overlooked part of the world.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this kind of book, if you read to be informed, this is a good choice. If you read for relaxation, for a good "story" then probably consider other titles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2678)
    Performance
    (1420)
    Story
    (1413)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "The Content Lives up to the Title"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The combination of Hitchens reasoned arguments, with his outstanding narration, makes this a tremendously thought provoking title.


    What does Christopher Hitchens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration enabled me to power through some of the archane passages.


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

    No way. This book is long, and it's not the kind of book you would want to breeze through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (130)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "Good concepts, tedious and repetitive"
    Overall

    On the plus side, World is Flat does help crystalize a number of concepts, some of them very uncomfortable, in a helpful and useful way.

    On the minus side, he is repetitive - to the point of exhaustion. He is preachy and holier than thou. And what's his fixation on Bangalore? Enough already. I live in Hong Kong and I travel to India frequently. I know the indiginous population is smart, motivated and eager to climb the socio-economic ladder. Duh!

    The abridged version would definitely suffice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1970)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (538)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Claptrap (but vaguely entertaining claptrap)"
    Overall

    If you can manage to switch off your logic and reason synapses, and just sit back and enjoy the wild ravings of distraught individual with illusions of grandeur, then go for it.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2313)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (397)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Short History is Excellent"
    Overall

    What a great, entertaining and informative book this is. I can't say enough good things. I've listened once and now I'm doing it again because there is just such a steady stream of fascinating information. Buy this book; you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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