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  • Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Steve Coll
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (163)

    The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan. With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998.

    Ben in Baltimore says: "Interesting, in-depth book"
    "Eye opening"
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    Where does Ghost Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was one of my favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    McWilliams


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

    I think he brought a personality to the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not a moment but the story about the American embassy in the beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    I just liked the way things were explained and the flow of a book filled with so much information. well told!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28293)
    Performance
    (22033)
    Story
    (22250)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "The ending killed it for me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing I can't think of anything except a great ending could have made it a 4 or 5 star book


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A better ending


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    Don't Think so


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mockingjay?

    The ending, The sister getting blown up, The depressing state of a lot of people that you come to like.


    Any additional comments?

    It felt like she went into the book without a plan or knowing how it was going to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne Applebaum
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (135)

    At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete.

    jackifus says: "Important story, imperfectly executed"
    "overbearing"
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    What disappointed you about Iron Curtain?

    I felt I didn’t get anything that I didn’t already get in her book Gulag. Also I found myself getting a little bothered like she was trying to convince me of something instead of history’s story of what happened. Also I thought it was a little obnoxious her view on how technology will become tools of control in the future. I don’t know…maybe too much of her personality coming through in the book. Which maybe that’s a good thing but not for me. She also didn’t reveal very much things from thr Russian side of things and how they must have viewed the war.


    What was most disappointing about Anne Applebaum’s story?

    See above


    Did Cassandra Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I had no problem with the person reading the story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Iron Curtain?

    her view on how technology will become tools of control in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    It just rubbed me the wrong way I guess when I really liked her "Gulag"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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