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  • The Post-American World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (122)

    For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is not the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more. This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power is shifting and wealth and innovation are bubbling up in unexpected places.

    Gus says: "The Rise of Chindia"
    "Very good insights offered fairly"
    Overall

    As a conservative and political junkie, I have to take issue with some of the other comments. A reader doesn't have to agree with every point or accept every assertion as accurate to find real thinking value in a piece. This is not an anti-American book at all. If fuses some really startling points on how through our nation's global successes (economic and political) we have succeeded in helping the world to change and grow so quickly that our position as a sole superpower is challenged from the rise of other nations more than our own decline. If you believe competition is good, are optimistic about American ingenuity, and are not afraid of the new inter-related world, there's a great deal in this book to excite. If you're looking for the same old stale rhetoric about America and the world stage (anti or pro American), you may not like this piece. For those not afraid to think outside of the box, you'll get a lot from this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Kelly
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    It started in 1845 and lasted six years. Before it was over, more than one million men, women, and children starved to death and another million fled the country. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was one of the worst disasters in the 19th century-it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War. A perfect storm of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance sparked this catastrophe.

    C. Telfair says: "Unforgettable, Haunting, and a Compelling Warning"
    "Poor audio quality"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The volume on the recording varied so wildly I found myself having to adjust it almost continually, as well as the median volume on this was abnormally low to start with. Although the book might have had promise, I finally had to give up after a couple of hours of real frustration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (438)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Excellent read, gritty, humorous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Dead I Well May Be the most enjoyable?

    Narrator Gerard Doyle does an outstanding job with the Irish street thug accent and portraying the main character's sarcastic personality to a tee.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character is a thug, but he's so darn sarcastically funny that you can't help but laugh and root for him.


    Any additional comments?

    All three books in this series are must-reads (must listen) and I've done so at least twice with each.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye for an Eye: A Dewey Andreas Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (437)

    In Ben Coes' latest, Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey - and inflicts a horrifying loss. Andreas - former Army Ranger and Delta - is a man of great skills and cunning. His opponent, Fao Bhang, is ruthless, determined, and with no limit to the assets at his disposal. In this conflict, there are only two possible outcomes. And only one Dewey Andreas.

    Anthony says: "Another Impossible Hero"
    "Great book, didn't want to stop listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eye for an Eye?

    The most memorable moment of the book was the battle on the German highway. It was fast, engaging, heroic and quite unbelievable. But it was still a blast to listen to largely because it was easy to visualize it as in a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Some reviewers have praised this series as a new replacement for the Mitch Rapp series with the passing of author Vince Flynn. Ben Coes' character Dewey Andreas is compelling, but quite different. One challenge is that a core element of this story is very similar to one from a Flynn book, but not as effective or executed as well in the story. It was also completely predictable (that element). Good book and definitely worth reading, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (766)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "Disappointingly weak story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does Rene Auberjonois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was surprised at how well this narrator comes across, as I've been happy with Scott Brick's narration in the past. The narration is good, even though the story isn't.


    Do you think The Wheel of Darkness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It's an older stand-alone story and there's really nothing worthwhile to add.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read most of the Pendergast books, albeit out of order. This "stand alone" story is an odd attempt to throw together story lines of Tibetan study and meditation, mysticism, and shipboard mystery/crisis. The characters were not well-developed and an enormous amount of time and ink was spent on details related to transatlantic ships (albeit maybe necessary to the story). If you are a Pendergast fan and enjoy the intellectual elements of his books, I think you'll be quite disappointed with this one. It's a stand-alone, so you aren't missing any elements of a series by skipping this one. I would if I had it to do again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United States is struggling back to prosperity. Over a century after the Efflorescence of Oil, after the Fall of the Cities, after the Plague of Infertility, after the False Tribulation, after the days of the Pious Presidents, the sixty stars and thirteen stripes wave from the plains of Athabaska to the national capital in New York City. In Colorado Springs, the Dominion sees to the nation's spiritual needs.

    William says: "Excellent tragedy with very good narration"
    "Interesting idea that falls short"
    Overall

    The book jumps forward two hundred years to a world transformed by catastrophe into a 17th century-like landscape. An interesting idea, but the story is decidedly weak and the ending (most of the book) is both predictable and very disappointing. Scott Brick is usually a good narator, but here he slows down and introduces so much dramatic voice that it interferes and extends a story (maybe he was trying to save an otherwise mediocre book). Not as good as the author's "Spin" by a long stretch.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2639)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1377)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "Predictable, but worth the listen"
    Overall

    The author has created an interesting serial killer novel as part of his series, with a few twists that save the piece. The narration was great! Don't expect any shocking surprises in plot or that you won't be able to stop listening, but it is worth the listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

    Jeremy says: "Don't Bother."
    "Run of the mill quest for historical secrets"
    Overall

    Meltzer has fused a so-so character story with a not very plausible/interesting Da Vinci Code like link of historical mystery and modern day quests for a secret. The plot twists were pretty predictable. The naration is good and it is worth the listen, but a great book it is not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History of the American Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    In The Secret History of the American Empire, Perkins zeroes in on hot spots around the world and, drawing on interviews with other hit men, jackals, reporters, and activists, examines the current geopolitical crisis. Instability is the norm; it's clear that the world we've created is dangerous and no longer sustainable. How did we get here? Who's responsible? What good have we done and at what cost? And what can we do to change things for the next generations?

    Michael says: "A good read"
    "Off the deep end"
    Overall

    While I enjoy books from authors and topics opposite of my own views, within minutes of starting this book I got the "this guy's supposed personal story sounds like fiction . . . and not very good fiction at that." Conspiracy craziness packaged into a fictional biography. The cap for me was when the author described Che Guevara as a "Argentinian doctor" with interest in helping indigenous people and chose Bolivia as a focus, who happened to have the support of Cuba. Geesh. I can't recall the last time I read something so absurd from an author pedaling a political story. Che was Fidel Castro's right hand man in the Cuban revolution, ran the Cuban jails, torture, and death squads!

    The negative impacts of globalization and American domination are important issues with some credible arguments for conservatives like I to consider. But this book only convinced me that maybe the core of this movement really is what I see on the streets outside World Bank meetings . . . spoiled college students and trust fund babies dressing like revolutionaries, smashing windows, and generally acting like fools.

    19 of 62 people found this review helpful

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