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Parham

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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
    (175)
    Performance
    (148)
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    (148)

    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"
    "No need for the liberal political bias."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author could have stuck to the facts and the story, instead of dedicating nearly the entire book to promoting his pro-Obama agenda.

    I never write bad reviews on here, it's pretty rare, so you know it's bad.


    Has The Finish turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, other authors in this genre don't write a book in the hopes of getting their candidate elected. Most are unbiased and care about the "facts."


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Lurie’s performances?

    No, he was quiet...unless the preview shows better.


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

    Probably 80% of it. Nearly the entire book is a "rah rah Obama!" pep rally.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really really disappointed as Mark Bowden's book on the Mogadishu incident was so much better. I've known that Mark Bowden is clearly a Democrat, and that's fine, but wow, this book is just sad. I can't recommend it.

    10 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Axworthy
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Although frequently vilified, Iran is a nation of great intellectual variety and depth, and one of the oldest continuing civilizations in the world. Its political impact has been tremendous, not only on its neighbors in the Middle East but also throughout the world. From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the powerful ancient Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage crisis, and the current standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Michael Axworthy vividly depicts the nation’s rich history.

    Parham says: "Extremely biased, not a good historical survey."
    "Extremely biased, not a good historical survey."
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    At first, I thought this was a pretty good book. It started out and spent a decent amount of time going into detail about the Achaemenid empire. Oddly enough, the author even covers the Qajar dynasty, which many books skim over. Unfortunately, it became extremely obvious the author was biased once the 1900s arrived. As soon as the author began to describe the Pahlavi dynasty, the blame game began. Everything is the fault of the British, US, and the evil capitalists.

    For a book about Iranian history, it's incredible that the author spends about 10 minutes talking about H.I.M. Muhammad Reza Shah. Even if someone hates what the Shah did or stood for, no historical record of Iran could be complete without spending at least an entire chapter on the time period between 1900 and 1979.

    To make matters worse, the author actually appears to be a supporter of the post-79 regime that has murdered so many, and destroyed the nation.

    Another aspect of the book that is bad is that the author's personal feelings towards American leaders, notably Republican George Bush, is obviously very negative. When I'm listening to a book about Iranian history, the last thing I want to hear is the author's personal feelings. Especially anti-American rhetoric.

    The author mistakingly states that before Obama, no one had tried to talk or negotiate with Iran. This is absolutely false, as every single US President has made many attempts to communicate and in fact, negotiate with the monsters.

    The only way that this book makes sense is if the author is an IRGC employee. The nonsense at the end about the nuclear investigations makes it very clear that he is biased or simply on the regime's payroll.

    If you want to read a good, historical record about Iran, pick up a copy of Amir Taheri's The Persian Night.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am John Galt: Today's Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Donald Luskin, Andrew Greta
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    John Galt, the fictional character from Ayn Rand's best-selling novel Atlas Shrugged has come to embody the individualist capitalist who acts in his own enlightened self interest, and in doing so lifts the world around him. Some of today's most successful CEOs, journalists, sports figures, actors, and thinkers have led their lives according to Galt's (i.e., Rand's) philosophy. Now, in I Am John Galt, these inspiring stories are gathered with the keen insight and analysis of well-known market commentator Donald Luskin and business writer Andrew Greta.

    Jason says: "Should be required reading"
    "Excellent, very important read."
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    Anyone who is interested in capitalism should read this great book. The voices are better than I could have imagined. Especially for Barney Frank.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World's Largest Private Company

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles G. Koch
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    This groundbreaking audiobook includes the same material used by leaders and employees of Koch companies to apply Marker-Based Management (MBM) to get results. Koch outlines this unique management methodology, developed and implemented by Koch Industries, which has experienced 2,000-fold growth since 1967. MBM is a scientific approach to management that integrates theory and practice while providing a framework for dealing with the ongoing challenges of growth and change.

    Parham says: "Fantastic read"
    "Fantastic read"
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    This is Charles Koch's book. What more do you need to know? If you're in the world of business management and you don't immediately have a need to read the book based on the author, you may be in the wrong industry.

    Fantastic book, short and to the point. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in dynamic management skills.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs 

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ray Takeyh
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    For over a quarter century, Iran has been one of America's chief nemeses. Ever since Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah in 1979, the relationship between the two nations has been antagonistic: revolutionary guards chanting against the Great Satan, Bush fulminating against the Axis of Evil, Iranian support for Hezbollah, and President Ahmadinejad blaming the U.S. for the world's ills.

    Arn M. says: "Verbose, topical, and without substance"
    "Much of the data was good, but I'd skip it."
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    I have read just about every book there is to read on this subject, and am an Iranian myself. I appreciate this book and the direction from which it is written, however I would have preferred it without the political slant.

    It's very clear that the author has a dislike for Bush 43, and that gets in the way of the content of the book. It's unfortunate that such an in depth book is hindered by political views.

    The authors anti-Bush rhetoric isn't the only negative. The author also goes on to blame Iran's problems on everyone but Iran. He's sympathetic to the jurisprudence in Iran, and makes the case that the rest of the world hasn't tried to negotiate or engage them, which is false.

    A much better, less politically skewed work, is Amir Taheri's The Persian Night, also available here on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (423)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
    "Really long, but good book."
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    Overall a pretty good book, but could have been probably half the length. I liked it, but I think it rambled on a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (381)

    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "The book is fantastic, but this performance is bad"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    Not this version. There were so many times when you could hear whispering in the background and voice of the narrator cutting off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself, it's a classic.


    What didn’t you like about Edward Herrmann’s performance?

    See my above comments.


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

    Wish others would read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez and an unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders traveled to Tehran....

    Debra Garfinkle says: "Better Than the Movie"
    "Fantastic, must read!"
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    Really enjoyed this, if you like the movie, you should listen to this book to get the real story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (494)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "The definitive guide to terrorism in modern times."
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    If you are interested in Middle Eastern history as it pertains to terrorism, then this is your main read. This is the book by which all others in this genre should be compared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (597)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "Excellent, short, and to the point."
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    I loved the narrator of this audio book. I highly recommend it, especially for anyone who is interested in the psychology of man.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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