Midland, Michigan, United States | Member Since 2009
Politics, Business, Horror, Geography, Travel, Ecology, Science, Mystery, Economics; this story has it all. Incredibly well narrated. Very apropos to current events - ecological troubles, businesses too big to fail, politics controlling events rather than logic and economics, the cost/benefit of "Big Science", labor problems of all types, and entire nations' economies dependent upon this project and it's jobs.
Surely, during the time period over which the canal was created, the project was on a scale of and maybe larger than America's effort to "land a man on the moon and bring him safely back to earth..."
The connections that I learned during this story that I had never known about. The Soo Locks (I'm in Michigan), health discoveries, the French architect, Eiffel, and the connection with the Suez canal. To think that these 150 year old structures and designs are still working splendidly and how dependent the world economy is on them. Totally amazing.
This book is an inspiration to trust and believe that our Armed Forces are not only trained to keep us safe but also that their incentives come right from their hearts and not from the politicians or even the various ideologies of this world. I'll listen again when ever I think that there are missions around the world that our leaders think cannot be controlled by military force.
It struck me from the beginning that the author had absolutely none of the animosity that the US press and his fellow military folks accused him of. Listening to the entire story - especially the last five minutes - proves to me once again that most journalists shoot their mouths off without doing their homework. No secrets are revealed, this guy is not out to make a buck for himself, and the various operations which are described are great adventures. Not to mention that the taxpayers of the USA are about the only ones kept in the dark about these operations. Congress and usually the enemy are all generally fully aware.
Mr. Graham does a great job with the material but the story didn't lend itself to choosing any one particular character.
I didn't want to but that didn't help me shut down, except for a meal, and then come back for the climax and ending.
Awesome weapons experience. Although we know these arsenals are available to our guys, its nice to hear the funds being spent in a manner that protects our men and allows them total advantage day or night - over the enemy. $80,000 Night vision units - Awesome!
No doubt about it !
No doubt about it!
The one between "This is Audible" and "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program."
I am not able to critique a piece of art (any media) but I know when something is good enough to keep me paying attention for 14 hours with only a few interruptions. That isn't an easy task, but Lee Child, Dick Hill and the fictional Jack Reacher have no problem - No Doubt About It!
Perhaps enjoyable is not the word so much as shocking but the material was well researched and therefore was hard to pause for any length of time. Even as a bit of a geek, there was much information that surprised me. The extent of internet information collection and usage as described in this story scares me more than a nuclear warhead in Iran! It even makes me worry more about the next generation and how little it would take for the wrong people to get their hands on the power of this information for bad purposes. The suggestions for solutions seem lame and difficult to assure.
In my opinion, there are very few performers who can read these non-fiction titles super effectively. The average reader tends to sound less than excited or perhaps the rehearsal time is shortened which leads to gentle ennui.
Even without paranoia, this book can make the world scary.
I enjoyed learning all that was in this book as well as the potential solutions. It is another book that I feel should be mandatory reading at some level in the educational system.
I'm sorry folks, but never has there been a potential national candidate willing to tell us virtually everything about her life and loves. Add her Television show (yea, I know it was created as entertainment by the producer of "Survivor") and you can't help but realize that her extended friends and family over generations have created a real gem in pretty Sarah.
Although she has said she didn't intend to let anyone know if she was running in 2012 until the end of September 2011, our "terribly rude" press continue to act as though she has missed her time. I feel she is saving us millions of dollars while stringing along the press who haven't got anything nice to say about a person who truly wants to make a real change. After she announces her candidacy (I'm assuming) she will hear nothing flattering about anything connected to her. I call this the Kate Smith syndrome - as in the shampoo ad where she said "Don't hate me because I'm Beautiful!"
In this book I also, like others writing reviews, thought that she was a bit heavy on religion during the second half of the book. This will certainly also be used against her - BUT - she continues to refer to the founding Fathers and the Documents which all refer to our God, our Guide, our Protector. These thoughts simply tell me that she agrees with Jefferson and Monroe and FDR, we need someone who can head us back in that direction. In fact, after reading the book, I still do not know what Religion she ascribes to. Simply Christian values. I would love to work with her campaign.
It never ceases to amaze me how an Audible "reading" of a story makes it come so alive. The Irish accent of this narrator is one of my favorites - I suppose it could bore others. But, honestly, after reading the brief and listening to the clip, I can't wait to hear where this story is going. This will be my next purchase.
Anyone who has wondered how criminalists, CSIs, cops or any first responders can do that job - an obviously fascinating concern to television viewers - will find this book nearly impossible to pause. I will definitely read other Mary Roach books to see if her humor related to such abnormalcies carries on. Ms. Frasier's read actually makes me feel much better about our impending demise. We won't go to waste!
It becomes a very exciting book when read by the author herself. Mrs. Palen can read to me any time she wants! One has to wonder what this country could be with a hockey Mom in charge. Lawyers have done terrible, businessmen not much better, actors have done okay, perhaps it's time for someone honest and down to earth. But I'm certainly biased toward strong beautiful women. And the press is really biased against them.
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