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tom

apopka, FL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Obama's Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    Working behind the scenes for 18 months, Bob Woodward has written the most intimate and sweeping portrait of President Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret war in Pakistan, and the worldwide fight against terrorism.

    Roy says: "Woodward Does a Service"
    "Afghanistan War 101"
    Overall

    Woodward gives his usual thorough, almost too much so, narrative of the current Afgan war, and the many problems there after the country was left to languish as Bush turned his sights on Iraq. The only minor complaints are that the long and almost repetitive narratives become background noise after awhile. Plus, the subject matter is quite narrow in scope. I wanted to hear more about the other trials and problems in the White House ongoing at the same time. There are also clear moments in the audio where the narrator was either starting a new day of reading, or had to "punch in" some audio changes after the fact. A bit shoddy for this stature of book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1837)
    Performance
    (1636)
    Story
    (1637)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Good overall facts about "Camelot", O'Reilly??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    O'Reilly's shotgun delivery takes some geting used to. Could have been twice as long and still not done justice to the various characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (381)

    When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

    A. Wright says: "Read series in order"
    "Decent storyline, but short when it counts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rosenfelt has a pretty good story to tell based on cover-ups, lying government agents, and Vietnam special forces! But, if you're going to get this big with the characters, you should spend more time on the impacts to the story. The "unabridged" story reads more like an "abridged" novel as the wide array of characters and bad guys get short stroked in the end. But, an enjoyable read despite its overabundence of turn-of-phrase and satiracle style quips. Grover Gardner is a perfect match for the type of humor Rosenfelt weaves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Corn
    • Narrated By David Corn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    The veteran political journalist and New York Times best-selling author goes behind the scenes at the White House to recount the dramatic tale of a pivotal period in the Obama presidency, from the game-changing 2010 midterm elections to the beginning of the critical 2012 campaign season - a tumultuous time that tested the president as never before and set the stage for a titanic clash over the future of the nation.

    Doris says: "Good behind-the-scenes view"
    "Please, Please get a narrator next time!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm trying very hard to keep listening to this fascinating look inside the Obama admin, but I just can't used to the author's narration. A fabulous reporter and author, but just not someone you want reading an entire book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Philip Plait
    • Narrated By Kevin Scullin
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (348)

    Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

    Steven says: "Answers to the astronomy questions that matter."
    "Interesting subject matter, but too elementary"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've only had 1 Astronomy course in my lifetime, but even a modest knowledge of science and astronomy in general will leave you bored with the basic subject matter. I kept fast forwarding through the chapter to come up with something to actually learn. However, if you have no clue as to why the sky is blue, or think that eggs stand up only on the equinox - this book is for you.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3644)
    Performance
    (2964)
    Story
    (2928)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Grisham and another "Tort" story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Grisham, but I wasn't as fond of his latest creation. The tort law and the rookie lawyer storyline feels worn out. And I also kept waiting and waiting for something to happen in the courtroom during the story's main trial, but was disappointed with too little too late.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James F. Calvert
    • Narrated By Kevin Patrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    In this riveting personal account, an authentic American hero relives the perils and triumphs of eight harrowing patrols aboard one of America's most successful World War II submarines. Courageous deeds and terror-filled moments - as well as the endless hard work of maintaining and operating a combat sub - are vividly recalled in Calvert's candid portrait.

    julie says: "A fascinating view of WW2 Sub Warfare"
    "Excellent Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, yes, the narrator has a lisp, and who knows why he was chosen, but it's not distracting and the details and storytelling are top notch. If you've ever wanted to be aboard a WWII sub from training days to the heart of battle, this is a great book. High recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (319)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Eh, OK."
    Overall

    Some decent Grisham characters, but comes too short on the details the story really needed to be great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert S. McNamara
    • Narrated By Robert S. McNamara, Joseph Campanella
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    As secretary of defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Robert S. McNamara was one of the chief architects of American foreign policy, and particularly of the strategy that propelled the U.S. into the Vietnam War. Though he at first firmly believed that fighting communism in East Asia was worth the loss of American lives, McNamara eventually found himself at odds with other members of the Johnson administration when he came to see the ever-escalating was as unwinnable.

    tom says: "What a mess things were..."
    "What a mess things were..."
    Overall

    Overall, a good book, but only the introduction is read by McNamara. I was hoping to hear the story in the author's own voice. A good feel for just how screwed up things were in early Vietnam.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Your Government Failed You: Breaking the Cycle of National Security Disasters

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Richard A. Clarke
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In Your Government Failed You, Clarke looks at why failures have continued and how America and the world can succeed against the terrorists. But Clarke goes beyond terrorism to examine the recurring U.S. government disasters. Despite the lessons of Vietnam, we've gotten involved in Iraq. Drawing on his 30 years in the White House, Pentagon, State Department, and Intelligence Community, Clarke discovers patterns in the failure and suggests ways to stop the cycle.

    Tim says: "Stellar Criticism"
    "Tough listen"
    Overall

    I loved his book "Against all Enemies" which he read himself, but "Your Government Failed You" has been difficult to listen to. In fact, I'm only about an hour into it, and it's taken several return attempts to get this far. He reads way to slow and in a very somber tone. This gets on your nerves pretty quickly, though the information in the first chapter seems to be good. Hope I can make it through the rest of the book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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