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Robert Macrae

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  • Halliburton's Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Pratap Chatterjee
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Halliburtons Army is the first book to show, in shocking detail, how Halliburton really does business in Iraq and around the world. From its vital role as the logistical backbone of the U.S. occupation in Iraq to its role in covering up gang-rape amongst its personnel in Baghdad, Halliburtons Army is a devastating bestiary of corporate malfeasance and political cronyism.

    Robert Macrae says: "Relentlessly Thorough"
    "Relentlessly Thorough"
    Overall

    The details of Halliburton's activities are so numerous one is inclined to overlook much under the rubric of "over viewed" - the book presents a kind of micro-managed screen through which no human operation could cleanly pass. But details are devilish and those that include such massive profits on the backs of the foreign labor, the overlooked and ignored and covered up rapes, were discouraging in the extreme. I was reminded of Tom Delay in the Marianna Island sweatshops he descibed as "free market in action," when, after a visit in which the real details of financial slavery are overlooked, emerged telling newsreporters "everything is just fine."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unnamable

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Samuel Beckett
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The Unnamable is the third novel in Beckett's trilogy, three remarkable prose works in which men of increasingly debilitating physical circumstances act, ponder, consider and rage against impermanence and the human condition. The Unnamable is without doubt the most uncompromising text and it is read here in startling fashion by Sean Barrett.

    Erez says: "Best narration I have ever heard"
    "Amazing Trilogy"
    Overall

    These books were so full of mad sanity it can be difficult to stay "on the bycycle." Malloy was the easiest for me; he is so hysterically original. But they become more serious as they move along; the characters voices assuming a more bitter maturity. Beckett is a world class poet and I'm out of my depth without larger insights than my own to follow but I loved the adventure and will enjoy listening to them repeatedly for years to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3429)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1162)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "An Original American Voice"
    Overall

    Mr. Frazen's is an exceptionally disciplined voice, authentically local in that it renders with such thorough insight the national character of his cast. Nobody writes like this guy, though I sometimes feel he does not care for his characters very much. I understand it was on Obama's reading list, perhaps because of the insightful way in which the author handles opposing political positions. An accomplished work by a realized voice - pretty rare.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Holiness of God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By R. C. Sproul
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (20)

    What is the holiness of God? Are you intrigued by it, or are you terrified? R.C. Sproul clearly identifies this attribute of God and all the associations one may make with it. This absolutely will inform and radically cause a re-thinking of one's view of God.

    c says: "Sproul is inspired"
    "Spirituality as argument"
    Overall

    This is the work of a biblically learned man with the spiritual maturity of a child - Christian half zeal, half argument. Mr. Sproul has got a little set of "reasons" why faith is the obvious choice in life; why it just makes sense. Perhaps when he has developed a little he will come to understand the active spritual lives of exemplary men and women are fraught with human struggle and misunderstanding and doubt.. These are lives seen from an old ministry who know that the affirmation of faith has no currency in our "thinking* (lean not onto thy understand, RC). It is the recurrent abdication of "right thinking" by submission to a Will they cannot grasp. That's why your prophets were such unruley characters way outside "good thinking." Your book is a call to conform. I'm sure you sold a bundle.

    1 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By George Musser
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    We're living in the midst of a scientific revolution that's captured the general public's attention and imagination. The aim of this new revolution is to develop a "theory of everything," a set of laws of physics that will explain all that can be explained, ranging from the tiniest subatomic particle to the universe as a whole. Here, readers will learn the ideas behind the theories and their effects upon our world, our civilization, and ourselves.

    Luis says: "Made a difficult subject understandable"
    "A weak effort"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A work more interested in hyperbole than science, whose essentially vacuous content is foreshadowed in the early salutation; "stringingly yours."

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Underworld: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award winner and best-selling author Don DeLillo crafts a magnificent tale laying bare 20th-century American culture as defined by the Cold War. Spanning 50 years, this is a story about human relationships and how they affect one another on global and local scales. Richard Poe's brilliant performance captures the essence of each character through five decades of change.

    Julie says: "this book is a gothic cathedral of literature....."
    "American Great"
    Overall

    This is an extrordinary American work. The language and imagery are electric, the characters vivid and real and the scope and range are awesome. It is difficult to imagine anyone covering as much sheer local ground, from baseball, fatherhood, marriage, art, coruption and salvation as this cast accomplishes; the interconnectedness of seemingly random motive and event and the breathtaking talent of voice. It is reread irresistable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Quantum Presents Meet the Real Creator - You!

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Fred Alan Wolf
    • Narrated By Fred Alan Wolf
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    The more you learn about quantum physics, the more you wonder: who is really creating your reality? Fear not, Dr. Quantum, superhero of spiritual science, is here to help you meet the real creator: You! Join this champion of modern thought (sometimes known by his alter ego, Dr. Fred Alan Wolf) on a quest for truth through the strange reality of quantum physics.

    John says: "Not what I expected"
    "Clown Fear"
    Overall

    This is a clowns guide to unspiritual thinking, an educated character with way to many answers. He is the apostate Pat Robertson, humility wrapped around arrogance; Who could buy this but the sophmorically needy.

    3 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Pleasure Seekers

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rochelle Alers
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    From national best-selling author Rochelle Alers comes a sizzling, sensuous story of three diverse 30-something women whose lives are forever changed when they are invited to join the exclusive world of the Pleasure Seekers.

    Scottie in TX says: "Interesting Story"
    "please!!"
    Overall

    Terrible, flat characters, fallen story

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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