You no longer follow Sean C. James

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Sean C. James

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Sean C. James

Bonita Springs, FL, US | Member Since 2009

2
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 2 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 101 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Steve Coll
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan. With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998.

    Ben in Baltimore says: "Interesting, in-depth book"
    "With 2 Afghans, is the potential for 3 factions"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Ghost Wars?

    It explained with great clarity the complexities of, not only our relations with Afghanistan but also with Pakistan. The only common element seems to be widespread misunderstanding and mistrust.
    I also learned that we had clearly identified the threat from Osama Bin Laden back during the mid 1990s but permission to neutralize him was denied by then President Clinton due to his personal political difficulties at that particular time.
    The research for this book was extensive and I was astonished that so much of the material is now declassified.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No single character because so many of the characters are facinating.


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tone , his delivery and the facility to smoothly move through so many difficult names and accents added an additional flavor of authenticity to the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    No foreign power has succeeded in this region since Alexander the Great. Even the people in charge today in Pakistan and Afghanistan, are not really in charge. So,...... we must ask ourselves why are we Americans wasting lives and treasury in this ungovernable wasteland?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3550)
    Performance
    (2584)
    Story
    (2593)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "It didn't have to happen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    This is clear understandable description of the events that led to the rise of Hitler and eventually WW2. It is gripping.
    If the allies had some courage they could have stopped Hitler's forward march when he invaded Czechoslovakia and left his western front virtually unprotected. If his generals had any courage they could have overthrown him in 1937/38 when there was strong opposition among many of them to the ambitions of Hitler involving Germany in another war. They were just as "gutless" as the English and French leadership. They allowed evil to not only exist but to grow in strength. Only the Russians seem have had a true fix on Hitler's ambitions and negotiated not only some time for themselves to build up their strength, but also to have Germany supply them with critical arms, technology and materials that they later used in defeating Germany.
    In retrospect, the most lasting impression with which I was left, was that Hitler used the tactics of a schoolyard bully to intimidate just about every possible opponent............and it worked!


    What other book might you compare The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich to and why?

    It is Unique


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    The ease in which he switched accents and made it all so understandable


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would I have like to ........YES. However, 53 hours would be stretching it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have wanted to read this book for 40 years but always put it on the long finger because of the time commitment. Having it on my ipod allowed me to listen to it in my car, on the beach, working in the yard, at the gym etc.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.