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  • Gibraltar Earth: Gibraltar Earth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is the 24th Century and humanity is just gaining a toehold out among the stars. Stellar Survey Starship Magellan is exploring the New Eden system when they encounter two alien spacecraft. When the encounter is over, the score is one human scout ship and one alien aggressor destroyed. In exploring the wreck of the second alien ship, spacers discover a survivor with a fantastic story.

    Richard says: "I couldn't have asked for more!"
    "Great start - looking forward to the other two"
    What made the experience of listening to Gibraltar Earth the most enjoyable?

    Opening was counter intuitive - without spoilers - McCollum crafts a mix of strong characters, human and LGM - and leads us through quite a maze.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gibraltar Earth?

    When Mr. McCollum demonstrates his trivial fallibility: he put an olive in a Manhattan! Heresy! A Manhattan is Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters, and a twist of Orange peal and Cherry are optional garnishes. Olive, indeed!!!

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    First contact.

    Any additional comments?

    He has strong females - but his manipulative airheads could be toned down or, lost entirely.

    Leo & Steve introduced me to this author - anybody knowing these geeks knows that they rarely lead us astray - Security Now! Listeners get great tips.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "Look around: Orwell only missed it by 20 yrs"
    What did you love best about 1984?

    This bit of magnificant story telling has done so much more than withstand the test of time : time has caught up to where George Orwell was, all those years ago.

    What did you like best about this story?

    There is nothing like the Orwell's Everyman, Einston Smith, making his way through the society of Oceania.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Winston Smith's encounter with Room 101.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The effectiveness of the Thought Police and Winston's arc.

    Any additional comments?

    We're living in this world. The least that we can do is read the words of a prescient author and try to grasp all of the implications.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First into Nagasaki

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By George Weller
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On September 6, 1945, less than a month after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, George Weller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, became the first free Westerner to enter the devastated city. Going into the hospitals and consulting the doctors of the bomb's victims, Weller was the first to document its unprecedented long-range medical effects. He also became the first to enter the nearby Allied POW camps, which rivaled those of the Nazis for cruelty and bested them for death count.

    Harold says: "First Into Nagasaki"
    "60 years late-but still timely"

    This book is derived from the lost carbon copies of dispatches that General MacArthur's censors destroyed. Pulitzer Prize winning newsman George Weller spend his life frustrated at the loss of his incredible, first person, observations of Nagasaki within five weeks of the detonation.
    His son located the lost carbons after his father's death in 2003. His compilation and commentary document the origins of our government's massive censorship of the press in peacetime.
    Newsman Weller was reporting from post-surrender Japan. The official basis for WWII military censorship was to protect our troops, their positions, their defenses and plans of attack. Once the war was over and the occupation of Japan began, the rationale for censorship ceased - but the censors never stopped. The lies of our government are now laid bare.
    This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step back into 1944-45 and live among the troops, Japanese citizens post nuclear attack & surrender, and experience the ghastly treatment of POW's by the Japanese. It is reportage as it should be today. A must buy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater: Captain Underhill Uncoils the Mystery (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Steven Thomas Oney
    • Narrated By Full Cast

    Retired police captain Waverly Underhill and his sidekick, Doctor Scofield, uncoil the mystery in two chilling adventures. Heard on public radio, each is a contemporary tale in the classic tradition of The Shadow, with a full cast, original music, and sound effects.

    George says: "Cape Cod RMT! At last"
    "Cape Cod RMT! At last"

    I've owned the Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater *tapes* for more than a decade. These stories are well thought out, well acted and a delight! Author Oney has a treasure-trove of these mystery performances and I'm glad that they are available on Audible. These are just the thing for a short commute or a nice mystery at bedtime.
    Great stories, well dramatized and a lot of fun.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What's the Matter with Kansas? A Lecture

    • ABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Thomas Frank
    • Narrated By Thomas Frank

    In this lecture, Thomas Frank distills the central argument from his New York Times best seller, What's the Matter With Kansas?, which unravels the great political mystery of our day: why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? In this special recorded lecture, Thomas Frank answers the riddle by examining his home state, Kansas, a place once famous for its radicalism.

    flotcha says: "Great Explanation, Not a Lot of Solutions"
    "An insider's insights"

    Thomas Frank explores the modern conundrum: why do people vote against their own self-interest? Mr. Frank was raised in Mission Hills, Kansas the tony suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. The insights he brings to this work are the product of a lifetime's experience. Beginning with the Populist movement of the 1890's and exploring the mechanism behind the shift in the popular perception of policy. Mr. Frank interviewed Kay O'Connor, the state rep. from Olathe who made the national press by declaring that women's suffrage was a factor in the moral decay of the nation. Mr. Frank makes the state legislator's paradoxical position on women and the universal franchise understandable. He explores how the electorate embraces a female legislator opposed to women voting and why they return O'Connor to the house when she opposes public education, evolution, unions, a progressive income tax and abortion. A fascinating bit of reportage and well worth the time. Mr. Frank should record his whole book!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • What I Believe: 3 Complete Essays on Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman

    Remarkably relevant, beautifully written, and filled with wit and wisdom, these 3 essays by Bertrand Russell allow the listener to test the concepts of The Good Life, Morality, The Existence of God, Christianity, and Human Nature. "What I Believe" was used prominently in the 1940 New York court proceedings in which Russell was judicially declared "unfit" to teach philosophy at City College of New York. "Why I Am Not a Christian" concludes that churches throughout history have retarded progress and states that we should instead "look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in." Finally, "A Free Man's Worship," perhaps the most famous single essay written by Russell, considers whether humans operate from free will.

    Charles says: "Excellent Logic"
    "Clarity, clarity, clarity"

    This recording covers works that are 90-50 years old. Amazing and dead on point for our modern "faith based" everything.

    Highly reccomended

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • 9-11 Commission Hearings: Richard A. Clarke (3.24.04)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By 9-11 Commission

    Former National Coordinator for Counterterrorism Richard A. Clarke's testimony before the 9-11 Commission, presented March 24, 2004.

    Amazon Customer says: "riveting"
    "Simple, direct and matter-of-fact"

    I am a trial attorney. Mr. Clarke's testimony is what I want in every witness at a deposition. It is clear, cogent and he clearly listens to the questions and then he answers the questions.

    This is the public testimony of a major-player in the counter terrorism hierarchy who is engaged in a candid exchange of facts with his inquisitors. This is stunning in the subject matter and a perfect example of a strong witness for any litigator or their client.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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