Most low ratings claim the book is dry and drawn out with too much detail. That is because it is unabridged. If you want short and concise, chose the abridged version.
I find the book ties in with Grisham's fictions, A time to Kill and the Chamber. I tied this in with the book by Truman Capote, In Cold Blood. It has given me fuel for an internal debate of the death penalty.
So, if you are looking for a book that can make you rethink the death penalty, choose these books. If you want to keep it short and not be drawn out, opt for the abridged version.
I found the book to be very inspiring. It is good to hear the audio book read by the author. I found some of the book a little too party line but it sounds good when Barack talks about the seperation of church and state. However, his religious beliefs are a foundation of what he is.
Even though I am republican I found it very good to hear from a possible future presidential or VP candidate. Depending on stances Barack takes on certain issues; I could vote for this man.
The book was fantastic and the narrator used great intonation to represent the different characters. I have a long drive for work so I have decided to LISTEN to some of the Classics I should have READ in High School.
For anyone who wonders about the depths of the times we are living in, Orwell gives an amazing perspective how the mind works, how people can be controlled and believe things that defy common sense.
I found this book fascinating especially because I listend to "Man's Search for Meaning" by Vikto E. Frankl prior to this one.
I found Baer's facts fascinating. He was obviously a dedicated CIA operative and was able to learn in-depth information on his subject through tenacity and endless curiosity. Although the story was sensored to ensure no security leaks occured, the facts that remained told the story of corruption between Saudi Arabia and the US well.
I would be fascinated to read more work by Baer that delves into the specific areas in more detail on terrorist groups and how they were created, funded, trained and supported by various governments.
I found Anne's reporting very good and extremely accurate. It reflects the views of the Iraqi's I encountered while working at the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). I wish she had pounded CNN a little harder over thier dramatazation of events before they knew any facts but she remainded focused on her story.
I believe a little more historical background could have been given at the beginning to help understand how Sadaam could come to power and how the Iraq situation adds to the unrest in the Middle East.
The Brenda Bulletins were endearing at first but nerve racking in the end. They were presented at too slow a pace and were often repetitive of what Anne had already said. Anne was a brave correspondent in a very dangerous area. I got that without having to be told that every ten minutes.
I can say the views that Anne presents from the Iraqi's is 100% in line with what I experienced. Although I only give this three stars for the presentation. I give it five stars for a must read.
This was a great listen for hearing Bill Clinton's view of his Presidency. He covers things interestingly and is an eliquent speaker. He covers quickly the negative portions and glides past or totally skips others.
I will give this book three stars because it is well written and Bill Clinton is both intellectual and a great story teller. You will have to read a book that is critical of him to achieve a balanced view.
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