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Ronald

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  • Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Its Soul for Saudi Crude

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Robert Baer
    • Narrated By Robert O'Keefe
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Robert Baer reveals how our government's relationship with Saudi Arabia and America's dependence on Saudi oil make us vulnerable to economic disaster and put us at risk for further acts of terrorism. Our addiction to cheap oil and Saudi petrodollars caused us to turn a blind eye to the Al Sa'ud's culture of bribery, and its financial support of fundamentalist Islamic groups that have been directly linked to international acts of terror, including those against the United States.

    Kevin Christy says: "Ouch. The truth hurts."
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (2409)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (465)

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

    Ronald says: "Barack Obama is an inspirng speaker"
    "Barack Obama is an inspirng speaker"
    Overall

    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.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (295)

    John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

    Mark says: "Good Book - Not Typical Grisham"
    "I cannot agree to the low ratings"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 1984

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (80)

    The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's prophetic nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia", a startlingly original and powerful novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words.

    Erik says: "Good narrator, great book"
    "Interesting sinceit was written about 1984 in 1949"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by National Public Radio's Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Garrels
    • Narrated By Anne Garrels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    One of only sixteen unembedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, NPR's Anne Garrels was at the very center of the storm. She brings us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

    Native Texan says: "My favorite book of the year!"
    "From someone who was also there"
    Overall

    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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    Overall
    (1678)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (230)

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Drayton says: "Less than I expected"
    "Typical memoir"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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