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abelisar

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  • Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dore Gold
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Using previously unpublished documents, Gold, the former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, exposes how the deeply ingrained hatred that has provoked the new terrorism has its roots in Saudi Arabia's dominant religious creed, a radical Islamic offshoot known as Wahhabism.

    abelisar says: "Clear and Concise"
    "Clear and Concise"
    Overall

    This book traces the connection between the Wahabi sect of Islam and the current rise of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. It makes a clear destinction between the peaceful mainstream Islam and the more radical and violent Wahabi sect. The history of this sect, their beliefs, and their supporters, mainly the Saudi royal family, are documented in detail. This book clearly provides the best explanation of why 9/11 occurred and highlights the hate filled dogma of this religous sect which compels terrorists to commit murder.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Retreat, Hell!

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    It is the fall of 1950. The Marines have made a pivotal breakthrough at Inchon, but a roller coaster awaits them. The bit in his teeth, Douglas MacArthur surges across the 38th parallel toward the Yalu River, only to encounter the Chinese in full force, who drive him back in turn.

    Tom says: "Retreat Hell"
    "Good Story"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book, it seems well researched and tied in well with the actual events of the time. I did have a problem with two things, it seemed to end abruptly and I wanted it to go on a bit longer and the narrator kept pronouncing 10th corps as "EX" corps. Apparently, he's not familiar with Roman numerals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foucault's Pendulum

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    One Colonel Ardenti, who has unnaturally black, brilliantined hair, a carefully groomed mustache, wears maroon socks, and who once served in the Foreign Legion, starts it all. He tells three Milan book editors that he has discovered a coded message about a Templar Plan, centuries old and involving Stonehenge, a plan to tap a mystic source of power far greater than atomic energy.

    Kenneth says: "too much missing"
    "First Umberto Eco Book"
    Overall

    This is the first audible book I have ever purchased which I had to stop halfway into the story because it was so bad. The story just seemed to drone on and on without any point, and the premise was weakly supported that it was not very believable.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (239)

    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"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    A great read for his fans, but to most people who are neither fans nor foes, a disappointment. No new revelations or taking responsibility for his actions, just excuses for his actions and criticisms of those who opposed him. As for his impeachment, I don't think he understands that regardless of the topic, you don't commit perjury under oath.

    23 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2962)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (197)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "The Da Vinci Code"
    Overall

    Good thriller, however, one must remember this is fiction based on some history and legend, not on fact. Many details on the background of the Templars, for example, were inaccurate or just fictional, so remembering that this is fiction makes the book more enjoyable. There were some parts that were pretty easy to figure out early in the book, like the identity of the main villain, so this kind of took away some of the suspense in the story. The narration was not as bad as I was led to believe based on earlier reviews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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