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Douglas

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  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (258)

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "Powerful"
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    Very powerful biographical story of a Vietnam War Marine officer. Should be required reading for all Americans, especially those who make war decisions. Like Sebastian Junger's book "War," this is an unabashed look from the inside of the experience of being in a front line unit.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Michael Bybee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    From New York Times best-selling author and award-winning reporter Ronald Kessler, The First Family Detail tells eye-opening, behind-the-scenes stories from Secret Service agents about presidents and their families.

    Eva Rose says: "This was very, very interesting!"
    "Boring"
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    Mostly a collection of whines and moans about budgetary constraints for the secret service. The easiest presidents to work for are Reagan and Bush, while the most difficult are Clinton and Obama. So, it would seem one of the conclusions meant for the reader to walk away with is that elected Democrats are anti-military/secret service; while elected Republicans are typically just the opposite.

    The topic of this book is a fascinating one, and one that deserves an objective take. "First Family Detail" is boring, when it's not, mean spirited.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (500)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS says: "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
    "Preachy"
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    Author's last book was full of interesting stories and insights into the life of an Eighties heartthrob. "Love Life" is filled with cliched stories and comes across as preachy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (315)

    Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

    Michael says: "Capitalism and Democracy Collide"
    "Relentless"
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    Omigod.... this book has pounded me into submission! I get the point!!!! Over and over and over again. The same story repeats with different characters. However much I agree with Matt Taibbi's claims, I don't have to hear them made ten times. "Flash Boys" addresses the same points much more deeply and subtly.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Triple Package: Why Groups Rise and Fall in America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amy Chua, Jed Rubenfeld
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all. Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success.

    CBlox says: "Triple Thumbs Up!!"
    "Speculative ending"
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    Mostly, I found this book worthwhile reading, and I'm glad I read (listened to) it.

    Well researched points made throughout, until the end, whereat the authors speculated and came to conclusions with no research foundation. So, in a jarring way, the last chapter didn't mesh well with the rest of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (263)

    It is the 20th century's unrivaled epic: At a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his best-selling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all - the titanic battle in Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the war's final campaign, and Atkinson's astonishingly fresh account of that enormous gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows.

    David I. Williams says: "Well Written Overview"
    "Best WWII-Europe History"
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    I'm so sad to see this trilogy conclude. Such a great journey of history of American involvement in the European theatre of WWII.

    This is clearly Atkinson's life's work of love and passion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cronkite

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Brinkley
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    For decades, Walter Cronkite was known as "the most trusted man in America". Yet this very public figure was a remarkably private man. Drawing on unprecedented access to Cronkite's private papers as well as interviews with his family and friends, Douglas Brinkley now brings this American icon into focus as never before. Brinkley traces Cronkite's story from his roots in Missouri and Texas through the Great Depression, to World War II, when he gained notice reporting with Allied troops, and on, following his illustrious career.

    Brian says: "One of the Giants"
    "Superficial"
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    Fluff piece. No new information. Very superficial.

    The narrator sounds like he's reading this book to a 3rd grade class.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2384)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (636)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Subtle, funny, great story teller."
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    Like early Nelson DeMille: witty and hard to put down.

    GREAT narration. Stephen Hoye is perfect for this material.

    Carl Hiaasen is a great find. I look forward to reading more of this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1521)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Takes Forever to start. Whispersync gets an "F""
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    This story takes forever to start, and the meat of it is information I've heard before much better presented.

    This was my first time testing Whispersync. It turned out to be impossible. Audible/Amazon needs to take lessons from Apple on userfriendliness. I'm computer wise, and I couldn't figure out how to use this feature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    • Narrated By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance, but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; and generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places.

    Rui says: "Excellent book, excellent narration"
    "Incomplete"
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    Nicely laid out list of US errors in Afghanistan, but short on conclusions. Was the debacle primarily tactical errors on our part? Was it fundamentally a strategic error that's part of nation building?

    The author offers no answers to these questions.

    However, he does lay out a great history of the conflict, and very interesting details of how various agencies of government bungle, fail to communicate, fail to understand their mission.

    For that, the book is worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (474)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "Awesome History"
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    This is without doubt the best Civil War History I've read in a long time.

    Such a wonderful tapestry of different stories, filled with suspense because we know what's coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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