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Ming

Highland Village, TX, USA

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  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 46 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • A Long Stay in a Distant Land

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Chieh Chieng
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The Lums are cursed. Ever since Grandpa Melvin was inspired to join the U.S. army after watching a Popeye movie and, as family lore has it, unleashed a "relentless rain of steel death" upon the Nazis, Lum after Lum has been doomed to an untimely demise, be it by tainted cheeseburger or speeding ice-cream truck. The most recent victim is Louis Lum's mother, struck down by a medical student asleep at the wheel.

    Terri says: "Hard To Follow"
    "It's just ok"
    Overall

    It is probably one of the books that should be for reading, not listening. The reader is totally boring. I find the story 'too cute' as the author contrives to deliver the plot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Bacevich
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    The Limits of Power identifies a profound triple crisis facing America: the economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only; U.S. involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach.

    Frank says: "Disturbing"
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall

    I found the reader a little too boring but the book itself was the best I read/listened to in 2008. It was so good that I had to run out and bought a hard copy. Not that I agree with everything Mr. Bacevich has to say but I feel that he has more right to his opinions than most people do for the reason that he was in the Vietnam war and his son was an Airborne officer who died last year in Iraq.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan: Emperor of All Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    In the early 13th century, a simple nomad chieftain managed to cobble together a powerful kingdom in the highlands of northern Asia, which was subsequently to challenge the greatest powers of the day. He was triumphant in all directions. This leader was Timujin, whose name meant "Iron Man". He became Genghis Khan, "Universal Ruler", the greatest conqueror ever known - a warrior feared from the British Isles to the tip of the Korean peninsula.

    Curatina says: "Fabulous!"
    "This is the best Khan book"
    Overall

    This is definitely the best book on Genghis Khan even though it is old, it is not outdated and it gives you a complete historical picture of the time. The language is beautiful and the reader's voice reflects the spirit of the book. I am ordering another audio book of Lamb and I want to make sure it is also read by Griffin.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brian Steidle, Gretchen Steidle Wallace
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The Devil Came on Horseback is an intense, vivid autobiographical report from the heart of violent Darfur and a call to action by a former American Marine who became a military observer for the African Union. The first extensive on-the-ground account of the genocide in Sudan, it leads us through the tragic impact of an Arab government bent on destroying its black African citizens and the frustrating complexity of international inaction.

    Cranberry says: "Wow"
    "The Devil came on horseback - A war of resources"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book because it creates/increases your awareness about the conflict in Darfur. The images in the book are haunting. The book leaves you with the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness because it only reports facts and offers no solution.
    Jeff Cummings delivers the story exceptionally well. He first sounds young and naive, then as time goes on, he conveys frustration, sadness, disbelieve and revulsion at all appropriate time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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