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axel

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  • America's Secret War: Inside the Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover, the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

    David says: "The Best"
    "Fantastic !"
    Overall

    An absolutely fantastic book for all those who like to know more about the mysteries leading to 9/11 and why it could not have been prevented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5100)
    Performance
    (3381)
    Story
    (3392)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "A "realistic" scenario and shockingly real feel..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book due to the great presentation of its content by the voice talents and the documentary style which makes the entire story feel very real indeed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Max Brooks? Why or why not?

    Yes, I am interested to see his style on other subjects of fiction.


    What about the narrators???s performance did you like?

    Outstanding! Tone, speech style, word choice and even accent for the various characters is spot on an feels real.


    If you could take any character from World War Z out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take all of them out for their team contribution to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would segment the stops of the audio book a little finer such that it is easier to pic up the book. Jumping by chapters is a little too wide a margin for listening in and finding where you left the book prior. The discount to this rating on the story is made because the Zombie subject has been around for a while and there may have been other ideas to create the "living dead". But, hey, I am not an author...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6237)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2109)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Excellent !!!"
    Overall

    Not only the content, but the "british" intonation by the narrator is truly amazing and great fun to listen to. Do not miss this !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Business People Speak Like Idiots: A Bullfighter's Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brian Fugere, Chelsea Hardaway, Jon Warshawsky
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It's Monday. Time to hit the pause button on your personality and get ready for the next meeting because, for the next five days, we'll be speaking the language of business. And, from bloated jargon and monotonous memos to syrupy slogans and deadly dull presentations, the official language of business is bull. The second we get to work, we join the masses who trade the wit and warmth of their voices for a corporate stamp of approval and the comfort of conformity.

    Chuck says: "Good premise; should have been a short story"
    "Why can't I listen to this in Germany"
    Overall

    This might be a great audiobook, if only I could download it, but no such luck if you are from Germany... Hope these kind of restrcitions will not become the norm.

    0 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Bamford
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In The Puzzle Palace, James Bamford revealed the existence of the NSA, the largest, most secretive, and best-financed intelligence organization in the world. In Body of Secrets, he took readers inside the ultra-secret agency, charting its deeds and misdeeds. Now Bamford applies his relentless investigative drive and unparalleled access to intelligence sources to produce a headline-making book about the most pressing issues of the present day.

    G Barth says: "Listen to this audiobook!"
    "Want to know about the timing of events on 9/11"
    Overall

    This book reports about the events leading to and happening on 9/11 in a thrilling fashion with a detailed account of events. A truly fantastic book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patrick Radden Keefe
    • Narrated By Patrick Radden Keefe
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In the late 1990s, when Keefe was a graduate student in England, he heard stories about an eavesdropping network led by the United States that spanned the planet. The system, known as Echelon, allowed America and its allies to intercept the private phone calls and e-mails of civilians and governments around the world.

    axel says: "Essential reading for sceptics of"
    "Essential reading for sceptics of"
    Overall

    Apart from the very pleasant voice of the reader who always finds just the right intonation, this book provides the listener with very enlightening insides in the global attack on our civil liberties. It also document the limits of governmental intrusion in the internet- and communication age, as well as the absurdity of the intent by a conglomerate of the anglo-saxon world to control and manage the worlds intelligence via "remote". The book is full of intersting insides and even elaborates on the impossibility to make true sense of the unsurmountable volumes of intelligence gathered by the global Echelon network. Could the NSA have prevent 9/11, and why could it not? I would recomend this book to anyone who likes to demystify the so-called powerful institutions...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Buy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paco Underhill
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Is there a method to our madness when it comes to shopping? Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a Sherlock Holmes for retailers," author and research company CEO Paco Underhill answers with a definitive "yes" in this witty, eye-opening report on our ever-evolving consumer culture.

    Jon says: "Very valuable information for very little money"
    "Eye-opening even for serious retail pro's"
    Overall

    I have spend the better part of the last 15 years at the helm of companies like DELL, SEGA and Nintendo in very competitive retail/consumer environments. So, sort of, I was on the other side of the supply chain. Still, this book was enourmously interesting and should be a must-read for anyone concerned with high pressure retail-based business for it documents how and why people buy and what makes them buy. It tells you how things should be done at retail and thus helps you to find just the right approach to trigger your partners in retail. It helps you to understand their issues and enabled you to talk much more at eye-level with them for you simply understand them much better. The book also helps you to design and poistion the typical cardbord materials and displays because you will far better understand the issues at retail and what you have to do to stand out. You will then possibly avoid mistakes and consider/apply all the crucial elements of what makes people take your product off the shelve and into their hands. Also, you will be in a better position to challenge your sales teams and increase your ability to make your marketing folks think realistic, from a retail perspective to make you POS $'s work harder for you. It will also help you to be more considerate with package design in the context of presentation. Does your product truly stand out and is it presented in the right way, in the right environment and instore position? Why did our last dispenser not trigger sell-thru? All this will become much clearer to you.

    Another remark would be that the speaker of this book (no wonder) is truly remarkable and enjoyable. There is always just the right tonality and pronounciation to bring across what the author had in his mind. He very much brings across the convictions.

    Fantastic and truly engaging! Give this to your trade marketeers!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 9-11 Commission Hearings: Richard A. Clarke (3.24.04)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By 9-11 Commission
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Former National Coordinator for Counterterrorism Richard A. Clarke's testimony before the 9-11 Commission, presented March 24, 2004.

    Amazon Customer says: "riveting"
    "Incredible insides into an incredible individual!"
    Overall

    Richard A. Clarke provided an exceptional inside into the events prior and during the day of 9/11. He demonstrated incredible dignity already at the very beginning of the hearing with an appology to the families and friends of the victims of 9/11. This I found to be a display of unsurpassed grandeur and probarbly his bravest moment in life. Most impressive was his calm and sober-voiced language which had incredible precision. He demonstrated how smart a man he truly is and how well he must have served his country. I greatly admire his honesty and courage. This is a must to listen to for anyone who want to get a feel for what had truly happened. It is also a good preparation prior to listening to his Audiobook "Against all Ememies" that takes his story even further. I listened to this Audiobook more than once and found it even more impressive then.

    8 of 18 people found this review helpful

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