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krisjs1767

krisjs1767

Mercer Island, WA USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America lost its way and at the nation's struggle, day by day, to reclaim the moral authority upon which its survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, from the fault-line countries of South Asia to the sands of Guantanamo, Suskind offers an astonishing story that connects world leaders to the forces waging today's shadow wars and to the next generation of global citizens

    Kyle says: "Essential Reading, Five Stars"
    "More Truth Than Hope"
    Overall

    Mr. Suskind really nails the reason(s) why Americans are so hated in the world. A perfect example is how the Denver, CO American "mom" of the Afghan exchange student hates Bush for trying to democratize the world at the point of a gun yet seems intent on turning her Muslim exchange student into a typical, feminized American male. What a train wreck! No wonder we have problems with other cultures!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Stockman
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (87)

    David Stockman was the architect of the Reagan Revolution that was meant to restore sound money principles to the U.S. government. It failed, derailed by politics, special interests, welfare, and warfare. Stockman describes how the working of free markets and democracy has long been under threat in America and provides a surprising, nonpartisan catalog of the corrupters and defenders. His analysis shows how both liberal and neoconservative interference in markets has proved damaging and often dangerous.

    Michael says: "Loads of Information but problematic writing"
    "Essential truths revealed"
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    This book is right up there with "Human Action," "Where the Right Went Wrong" and "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" in terms of taking complex subjects and explaining them in ways that reveal their essential truths.

    I majored in economics but the macro side was never explained or taught to me in a way that made as much sense as does this book. Mr. Stockman has rendered a great service to both the contemporary audience and future generations in producing this singular work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Waters
    • Narrated By John Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I’m Not Psycho", he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

    randy says: "another great piece of filth from john waters!"
    "Not as advertised"
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    I think there is some false advertising associated with this book. Based on his appearance on the Bill Maher show, I was expecting a straight (no pun intended) non-fiction travelogue from Mr. Waters.

    Instead, I am more than one-third through the book and so far it's just Mr. Waters imagining "what if" fantasy scenarios about what could possibly go wrong (or right) on his journey. I don't know if I'm even going to finish the book as the fantasy material just seems like word count filler to meet a book contract. (I didn't get it at first but Mr. Waters does give a sort of heads up when early on he mentions that Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley" was in whole or in part a fabrication.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda Knox and the Perugia Murder: Italian Crimes

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Jacopo Pezzan, Giacomo Brunoro
    • Narrated By Yacine May, Max Dupre', Rita Zanchetta
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    On December 5, 2009, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher. In December of the following year, the appeal trial began. Despite the initial verdict, the Italian and international public opinion is widely divided: many are those who think that Amanda and Raffaele are the victims of a miscarriage of justice. Images of the couple have been seen around the world, on the web and on TV screens, creating a true media sensation.But what really took place?

    krisjs1767 says: "You gotta be kidding?!?!"
    "You gotta be kidding?!?!"
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    This is like somebody sitting in their basement in Brooklyn reading tabloid headlines out loud, interspersed with audio clips grabbed from Italian TV. Don't waste your credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3302)
    Performance
    (2356)
    Story
    (2364)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "History at its best"
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    Can't say enough about the content and production of this audio work. Subject matter is beyond compelling. Narration is superlative. It's really one of the best I've ever downloaded from audible.com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (915)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Packing for bed"
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    The narration is called a "performance" but it's more like a robotic monotone. I found myself dozing off while driving. Otherwise, the story is fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arsenals of Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    In a narrative that moves like a thriller, Rhodes sheds light on the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s, as well as the arms-reduction campaign that followed, and Reagan's famous 1986 summit meeting with Gorbachev. Rhodes' detailed exploration of events of this time constitutes a prehistory of the neoconservatives. The story is new, compelling, and continually surprising - a revelatory re-creation of a hugely important era of our recent history.

    Thomas says: "overall outstanding"
    "Story telling at its best"
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    Richard Rhodes, once again, takes a complex story and brings it alive in both character and detail. I can't say enough about the compelling nature of Mr. Rhodes's writing (on whatever subject). Any of his books are highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (373)

    Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall

    I've liked all of Professor Ehrman's books but this is the best yet. There are very few audio offerings that I would want to repeat. This is one of them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pygmy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    "Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport....Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism

    Maude Lebowski says: "A Kinder, Gentler Chuck"
    "Amusing satire"
    Overall

    This is an amusing and clever satirical view of America in the tradition of Jonathan Swift and Terry Southern. I didn't have any trouble with the Clockwork Orange-type argot of the main character ("Operative me").

    However, the conceit of this character (i.e., broken English, primitive, animalistic P.O.V. but also with complex thoughts and using highly technical references) is a bit odd and not completely satisfactory from a story logic perspective. It's sort like asking somebody to dictate their memoirs using a foreign language that they don't speak very well, which upon reflection is maybe just what he was doing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Christopher Buckley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave readers solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.

    Judy says: "Buckley Gets It Right"
    "Nicely Done!"
    Overall

    The New York Times review left me with the impression that this might be a bit snarky, not so much in a "Mommie Dearest" way but perhaps more as an uncomfortable intrusion into famous family private matters. It was anything but that. Christopher Buckley gives us a very thoughtful, heartfelt and self-deprecating account of how he went through the difficult times that we all must face as some point. It's a nice balance of the amusing and sad, including some wonderful family anecdotes. I don't think it takes anything away from the iconic Buckley family luster. Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jimmy Carter
    • Narrated By Jimmy Carter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Following his #1 New York Times best seller Our Endangered Values, the former president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel, with dignity and justice for Palestine.

    D. Cohron says: "A Story Not Told in the US"
    "The Unvarnished & Painful Truth"
    Overall

    I've done a lot of the audible.com material about the Middle East. This is one of the best.

    President Carter distills the problems down to their essential elements in a clear and easy to understand manner. I didn't think he was a very good president but his service in the cause of peace since then has been commendable.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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