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Carroll

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1425)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1215)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Superb work"
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    A very worthwhile 'listen'. Well researched & presented in a smotth, flowing sweep of trade & modernization.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Valley Forge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Callista Gingrich
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (73)

    In To Try Men's Souls, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen cast a new light on the year 1776 .Valley Forge picks up the narrative a year after Washington’s triumphant surprise attack on Trenton, and much has changed since then. It’s the winter of 1777, and Washington’s battered, demoralized army retreats from Philadelphia.

    Stephen says: "The Forging of America"
    "Well done!"
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    I spent several years as a Revolutionary War reenactor because I could not fathom what that war was like..... listening to this, I could so totally FEEL what it was like to react & perform the drill that transformed the Continentals I continue to feel the pride of a soldier for other soldiers.... even better than their first Rev War novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: Further Updated and Expanded

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    With the "flattening" of the globe, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner? Now in a third edition with a new preface, Friedman's account of the flattening of the earth is a modern classic.

    Paul W. Johnson says: "worth the listen"
    "Unfortunately a skewed political piece..."
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    Surprised to hear a story, so skewed to attacking anyone with wealth, even those that struggled to earn it..... must be a piece to support a cause....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3129)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (924)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "An interesting view of government..."
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    I lived this story & found it quite informative to the great masses of those who are not informed or researching beyond the 6 PM news....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Roberts
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    The best-selling author of The End of Oil turns his attention to food and finds that the system we've entrusted with meeting one of our most basic needs is dramatically failing us. With his trademark comprehensive global approach, Paul Roberts investigates the startling truth about the modern food system.

    John M says: "kinda boring"
    "Interesting factoids..."
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    a bit opinionated, but well presented changes we rarely hear about.... the one's I followed up were indeed accurate... recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12032)
    Performance
    (7983)
    Story
    (8018)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Listen & gain humility..."
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    30 years a soldier, but this man's story makes me lower my head & say "Could I have done this?" I wonder how so many did in WWII....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (411)

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "A wonderful explained story across the centuries!"
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    Well done.... linking the great stories into a historical tale of our history & food.... a multitude of times I said "Heck, is that why?".... enjoyed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Bizarre illnesses and plagues that kill people in the most unspeakable ways. Obsessive and inspired efforts by scientists to solve mysteries and save lives. From The Hot Zone to The Demon in the Freezer and beyond, Richard Preston's best selling works have mesmerized readers everywhere by showing them strange worlds of nature they never dreamed of.

    Doug says: "WAIT! Maybe this isn't what you think...."
    "Terribley interesting stories!!"
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    A great set of well researched stories from a thorough journalist... I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demographic Cliff: How to Survive and Prosper During the Great Deflation of 2014-2019

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Harry S. Dent, Jr.
    • Narrated By Harry S. Dent, Jr.
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Throughout his long career as an economic forecaster, Harry Dent has relied on a not-so-secret weapon: demographics. Studying the predictable things people do as they age is the ultimate tool for understanding trends. Dent shows that if you take the time to understand demographic data, using it to your advantage isn’t all that difficult. By following his suggestions, listeners will be able to find the upside to the downturn and learn how to survive and prosper during the most challenging years ahead.

    G. House Sr. says: "Outstanding Information -- a must read"
    "Well thought through!"
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    Interesting to read / hear a well thought thru summary from a interesting statistician... I have 2 graduate degrees in economics & this is a great book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone for Soldiers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By George Hearn
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In vivid, brilliant fiction that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers, Jeff Shaara brings to life the familiar characters, stunning triumphs, and soul-crushing defeats of the fascinating, long-forgotten Mexican-American War.

    Michael says: "Great book about a little know time in history"
    "Weel written narative history!"
    Overall
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    As always, richly done based on thorough research…. believable & written to make this little covered period of history read like a movie script. I enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louisiana Purchase: The Great Thoughts Series

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Deaver Brown
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition by the United States of America of 828,000 square miles (2,140,000 sq km) of the French territory Louisiane in 1803. The land purchased contained all of present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, parts of Minnesota, most of North Dakota, nearly all of South Dakota, northeastern New Mexico, northern Texas, the portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental Divide, and Louisiana west of the Mississippi River.

    Carroll says: "A great summary of Jefferson's purchase"
    "A great summary of Jefferson's purchase"
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    A neat summary of the politics that led to & surrounded the largest acquisition of land for America. Liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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