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Steven N. Silverman

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  • The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth, From 9/11 to Katrina

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Frank Rich
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    When America was attacked on 9/11, its citizens almost unanimously rallied behind its new, untested president as he went to war. What they didn't know at the time was that the Bush administration's highest priority was not to vanquish Al Qaeda, but to consolidate its own power at any cost. It was a mission that could be accomplished only by a propaganda presidency in which reality was steadily replaced by a scenario of the White House's own invention.

    Steven N. Silverman says: "Listen to the facts, forgive the edge"
    "Listen to the facts, forgive the edge"
    Overall

    Frank Rich has begun a process that will be repeated by many in years to come - reconstructing the process by which the Bush 43 Administration led the country to war in Iraq. The painstaking process that Rich has used to produce his work is undeniable. Unfortunately, his anger drives a tone (perhaps justified) that can distract from the facts themselves. However if one puts aside Rich's edgey tone, it becomes hard to avoid the intensity of emotion that the book elicits by its nature. In the future, Congressional Hearings will do their job, and historians will do theirs. In that context, Rich's book will stand as an effort of distinct importance to those who want to know how things started in the words of those who spoke, with all the citations for easy reference. For now, you simply won't believe your ears.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4923)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2029)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "What a Great Read sounds like"
    Overall

    This story is a great weave of characters and history. You never lose interest and it is hard to stop listening. Much of the reward is due to the narration. If this is not a Grammy winning read then the judges missed a great chance to acknowledge what a great read sounds like. Bravo for outstanding narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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