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Keith

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  • The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Osama bin Laden I Know is the definitive history of the world's most wanted man. Author Peter Bergen is CNN's terrorism analyst and an acclaimed journalist who actually spent time with bin Laden prior to the events of September 11, 2001. The book features interviews with people from each stage of bin Laden's life, from childhood to the present day, and reveals both formative moments and intimate details that reveal his character and personality.

    Robert says: "Disappointed"
    "Excellent Oral History"
    Overall

    As a person who has long tried to understand how this person could be a part of the horrible things he did, this book is very revealing. Through the use of first-hand accounts from people who interacted with bin Laden at different phases of his life, the reader sees how a person very strict muslim views are radicalized to the point where killing innocent people becomes a real option. Mr. Bergen's work is pretty rigorous and he's to be commended for it.

    I purchased the audio version of this book and I thought he did a good job, although I could have done without some of the inflection he used to differentiate between Bergen's words and the first-hand experiences of those interviewed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oil!

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (147)

    As he did so masterfully in The Jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

    Gregory says: "an outstanding book"
    "LOOONG BOOK"
    Overall

    I got this book because I remember enjoying reading 'The Jungle' in High School. This was a good story, and even though it is set in Southern California in the 1920's the story largely transcends time. However, and this is a big however it was too long to listen to it (20+ hours). Go with the abridged version if it is available.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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