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stephen

burlington, VT, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • American Desperado: My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times best-selling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic.

    aaron says: "BEST First Person (realistic) Criminal Account"
    "sometimes fact is a better listen than fiction"
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    Would you listen to American Desperado again? Why?

    This is one of the few books i've listened to that i'd give another go round. John roberts is a fascinating character. Sociopath, maybe. Evil, probably, however that is certainly hard to feel after getting to know the man, and get to know him you do in this open and insightful biography. Not many bios tell as much as John does, and he does so in such a mater of fact way, regardless of how frightful the scene may be.


    What other book might you compare American Desperado to and why?

    The Godfather, however John R is some piece of work. I knew people like him then, for those who survived, they are "the old days" when you could get away with almost anything if you had ½ a brain. He is no Don corleone, Sonny, maybe…
    but he ran a show, and people respected him, even if he had a thing for "those" kind of women...


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the accent, most of the time, you think its John reading it himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hate john, I've read several reviews of the book urging people not to buy it, not to support a criminal, but there's so much more here…John is a flawed human, with a conscience…a survivor, and survive he did! made millions on illegal things, yet was recognised by people close to presidents and other sorta respectable folks. Was respected by Myer Lansky. and in the end, well, after you listen to the book, and catch your breath, google him…there's more to the end of the story than in the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amanda Knox
    • Narrated By Amanda Knox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (262)

    Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit. In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

    Brock says: "A Fascinating Story- Buy it now!"
    "worth the listen/read"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I have always felt Amanda was not guilty of anything to do with this horrible murder, and this book solidifies my feelings. the Italian government, such as it is, was pissed, as well they should be, at a US fighter plane clipping a ski lift cable and killing 18 people. the USG refused to allow the pilot to stand trial in Italy for manslaughter, and so Amanda was pay-back. What the italian government did to an 18 year old kid is revolting, and I will never buy another bottle of wop wina again! This is a straight forward statement of a young woman wrongly accused of a horrible crime, and a horrible judicial system allowing her to become a 'circus animal". i wish nothing but good fortune to Ms Know, she has earned it.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    it tells the whole story, and fillls in the blanks left by the press, especially the slanderous bwittish press.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    she seems honest and sincere


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    nothing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ancestral Vices

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tom Sharpe
    • Narrated By Griff Rhys Jones
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When Lord Petrefact hires Walden Yapp, Professor of Demotic Historiography at Kloone University, to write a scurrilious family history Yapp finds plenty of material in Buscott village, where Frederick Peterefact is running the Mill and adding new vices to the family collection. If Yapp can lay his hands on the Petrefact Papers in the Buscott Museum he may be able to expose the multi-national capitalism of the Petrefacts to the whole world.

    Hans says: "Five stars + Five stars"
    "i laughed so hard I almost wet my pants"
    Overall

    Tom Sharpe is the funniest man alive, truly. My wife moved to a different seat on a plane I was laughing so hard, this one ranks there with Blott on the landscape and Porterhouse Blue. I wish that there were more of his work available on audible. It's brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam after Iraq

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Scheuer
    • Narrated By Michael Scheuer
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    In Marching Toward Hell, Scheuer offers a scathing and frightening look at how the Iraq war has contributed to the enemy's strength and fundamentally changed the geopolitical landscape in a way that is harmful to U.S. interests and security concerns. Scheuer will examine the ways in which the war has widened the conflict by almost every measure, made America less secure, and increasingly vulnerable to attack.

    Richard says: "Challenges the reader, abridgement disappoints"
    "so well put"
    Overall

    an excellent explanation of the unintended consequences of the US foray into central asia and the middle east. this is required reading to gain an understanding of some of the subtleties of what is happening there, and how to avoid such in the future. well researched and written, highly recommended. while certainly not "exciting" from a traditional sense, nor revealing per se in the manner of "what happened" this is a sober analysis of what can happen when decisions are not well thought out, when all consequences are not considered, when old ways of looking at a situation are applied to new and unfamiliar territory.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Scott McClellan
    • Narrated By Scott McClellan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Scott McClellan belonged to President Bush's select inner circle of trusted advisers during one of the most challenging, contentious periods of recent history. Over a period of more than seven years, he witnessed, day-to-day, exactly how the presidency veered off course, not only by its decision to topple Saddam Hussein, but by an embrace of confrontational politics in the face of an increasingly partisan Washington and a hostile media.

    Frank J. Regan says: "Something is Missing"
    "what happened?"
    Overall

    while somewhat simplistic, i found this to paint one of the most sympathetic portraits of a much maligned President. I was at a complete loss to understand why Bush and his allies felt this was an attack. For someone with as dismal a record as the current president, the kind words and sympathetic observations at least humanised Bush. He comes forth as well meaning yet manipulated by Rove, Rumsfield and Cheney, the true axis of evil. After listening to this, I cannot help but feel had Bush been left to his own devises, and not "advised" by such aggressive and self-serving people, this country may well be in a far better place. The narration was somewhat forced and did not flow as well as some, however it was listenable. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a beter idea of how a basically descent man was put in over his head, and made the fool by those with an outdated failed agenda from the past.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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