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Kevin

Winder, GA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2243)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (872)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "Fun Ride"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, my first read of this author. The book kept my interest throughout and was a satisfying fiction adventure. I look forward to reading more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gerald Blaine, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly 50 years former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now.

    Vidoloff says: "A must "read" in my opinion"
    "Quite a Disappointment"
    Overall

    I quickly downloaded the book with anticipation of a full glimpse inside the Secret Service as it was construed at that time. As I listened to the initial paragraphs stating the sourcing as coming completely from ex-agents on the detail, the smell of whitewash was rising in my nostrils and that feeling we all get upon fearing we have wasted a valuable credit began to grow. As they say, trust your instincts. I didn't and spent 17 hours becoming increasingly irritated with this book.

    Part 1 - this can be fully summarized by: The agents worked very long hours and were all near perfect human beings. The Kennedys were all awesome people and the President was a wonderful loving husband. Gloss, gloss and more gloss. When the initial discussion of the Dallas trip is introduced, the real purpose of the book becomes clear - the Secret Service was not at fault. The discussion of the tall buildings at the site of the assassination is basically dealt with as "Gee, there are sure a lot of windows up there" and that after discussing all those office windows with the Dallas police that "they would handle it". Worse, he slyly pawns off responsibility on JFK with his discussion about how it was what he demanded (riding in the open and barring the agents from the back of the limo).

    Later in Part 2, he gets a not too disguised shot in at the FBI for not sharing information about Oswald. Incredibly, considering the hotbed of anti-Kennedy sentiment in Dallas, he says there were no known threats brought to the attention of the Secret Service. Nowhere does he relay any serious analysis of the office building threat nor any attempt by the Secret Service management to inform and persuade the Kennedy Administration about the threat or imminent danger of the motorcade.

    JFK did great things but was flawed. There is no need to buff him up. The Secret Service was underpowered but failed to do many things to prevent the assassination despite this play for sympathy and exoneration

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest War: America and Al-Qaeda Since 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    In The Longest War, Peter Bergen offers a comprehensive history of this war and its evolution, from the strategies devised in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to the fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond. Weaving together internal documents from al-Qaeda and the U.S. offices of counterterrorism, first-person interviews with top-level jihadists and senior Washington officials, along with his own experiences on the ground in the Middle East, Bergen balances the accounts of each side.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "very good, completes the picture - take a listen"
    "Jihad History for Dummies"
    Overall

    I know better than to expect objective well reasoned history on events that happened less than a decade before the writing. Foolishly, I bought this book anyway and paid for my mistake. The writer is just another in the "Bush lied people died" leftist chorus line with no original thought or insights to share. If you think that the murder of the people in the World Trade Center was understandable as an expression of anti-American repression or want someone to paint Islamic fanatics dealt with firmly by the Bush Administration as victims, this is the book for you. The anti-American slant is so blatant and the smearing of every member of the Bush Administration so pervasive that you quickly realize the title refers to the unending liberal campaign to indulge in Bush Derangement Syndrome - not to the serious problem we face because Islamic fanatics want to kill every person who does not think and behave exactly as they do. I quit listening half way through once I began to fantasize about water-boarding Mr. Bergen. Not scholarly history -do not waste your credits on this tripe.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (601)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "Disappointing and Lightweight"
    Overall

    As others have noted, first half of the book is ok but not great. It falls apart when evolving into a Christian sermon in the second half. Not what I thought I was buying nor what I wanted. There are far better authors and works from this genre available. I would rather reread any Vince Flynn book for the twelfth time than read this once. I will pray you do not waste your money on this over-hyped drivel.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The Bureau takes listeners behind the scenes of the FBI, from its creation in 1908 to the scandals of present day. Based on exclusive interviews, Kessler reveals the inside story surrounding the events of September 11 and the investigation into the anthrax mailings. The Bureau delves deep within the agency, presenting the organization in its historical context and answering questions concerning its somewhat checkered past.

    Blake says: "Good Read, Bad Listen"
    "Not a History of the F.B.I."
    Overall

    When you read a variety of history on many subjects for a few decades, you are able to quickly tell quality writing from the junk. This book, unfortunately, is the latter. If you are want to know how the Bureau works, achieves, struggles etc. - keep on looking. This is basically an anti-Hoover rant. Speed read by the breathless Mr. Todd (who sounds like he got a bonus for finishing this read as fast as possible), this is the worst possible combination of People's magazine history delivered in a rapid and detached manner. One would think, reading this thing, that the F.B.I. has accomplished nothing of consequence in its history. Yes, J. Edgar Hoover was a strange and petty man (duh!) but reducing the history of the F.B.I. to a listing of his flaws is demeaning to the many expert, accomplished professionals who have worked at the Bureau over the years and a simplistic presentation of "history" better fit for a comic books and simpletons. Listener beware!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Marc Wortman
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The destruction of Atlanta is an iconic moment in American history - it was the centerpiece of the hugely successful book and movie Gone with the Wind. But though the epic sieges of Leningrad, Stalingrad, and Berlin have all been explored in best-selling histories, the one great American example has been treated only cursorily as a footnote. Marc Wortman remedies that conspicuous absence in grand fashion with The Bonfire.

    Phillip says: "Couldn't disagree more"
    "Disappointing Presentation"
    Overall

    As an avid reader and listener of many books covering the War Between the States, I looked forward to a long highway drive from Boston to Atlanta as a chance to listen to this book. The reader, unfortunately, was so distracting and irritating in his presentation and over dramatization of the book that I finally gave up half way through and switched to another selection. I am a long time customer and have never had this happen before. This reader is flat out annoying. A waste of money to me as I will have to buy the book to read after having spent money to listen to it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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