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David

Duarte, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Craig Reed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

    SeaDuck says: "Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis"
    "Good book for students of the topic."
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    What did you love best about Red November?

    The detailed description of the development of technology that went into signals analysis in order to track the Russian Subs, as well as the details of several specific missions and situations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red November?

    Three memorable moments come to mind (and they are all extensive parts of the book): the development of Project Boresight; the implementation of Project Boresight during the Cuban Missle Crisis; the wire tapping operations in the Sea of Okhotsk.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    The narrarator did fine. When a single narrorator attempts to change his voice to sound like multiple characters, it gets a bit comical. But the narration was well read, easy to listen to, and very clear.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were a few points that were frustrating because the author's research seemed a bit off on some points. Particularly with regard to the Russian submarine K-129. I strongly recommend Red Star Rouge for a detailed history of that submarine and the US recover of the submarine. Other history books (some of them autobiography's by individuals actually involved in different aspects) have confirmed that some of Red November's information on the K-129 was not entirely accurate (e.g., in From The Shadows, Robert Gates himself writes that he presented the Russians with the bell from the conning tower of the K-129. Gates could not have done that unless the US had gotten more of the sub than Red November indicates the US recovered.)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Few Seconds of Panic: A 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stefan Fatsis
    • Narrated By Stefan Fatsis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Stefan Fatsis infiltrates a strikingly different subculture: pro football. After more than a year spent working out with a strength coach and polishing his craft with a gurulike kicking coach, Fatsis molded his fortyish body into one that could stand up - barely - to the rigors of NFL training. And over three months in 2006, he became a Denver Bronco.

    Robert says: "Living a dream."
    "Good Story"
    Overall

    For true fans of the sport, Fatsis got to live a dream that many of us would love to live.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Star Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kenneth Sewell, Clint Richmond
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Early in 1968, a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence strongly suggests that the sub sank while attempting to fire a nuclear missile.

    Bryan says: "Good but too long"
    "Good and shocking"
    Overall

    For those interested in cold war history and military issues, this book is very interesting, and shocking. Since listening, I have researched some of what is discussed in this book, and it has all checked out. It is hard to believe that the story this book tells isn't more widely known. The narraration is good, and the research is very detailed. I highly recommend this book to those inclined to detailed history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Kagan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When historians want to find out about the ideas that motivated American foreign policy in the early years of the twenty-first century, they would do well to read this book. Robert Kagan has formally set out a case for unilateralism on the part of the United States, as opposed to the multilateralism now characteristic of Europe. Kagan believes that the United States can disregard a weak Europe, and have a free hand in pursuing its global interests.

    Erik Fosshage says: "Quick and pithy listen"
    "Very Well Done"
    Overall

    As I listened, throuroghly enjoying Kagan's insights, thoughts and at times, wit, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop -- the political statement that would show a bias or would ruin an otherwise very good analysis of current trans-atlantic politics. It never came. It is a fully enjoyable evaluation of the past and potential future. I highly recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    This fabulous account of Sir Ernest Shackelton's epic adventure recreates one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In August, 1914, the Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months Shackelton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world...

    Timothy C S says: "A wonderfull treatment of a complex story"
    "Absolutely Riveting"
    Overall

    I can't stop telling people about this story! I first heard about this several years ago, and am sorry it took me so long to finally get this book. Like some of the other reviewers, I sat in my car listening even when I got to where I was going. A true testament to the human spirit and tenacity. Fantastic writing with great phrases and imagery. I started this book at the begining of a long drive and this was perfect to make the long drive seem very short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorism

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Netanyahu
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    In this newly revised edition of Fighting Terrorism, Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of Israel's Likud Party and a noted authority on international terrorism, offers a compelling approach to understanding terrorism. Netanyahu's points are "soberly and clearly made," says The New York Times, and The Washington Times calls the book "an excellent primer on the groups, motives and methods of the current terrorist threat."

    Matt says: "Excellent Perspective"
    "Well written from the author's perspective."
    Overall

    Obviously, the author has the credentials to speak on this issue, and he conveys his perspective very well. The first 3/4 of the book are very well written and provide a very good insight into terrorism. However, the last 1/4 of the book becomes very biased, as could be expected.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Days to a Sharper Memory

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Princeton Language Institute, Russell Roberts
    • Narrated By Paul Kirby
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (17)

    The Princeton Language Institute presents the fastest, easiest way to boost your memory power. Remember names, details, and facts with the most effective step-by-step guide ever - and learn it all in just 10 days.

    David says: "Dissappointing"
    "Dissappointing"
    Overall

    Without the written materials, this book loses a lot of its value. As an audio book, this is extremely repetative. The "memory tools" that it teaches you could be taught in 3 days tops, rather than 10. I found very little information that was truly helpful as a memory technique.

    59 of 60 people found this review helpful

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