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Chandler

Bellevue, NE, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Red Rabbit

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (511)

    Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's early days, in an extraordinary new novel of global political drama. Ryan's first days on the job at the CIA put him into a high-stakes game, playing for the life of the Pope and the stability of the Western world.

    Jerret says: "Combined review"
    "Blah blah blah blah blah!"
    Overall

    Two things about me: I've been a huge fan of Clancy thrillers, and I stick exclusively to unabridged titles. Two things about the book ? if this were my first Clancy, it is unlikely there would be a second, and if ever there were a case for abridged novels, this is it! Clancy goes on and on and on, agonizing over the wrongs of communism, on and on and on about how wonderful Jack and wife are, on and on and on about mundane topics. The book really doesn?t start to move until half way through the third part of the book ? 20 hours later! Save a credit on this one.

    34 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About Mythology

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By John Lee, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (146)

    Ever familiar and instructive, Davis shows why the ancient tales of gods and heroes, from Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, from ancient Rome to the icy land of the Norse, continue to speak to us today, in our movies, art, language, and music. For mythology novices and buffs alike, and for anyone who loves a good story, Don't Know Much About Mythology is a lively and insightful look into the greatest stories ever told.

    Kermit says: "History isn't boring"
    "preachy"
    Overall

    The book starts out great - not what I expected. It gives a history of the region (Greece, Rome, Africa, Americas, etc.) then gives some of the more popular beliefs and myths. Well done. But, wow - does he get on a soap box concerning the Americas. It really gets old and soures an otherwise good listen.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, renowned historian Margaret MacMillan's best-selling Paris 1919 is the story of six remarkable months that changed the world. At the close of WWI, between January and July of 1919, delegates from around the world converged on Paris under the auspices of peace. New countries were created, old empires were dissolved, and for six months, Paris was the center of the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "History repeats itself."
    "Informative"
    Overall

    The book ranged from "wow, I didn't know that", to blah, blah. You'll learn a lot about the formation of the countries Europem, Asia Minor, and Africa. You get insight into the "ancient" hostilities that lead to WWII, war between the Serbs and Croats, hostility between the Greeks and Turks, and more. I would rate it higher, but despite all the good things about the book, toward the end I was really ready for it to be over.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the C.I.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Chris Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    Based on extensive research and hundreds of interviews, including two with active directors of Central Intelligence, William H. Webster and Robert M. Gates, and with three former D.C.I.s, Inside the C.I.A. is the first in-depth, unbiased account of the Agency's core operations, its abject failures, and its resounding successes.

    Greg says: "Pre- 9/11 look at CIA's strengths and weaknesses"
    "My take"
    Overall

    I thought I'd hate the book when the reader started. He had a lisp, and talked about the thee-IA. He loses soon loses the lisp - which supprised me, and did an okay job.
    The book ranges from being very interesting to mind numbing detail about seemingly irrelevant details. For example, a fair amount of time is given detailing Casey's personal life, including dating and marriage plans.
    Not a bad book if the CIA or spying in general interest you, but it won't go down as one of your all time best listens.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Martin Blumenson
    • Narrated By William Lavelle
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    This detailed and persuasive study by the author of The Patton Papers was described by Patton's daughter Ruth as "an extraordinary book". It is widely considered the best biography ever written of the General, an American hero as compelling as he was complex.

    Ann says: "Patton the man"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this. Good insight into the man, dispelled some myths and verified others. If you like WWII history, or the history of individuals who made a difference in his/her time, you'll like this

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of World History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Richard Shenkman
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    T. Philips says: "Refreshing"
    "Arte Johnson is bad"
    Overall

    Information in the book is very interesting, but an unabridged book should not be modified by the reader. Johnson tries to be funny, adds his own comments, and fails.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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