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  • House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Carroll
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This landmark, myth-shattering work chronicles the most powerful institution in America, the people who created it, and the pathologies it has spawned. Carroll proves a controversial thesis: The Pentagon has, since its founding, operated beyond the control of any force in government or society. It is the biggest, loosest cannon in American history, and no institution has changed this country more.

    Graham says: "A Great Book"
    "Well Written from the Heart"

    This is one of the best history/memoir books written in the last decade. An intimate knowledge of this book and its implications and insights should be required of all our so-called representatives in Congress, now and in the future.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lee Harris
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener

    Civilization and Its Enemies is an extraordinary tour de force by America's reigning philosopher of 9/11, Lee Harris. In it, Harris focuses on the next great conflict: the war between the civilized world and the international terrorists who wish to destroy it.

    James says: "The world as it is; Not as we imagine it to be"
    "Save Your Money"

    The writer's superficial knowledge of history plus a style reminiscent of a very long freshman essay make this work tedious listening.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • December 6

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By John Slattery

    From Martin Cruz Smith, "a master of the international thriller," comes an audacious novel of exotic locales, intimate intrigues, and the mysteries of the human heart. "A superb thriller and a remarkable evocation of a place," raves Booklist in a starred review. "A moving, believable love story in which individual lives are invested with great dignity, even in the face of national ideals."

    Andrew says: "No substitute for the book, but not bad."
    "Very Good."

    Good dialogue. Plot moves fast. Memorable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez

    Award-winning author Stephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential literary thinkers in the world. An acclaimed interpreter of Shakespeare's works, his ideas have changed the way countless people approach the classics. Now Greenblatt's uniquely brilliant voice delivers a magnificent biography of the Bard himself.

    Oswald says: "Excellent"
    "One of the Best Biographies of the Bard"

    As a conectural biography this is really pretty good. The author summarizes what is known about Shakespeare and then uses lines from the plays to speculate about what he may have been like socially, religously and politcally. The author also gives a detailed snapshot of the Elizabethian era. This book makes me want to explore Elizabethian and Jacobean drama and biography in more depth.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Known World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Edward P. Jones
    • Narrated By Kevin Free

    Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor, William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful white man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation, as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow Caldonia succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart.

    Rachel says: "wonderful and highly recommended"
    "Hard to Get the Picture"

    To me, this was a tough listen. There are lots characters in this work, but they're not described in any real detail, and so they're hard to visualize. This makes them difficult to track because of the writer's narrative style--rambling from one topic to another, in and out of past and present time. Another thing that's tough on the listener is that the writer uses straight narration and doesn't use much descriptive metaphor. Noting in the writer's style causes the mind to light up. I think the narrator tries to save the book, but in the end he really can't. An eccentic choice for the Pulitzer, which is usually pretty good stuff.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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