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Rhea

short, fat, and stupid.

Fort Worth, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory Johnsen
    • Narrated By Michael Butler Murray
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    (11)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    Far from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and al-Qaeda are fighting a clandestine war of drones and suicide bombers in an unforgiving corner of Arabia. The Last Refuge charts the rise, fall, and resurrection of al-Qaeda in Yemen over the last 30 years, detailing how a group that the United States once defeated has now become one of the world’s most dangerous threats. An expert on Yemen who has spent years on the ground there, Gregory D. Johnsen uses al-Qaeda’s Arabic battle notes to reconstruct their world as they take aim at the United States and its allies.

    Rhea says: "bin laden."
    "bin laden."
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    This book is great. The only thing that I really didn't like was the extreme over statement of Bin ladens role in the soviet war in Afganistan. He survived one attack on his moutain hide out and left for Pakistan as fast as he could. And remained in pakistan for the rest of the so called "jihad." His role in the jihad was a man with money to give and pretty much nothing else.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bolivar: American Liberator

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marie Arana
    • Narrated By David Crommett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

    Jean says: "Absolutely fantastic book!"
    "Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!!!"
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    As good as a history read can be. Due to a life lived as well as person could. I would give 10 stars if I could, for it is not every day that an audio book brings tears to my eyes.
    Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!! Viva Bolivar!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937 - 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rana Mitter
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
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    (36)
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    For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. The war began in China two full years before Hitler invaded Poland, and China eventually became the fourth great ally, partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. Yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West.

    Rhea says: "The ill fated chang kai-shek"
    "The ill fated chang kai-shek"
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    As I believe that I am the first person to write a review on this fast moving account of the china's war of resistance I feel that it is necessary to proclaim how valuable this book is for the WWII buff. Most people are aware of the fact that China was involved in the war but they are not aware to what extent. China in fact was the first theater of WWII and experienced some of the first and most brutal communal war crimes of the war. This book is some what biased towards the Nationalist point of view and that of Chang Kai-Shek in particular. However it explains the communist point of view as well. After reading-listening to this book I came away with a feeling that the communists let the Nationalist camp bare the brunt of all the fighting while waiting for the war to end. Having saved its forces for the upcoming civil war the Communists were better poised to fight then the badly beat National forces. Thus leading to the current communist government in Bejing. As you might be able to tell I was left with a bad taste with the actions of the communist forces durring the battle for Chinas fight for survival. I would suggest this book to any one who was either interested sino-american relations or just WWII it's self.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • America's Secret War: Inside the Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover, the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

    David says: "The Best"
    "A real explanation of the reasons for war in Iraq."
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    Personally I have much reading on the war against al-qeada, and the taliban. However I have not read up as much on the war in Iraq and its reasons. This book was perfect for filling in the gaps. I found the lead up to these wars very interesting and well thought out, going through WWII to current times while explaining the geo-political basis that brought the U.S. to its current position in the world. I also found the description of the United States in the Islamic worlds eyes enlightening. I would recommend this book to anyone who came of age before 9-11 and to anyone who's family had a member in the armed forces. All around very enlightening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot
    • Narrated By Stephen Park
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (73)
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    (74)

    North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the first survivor of one of these camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea.

    Vanessa says: "Unique and Engaging"
    "Another North Korean winner"
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    Somthing about the North Korean non-ficton does it for me. If you like "Nothing to envy" you will like this. Reveals the horrors that every day North Koreans have to face if they step out of line. Every time I read on of these North Korean non fictions I am truly thankful to be an American. It also makes you realize how insignificant your day to day problems can really be. Scoop up this gem you will not regret it. Top notch

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo Station

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Downing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
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    (110)
    Story
    (107)

    Anglo-American journalist John Russell lives in Berlin and is approached to do some work for the Soviets. He reluctantly agrees and soon becomes involved in other dangerous activities, like helping a Jewish family and an idealistic American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the world of warring intelligence services.

    Richard says: "As Good as Alan Furst"
    "slllllllooooooooowwwwwww"
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    A decent book however is very slow. No real plot conflicts. If you are in to these types of books it might work for you, me however this was an experiment. Not my everyday listening. I will go back to non-fiction.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Witold Pilecki, Jarek Garlinski (translator)
    • Narrated By Marek Probosz, Ken Kliban, John Lee, and others
    Overall
    (11)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    In 1940, the Polish Underground wanted to know what was happening inside the recently opened Auschwitz concentration camp. Polish army officer Witold Pilecki volunteered to be arrested by the Germans and report from inside the camp. His intelligence reports, smuggled out in 1941, were among the first eyewitness accounts of Auschwitz atrocities: the extermination of Soviet POWs, its function as a camp for Polish political prisoners, and the "final solution" for Jews. Pilecki received brutal treatment until he escaped in April 1943; soon after, he wrote a brief report....

    Rhea says: "The bar of manhood"
    "The bar of manhood"
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    When I first began this book I was some what disappointed. The reader at times can be hard to understand. The book is all so written as an account in some ones life and therefore has had little effort put in to creating a gripping story line. However getting further in to the book I realised what this book really is, a story of one of the bravest and best of the species called human beings. Durring a time when any normal person would have done anything possable not to go and anything else to leave Mr. Pilecki volunteered to go and choose to stay, in order to complete his work. He is the bar in which any man should strive to reach. I feel as I shall try harder to be a stronger better human,man, after listening to this book. I recommened this book highly for a few different reasons but mainly because it has changed my perspective.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1553)
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    (966)
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    (971)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "wow"
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    loved it. A great true tale of normal North Korean citizens. Loved it loved it loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Timothy Snyder
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
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    (206)
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    (204)

    Americans think of World War II as “The Good War”, a moment when the forces of good resoundingly triumphed over evil. Yet the war was not decided by D-day. It was decided in the East, by the Red Army and Joseph Stalin. While conventional wisdom locates the horrors of World War II in the six million Jews killed in German concentration camps, the reality is even grimmer. In 13 years, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed 13 million people in the lands between Germany and Russia.

    Joseph says: "Stuck between mad men"
    "yikes"
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    Reads like a spreadsheet of war crimes and there statistics. The first part of the book was very hard to get through, however it became easier and easier. Wasnt my favorite book but I am very glad I listened to it. It gave me a real feal as to the gravity and scale of the Soviet and German crimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (926)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "More, more, more, PLEASE!!!!!!"
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    Buy this book. I dont normally read fiction but this book was top notch. North Korea is such a great topic setting for a book. I LOVED IT.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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