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Alexander

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3080)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (879)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Simply the Best"
    Overall

    This book examines the role of the United States in the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in the 1980s. It helps the reader understand the "miracle" defeat of the the far superior Red Army and the roots of al Qaeda. Packed with little known facts about the war and CIA's inner workings, this book is fascinating.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3844)
    Performance
    (2862)
    Story
    (2839)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Edge of your seat action"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was the best action thriller I've listened to in a long while. Excellent narration added to an already engaging and fast-paced story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregg Easterbrook
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century; and yet today, most men and women feel less happy than in previous generations. Why this is so and what we should do about it is the subject of this book.

    Eric says: "Don't let the extremists stop you."
    "One of my favorite books"
    Overall

    The book weaves a clever argument for prolific discrepancies between the progress made by our society and our psychological perception of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2203)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (837)

    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"
    "Mediocre"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of spy fiction, listening to about 2 books/month. This one is slightly below average in my view. The storyline is passable, but hardly unpredictable, thrilling or thought-provoking.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Most Wanted Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love or pity and remain good "patriots" -- this is the fabric of John le Carré's fiercely compelling and current novel A Most Wanted Man.

    S. Lev-Ami says: "Le Carre's Back!"
    "Highly disappointing"
    Overall

    The storyline was surprisingly thin. Being an avid spy fiction reader, I cannot think of a less intricate plot from anything else I've read.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • London Bridges

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (149)

    In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.

    Leslie says: "What a ride!!!"
    "Terrible mystery"
    Overall

    Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the "Big Bad Wolf" by Patterson, I was looking forward to reading "London Bridges". However, it turned out to be more a completely unrealistic, out-of-character, linear story full of supervillians set on world domination. This would work much better as a comic book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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