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Scott Guthery

Boston, MA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jeremy Scahill
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (231)

    From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone strikes - including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden.

    Lanlady says: "fantastic book -- and disturbing"
    "Content Free"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some real stories.


    Has Dirty Wars turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The book is simply an endless sequence of very dated computer security homilies.


    What three words best describe Tom Weiner’s voice?

    Tom's voice is fine and given a good book I'd look forward to listening to him again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dirty Wars?

    Everything but copyright.


    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Rosen
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    The emperor Justinian reunified Rome's fractured empire by defeating the Goths and Vandals. At his capital in Constantinople, he built the world's most beautiful building, married the most powerful empress, and wrote the empire's most enduring legal code, seemingly restoring Rome's fortunes for the next five hundred years. Then, in the summer of 542, he encountered a flea. The ensuing outbreak of bubonic plague killed 5,000 people a day in Constantinople and nearly killed Justinian himself.

    joan says: "More history than Disease"
    "Beautifuly Read, Lots of Details"
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    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to Justinian's Flea the most enjoyable?

    First, I buy anything read by Garrett Whitener. Just listening to him read regardless of the text is a joy. As far as this particular book goes, it's all in the inifinite details. There is a theory about the large sweep of history but you have to see it yourself (although it is revealed at the end in case you didn't see it). If you don't like details this isn't the book for you. I've gone back many times to listen in particular to the chapter on the flea itself and the life cycle of the Black Plague vector. I can certainly understand that reviews of the book are binary - you like it a lot or you don't a lot. I like it a lot - a whole lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The flea!


    Which character ??? as performed by Barrett Whitener ??? was your favorite?

    I suppose Justinian's wife although Whitener does Roman generals beautifully too.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't like this book I recommend you look for others read by Whitener that you may like. He is the all time best reader in my opinion and he does read books of many different genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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