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Aaron

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  • O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    O Jerusalem! is the epic drama of 1948, when Arabs and Jews fought for control of the city of Jerusalem. This story traverses centuries and continents, covering the time between WWII and the creation of the independent state of Israel. Based on five years of intensive research and thousands of interviews, this is a story of courage, terrorism, heroism, and ultimately, war.

    Aaron says: "Excellent book!"
    "Couldn't put it down!!!!!!!!"
    Overall

    Wow!!! Loved this book. From thousands of interviews and research the authors managed to take facts, dates and events and blend them into a book that told a story from the perspective of both the Jews and Arabs. No taking either side but giving a VERY detailed chronological order of events which led to the establishment of the Jewish state. Anyone interested in learning about what drives the current events in the Middle East should read this book to provide the most comprehensive background of events. One of the best non-fiction books ever written and a MUST for anyone interested in the Arab/Jew conflict. I am neither Jewish or Arab but I found the book absolutely superb, download it now for a great journey through the history of Jerusalem before and after WW11

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8494)
    Performance
    (4924)
    Story
    (4981)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Wonderful series"
    Overall

    A wonderful series, you become attached to the characters over the life span of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11003)
    Performance
    (6196)
    Story
    (6245)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall

    What a wonderful thought provoking book, highly recommended to all.

    0 of 0 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
    (557)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    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"
    "Very thought provoking"
    Overall

    What a wonderful book!! It does not take sides on the war, just lays out the facts for the reader to absorb. I will have to watch the news even closer now to try and see the backdoor plays that effect the global political scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (86)

    The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's prophetic nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia", a startlingly original and powerful novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words.

    Erik says: "Good narrator, great book"
    "Hmmmm"
    Overall

    Loved the book!!! Unfortunately now I can't listen to any politican without thinking of "double speak" or the more apt "Ministry of Truth". Maybe the title could be revised to 2004?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Whammy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (551)

    A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

    David says: "First For Me"
    "Entertaining book"
    Overall

    I hate fishing, but this book had some great characters and a great story line. A fine listen for those who enjoy comedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 9-11 Commission Hearings: Richard A. Clarke (3.24.04)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By 9-11 Commission
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    Former National Coordinator for Counterterrorism Richard A. Clarke's testimony before the 9-11 Commission, presented March 24, 2004.

    Amazon Customer says: "riveting"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Forget the newspapers listen to the man with the knowledge.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5129)
    Performance
    (2226)
    Story
    (2222)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Enjoed it very much"
    Overall

    Following world events from the end of WWII and mixing fact with fiction was very very well done. One could easily assume they are reading a factual account of events. The story is long BUT there are so many twists and turns that the reader never feels as though the writer has over extended. Fantastic book, author and narrator!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    For more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing, as in the Cuban missile crisis, to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. Now the Bush administration is intensifying this process, driving us toward the final frontiers of imperial control, toward a choice between the prerogatives of power and a livable Earth.

    Jazz Listener says: "Great book, lousy reader"
    "Love him or hate him"
    Overall

    The difference between Naom and other so called political pundants is that he does the research to back up his claims. And not just any research, very very thorough research. A must read for any politically aware person.
    Chomsky gives very detailed examples of state sponsored terrorism over decades and looks at the current world from an angle many of us do not bother to take the time to see.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (430)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "I did not talk to my wife for a few days"
    Overall

    This booking was gripping from the very beginning. I couldn`t put it down, every spare second I had each day was spent reading this book. The BEST book I have EVER read bar none!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Richard A. Clarke
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years.

    Paul Michael says: "Your Government At Work"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    Simply if you want to know what was going on behind closed doors over a few administrations with regards to terrorism, who did what and who did not. This book should be a must read for all Americans. Richard Clarke was the point man and certainly qualified to make the judgements he makes in this book. Fantastic read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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