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  • Blood's a Rover

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Summer, 1968. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are dead. The assassination conspiracies have begun to unravel. A dirty-tricks squad is getting ready to deploy at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Black militants are warring in southside L.A. The Feds are concocting draconian countermeasures. And fate has placed three men at the vortex of History.

    Christopher says: "Ellroy is a magician"
    "Superb narration"
    Overall

    Craig Wasson once again superbly narrates James Ellroy. A perfect match of narrator to writer's style. And Ellroy's trilogy -- American Tabloid, Cold Six Thousand, and now Bloods A Rover -- in its wonderfully twisted fiction, is probably the closest to the "truth" we are going to get of American political history 1950 to mid-'70s. Certainly resonates in the current environment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Perfidia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    It is December 6, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans - but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins.

    Andrew says: "Rough beginning, softer landing"
    "Craig Wasson is outstanding, again"
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    If you could sum up Perfidia in three words, what would they be?

    Craig Wasson is an excellent narrator for James Ellroy's work. I hope Audible brings back Craig Wasson's narration for "American Tabloid", which he did for the cassette version some years ago.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Untold History of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Aided by the latest archival findings and recently declassified documents and building on the research of the world’s best scholars, Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented "people’s history" of the American empire that challenges the notion of American exceptionalism. Stone and Kuznick will introduce listeners to a pantheon of heroes and villains as they show not only how far the United States has drifted from its democratic traditions but the powerful forces that have struggled to get us back on track.

    Leslie says: "5 star, but what a discouraging history it is."
    "Essential reading to understand today's USA"
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    What did you love best about The Untold History of the United States?

    Riveting reading. I found it enlightening, and I read a lot of current affairs newspapers and journals. The Untold History of the U.S. "connects the dots" of the last 100 years of American history, logically and factually. Worth reading twice.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is perfectly matched for this book. An A+ job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (200)

    The Great Recession that began in 2007 is now more than four years old - and counting. Some 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and at recent rates of job creation we won’t be back to normal levels of employment until late this decade. This is a tragedy. Do we have to accept it? "No!" is the resounding answer given by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in this call to arms. We have seen this situation before and we know how to fix it; all we lack is the political will to take action.

    Michael says: "Listen to this before you vote!"
    "Perfect Narration for a Vital Economics Book"
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    What did you love best about End This Depression Now!?

    Nobel-Princeton economist Krugman explains a complex situation so clearly, calmly, and factually. As an investor I need accurate and complete facts, not spin and shouting. But too many PhD economists these days emphasize spin and political bias over facts and logic.


    What does Rob Shapiro and Paul Krugman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rob Shapiro also narrates "Predator Nation" a 2012 book by the award winning Charles H. Ferguson. I am halfway through it now. Another A+ narration.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The economy could easily have been cured in 2009 by applying basic freshman Economics 101. And it is not too late to do so now.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (1339)
    Story
    (1332)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "A tough topic clearly explained"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rachel Maddow conducted real research for this fact-based book. It is written in a clear, non-partisan manner, such a refreshing change from the bitter diatribes of talk radio hosts. Maddow's narration is professional and personable.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Six Thousand

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    In The Cold Six Thousand, James Ellroy's most ambitious and explosive novel yet, he puts the whole of the 1960s under his blistering lens. The result is a work of fierce, epic fiction, a speedball through our most tumultuous time.

    Snoodely says: "Plausible history"
    "Perfect narration; great for long drives"
    Overall

    I hope that Audible employes the same narrator of the "Cold Six Thousand" to also record Ellroy's "American Tabloid." The narrator's phrasings and inflections are a perfect match for Ellroy's text. Example: the dialog between J Edgar Hoover and Littell. Given all that's happened in American politics and business the last 10 years, it is worth rereading and let fiction and fact swirl about in the old subconscious. This unabridged reading of "Cold Six Thousand" will keep you wide away during those 12 hour drives between Texas and California.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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