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James A. Bretney

Colorado Springs, CO USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Frank
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Richard Nixon was a young Navy officer when he first saw Dwight D. Eisenhower through a storm of tickertape as Manhattan celebrated the end of the war in Europe. Seven years later, Nixon was Eisenhower's running mate on the Republican presidential ticket-the beginning of a political and personal relationship that lasted for nearly twenty years. Despite a gulf that separated them by age and temperament, their association evolved into a collaboration that helped to shape the nation's political ideology.

    James A. Bretney says: "He's against NIxon"
    "He's against NIxon"
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    If you could sum up Ike and Dick in three words, what would they be?

    informative, jaundiced, and still incomplete


    What did you like best about this story?

    You find out how spineless Ike was at times.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    Nixon


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. You have to take it in bites


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Koster
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    On December 7, 1941, the nation of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and prompted the United States’ entry into the bloodiest war in human history. Americans have long debated the cause of the bombing; many have argued that the attack was a brilliant Japanese military coup or a failure of US intelligence agencies or even a conspiracy of the Roosevelt administration. But despite the attention historians have paid to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the truth about that fateful day has remained a mystery - until now.

    James A. Bretney says: "Informative but fails to make its case"
    "Informative but fails to make its case"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am an anti-communist. I am very informed and the topic interested. Koster makes the case that Soviet agents - one in particular Henry Dexter White was responsible for Pearl Harbor. Henry Dexter White served as an agent of influence for Stalin. He is a very evil man, but who dropped those bombs on Pearl Harbor? Who took those pictures of Japanese atrocity in Nanking? Who starved those boys in Bataan? This book informs us of the Japanese perspective, miscalculations and exposes the racism of Americans vis a vis the Japanese. The Soviets did benefit greatly by the war and Henry Dexter White influenced FDR through Morganthau. But the vary evidence Koster lays before us in his book convicts the Japanese more than anyone else. Koster states that Japan was unstable, wanted peace with China and America. The decision to use war as a means to create stability inside Japan was a Japanese one. Efforts to make peace with China and the United States had to come from Japan. As much as I hate the Soviets and admire Japanese culture, the decision to go to war was a Japanese one.


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  • The Confidential Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Trusted by no one, trusting nobody, the Confidential Agent is sent to England. But before his mission has barely begun, he comes face to face with an agent from the other side. As the car he is driving is run down in the fog, a thought strikes him: "It isn't probable - not in England, but it seems to be true, nonetheless - they're going to kill me."

    connie says: "approach it as a fable"
    "Worst of Greene's books"
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    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Patrick Tull?

    I like Greene as an author. I just felt this book didn't have much to say and the plot was confused


    What could Graham Greene have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Greene is dead - Rest in peace. There is very little he can do now to make this book more enjoyable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This story needed a more youthful and compelling narrator


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Read Stambol Train instead

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bought and Paid For: The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Gasparino
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    According to business reporter Charles Gasparino, President Obama is faking his outrage at Wall Street, and his calls for new policies to rein in banks that are "too big to fail" are just pabulum. In reality, Obama has climbed into bed with Wall Street CEOs, giving them what they want so they will support his liberal, big-government agenda.

    James A. Bretney says: "The Book is Really Depressing"
    "The Book is Really Depressing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bought and Paid For to be better than the print version?

    In the interests of full disclosure, I am a conservative tea bagger Republican. I have never voted for a democrat and probably never will.

    This informative book details how large Wall Street firms like Goldman, Bear Sterns, et. al. have turned away from financing businesses and have exclusively underwritten debts of several governments. That is a rather devastating realization. As a republican, I defend business - even big business like Wall Street. Gasparino's testimony is very damning. He impeaches some of the myths about the Clinton prosperity as well. It tells a different story than that propagandist HBO mini-series Too Big Too Fail.

    It is not an enjoyable book the way that listening to the Olympics is, but it is a necessary book and yes I would recommend it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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