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Angela

CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the backdrop ofAmerican culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world?

    R. J. Rega says: "digital issues"
    "Cold war and intrigue - who could ask for more"
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    If you could sum up The Brothers in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, well-researched, thoughtful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brothers?

    Hearing the behind the scene stories of cold war events


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    all of the above


    Any additional comments?

    I just finished listening to Stephen Kinzer's extremely well written and researched book about the Dulles Brothers and their place in American history. The book reads like a novel but is full of great research about the 1950's, the cold war and beyond. I was mesmerized by the scope and even- handedness of the author's words. I recommend this book for all who want to have a clearer understanding of a very difficult period in our country's history. This book is a clear and fearless look at our past. The narrator of the book did an excellent job. Llisten to the audio of Stephen Kinzer's book - The Brothers- it's well worth your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quality of Mercy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Barry Unsworth
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Barry Unsworth returns to the terrain of his Booker Prize-winning novel Sacred Hunger, this time following Sullivan, the Irish fiddler, and Erasmus Kemp, son of a Liverpool slave ship owner who hanged himself. It is the spring of 1767, and to avenge his father's death, Erasmus Kemp has had the rebellious sailors of his father's ship, including Sullivan, brought back to London to stand trial on charges of mutiny and piracy.

    Angela says: "Great follow up to Sacred Hunger"
    "Great follow up to Sacred Hunger"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Quality of Mercy the most enjoyable?

    Listening to The Quality of Mercy was a wonderful experience. The narration is top rate and very authentic


    Any additional comments?

    Barry Unsworth is a writer who delves into the rich details of the lives of his characters. One is swept away by the beauty of his narrative. He takes his readers on a journey of great depth which allows one to truly understand human nature. The people populating his work are complex figures at home in their time period. Highly recommended but first read /listen to Sacred Hunger. For some strange reason, Audible does not offer Sacred Hunger in the U.S. - I had to get a British friend to get it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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