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  • China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future - and the Challenge for America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Kynge
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    "Let China sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world." Napoleon's words seem eerily prescient today, as the shock waves from China's awakening reverberate across the globe. In China Shakes the World, James Kynge, traces these tremors from Beijing to Europe to the Midwest as China's ravenous hunger for jobs, raw materials, energy, and food - and its export of goods, workers, and investments - drastically reshape world trade and politics.

    James says: "I Got a Feeling China Will Figure It Out!"
    "Must read to understand of today's China"
    Overall

    I last visited China in 1999. You could feel the change in the air. Kynge captures the tempo and the drive of China. To understand what the Chinese approach to life and competition, is to know how to counter the actions. This book helps one understand how China is reshaping itself and thus the world markets,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (185)

    A widening gulf between performance and accountability has caused history to be kinder to the American generals of World War II than to those of later wars. In The Generals we meet leaders from World War II to the present who rose to the occasion - and those who failed.

    Arnold says: "Explains much about US military commanders"
    "Ricks nails it"
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    I often judge a book like this by what is written about people I know. By that index, Ricks has done an outstanding job of looking at what got us to where we are with senior leadership in today's military. He is right, we need to find a way to get back to Marshall's approach to managing senior leaders, Generals and SES (senior career civilians). Accountability for your actions should be the rule and we should not be affrais to put someone new in to get the job done. Not every General is a great leader and those that fall short, should be moved to a position more in keeping with their abilities. This is a must read for students of US history and military leadership.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By John le Carre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
    "This book is on target"
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    This is a great book and very topical for what is happening in the world today in the world on intelligence and contracting out wars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2370)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2015)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "More twist and turns than normal for Jack"
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    Lee Child has started to make his plots more complex. He places Reacher in a different environment than we have seen him before. He has to figure out more angles than in the past. And as always, Reacher comes across as a big guy who thinks fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1045)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "You have to love Virgil Flowers"
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    Virgil works the problem and shows a different side to his personnality. Tracking the bad guys and trying to keep the shoot frst and sort out the bodies from over achieving. Virgil and Davenport are showing their teeth and guts!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Word

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Harold N. Cropp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    No one skewers the popular movements of American culture like Tom Wolfe. In 1975, he turned his satirical pen to the pretensions of the contemporary art world - a world of social climbing, elitist posturing, and ingeniously absurd self-justifying theorizing. From the fuliginous flatness of the 50s to the pop op minimal 60s, right on through the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t 70s, Tom Wolfe debunks the great American myth of modern art in an incandescent, hilarious, and devastating blast.

    Lance says: "Modern Art makes More Sense after this Book"
    "Not at all what I expected"
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    I was expecting a fast paced Wolfe work and got an art lecture. I now know more about something that I really did not neet to have confirmed...modern art is anything but "art."

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4939)
    Performance
    (4171)
    Story
    (4184)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Good story line but it is a bit slow"
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    The details are rich but it drags from time to time. It would have been better to spend a little less time proving the brutality of war and represive governments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Corleone

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ed Falco
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important than his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny - 17 years old, impatient, and reckless - wants something else: To follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.

    Richard Delman says: "Too many rub outs. Too little originality."
    "a good airplane read"
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    It is not hard to keep up with all the players and you do know how it is going to end. But the interaction between the characters and ethinc groups keeps your interest up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1156)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Alion wins again"
    Overall
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    The plots are winding together and some fresh characters are needed. Alion has to be getting tired between restoring the paints, trying to get his wife pregnant, and saving the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2807)
    Performance
    (2509)
    Story
    (2518)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "scarey view of the future with robots"
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    This book has taken a fair amount of facts and woven a tale of what can happen. The micro copters exist. Swarming is being worked. Insect cultures are understood. And all of this technology is coming together with Moore's law. This book should help trigger the debate on how robots are used and under what conditions, they are made autonomus! read this book and get others to read it...this is closer to today than you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1087)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "Sandford has done it again"
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    Davenport continues to expand his story and the side characters keep rolling in. You gotta love Letty....a chip off the old block

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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