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Portsman

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  • The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Betty Medsger
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    The never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists - quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans - that made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, his own shadow Bureau of Investigation.

    Susie says: "Forget Ocean's 11"
    "Required reading for all citizens"
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    This is an amazing story, very well-written and very well-read. The author tells the incredible and moving story of the beak-in of the media FBI office, and the subsequent release of previously secret files that gave huge insight into the FBI and Hoover's control of it.
    But she goes further to explain events since and the dangers of more recent events, like the Patriot Act.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Jim Marrs
    • Narrated By Jim Marrs, Michael J. Long
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Fifty years after the event that rocked the nation and shook the world, Marrs reveals the facts behind the most audacious cover-up of our time, how it was planned, who executed the conspiracy, who benefited from it, and ultimately why this extremely well-orchestrated assassination could be so cleverly concealed. This extensively researched audiobook includes evidence proving the Warren Commission's report was a cover-up and a smoke screen for the true conspiracy. Learn why Lee Harvey Oswald could not have been a lone gunman, and that multiple shots were fired that fateful day.

    Portsman says: "needs the photos!"
    "needs the photos!"
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    This audiobook is a discussion by the author mostly showing details in photos that, of course, do not appear in an audiobook.
    I agree with most of his ideas, but it needs a companion pdf and should have been professionally narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Pasts

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Charles Fernyhough
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (17)

    How is it possible to have vivid memories of something that never happened? How can siblings remember the same event from their childhoods so differently? Do the selections and distortions of memory reveal a truth about the self? Why are certain memories tied to specific places? Does your memory really get worse as you get older? A new consensus is emerging among cognitive scientists: Rather than possessing fixed, unchanging memories, we create recollections anew each time we are called upon to remember.

    Kathi says: "Challenges all you thought you knew about memory!"
    "too anecdotal"
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    The stories are lovely, and he seems to have a nice family, but this is about 1% science & the rest story-telling

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of God

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (261)

    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"
    "Fantastic, compelling and sweeping"
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    This book brings it all together- literally.
    His quantum mechanics=Deist thesis is a little out there, but he explains it that way.
    Otherwise it is an amazing book- should be required reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galileo

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. L. Heilbron
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In 1610, Galileo published the Siderius nuncius, or Starry Messenger, a "hurried little masterpiece" in John Heilbron's words. Presenting to the world his remarkable observations using the recently invented telescope, Galileo dramatically challenged our idea of the perfection of the heavens and the centrality of the Earth in the universe. Indeed, the appearance of the little book is regarded as one of the great moments in the history of science.

    Tp says: "Stick to the printed version"
    "apologist"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the book relies heavily in parts on the pdf with its diagrams, sketches etc- and I don't walk around listening to a book with a lot a paper to look at.


    Any additional comments?

    The author underplays the horror- and no other word properly conveys what the church did- of how Galileo was mistreated, lied to and denied medical treatment by the church.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (517)

    The first new collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell.

    David says: "Grab it"
    "What a loss"
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    If you could sum up Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens in three words, what would they be?

    A fantastic set of essays, brilliantly delivered


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

    I openly wept at the end- to realize the world's loss of this intellect


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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