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Clydene

So many books, so little time...

San Diego, California | Member Since 2004

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  • The Sword and the Shield

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Christopher Andrew, Vasilli Mitrokhin
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (38)
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    (39)

    This book reveals the most complete picture ever of the KGB and its operations in the United States and Europe. It is based on an extremely top secret archive which details the full extent of its worldwide network. Christopher Andrew is professor of modern and contemporary history and chair of the history department at Cambridge University, a former visiting professor of national security at Harvard, a frequent guest lecturer at other United States universities, and a regular host of BBC radio and TV programs.

    Clydene says: "Great book on the history of the KGB"
    "Great book on the history of the KGB"
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    Dreams come true.

    Never thought this book would make it to Audible, The subtitle -The Mitrokhin Archive And The Secret History Of The KGB really describes the book that took Mitrokhin 18 yesrs to compile in the about the KGB and clearly it was his obsession. Many consider the Mitrokhin Archive to be the Bible of the Cold War from the KGB side and clearly it has tremendous historical importance as one of the main books of this age.

    It should not be only book or even the first book you read, but it will be the one you keep and refer back to again and again. This book will give you a very detailed glance into the inner workings of the KGB -Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti 0 Committee for State Security. The importance of this book from a historical perspective cannot be lost of the current generations in Russia as the current president Vladimir Putin was a KGB agent in East Germany in the 1980s.

    Robert Whitfield (Simon Vance) does an absolutely fantastic job narrating this book and the author Christopher Andrew has done an equally fantastic job writing the book. It is easily one of the best written books that I have ever read. It was a joy and pleasure to read. Whitfield's can actually pronounce the English as well as the Russian names correctly, which is a pleasure to listen to in this book.

    Although this book was published in 2000 it is still a great historical account of the KGB. If you are interested in the fictional accounts of John LeCarre, Len Deighton, and other writers of spies during the Cold War you will love this book. If you like Spycraft by Wallace, Melton and Schlesinger you will love this book.

    I loved this book and you will love it too.

    The book is very long. I love that it is in audio format on audible.com, but I would also get a copy for your reference shelf. It is a wonderful book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kent A. Kiehl
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies - from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment - how they were raised - or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience?

    DORIS H. says: "An autobiography with splatter of neuropsychology."
    "More Please"
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    This is a fascinating and interesting book. I have eread all the books by Dr. Robert Hare, so when I learned that Dr. Kiehl had worked wtih Dr. Hare I was sold on this book. Dr. Kiehl has taken this very complex field of neuroscience and the psychopath and had made it digestible for the non neuroscience major.

    I loved this book. It explains a lot of things about psychopaths. I would highly recommend this book especially if you have read the Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout and Snakes in Suits by Robert Hare.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pictorial Key to The Tarot

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Arthur Edward Waite
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (29)

    Arthur Edward Waite was a profound student of the occult. He was a member of the Order of The Golden Dawn, and made the Tarot accessible to the modern day reader. This classic text for the Rider- Waite deck discusses:-The major and minor arcana.-What each card means.-Reversed card meanings.-How to do a basic reading. The Pictorial Key to The Tarot is ideal for use with the Rider- Waite Deck and the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.

    JJ says: "Not for everyone."
    "Great Book if you know the Rider- Waite Deck"
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    Wanted to make sure that people know this is a great audio companion to the book of the same name by Arthur Edward Waite who helpd create the Rider- Waite Tarot Deck. The descrptions are great it would be best to listened to with the deck. Otherwise this audio book will not make sense to the listener.

    It was nice to listen to his throughts of the cards of the Rider- Waite Deck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tomorrow!

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Philip Wylie
    • Narrated By Keith O'Brien
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This book may change your life. It may save it. It is one of the most important - and most shocking - books ever written. Tomorrow! is a story of average, nice Americans living in the neighboring cities of Green Prairie and River City in Middle America.

    Vrodhogrider says: "Dated, But Still Meaningful, Classic Wylie"
    "Meh"
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    Philip Wylie was one of my favorite writers when growing up. I loved When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide, so I took a chance on Tomorrow.

    Perhaps it is that I am not into apocalyptic books as much today as when growing up, and that this was written in 1954 and it projected too many of the values of a post WWII era. It is not very realistic in the portrayal of what happens after a plutoniuim bomb would go off, and yet it was a little too realistic in places. Certainly, what we saw after Hurricane Katrina should give us pause about what the depths and depravity of human nature can involve in the mass exodus of people from an area.

    Had there been a nuclear winter from the number of bombs and retaliation of the bombings certainly there would be no kittens or babies or people for that matter. For that reason I would question the sensablity of the publishers to make this book into an audio book. It is dated material and perhaps should have been left on the shelf.

    The narrator; Keith O'Brien did a nice job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Baal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Baal was Robert McCammon's first novel, a debut that would lead to some of the finest popular fiction of our time. This deluxe new audio edition from Subterranean Press will give McCammon's many fans both newcomers and longtime fans - the opportunity to trace the development of an extraordinarily talented man. The story begins with a horrific rape on the streets of New York City. Nine months after that violation, a most unusual child is born. His name is Jeffrey Harper Raines...

    Clydene says: "Excellent Story"
    "Excellent Story"
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    Robert McCammon was 25 years old when he wrote this novel in 1979 and it is obvious that he was and is tremendously talented. I remember seeing Baal in the bookstore,but I was in college at the time and didn't have time for fiction. The writing is engaging the story moves along at good pace and keeps the reader interested. The sex and violence in the book is more of a punctuation to the story and is not the focus of the work.

    At first I thought the writing might be dated, but found that it was some of the best writing I can remember ever reading. I was concerned how date it might be as it was written before the internet and cell phones, which make up so much of our daily lives today, but the writing was so superb that I didn't really notice.

    I spent a delightful weekend with this book and it was worth every moment. I would highly recommend this book.

    Ray Porter did a great job with narration.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim: The Untold Story of Fallen Angels, Giants on the Earth, and Their Extraterrestrial Origins

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Roberts
    • Narrated By Charles Bice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    The ancient books of Genesis and Enoch tell us that sprit beings known as the Watchers descended to the Earth, had sex with women, and begat a hybrid race of offspring known as the Nephilim. Such tales are as old as humanity itself. These histories and accounts of visitations and subsequent mixed-blood, alien-human races comprise the bulk of the world's myths, legends, religions, and superstitions.

    Ramon A. Gil says: "Prerequisite: Book Enoch & Genesis"
    "Nothing Here"
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    While the book is well written, it is mostly speculation and not even documented speculation. The work meanders and large parts of the book are spent in the guise of creating the foundation for speculation and how the speculation can be validated.

    It was a complete waste of my time, and I am deeply saddened by the lack of scholarship.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Ferrell, Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (135)
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    (126)
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    (124)

    Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores many fascinating and unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?

    debbie says: "I would rate as just OK!"
    "Great Book - Fun and Informative"
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    History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time is a great little book. It is quick and very detailed about Ten Conspiracies that are the foundation of the history of American.

    I loved every aspect of the book from the lack of John Wilkes Booth conspiracy to what is stored at Fort Knox to the Spear of Destiny (once owned by Heinrich Himmler-one of the authors of the "final solution" the Nazis used to justify what we now call the Holocaust.

    Makes me want to buy a shovel and a submarine and learn how ot extract DNA.

    This is the ideal holiday gift for any history fan.

    Bonus: It is excellently narrated by Scott Brick!

    I wish I could give this book more than 5 Stars.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (472)
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    (404)
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    (407)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "Very Interesting."
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    The story is interesting, but I hope it dosen't end up like the 4400 did. It is hard not to see the tparallel in some instances, although they didn't appear out of a lake. Still the return of dead people is interesting. to see how the story will progress.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Double Feature: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Owen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Unraveling the tumultuous, decades-spanning story of the Dolan family’s friends, lovers, and adversaries, Double Feature is about letting go of everything - regret, resentment, ambition, dignity, moving pictures, the dead - and taking it again from the top. Combining propulsive storytelling and mordant wit against the backdrop of indie filmmaking, Double Feature brims with a deep understanding of the trials of ambition and art, of relationships and life, and of our attempts to survive it all.

    Eileen says: "Is good writing inherited??"
    "The Great American Novel for this generation"
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    In years to come Double Feature will be considered one of the "Great American Novels" from this generation of writers. It is not horror or suspense; it is about life and tells the story of growing up in this age through the story of Sam Dolan an everyday college student working on his college film project. It is as beautifully written as Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day, and could become the Catcher in the Rye of this generation. The writing and storytelling in this book is exquisitely beautiful.

    This book is the journey of the hero. It is very much a coming of age story as we see the main character of the story and his growth from a young self absorbed film director into a person. He is not perfect by any means and there are painful parts of the story that make you want to scream at Sam Dolan because you see the train wreck happening that you would like to stop.

    Everyone who has made a student film in college, especially those that failed, should read this book. It is a way to relive the anxiety of giving birth to a movie and get it out of your system if you are holding on to the film making tragedy.

    Amazingly, this book defines life of today in many ways born from dysfunctional families searching for meaning. Our lives have become so complex and probably the 75 Things That Cause Unnecessary Fatigue that Wesley lives by is ridiculous in a most entertaining way of portraying today’s complexity and yet don’t we all wish to be more misanthropic at the end of the day. The viral video, reality TV, cell phones and a centaur all make up the world of today and Owen King has described it perfectly, because we are all living in a TV documentary.

    I loved this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9759)
    Performance
    (8762)
    Story
    (8926)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "When you wish"
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    I love this story, I only wish that someone else loved it as much.

    Happy to see this available, but these recordings of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, etc are the Library editions that were created over 20 years ago. It is hard to believe that the publishers don't feel that they had enough NEW interest in the books to make new recordings. of the books, certainly the hundreds of millions of dollars made by the films would have warranted new recordings of the book.

    That said, Bob Inglis did a great job on this book; It is sad that I had listened to this before.

    If you have never heard the book I highly recommend it to you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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