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  • How To Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (144)
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    Seth Grahame-Smith delivers the definitive, essential guide to making it through a horror movie in one piece. As hilarious as it is useful (if you’re trapped in a scary flick, that is), How to Survive a Horror Movie covers all the bases. Trapped in a haunted house? Check. Stalked by an evil doll? Check. Wandering aimlessly through the remains of the old world as a plague of zombies sweeps over the planet? Check.

    Wil says: "Entertaining. What I expected"
    "condemnation of plot OR stupid horror movies"
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    there is a chuckle here and there but it's one big joke about how trite and predictable horror movies are and, by inference, how stupid those who watch them are. OK. So we are all guilty of stupidity from time to time. Jaws anyone? Psycho?

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Bar-Zohar, Nissim Mishal
    • Narrated By Benjamin Isaac
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    In Mossad, authors MichaelBar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us behind the closed curtain with riveting, eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground accounts of the most dangerous, most crucial missions in the agency's 60-year history.

    Mike says: "Israeli Intelligence through Iraeli Eyes"
    "enlightening"
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    This is supposed to make westerners admire the Mossad but for me it didn't work so well. Instead, I was impressed by the egos of Israeli politicians, the airing of personal vendettas by Mossad personnel and the over-arching theme of arrogance by all those in power in Israel.

    Combine that with the recent insertion of Israeli propaganda in the US political process and I am seriously rethinking any support of Israel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Body Language: Read Body Language and Learn Human Lie Detection Using Everyday Scenarios

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Goldberg
    • Narrated By Kristine Ann Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Wouldn't it be nice to know what people were really thinking? Imagine how helpful it would be to have a human lie detection tool in your hands! Well, now you do - this body language audiobook. Its been said that 80% of communication is non-verbal, and people who know how to accurately read body language find success in business and in life, and those who don't, fail. Its as simple as that. If you can accurately interpret body language, you can gain an edge in any situation, and this book will teach you how to do just that.

    DS says: "the disclaimer was missing"
    "the disclaimer was missing"
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    This book should come with a disclaimer. "For totally clueless people who enjoy being talked down to, as though you are two years old". It deserves one star only because when you get over the annoying sing-song voice there is one idea of worth, or maybe two, that you remember.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Fukuyama examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

    Gary says: "Understanding our place thru Poly Sci"
    "brilliant food for thought"
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    comprehensive, thoughtful, fact based look at where we've been (ie the world) and thoughts on where we could be going with either good leaders or bad. HIGHLY recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bill Browder
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (261)
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    Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

    DS says: "An Investment Banker with a moral compass"
    "An Investment Banker with a moral compass"
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    I wasn't expecting all that much from this book but I'm reading whatever I can find about Putin's Russia so I bought this.

    I was blown away.

    I think I was like most Americans since 9/11, I had put Russia on the back burner of my mind. Putin seemed weird but not any weirder than any of the Cold War leaders. After reading this book, and Flashpoints by George Friedman, I'm paying more attention to Russia, as, it seems, we all should.

    The sociopathic Russian regime of Vladimir Putin should make us afraid. Very afraid.... and I'm not sure the current crop of Presidential candidates, from the right or the left, are ready to deal with what lies ahead. Let's hope our leaders are vigilant.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center: A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ed Kugler
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
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    Raw, straightforward, and powerful, Ed Kugler's account of his two years as a Marine scout-sniper in Vietnam vividly captures his experiences there - the good, the bad, and the ugly. After enlisting in the Marines at 17, then being wounded in Santo Domingo during the Dominican crisis, Kugler arrived in Vietnam in early 1966. As a new sniper with the 4th Marines, Kugler picked up bush skills while attached to 3d Force Recon Company, and then joined the grunts.

    brent marsingill says: "Awesome!"
    "enough time has passed"
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    and now we can hear each other. For some reason the vets of the "War on Terror" have no problem writing memoirs as soon as they come home but (except for Audie Murphy's To Hell and Back) WW II, Korea and Vietnam took longer for the memories to sort themselves out.

    I was against the Vietnam war and still believe that if Kennedy hadn't been killed, we would have remained in an adviser role, but I'll never know. Both my husbands found ways to avoid the draft and never served. I don't think any of my close friends were anywhere near being drafted. But time has passed and a lot of sh*t has happened and I was ready to read about the other side of the Vietnam debate. I was not disappointed.

    This is a great book and as honest as I hoped for. Thank you Kug for letting me experience what you went through... if only vicariously. Yes, I cried with you and got p*ssed at the a**holes who had never been on patrol and who gave stupid orders. And was sad all over again at the carnage and waste the stupid "domino theory" caused.

    I would recommend this book for anyone who lived through the Vietnam era and for anyone who thinks he wants to join up. It might bring the former some peace (and you will laugh a lot in the process) and it will prepare the latter for what lies ahead (even if they don't understand yet).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Bruce Turk, George Friedman
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    George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends (politics, technology, population, and culture) of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for 500 years, been the cultural hotbed of the world - Europe - and examines the most basic and fascinating building block of the region: culture.

    John says: "Important Reading: Old Grievances Do Not Go Away"
    "SERIOUSLY GOOD READ"
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    From day one the Euro was a deeply flawed currency (one currency with 13+ different fiscal policies.... really?) and the financial crisis of 2008-9, and Europe's inability to cope with differing needs, led to +25% unemployment in the weaker economies, which is resulting in the rise of far right political parties and..... George Friedman and his company Stratfor have been advising multi-national corporations for years and this book is for all of us. Great food for thought. Concise political history, well reasoned speculation on probable political reactions and insightful analysis of social dynamics make this book a must read. I can't recommend it strongly enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Meltdown: A Look at Why the Economy Tanked and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (390)
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    The media tells us that "deregulation" and "unfettered free markets" have wrecked our economy and will continue to make things worse without a heavy dose of federal regulation. But the real blame lies elsewhere. In Meltdown, best-selling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., unearths the real causes behind the collapse of housing values and the stock market---and it turns out the culprits reside more in Washington than on Wall Street.

    Daniel Squires says: "Read this book!"
    "WHERE DO I BEGIN?"
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    IF you see the world in black and white (and are a Ron/Rand Paul fan) you'll love this.

    The examples presented are only half truths. The bigger picture is not presented. The basic idea is "if we get rid of the federal government, all will be right with the world"... seriously?

    I don't think the Congress, and the Bush cabinet, handled the financial meltdown well but they did a couple of things right and the Federal Reserve picked up the slack and, as a result, we are doing way better than the Euro Zone (let's not even think about comparing us to China or Japan... there is no reasonable comparison.

    The author is against all Federal infrastructure spending among other Federal spending. Without Federal spending, our infrastructure would fall into disrepair and disuse (which is what happened to West Africa after England left them to self-determination). One collapsed bridge is one too many. I don't want to live in a country without viable infrastructure. I might note that the author omits any mention of the Federal Highway System built by Eisenhower which, I think, we can all agree is "good" infrastructure and facilitated commerce and grew the economy.

    The narrator made this book very hard to take seriously, truly annoying style.

    Even though the author routinely calls others "stupid" I'm reluctant to call the author "stupid"... even though I think he is.

    Another 1 star reviewer stated the author was "obviously intelligent", I respectfully disagree.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Chuck Pfarrer
    • Narrated By Chuck Pfarrer
    Overall
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    "Since the first navy frogmen crawled onto the beaches of Normandy, no SEAL has ever surrendered," writes Chuck Pfarrer. "No SEAL has ever been captured, and not one teammate or body has ever been left in the field. This legacy of valor is unmatched in modern warfare." Warrior Soul is a book about the warrior spirit, and it takes the listener all over the world. Former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer recounts some of his most dangerous assignments.

    Jason says: "An amazing story"
    "BEST OF BREED"
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    I've read a whole bunch (18) of the recent crop of SPEC OPS memoirs and enjoyed them all. This is the best of breed. Sure you get the play-by-play on an few ops (which are exciting and make you very glad they work for us) but what made this special was the thoughtful and personally candid introspective look at his interior life.

    He was a very brave and competent operator, a party-hardy SEAL and, I would guess, a great one-night-stand. But he was also someone with enormous strength of character and a steady moral compass in his professional life (if not his personal life). I'm glad I wasn't one of his wives but I wish I had known him. He'd be a very good friend and a smart guy who's opinion I'd value. Great listen (it helps that he read his own life story).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    Overall
    (499)
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    (433)
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    How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year.

    André says: "Great teachers+ Raise kids' bar+ Don't exaggerate"
    "BETTER THAN EXPECTED"
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    I was hoping for something marginally interesting but what I got was much, much better than that. Based on my own NYC public school education in the 1950's and my son's private school education in the 1980-90's I firmly believe that children perform up to our expectations. Low expectations produce mediocre educations and lead to remedial classes as a college freshman. Turns out that the US educational system is in worse shape than we think mainly because our school boards expect very little. This book lays out what has to be done in very clear language so the next question is are we smart enough to do it in time for my grandson, and I think not. Looks like I'll be paying for private school for the next generation too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
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    Overall
    (1142)
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    (929)
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    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "everyone should read this"
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    As a progressive liberal, raised in the post WWII housing projects of NYC and a teenager during the high crime era of "West Side Story" days.... who was shocked by the revelations of the civil rights movement (the idea of "white only" or "black only" ANYTHING down south was unimaginable) the first chapter was kind of an annoying rehash of US history as I lived it.

    BUT, hang in there, don't get discouraged, this book is worth all 22 hours and 42 minutes of your time. I usually listen to books while doing something else. This is the first book that made me sit still and just listen..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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