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Eric

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  • Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Radden Keefe
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (42)

    In Chatter, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the international eavesdropping alliance known as Echelon, sorting facts from conspiracy theories to determine just how much privacy Americans unknowingly sacrifice in the name of greater security.

    Eric says: "Really neat look at intelligence gathering/secrecy"
    "Really neat look at intelligence gathering/secrecy"
    Overall

    It's a shame this book hasn't been more widely listened to (only 3 ratings at time of this writing, all 5 stars) because it's extremely informative and brings to light issues/events that you might not be aware of, or even think of when you consider the topic of intelligence. It's an ideal book for anyone curious about the subject, and if you're interested in learning a little from a neat non-fiction book, this one is a great choice. Just listen to the audio sample first, the narrator's voice is quite deep and maybe a little exaggerated. My mp3 player lets me select a higher playback speed so I can make the voice sound more normal and it's not a problem for me. I still highly recommend it regardless.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Proving Ground

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By G. Bruce Knecht
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Proving Ground is more than one of the most exciting adventure stories written in years. It is also on incisive look at the forces that continue to draw men who have triumphed on land to risk everything at sea.

    Gregaud says: "This story really floats my boat!!"
    "Stellar"
    Overall

    I've listened to probably over 25 books from Audible and this was one of the best. Would have liked unabridged format, but abridged was excellent all the same. Un-put-down-able.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Belmont

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Kevin Conway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (49)

    In 1963, with the city of Boston already terrified by a series of savage crimes known as the Boston Stranglings, a murder occurred in Belmont, just a few blocks from the house of Sebastian Junger's family, a murder that seemed to fit exactly the pattern of the Strangler. Roy Smith, a black man who had cleaned the victim's house that day, was convicted, but the terror of the Strangler continued.

    Ian says: "Marvellous history of early sixties America"
    "Intriguing mystery"
    Overall

    I went into this book cold, no idea who the Boston Strangler was or of any of the murders. The book contains a good deal of background information but for the most part it is interesting and presented well. The story is extraordinary enough to sell itself, but Junger does a good job of laying it out and keeping your attention. A good audiobook lets you escape for a while and this is definitely one of those. Excellent narration work by actor Kevin Conway, too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (355)

    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "One of Audible's Best"
    Overall

    Everyone can relate to this book because it tries to explain the activity of the brain in our moment-to-moment existence. You may find yourself paying closer attention to everything you do (and especially everything you think) while absorbing the author's explanation of how you are doing it. Hawkins' theory is insightful, convincing, and even surprising. Just as remarkable, it is easily understood by persons with little background in the field. The book is also well narrated, though if your player allows you to, I personally recommend playback at 110% speed to make the voice sound more normal (I think Audible purposely reduced the speed to make the book more digestible). The author went to some lengths to make the book as enjoyable as possible for Audible customers, narrating the preface himself and verbally explaining some of the book's illustrations. These illustrations are available for download at Audible from the book's summary page and I highly recommend that you take advantage of them. Don't let the plain title and cover art deter you--this is one of the best nonfiction books at Audible.com.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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