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Glenn

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  • Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Max Blumenthal
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    In Goliath, New York Times best-selling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens. Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in 2008/9, which brought into power the country's most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process.

    William says: "The truth is rarely pretty"
    "Low rating not because of basic content."
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    This could be an interesting magazine article but instead was turned into a book / 24 hrs of listening. It's a looping story (about 50 times) of how Israel mistreats the Palestinians. I got it after chapter one.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Anderson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (287)

    Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "The "Real" Story"
    "It's why I dont read books..."
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    so I listen, but this story is a waste of time. Watch the movie and/or listen to the author on NPR's Fresh Air. The author's interview was super interesting and inspired me to hear the whole story. Well, way too much detail in a story that should take 1/4 of the time. Maybe it's the state of the world, we have no patience, we need instant gratification, or maybe just don't overdo it. I don't need to hear a lot of words, I want to hear a great tale.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, New York and Washington, learned how to manufacture it - until August 2007, when that confidence began to crumble. Ron Suskind here tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility".

    shari says: "another uneducated narrator"
    "Have only listened to the first 15 minutes..."
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    and I can't stand the narrator’s voice! It distracts from the story!! All I can think about is his low, scratchy delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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