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J.T.

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  • On China

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Henry Kissinger
    • Narrated By Nicholas Hormann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (192)

    The eminent historian and strategist reflects on how China's past illuminates its 21st-century trajectory, drawing on 40 years of intimate acquaintance with the country and its leaders.

    Ben says: "Long, academic, bland - AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!"
    "The best book on understanding China"
    Overall

    The way the book was laid out to explin the world as the Chinese see it from a historical and a modern view point goes a long way to understand the Korean war and other flash points. It also explain how they will tend to react in the future.

    If you are going to do business in China read this book first.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (991)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Good listen till the end - left you wanting more"
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    It is a story I had never heard before. It is an interesting to see how 2 cultures mixed for weeks that were totally different and so much the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (1916)
    Story
    (1922)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "I remember - but I did not know..."
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    This books gives the contex of many things going on before and after the day in Dallas. Moving to Dallas 5 years after the assination talk radio made a living on the each new therory or plot. Most made the authors money and not much more.

    It was good to see it all put back in to prespective. Some of that historyin Nov is still being felt today. So many of the details I had forgotten or had not put into that contex.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1026)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "If you want to know how to Survive"
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    This is a story that I started with low expectations and found the way it was written made the very scary thought of starvation one of survival lead by the women. Those second class citizens saved their families with incrediable resourcefulness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3902)
    Performance
    (3473)
    Story
    (3492)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Great Book for a long trip"
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    Even if you do not like history about wars this is a fun listen. Things like Booth was next to Lincoln at his swearing in for the second term and had to be restrained from attacking Lincoln.

    Great book for a family listening if they know a little of American History.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Malcom Potts, Thomas Hayden
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    Human beings have been battling one another since time immemorial. But why war and terrorism? Why are men almost always the killers, and why are war and sex so inextricably linked? Why do we kill members of our own species intentionally, when few other animals do so?

    Craig C. says: "New Perspective"
    "This is the Berkley view point on terriorism"
    Overall

    The goal of the book is admirable. In the early part of the book it is well documented with citations. As it moves to more modern examples the authors just get the facts wrong I think to prove a point.

    The best example is the 9/11 hitchackers none fit his profile. Another example would be the the idea after 9/11 to ignore or not repsond to the attack. He fails to "recall" the number of attacks we did not respond to before 9/11 so the time between decrease but the deaths increased with each.

    The value is the understanding of male and female groups he based on chimp studies. That was useful and well done.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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