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Jeff

Mount Pleasant, MI, United States

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  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (615)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "painfully boring"
    Overall

    I could not make it through more than a few chapters of this book. It starts out as an uneventful narrative and I could not make myself stick with it long enough to see if it ever improved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear The Clutter, Find Your Life

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gail Blanke
    • Narrated By Gail Blanke
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Throw Out Fifty Things is truly an eye-opener. According to Blanke, our lives are so filled with junk from the past--from dried up tubes of crazy glue to old grudges--that's it's a wonder we can get up in the morning, never mind go to work, care for our children and parents, and just put one foot in front of the other. Blanke wants to start a movement of people across America throwing out 50 things (magazines count as one!) that will help liberate us from the stuff - both physical and mental - that clutters our lives.

    Zeus says: "So useful, listened to it a 2nd time right away."
    "Throw this book out"
    Overall

    This audio book is about three and a half hours long. After the first thirty minutes I was convinced the contents could have been distilled down to something much smaller. It rambles about multiple column lists and anecdotes of important or life changing finds while throwing out items. Some of which sound made up. This is good and useful information that probably could have been shared in less than a fifth of the time. Maybe some will find the style entertaining but I did not.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nando Parrado, Vince Rause
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying, among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help.

    KHarrang says: "A Must Listen"
    "Emotional account of survival in the Andes"
    Overall

    I love this story. I have seen the movie Alive, read the book and now listened to Nando Parrado's book (one of the survivors) and this is the best of the three. This is a powerful story that provides the reader with perspective on their own life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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