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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
    (2041)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (633)

    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"
    "A Must Read/Listen"
    Overall

    This is by far the most informative book I have read or listen to for the real details of the CIA. The book does not have an agenda but one gets the sense the author does respect the employees who have put their lives on the line as well as those who daily attempted to protect this country.

    This book is aimed at the leadership of the agency for the history of the CIA AND our leaders who we have voted for to guide this country. The book is based on documents, interviews and not a personal bias from the author. What the facts are based on is what is so scary, I have become very skeptical about the agency.

    I have always defended the agency and assumed that the government (aka CIA)did what it had too do to keep us safe. This book reveals personal agendas by those in power who wanted revenge for the several defeats we as a county have had, even when it is described as less than a defeat.

    It is a long book (21 hours) but well worth the time. For those who still have 9/11 burned into your memories, the story behind the story told in this book will leave you very upset.

    I have listen to THE COMPANY and CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR, both relating to the CIA and the abuse of power by those in our government but LEGACY OF ASHES is the best.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (462)

    He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

    Diana says: "Nelson does it again"
    "Starts Slow ?"
    Overall

    I read some of the reviews prior to ordering this book. I have read many of the other books written by DeMille, and agreed with most of the five star ratings of those books. But, I must say this did not start slow. It grabs you right from the beginning and holds your attention all the way. Another great pairing of De Mille and Brick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Is My Broker

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Brother Ty, Christopher Buckley, John Tierney
    • Narrated By Mark Linn-Baker
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    One fateful day, Brother Ty - a failed, alcoholic Wall Street trader who had retreated to a monastery - decided to let God be his broker. He saved his monastery and discovered the Seven and a Half Laws™ of spiritual and financial growth. Now, for the first time, Brother Ty reveals his secrets and tells you how you can get God to be your broker.

    Malcolm Trevillian says: "An entertaining fiction"
    "A good book to help you escape"
    Overall

    I have read/listen to three of Buckley's books and this is the one I enjoy the most. Funny and possible in today's world. The term "snow balling out of control" is a good describtion of this very funny book. My wife who is not much on listening to books can't put this one in the "off" position. Have fun and this will take you away from some of your troubles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3161)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1523)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Terrific Plot Again"
    Overall

    I couldn't wait to listen to this book. At the end I had the feeling that in his next book, Mitch Rapp is going to "throw in the towel" due to the policiticians and the PC environment. Mike Nash is probably going to be the next leading character for additional books.

    This book had a sub story line in the character of Mike Nash and his home life. Although this added pages and chapters it did not do much for the story line, other than show the dedication of the men and women who really fight the war.

    Another good book from Mr. Flynn but is not as focused on the story line as he was in the first or second book.

    Still, for the fans of Flynn, the thrill continues.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Supreme Courtship

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Anne Heche
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the guts to reject her.

    Jim says: "Comic Relief"
    "Comic Relief"
    Overall

    If you are sick and tired of the depressing news day in and day out, this book and Buckley's humor is for you. Every time a supreme court openning occurs, in real life, we go through the same game of Advise and Conscent. This book will give you some time to laugh during these hectic news times and the current, as well as past and future, climate in Washington and our "so called leaders" and the increadible distance we have come from the founding fathers concept of government and how it should function.

    Listen to this when you are down and need lifting. I am embarking on listening to more books by Buckley (have just started "This is no way to treat a First Lady" - also very funny). He first came to attention, for me at least, on CBS's Sunday Morning show when he was interviewed. Somebody has to be humorous about our "clowns" in DC. Who else has the ability to express wit other than the son of William Buckley. Have Fun !!!!!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Protect and Defend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3176)
    Performance
    (1498)
    Story
    (1507)

    The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

    Warren says: "Best book I've listened to this year"
    "Good But Not To His Standard"
    Overall

    I have two favorite writers and Vince Flynn is one of the two. I couldn't wait for this segment to come out since I have listened to all of the series in order.

    I think all good writers have a point in their writing career when they hit a wall or least a wall they have problems getting over or around. I think Vince Flynn MAY have hit that point with this book. I was somewhat dissappointed in the flow. In his earlier books there was pure story and no extra descriptions of non-plot items. It appeared to me, at least, that he was more flowery on this book than the others. Clancy was like that. Tom Clancy aways had to exceed the number of pages than his previous novel. Story tellers have the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat with pure plot and thrills. Mitch Rapp now has too be a cold, no emotion character due to the story line. I just hope Vince Flynn gets back to his pure story line plot in the next book. Perhaps I was expecting too much. Flynn has made me expect only the best in his books and characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1595)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (659)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "The Real War"
    Overall

    This is the author's first book and he gets your attention from the beginning. There are several parts/phases which appear to be written by a novice, but the story is terrific. He and his fellow soldiers deserve all the honor this country can provide....no matter what your opinion on this war may be. What he and the others went through should not go un-noticed. His appearance on TV when the book was released worked. I wanted to read more.

    We live our lives in comfort and complain of stress while waiting in traffic. These soldiers would switch with us in a heart beat.

    Great story of courageousness, honor, and what the next generation can provide. Certainly not what you see at rallies.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3064)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1547)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Great Read or Listen"
    Overall

    If you have not read any of Vince Flynn's other books, you should. Attempt to read his first thru the last written. Act of Treason continues in the same well written, straight story line story telling without, what I call taking a side path to describe bits and characters not directly related to Rapp or the story line. All his books are scary because what he describes could or has happened in the war on terror. Flynn's writing style and detail remind me of Tom Clancey without the extra 300 to 400 pages.

    Flynn is one of my favorite writers and I hope he continues to deliver one book every 12 - 18 month time frame, even though one a month would be better....just impossible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (306)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "Continuation of a Great Story teller"
    Overall

    Adrian continues to be a great story teller and he again teams up with my favorite reader. These two make a terrific pair. I just wish there were more books to listen to from this pair.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (580)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Another Great Writer"
    Overall

    I have two or three favorite writers who have the ability to take the reader/listener down a path of a story line without taking side trails and describing items, persons etc not directly affecting the story. This writer is one who takes you on a jurney which is pure story and told in an irish acscent which draws you further into the story. I could not put this book down nor wait until I downloaded the Deadyard and Bloomsday Dead. All three are connected in a fascinating way. Each of the three are narrated by the same person and adds to the continuitiy of the trilogy. Listen to all three (in the order listed above) and see if you don't agree that Adrian McKinty can write a story and narrated by Jerrod Doyle, who I give 1/2 the credit for the realism of the stories due to his Irish inflection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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