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Jonathan

Lambertville, MI, USA

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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
    (196)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    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"
    "GREAT BOOK!"
    Overall

    The narrator could have read a bit faster, but did a great job nonetheless.
    Incredible story for those that have 'heard things' about Echelon and it's capabilities, and have fears built falsely on the listening capabilities of our government, this book helps to define many of the things they can and can't do, but also may be able to do. Terrific book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hunters of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (257)

    At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. Hunters of Dune is the exotic odyssey of the crew as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy.

    James says: "The lost dialog of Dune"
    "I hate to rate it like this, but...."
    Overall

    Frank Herbert's genius will never be matched or even emulated successfully. Granted, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson gave the disclaimer in the beginning that they wouldn't be able to match it, but several times there were some really weak emulations that just made me angry, like the way the word 'generous' was used in previous books, it's like they threw it in just for a bit of nostalgia. I agree with one of the other reviewers here, that the original outline of Frank Herbert's should be released in unedited form.
    I don't have anything to back this up, but this book seemed to be wholly written by Kevin J. Anderson, read the 'Saga of the Seven Suns' series and you'll see what I mean, his personal style is all over this. Unfortunately, for me this has been such a clash in writing styles that I can barely make it through this book. I hope the original manuscripts/outlines will be published in full someday.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2822)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (573)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "awesome"
    Overall

    Just an unbelievable book... I own my own consulting business, and am currently trying to figure out how to apply Tim's teachings toward my structure, as quickly as possible. This is the lifesaver tossed out to anyone that wants to escape spending their life working, and not enjoying. The narrator did a great job with his highly motivational tone throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6951)
    Performance
    (1703)
    Story
    (1745)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Good book"
    Overall

    Excellent read from start to finish... Personally not knowing much about the history of some of the 'secret societies' descibed in this book, it brought up an interesting theory that had me thinking about it for several weeks, looking for plainly obvious weak points, altogether a great book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3117)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (916)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Dry..."
    Overall

    Very dry, completely lost interest at several point in the second file of the book, didn't finish it. Way too much detail in areas that I didn't think were pertinent to the point of the story. I would only recommend this if you don't know ANYTHING about the Afghan-Soviet story at all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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