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Judith

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  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (510)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Clearly laid out path to the 9/11 debacle"
    Overall

    This was a perfect book to go through as an audiobook. Lawrence Wright manages to provide a historical perspective on the Jihadi movements, a detailed look at Bin Laden and his closest associates, and at the same time fleshes out the squables between the CIA, FBI, and the Clinton and Bush administrations that provided Bin Laden with an openning to bring down the World trade center and the Pentagon as well as a fourth plane planned for the White House or Capitol. Not only was the text well conceived, it was very well read and easy to listen to. Altogether very worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (995)

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "A bit disappointed"
    Overall

    After having listened to "A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction" and loving it, I truly looked forward to listening to this latest book. Though there were some smart commentaries on culture as we know it, a lot of the humor, and delivery was IMHO sophomoric and forced.....I expected more from this team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Simon Schama
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    With powerfully vivid storytelling, often in the voices of the slaves themselves and the white abolitionists who became their emancipators and protectors, Schama details the odyssey of the escaped blacks through the fires of war and the terror of potential recapture at the war's end, into inhospitable Nova Scotia, where thousands who had served the Crown were betrayed and, in a little-known hegira of the slave epic, sent across the broad, stormy ocean to Sierra Leone.

    A User says: "Outstanding book"
    "Great book but I had trouble following the Reader"
    Overall

    This audiobook was read by the author (Simon Schama) and while it was a facinating 'read' and well worth the time, I found it hard to follow the audio because of the phrasing used. He seemed to read by phrase instead of sentences. Since many of his sentences were long it was difficult to keep the continuity with all the breaks in speech.

    Even with this distraction though, I very much enjoyed all the detail he gave about the various people involved, and felt I'd learned quite a bit by the end. This is certainly and conspicuously missing from the history as we were taught it in school.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3692)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (626)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "A great Audiobook"
    Overall

    This is the first Audiobook I purchased and unfortunately has set the bar high for all to follow. I listened to this while driving, and it was the perfect companion. Besides having the sharp wit of Jon Stewart, It also provides his well timed delivery and sarcasm. It was perfect to listen to in segments and had me laughing and enjoying throughout. True to Stewart's style, there were also informational tid bits in with the satire. I would recommend this as an audiobook to anyone who enjoys Stewart and his show.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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