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Kayvon

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (248)

    In a cloak-and-dagger story of spies, saboteurs, and secret agents, Kinzer reveals the involvement of Eisenhower, Churchill, Kermit Roosevelt, and the CIA in Operation Ajax, which restored Mohammad Reza Shah to power. Reza imposed a tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which, in turn, inspired fundamentalists throughout the Muslim world, including the Taliban and terrorists who thrived under its protection.

    amazonman says: "Fascinating & Insightful View of US/ Iran History"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This book was incredibly researched and detailed, yet engaging and accessable. While the book is sympathetic towards the plight of the Iranian people and the nationalist/Anit-colonial movement, the views of the multiple factions involved are reported fairly. If this book has a "hero," it is MohammAd Mossadegh. Yet, for all his passion and vision, he is portrayed as a real human being with flaws, not a near-mythical giant-slaying figure. A MUST for anyone concerned with current events.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Erik von Markovik
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    The Pickup Artist is a salacious book about the continuing adventures of the world's most famous pickup artist, Mystery, who was first introduced as the ringleader of a subculture of pickup artists chronicled in Neil Strauss's 2005 best seller The Game. After fame, fortune, and reality television, a group of pickup artists live in a gorgeous Miami mansion and live the life many merely dream of.

    Steven says: "Tortuous to Hear"
    "Dishonest"
    Overall

    The best thing about Neil Strauss' "The Game" wasn't about picking up women, it was how honest "Style" was about his transformation. Style had highs to be sure, but many, many lows--and these were balanced and portrayed fairly.

    By contrast, Mystery's "The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction" reads like someone in junior high wrote a story about how awesome he's going to be when he grows up. It's like Entourage without humor or intelligence: "Oh no things might not work out! Oh wait, they will work out. Yay!" Nothing about the "story" contained within it contains any emotional weight.

    Also, the narration is ridiculous. Alan Sklar has a great voice, but this wasn't the appropriate venue for it.

    But, I'm sure if you're a pickup artist or just interested in the subculture you'll buy this book anyway, and I won't blame you. Mystery is a genius, and I hate to admit that I would have put one of my credits towards the book even if I had read this review. It's just sad that for such a great illusionist, the picture he paints in this book doesn't seem real at all.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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