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Michael

Golden, CO, United States

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  • Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Its Soul for Saudi Crude

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Robert Baer
    • Narrated By Robert O'Keefe
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Robert Baer reveals how our government's relationship with Saudi Arabia and America's dependence on Saudi oil make us vulnerable to economic disaster and put us at risk for further acts of terrorism. Our addiction to cheap oil and Saudi petrodollars caused us to turn a blind eye to the Al Sa'ud's culture of bribery, and its financial support of fundamentalist Islamic groups that have been directly linked to international acts of terror, including those against the United States.

    Kevin Christy says: "Ouch. The truth hurts."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I have the utmost respect for Robert Baer as a person and loved "See No Evil" recommended it to many because the book was not only illuminating but you could feel his passion and patriotism unfolding as the book progressed. This book had none of that. I hope he has not become bitter or he needs a paycheck. He is better than that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Briefer History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (145)

    Stephen Hawking's worldwide best seller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe.

    David says: "Stick with the original: A brief history of time"
    "Overwhelmed"
    Overall

    I thought as an graduate engineer with honors that I had a grasp of the fundementals of physics. I felt like a grade schooler in a graduate level class after the first hour. How the first book sold so many copies worldwide is beyond me. I guess it was just cool to say you were reading it. I guarantee vast majority of the people that bought the book has no clue of what he was saying. I wish I was a smart as Professor Hawkins not only for his knowledge, vision and understanding but for his ability to make money selling something few people understand what he is saying.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • One God, Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam [Portable Professor]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By F.E. Peters
    • Narrated By F.E. Peters
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The covenant that God made with the patriarch Abraham forms the basis of the three religions that today enjoy the largest followings in the world: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Despite the many common bonds among them, however, the Abrahamic religions have had an extremely complicated relationship, frequently defined by conflict, over the course of millennia of coexistence.

    David says: "No Faith Needed"
    "Bravo"
    Overall

    I found this narration one of the most enlightening experiences for me in the last decade. As spiritual seeker I am drawn to topics which discuss the "oneness" of mankind. As one who imagines a world at peace I believe that this can only happen when we see all of mankind as either our brother or sister. This narratation not only made me more attuned to our Islamic sisters and brothers, I learned more old Testament than I did of 12 years of Catholic education. Bravo, Professor Peters you made religion interesting and insightful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1221)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Haunting and Insightful"
    Overall

    I was captivated by Copote when I was growing up in the Midwest, but I was not prone, nor allowed, to talk about or ponder much about the controversial person or undesireable behavior. But I had remembered that dispite what people said about Capote the person, they always remarked favorably towards his writing.

    When I saw the movie "Capote", I knew that I had to listen to the book, which I heard with a mucher deeper empathy of the author, a better context of times, and a greater understanding of man's inhumanity to man.

    A remarkable read from a remarkable author who's style changed how books are written but who's recall and his ability to captivate a small group were his only redeeming qualities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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