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R. J. Rega

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  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Anderson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (272)

    Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "The "Real" Story"
    "Incite to today's Middle East issues"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lawrence in Arabia to be better than the print version?

    not necessarily


    What did you like best about this story?

    How this story links geopolitical decisions made then to their effects on the ME today


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    expressionism of characters is enjoyable


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny Carson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry Bushkin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (293)

    From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

    Pi says: "Not for the uninitiated"
    "Johnny We Hardly Knew Ya"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Johnny Carson again? Why?

    yes, it was entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Johnny Carson?

    how pathetic it became in the end


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    great expressionism


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the book did not disappoint


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the backdrop ofAmerican culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world?

    Jean says: "A duel biography"
    "digital issues"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Brothers the most enjoyable?

    history every American needs to know


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brothers?

    when they finally lose their grip on power


    What aspect of David Cochran Heath’s performance would you have changed?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    too many skips and drop outs

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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