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Wadood Chaudhary

New Jersey ,USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 7 reviews
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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
    (640)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (254)

    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"
    "What a book!"
    Overall

    Reads like a spy thriller, yet provides you deep insights into politics of Middle East and identifies the roots of 9/11.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Husain Haqqani
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    A character-driven history that describes the bizarrely ill-suited alliance between America and Pakistan, written by a uniquely insightful participant: Pakistan's former ambassador to the US. The relationship between America and Pakistan is based on mutual incomprehension, and always has been. Pakistan - to American eyes - has gone from being a stabilizing friend to an essential military ally to a seedbed of terror.

    CHESTER says: "PAKISTAN AND U.S. RELATIONS"
    "Great book overall."
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    Although I personally don't like the author but this is a well-researched book and lays out history of delusions from both sides in a very interesting manner, explaining the basis of many conspiracy theories rampant in Pakistan.
    It is well-written and well-narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (274)

    With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.

    Sarah says: "The Best!"
    "Great book maybe but terrible Audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blind Assassin to be better than the print version?

    No - audio is terrible. I've ordered the print edition from Amazon and trying to get my credit refund from Audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mystery. Life. Suspense. Buildup.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Margot Dionne?

    Recording quality is so poor that Narrator is irrelevant.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4689)
    Performance
    (2061)
    Story
    (2036)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "A must read!"
    Overall

    As an audible book, it is a very well read, sounds great and could get real funny at times.
    This book should not be avoided by anyone. He raises important points and more importantly tries to raise consciousness - although I think he goes too far when he tries to explain the origin of religion by Natural selection. Also, his critisicm of some aspects of religion can best be desribed his own point of view. He brilliantly detsroys the dogmatic aspects of religion and the way people think about religion.
    The book is out to convert you. In my case it did not but I learned a lot!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    For more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing, as in the Cuban missile crisis, to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. Now the Bush administration is intensifying this process, driving us toward the final frontiers of imperial control, toward a choice between the prerogatives of power and a livable Earth.

    Jazz Listener says: "Great book, lousy reader"
    "An astonishing piece of writing!"
    Overall

    This book is an astonishing piece of writing. This book is not written by Chomsky - yes, that is true. Almost, all of the book is put together by references from other documents. This amazing construction runs from sentence to sentence, paragraph after paragraph. This style of book in audio ONLY would be lost to some listeners like samreeve, from Pleasanton - who might complain that there are not eneough refrences. In Audio, it might carry this impression that these are author words while in reality he has just put it together from sources, which are clearly set off by quotation marks and referenced in the printed form.
    I've not seen a book which is almost created wholly from Cut&Paste of diverse sources and yet remains chorent and readable.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • 1984

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (86)

    The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's prophetic nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia", a startlingly original and powerful novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words.

    Erik says: "Good narrator, great book"
    "Matrix"
    Overall

    One of the books that will surely effect your thinking, so listen with caution. I was suprised to find so many of political phrases (Thought police, Big Brother, Double-Speak) that I heard elsewhere originated from this masterpiece.
    The book was the most probable inspiration behind the movie Matrix, but the book predicts many things which are happening now. The Tele-Screens of Orwell are akin to Face Recognition cameras in public places. In the book, they were initially created for enemy spies but then slowly graduated to monitor everyone in the population. In todays world, we have started with terrorists and lets hope it stops here. Monitoring of email, chat and web-browsing are all predicted in the book. The dehumanizing and manufacturing of enemy was very accurate and funny, and the motivation to keep the world in perpetual war was also very pertinent. Similarly, how much of our thinking would be shaped by media is well predicted. Our language is full of double-speak and media buzz words which results in inner contardictions that we do not recognize. The relationship of vocabulary with thoughts is also well addressed. Also, changing the past as predicted by the book is also very much possible in near future. Suppose, if government takes complete control of internet and our browsers do not allow the saving of any material on one's machine. Governments can then go back in time and make changes. For example, a person querying the web in 2010 will find that Bush always supported UN and was a true multilaterist.
    Overall, very interesting ideas expressed in book.

    28 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Family Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (101)

    From the author of the highly acclaimed A Fine Balance, comes a brilliantly evocative novel that confirms Mistry's reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. "As close to perfect as a novel can get," raves Booklist.

    JOHN says: "More greatness from Rohinton Mistry"
    "One of the best read novels"
    Overall

    This is not only a great book but its audio rendering is the best of all books that I heard on audible. Perfectly dramatized.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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