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Zephyr

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  • The Four Loves

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By C.S. Lewis
    Overall
    (465)
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    (219)
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    (223)

    In this remarkable recording, C.S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the twentieth century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: "storge" (affection), "philia" (friendship), "eros" (sexual or romantic love) and "agape" (selfless love).

    William says: "Insightful Views on Love"
    "I love Lewis but..."
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    Would you listen to The Four Loves again? Why?

    I would listen to the four loves again because the substance of the book is solid.


    What other book might you compare The Four Loves to and why?

    The four loves is one of the best works of C.S. Lewis. He is very informative in this book and not at all out of his philosophical depth as in "The abolition of man". He provides good insights and clarifications as well as warnings. So i would most compare the four loves to "Mere Christianity".


    Would you listen to another book narrated by C.S. Lewis?

    In a sermon on transposition (found in "The weight of glory") Lewis gives a very helpful analogy whcih begins with the fact that since there are more vowel sounds then there are vowels in our alphabet some vowels must make more than one sound. He would do well to remember this when he speaks as his pronunciation of many words is frightful. My mind always cringed when he would pronounce Agape as Ahh-guh-pee. However this can be overlooked since his topic is so well covered and he is so very British.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud, Catherine Cauvin-Higgins (translator)
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
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    (42)
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    1981: Ronald Reagan’s inauguration marks a new escalation in the United States’ Cold War with the USSR. Months later, François Mitterrand is elected president of France with the support of the French Communist Party. The predicted tension between these two men, however, is immediately defused when Mitterrand gives Reagan the Farewell dossier, a file he would later call "one of the greatest spy cases of the 20th century".

    DS says: "ESPIONAGE GEEKS TAKE NOTICE"
    "Interesting read"
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    This book is interesting and informative for what it is. The manifold questions and uncertain areas of the narrative are treated exceptional well by the author. Competing hypotheses and conjectures are laid out well and leave no uncertainty in the reader about the uncertainty of the points being made. I would like to have had more in depth analysis on geopolitical ramifications of the information leak. The author focuses on the affair itself and the actors involved, leaving as secondary the before and after analysis of the global scene. That was the authors choice and the book reflects that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (533)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (461)

    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.

    carolyn says: "A Middle East Built on Lies"
    "An excellent place to start"
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    While a informative biography in its own right this title also serves well as an introduction to modern Middle East politics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gordon Thomas
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (157)
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    (72)
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    (72)

    despinne says: "Hatchet Job?"
    "Great story, badly recorded."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have someone record it with good equipment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Accounts of Mossad activity are always fascinating and this book is no exception


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Theodore Bikel?

    Well there's nothing wrong with Theodor Bikels performance except that it seems to have been recorded on a 90's personal cassette player.


    Was Gideon's Spies worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the Jihad: My Life With Al Qaeda, A Spy's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Omar Nasiri
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    Inside the Jihad is the story of a double agent operative working for UK and French intelligence by infiltrating Al Qaeda training camps. During his time in the camps, Nasiri met all of the top terrorist leaders, including Osama bin Laden, and engaged in a wide range of illegal activities. Strikingly well-written and gripping, Inside the Jihad is a terrifying, suspenseful read.

    Rickey P. Brumfield says: "Eye opening for an American"
    "Definately worth a read"
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    Any additional comments?

    A good look at the mindset of radical Islam and the threat it poses both to the west and to the Ummah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (240)

    From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I - from the breakdown of diplomacy to the dramatic battlesthat occurred before the war bogged down in the trenches.

    Jean says: "outstanding"
    "Excellent account of the early events of the war."
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    What made the experience of listening to Catastrophe 1914 the most enjoyable?

    It was very informative about the early savage months of the war often forgotten compared to the years of trench warfare that followed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very well written. This is my first Max Hastings book, and while I think he's a discount John Toland, his work is still excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just the overall plight of the combatants. In all history this war was probably hardest on the soldiers of both sides. Brave men on both sides endured horror and privation in a war that historians quite rightly consider nothing more than a catastrophe for the world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Korean War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
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    (35)

    On 25 June, 1950, the invasion of South Korea by the Communist North launched one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century. The seemingly limitless power of the Chinese-backed North was thrown against the ferocious firepower of the UN-backed South in a war that can be seen today as the stark prelude to Vietnam.

    Jordan Schneider says: "Strong mil-focused history of Korean War"
    "Excellent history of a war too many people forget."
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    Would you listen to The Korean War again? Why?

    Certainly. This was my second book by Max Hastings, personally I think he's a discount John Toland, but he can still write a good history book. This book was informative in its context and well reasoned in its speculations and conclusions.


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

    I spent several minutes laughing over the accounts of the antics of UN POWs in the Chinese prison camps. It was a wonderful splash of humor to contrast with the miserable condition of the prisoners.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Yehuda Avner
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    The Prime Ministers is the first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day. It reveals stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, top-secret military operations and high level peace negotiations. The Prime Ministers brings listeners into the orbits of world figures, including Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

    Eli says: "Great and fascinating book, wrong narrator."
    "A fascinating look at Israeli government"
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    Would you listen to The Prime Ministers again? Why?

    Certainly. I wouldnt recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about Israeli history. But if you are generally familiar with Israels origin and history through at least the Yom Kippur war then this narrative provides a fascinating look into the governments and personalities that shaped that history,


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I find that the novelty of the authors life oddly mirrors the novelty of the life of the Israeli state, with all its ups and downs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5415)
    Performance
    (2499)
    Story
    (2506)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Amazon Customer says: "It tantalized my taste buds"
    "A bit too short, not very detailed."
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a book interesting to someone unfamiliar with the history of the American revolution. The title is very literal, it goes over events only in the one year. The story is told well, but if you know the highlights already this book isn't detailed enough to throw any more light on the events. However if you are unfamiliar with the early days of the American nation then this is a great place to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Rex

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex tells the story of President Theodore Roosevelt in real time, reflecting the world as "TR" saw it. Full of cinematic detail, Theodore Rex moves with the exhilarating pace of a novel, yet it rides on a granite base of scholarship.

    Darwin8u says: "BULLY for Teddy the Übermensch!"
    "The most interesting man in the world"
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    What did you love best about Theodore Rex?

    The almost novel like quality of the biography, it keeps you enraptured. But the details and descriptions of political conditions both within Washington and relations abroad are nevertheless well recorded.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Teddy Roosevelt of course, love or hate his legacy you can help admiring the man. Though if Teddy's son had been born early enough to feature a little more prominently in this work, Quentin might have stolen the top spot.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Marosz’s voice?

    The reading was done very well, but the editing had errors. At the end of chapters sentences repeat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Toland
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (316)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author’s words, "a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened - muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox."

    Cassandra says: "Long, but never boring"
    "A fanatastic account of the war in the Pacific"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rising Sun the most enjoyable?

    The style of the writing and the emphasis put on the mindset of the Japanese people as a whole.


    What other book might you compare The Rising Sun to and why?

    This book most reminds me of "The rise and fall of the Third Reich" I thought William Shirer had no equal when it came to writing a captivating historical account but John Toland gives him a run for his money with this work


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ive never listened to any other performance of Weiner. However he delivered a great reading here and while his imitation of the voices of various people sounds almost mocking it does help a poor American differentiate between many Japanese leaders with very similar names.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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