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  • Freedom (TM)

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,259

In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow - a must read

  • By James on 07-11-10

Great Audio Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-10

The best audio books are ones where the narration adds to the story. Freedom is a "narration added" book. Suarez, the author, is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton: he shows the same attention to detail while asking the question, "what if we went --this-- far?"

Easily five stars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Soldiers

  • By: David Finkel
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it "the surge". "Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences," he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic Army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is amazing, but brutal

  • By C. Irwin on 03-01-10

One of the best audiobooks of the year

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-09

Great writing, compelling story, and superb narration equal one great audio experience. i can understand why this book won the Pulitzer. Any young man thinking of going to war should read this to make an informed decision.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Evolution of God

  • By: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and thought provoking

  • By Joseph on 02-09-10

Great

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-09

Very thought provoking. Highly recommended.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,348

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Horrible ending

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-09

What a wonderful ride....incredible narration... I just kept saying, "Oh please don't end inconclusively."

It did. The book seemed to be gearing up for a great conclusion. And then it ended.
Terrible.


5 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Empires of Trust

  • How Rome Built - and America Is Building - a New World
  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

In Empires of Trust, Professor Thomas F. Madden explores surprising parallels between the Roman and American republics. By making friends of enemies and demonstrating a commitment to fairness, the two republics - both "reluctant" yet unquestioned super-powers - built empires based on trust. Madden also includes vital lessons from the Roman Republic's 100-year struggle with "terrorism."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real eye opener

  • By Thomas Allen on 12-20-08

Dull

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-08

I thought this was going to be a great book. The first chapter shows such great promise. Unfortunately, the book is a as dull as a one note song. Each chapter makes the same point. Each chapter begins with some Roman history, which is superficially connected to American history or current events, and concludes with the same point. Over and over again.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Legacy of Ashes

  • The History of the CIA
  • By: Tim Weiner
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,973
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453

This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read/Listen

  • By Jim on 08-23-07

Frightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-07

This is a wonderfully written disturbing history of the CIA. I finished this book wondering if the CIA represents the inevitable malfunction of all government bureaucracies, or specific to an American spy agency. I fear the former, and am left with grave concern that intelligence can act intelligently.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Mighty and the Almighty

  • Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs
  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Does America have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists? Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State and best-selling author of Madam Secretary, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The point??

  • By Thomas on 11-04-06

Use a Professional Narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-06

This book could have been sooo much better if Sec. Albright had used a professional to narrate her book. I found myself zoning out for all but the most intriquing parts because her voice was so hard to focus on. She drones. Very monotone. Very bad narration. Aside from that, interesting perspective.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Million Little Pieces

  • By: James Frey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 435

By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • My fury got to me. My fury got to me...etc.

  • By trish on 12-01-05

Cheated

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-06

This would have been 5 stars, were it true. Now that the truth is out, if it's true that an addict will lie, cheat and steal for a fix, and since Mr. Frey did just that for money, his story of redemption is bogus. I'd get my book credit back from Audible, just on principle, but I like Audible too much. I wouldn't give this author one more dime.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Color of Law

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Gimenez
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firm, who long ago checked his conscience at the door, catches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Delight

  • By PETER WADE on 01-03-09

Great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-05

Compelling, hard to put down. The narration adds to the story. Highly recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I give the book a five but I won't buy it...

  • By S Atherton on 07-20-05

Well...it was okay

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-05

I liked the structure of this novel, and I mostly liked the characters, but the ending did not live up to the buildup. I hate it when that happens. Most disappointing. Were the ending more satisfying, I'd probably give it 4 stars. I must agree with another reviewer who found the voices and music somewhat distracting at times, but mostly, the producers of this audio version get A for effort in making this ever so slightly different than the book, and different than many audio books that are simply read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful