Pulitzer Prize, General nonfiction, 2016. When Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I already have recommended it. Didn't try to oversimplify a complex social, ethnic, political story but told it in an engaging way. It makes me interested to learn more about many of the players, e.g.King Abdullah of Jordan.
Have you listened to any of Sunil Malhotra’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Have not but would again.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened to it while doing many things but it always had my interest.
Stone Barrington is lured from Elaine's to New England and the genteel but cutthroat world of priceless antiques, historic homes, and lavish country estates. In a place dominated by bluebloods and their inherited wealth, along with the nouveau riche, there are surprisingly few rules of engagement, and Stone finds himself navigating a dangerous course, one where even the most expensive and sought-after status symbols are sometimes stolen and sometimes clever fakes, though no less priceless.
I have been a fan of Stuart Woods, especially the Will Lee series but this book is terrible. It mixes both series, Will Lee and Stone Barrington, but to what purpose? I finally gave up when I became bored with and antagonized by the tawdry dialogue: Stone brings a woman who is his weekend guest to an old man's house. "Is she for me?" And, yes, he leaves her there like discarded luggage. Won't buy his titles until I know that his adolescent alter ego has been dispatched!
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Nayir al-Sharqi, known by his friends for religious piety and his Bedouin-like knowledge of the desert, lends his assistance to a wealthy family when their soon to-be-married daughter Nouf goes missing. After a short search, the girl is found dead, apparently drowned in the desert during a freak deluge. Something about her death doesn't sit well with Nayir, however, and he makes an uncomfortable alliance with a female coroner's technician to determine what really happened.
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. While there is a whodunit at the center of the storyline, I was captivated by the many details of daily life in Saudi Arabia. Inside the head of a righteous Muslim, the retrictions on women from clothing to needing a driver or male escort to the difficult, if not impossible, effort to get to know a member of the opposite sex. Give it a listen!
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Gabe Singleton and Andrew Stoddard were roommates at the Naval Academy in Annapolis years ago. Today, Gabe is a country doctor and his friend Andrew has gone from war hero to governor to President of the United States. One day, Marine One lands on Gabe's Wyoming ranch, and President Stoddard delivers a disturbing revelation and a startling request.
This novel should be recommended for English learners. The author says what he is going to say, says it then sums it up by saying it. First time that I've written a negative review.
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Che is a precocious young boy raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother. Yearning for his famous outlaw parents - radical 1960s activists who are now among the FBI's most wanted - he's denied access to television and the news. But he takes hope from his teenage neighbor, who predicts, "They will come for you, man. They'll break you out of here."
Great and interesting story.
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For Mark Rohr, a decorated Desert Storm vet, the last 10 years have been filled with shady jobs like his current stint as a bouncer at a red-light-district bar in Thailand. When a beautiful and naïve American girl, Robin Antonucci, arrives in Phuket City from the States and hires him to help find her missing brother, Mark sees the chance to make some easy money.
This was fun and kept me in suspense. I enjoyed the setting
in Thailand. I liked the narrator also.
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Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this memoirs, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.
Well-paced, suspenseful, really grips you to the end. Highly recommend.
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In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.
Poitier tells his story with humor, humility and wisdom. I am not usually interested in the life of celebrities but maybe I should be. The topics he covers are all over the place and he can make listening to anything worthwhile. His personal experiences coming to the U.S. before the civil rights movement, his selectiveness about the roles he would play and his insights into the films and plays he starred in are so interesting. I want to rent his movies and think about his comments. I liked his thoughts on parenting and belonging. Great audio. He should write more and this should be listened to, not read.
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Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
I enjoyed this book. The mystery kept me guessing right up till the last few minutes. I didn't know that the main character was a "cutter" when I purchased this audio. I have known someone like that, and heard of others, and could never understand it. I don't know if this depiction is medically accurate, but it was interesting.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful