In A Vast Conspiracy, the best-selling author of The Run of His Life casts an insightful, unbiased eye over the most extraordinary public saga of our time - the Clinton sex scandals. A superlative journalist known for the skillfulness of his investigating and the power of his writing, Jeffrey Toobin tells the unlikely story of the events that began over doughnuts in a Little Rock hotel and ended on the floor of the United States Senate, with only the second vote on presidential removal in American history.
I don't normally read this type of book but heard Rachel Maddow recommend it. Glad it was available on Audible. Listened to it at 1.25+ speed which helped. Like most Americans I knew lots of stuff about the Pres. Bill and Ms. Lewinsky saga. But, I didn't know lots of the details or about the politics of it. Listening to this book, I learned a whole lot. I'm very glad I listened to this book by Jeffrey Toobin.
We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.
I bought this because I had heard the term sociopath used to describe the man who is currently occupying the White House. I didn't know if it was true or not. I did some Google research and still wasn't sure. So I purchased this to help me understand who is a sociopath.
I'm glad I purchased the book.
And, yes, as some other have reported, a heavier hand at editing could have reduced some of unnecessary tangents.
When a brooch is broken, some of its magic is lost. When NYPD detective JL O'Grady is invited to be her brother's plus-one at Montgomery Winery's end-of-harvest gala, she plans to enjoy a fabulous weekend in Napa drinking wine, enjoying sunset dinners on the veranda, and watching her brother's high school basketball tournament. Instead, she's pulled into a murder investigation hauntingly similar to a New York City racketeering and drug case that nearly ended her career.
If all of the sex talk and the small amount of actual sex was removed. And, if the woo woo portion was removed there was actually a good mystery in there. Too bad the author and editor allowed it to be spoiled.
It should be the best day of their lives. Too bad they never get to see it. On the cusp of their twenty-first birthday, he strikes. His victims are always twins, their ritualistic murders planned in exquisite detail, down to the moment when they breathe their last together....
Couldn't finish this, had to return it. Can't stand these books were women are incompetent flakes. The girl over powers the bad guy but doesn't (1) kill him, (2) tie him up, or (3) incapacitate him by stomping the side of his knee or slicing his achilles tendon. Then she doesn't take the cell phone she knows he has or her clothes that she saw. OH PLEASE!
In 1964, when Ned Parker, farmer and part-time constable, is summoned to a cornfield one hot morning to examine the remains of a tortured bird dog, he discovers that there is a dark presence in their quiet community of Center Springs, Texas. Ned is usually confident handling moonshiners, drunks, and instances of domestic dispute. But when it comes to animal atrocities—which then turn to murder—the investigation spins beyond his abilities.
Huck Finn meets To Kill a Mockingbird in 1964. Wonderful characters in an engaging story. While the whole story is not funny, one of the characters tells about a something that happened to them when they were young and it is the funniest thing I've ever heard. I laughed till I had tears streaming down my face and left me gasping for breath. This was a fantastic find and a total treat to hear.
Alone and on the run, betrayed at every turn, Jenna's path takes her from sun-drenched Key West to the alligator-infested Everglades, the streets of Miami, and the Caribbean islands. Along the way brutal criminals, deadly assassins, and the forces of nature conspire to end her life unless she can rise to embrace an impossible destiny and unleash her own lethal potential. Everything Jenna has been told about herself is a lie, and the truth is a secret that may destroy the world--or save it.
This book is listed under Mysteries&Thillers/Modern Detective. It clearly belongs under Sci-Fi. And there is nothing in the description of the books that says it is Sci-Fi. A mistake that Audible makes too often for my taste.
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Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Couldn't finish it. Awful. Foul language, explicit rape, sex. Not entertaining at all.
Would you ever listen to anything by Marlon James again?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
yes, to a degree
What character would you cut from A Brief History of Seven Killings?
all of them
Any additional comments?
Bought because of the number of high reviews. Obviously not to my taste.
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Baltimore prosecutor Daphne Montgomery pulled herself out of a damaged past to build a solid life for herself and her son. But after she helps convict a killer, her confidence is shattered once again by the news that her son has been kidnapped. Daphne believes it’s connected to the recent high-profile trial, and at first FBI special agent Joseph Carter agrees. But together they find the reality even more troubling....
Too bad the author was so confused about what type of book she wanted to write. There was a nice thriller/mystery story but then there was too much porn, yet in other parts she wrote like a Harlequin romance master.
I don't like these mixed up books. Be one thing or the other -- just make a decision and stick too it. If you want to write pornography then do it but don't wrap it in a mystery/thriller just so you'll get published.
Note to Publisher: you should clearly state in the description of the book that it contains pornography.
There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.
These are light-fare mysteries for juveniles. I've listened to a couple and they try to teach little lessons about duty, honor, and respect along the way. I do enjoy being at the beach again when I listen to them.
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In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments, and lead to worldwide turmoil. For more than 400 years, the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made.
Very disappointed. Tries to be a Dan Brown but ends up being a cross between Jurassic Park and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Belongs in Sci-Fi category.
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