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  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,048

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

why the surprise

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I was appalled by the choice I had to vote for in 2016. I reluctantly voted for Clinton only because she might have some credentials for running a government. This book shows that Trump acts as President the same way he acted as CEO of the various Trump companies and expects to have the same power. He is arrogant and a boor. He has attempted to do what he said he would do and what his supporters expected him to do. He knows nothing about government. His management style is based on bluster and fear. What I find amazing is that after nearly two years of Trump the country and world don't appear any worse than it was under Obama. Obama was an appeaser and apologist. Trump is not that and despises Obama policies. Trump has created some chaos in a stagnant government. He is not really a Republican but he uses the GOP and they use him. He hated Obama's foreign policy and is trying to rescind it. He thinks allies have suckered the US into paying the bulk of western defense while they make money from protectionist trade policies and trade with adversaries such as Iran. Trump feels he is personally being persecuted because Russia preferred him to Clinton (a no brainer) and actively pursued legal and illegal methods to get him elected. It didn't help that many of his top campaign staffers including family were in contact with and making money from Russians. I expect Trump was unaware and disinterested as he is with the details of most things. This book is interesting and paints a fair portrait of Trump as president. It does not set the mind at ease but for better or worse it is what the electorate should have expected. BTW I don't think a Clinton presidency would have been any more reassuring. I hope in the future both parties will put forward and support better candidates and ones more in tune with the electorate. If that were the case maybe voters might outnumber non-voters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On Intelligence

  • By: Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Introduction to a Fascinating Field

  • By James on 04-14-06

well reasoned presentation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-18

an electronic brain may be possible but only if the structure of the organic brain is implemented. thus far computers are faster and more accurate at following algorithms but that is not how the brain operates. this book gives a good presentation of how the author believes the brain to function.

  • Not Alone: Second Contact

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003

When a massive meteor lights up the sky over the remote island of Kerguelen, the world holds its breath. In Birchwood, Colorado, Dan McCarthy gets to work. Following his incredible experiences of the previous year, Dan knows this was no natural occurrence. The Messengers are back - to finish what they started - and they didn't come all this way for nothing....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up

  • By Nik on 08-06-18

nothing there

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I could not finish. The countdown became unbearable. I quit around C-37. Falconer writes well but there is negligible content. It goes on and on with nothing really happening.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overkill

  • An Alex Hawke Novel
  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 438

On a ski vacation in the Swiss Alps high above St. Moritz, Alex Hawke and his young son, Alexei, are thrust into danger when the tram carrying them to the top of the mountain bursts into flame, separating the two. Before he can reach Alexei, the boy is snatched from the burning cable car by unknown assailants in a helicopter. Meanwhile, high above the skies of France, Vladimir Putin is aboard his presidential jet after escaping a bloodless coup in the Kremlin. When two flight attendants collapse and slip into unconsciousness, the Russian leader realizes the danger isn’t over.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Holy crap, this book was terrible

  • By Samuel on 07-31-18

too wordy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

The author has become too intoxicated with his words. Unfortunately they contribute very little to the fabric or flow of the story and to the entertainment value. In short they just bloat the novel. The story itself is a fantasy but that would be alright if it were told with better craft. This is the worst of the Hawke novels.

  • Deja Dead

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,283

It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perplexed over other reviews about the narrator

  • By R. Klein on 04-26-14

overstuffed with description

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Any additional comments?

I could only stand a couple of chapters. Reichs is one of those authors that feels compelled to fill the story with incidental descriptions of just about anything. The story may be good but drags because of the word baggage that accompanies it. I would estimate that 2/3 of the book is this stuffing.

  • The Ark

  • A Novel
  • By: Boyd Morrison
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 592

When brilliant archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend who says that he has crucial information about her missing father, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig and rushes to Los Angeles to meet him. But at the airport, Sam speaks instead of Noah’s Ark—the artifact her father had long been searching for—and the possible death of billions. Before Sam can explain, he collapses. With his dying breath, he urges Dilara to find Tyler Locke—a man she’s never heard of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great summer read

  • By Veneda on 08-23-10

got to be kidding

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Any additional comments?

The premise is absurd, even more than the original myth. The crazy guy wanting to wipe out the human race is a bit old by now, but this is too ridiculous and poorly executed.

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  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,135
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,107

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow reveals in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

great biography of a great man

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Any additional comments?

I believe Grant benefited by leaving the army in the years prior to the civil war. Otherwise he might have been lost in the military swamp in which McClellan and Lee rose in the ranks. His failure in the civilian ranks probably hardened him for his later tasks. If he was an alcoholic he was a strange one. He could go months or years without a drink from willpower alone. Apparently he was never drunk when it mattered. Even then he was no worse than others. He was a good man, a good husband and father as well as a great general and president. He was probably even a better man and president than Lincoln. Andrew Johnson was a horrible man and successor to Lincoln and Grant did his best to repair the damage he caused. Lee was a good general but not as good as some of his Confederate mates. He appears not to have been a very good man. Grant could recognize talent in his military commanders but not so in his civilian subordinates. He was an extraordinary president unfortunately tarnished by the corruption of a few of those he appointed.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,403

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

tedious

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Did Origin inspire you to do anything?

Stop listening

Any additional comments?

Dan Brown's formula for novels:
1. Choose an item of monumental importance to search for
2. Pick a country to search in
3. Fill novel with catalog and travel log descriptions of art and architecture found in the country
4. Sprinkle the dialog with phrases in language of the country followed by English translations
5. Add descriptions and asides which contribute nothing to the story value but fatten the book by at least 30%
6. Use a pretentious tone with frequent repetition and use of cliché phrases
7. End with a less than monumental finish
I grew tired of items 3-6 and the constant use of 'future queen of Spain' to refer to the heroine so I could not get to item 7.
Brown's first novel seemed exciting. The succeeding books were all disappointing.

  • Tom Clancy: Power and Empire

  • A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 18
  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,940

Jack Ryan is dealing with an aggressive challenge from the Chinese government. Pawns are being moved around a global chessboard: an attack on an oil platform in Africa, a terrorist strike on an American destroyer, and a storm-tossed American spy ship that may fall into Chinese hands. It seems that President Zhao is determined to limit Ryan's choices in the upcoming G20 negotiations. But there are hints that there's even more going on behind the scenes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marc Cameron's first Jack Ryan series novel

  • By Wayne on 11-29-17

nothing new

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-17

Any additional comments?

I listened to only about 30 minutes before deciding I wasn't interested in the rest. The script and dialog were just too familiar and unexciting. Brick is an excellent narrator but has become overexposed.

  • Price of Duty

  • A Novel
  • By: Dale Brown
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

In a top-secret location deep in the Ural Mountains, Russian President Gennadiy Gryzlov has built his nation's most dangerous weapon since the atomic bomb - an intricate network of underground tunnels and chambers designed to launch a carefully plotted series of attacks on an unsuspecting U.S. and its European allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome!!!

  • By Charles Hansen on 02-02-19

more of the same

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Any additional comments?

This novel contains the same tech-war stuff of previous novels but with no compelling story line. It's probably time to retire the series.