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  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,227

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • private

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 07-01-10

Jack solves all three cases! Saved you 7 hours!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Dim teenage boys. People who dislike financial analysts and bankers.

What could James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write realistic dialog. Pick a single story so you don't have to wrap up the NFL game-fixing scandal by recording a conversation between referees and mobsters laying out each detail of their plan. Stop referring to Lambos and Bimmers and earning a karate black belt. I think Maxine was behind on a deadline and hired her teenage son to write most of it.

What aspect of Peter Hermann’s performance would you have changed?

He was good. Gave him three stars because the material was that bad.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was so full of lame cliches and so predictable, I was oddly captivated. Like a car crash...

  • The Devil's Chessboard

  • Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
  • By: David Talbot
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714

An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful - and secretive - colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times best seller Brothers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing. Makes you question the company line.

  • By KTS on 02-06-16

Biased Liberal Claptrap

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Joseph Stalin, Fidel Castro, Che, and other liberals painted in the most generous light possible would enjoy this book.

Has The Devil's Chessboard turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narration was well done.

Any additional comments?

Dulles made some questionable decisions but this book is unfair and misleading when it suggests that he was a Nazi sympathizer and antisemitic (not to mention JFK assassination architect).
As it turns out, Allen Dulles led the push to shut down Sullivan and Cromwell offices in Germany during the 1930s. He was an outspoken interventionist in the late 30s, co-authoring two books on the topic. Dulles was a pragmatist who would work with anyone who could provide useful information to his country. The fact that some of his assets had questionable backgrounds is not scandalous or even surprising. There aren't a lot of clergy with valuable information on the Nazis or Soviets.

I could go on about the misleading notions set forth in this book, but I will summarize with this. If you are a liberal and enjoy reinforcing your preconceived notions about Dulles and this country, this book will satisfy. If you're curious and thoughtful, I'd recommend any other book on the subject. "Disciples" by Douglas Waller was a balanced, unbiased history of covert operations during WWII. Start there.

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  • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition

  • A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 23 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Myth Buster

  • By kevin on 01-30-11

Fascinating Overview of Economics

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

Reviewed: 01-10-13

Any additional comments?

It's amazing to me that people so frequently choose to ignore the best science available. Sowell dispels economic myths and misconceptions perpetuated by most politicians. He does this by illustrating basic concepts using very accessible examples of failure and success from the recent past. This is a great introduction to economics with just the right amount of editorializing. Readers of a the left-leaning persuasion are going to find this as challenging as Sean Hannity might find a textbook on Biology.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful