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  • War on Peace

  • The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
  • By: Ronan Farrow
  • Narrated by: Ronan Farrow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty while abroad, the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, DC, to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, acclaimed journalist and former diplomat Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gifted Author

  • By JAL on 05-06-18

Well Timed and Authoritative:

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

The conclusions of this well written and meticulously researched book are hard to dismiss as “fake news.”

Farrow writes to all audiences, and the interviews offer something new about each party.

America has always been served by many tools in the “toolbox” with diplomacy ranking among the most effective. Farrow provides convincing evidence of why losing this capability only serves our enemies.

48 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,595
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,540
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,440

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done!

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-22-18

A Troubling Narrative:

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Regardless what you think about this man, James Comey, he tends towards credibility. This story, much like his other actions, have a polarizing effect.

To be a responsible citizen in these divisive times one must read and review all the information possible. This narrative is just one more piece in the sad state of our political process.

This will leave you unfulfilled, and minus the personal jabs I do think another piece of the puzzle is to be found here.

22 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • On Grand Strategy

  • By: John Lewis Gaddis
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

For over 20 years, a select group of Yale undergraduates has been admitted into the year-long "Grand Strategy" seminar team-taught by John Lewis Gaddis and Paul Kennedy. Its purpose: to provide a grounding in strategic decision-making in the face of crisis to prepare future American leaders for important work. Now, John Lewis Gaddis has transposed the experience of that course into a wonderfully succinct, lucid and inspirational book, a view from the commanding heights of statesmanship across the landscape of world history from the ancient Greeks to Lincoln, and beyond.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but fails to offer real lessons.

  • By Zack on 07-04-18

Master Class in Strategic Thinking

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Using examples from across history, Gaddis eloquently outlines key insights into effective strategic planning.

The text and style are engrossing and will be well received by all, whether you are managing a global enterprise or a homemaker.

I will listen to this book many more times. Gaddis prepared a world class consolidation of humanities attempts to effectively plan for specific outcomes.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important read/listen

  • By Kathryn on 04-17-17

Urgent Reading for All Wishing to Maintain Democratic Values

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-17

This brief, impactful, treatise details the slippery slope America resides through the mirror of historical comparison.

This is not hysterical “Trump-bashing,” rather a reasoned analysis of how history is not inevitable. There are no longer any adults in the room. We must, each of us, stand up for what we hold dear—freedom and democratic ideals.

The history is clear, and the machinations evident. Snyder offers a compelling analysis of the facts.

  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,918

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sticking it to the Man

  • By Mel on 11-11-17

Another Excellent Simple Prescient Story from the Master:

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

The Rooster Bar is a well timed commentary on the current state of crushing student debt and the fraud perpetrated in pursuit of riches by criminal conspiracies.

Grisham effortlessly tackles current events in a simple and straightforward and entertaining way. This book will have real meaning to law students and lawyers alike. However, the general public will feel the anxiety and friction just the same.

Grisham is a master entertainer, and he does not disappoint—new subject matter sometimes turns people off as this is a departure. But, I still loved it!

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Days of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,501

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the lightbulb and holds the right to power the country?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book of 2016

  • By Taryn on 12-19-16

Great Subject Matter and Good Pacing:

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

We all seem to know the story of the light bulb. Or at least we think we do. This books brings great narrative insights into the tangled webs responsible for illuminating America at turn of 20th Century.

Very enjoyable, easy, and based in large measure on actual events.

Great Book!

  • Devil's Bargain

  • Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising
  • By: Joshua Green
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump - the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just When You Thought You Knew It All

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-22-17

Portrayed as Insider, But Not Convincing:

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Certainly the parties are controversial and fairly toxic depending on your politics. I thought there would be keen insights gained by this book, but much like the subjects truth seems secondary.

I think this is not written in the moment, rather this is written from the rear-view and it suffers for it.

I will credit this book for giving a balanced look at this tumultuous duo and their place in history, even if written from the perspective of hindsight.

Overall: meh.

17 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,295

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

Great Read for the Beach!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Camino Island does not disappoint. Grisham's great gift for timing and plot is on full display. This book is a departure in that it dives into the hallowed world of antiquarian fiction as opposed to courtroom gymnastics. This book is short and sweet.

You will never go wrong with Grisham at the beach.

36 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • The Fire Line

  • The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots
  • By: Fernanda Santos
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June of 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Granite Mountain Hotshots were a ragtag family crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. The Hotshots were loyal to one another and dedicated to the tough job they had.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • touching

  • By matt on 05-04-16

Amazingly Told Story of Heroism and Loss:

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

The heartbreak for me after listening can be but a mere fraction for those that lived this modern day story of loss and grief. This story of optimistic young lives snuffed out as quick as they seem to start is weaved seamlessly with the selfish human actions at the root cause of these fires. This book will make you feel the hope of achievement, as well as the heartbreak of young people dying for a cause. Anger also is a strong emotion elicited by this book, as we are shown a mirror for our own egotism despite the ecological warnings. Very powerful and will leave you walking with a sick feeling of loss--though this lesson is one that needs to be felt.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,057
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,049

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Great, Excellent, Perfect, Great!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

This is the ideal business book: true, entertaining, dramatic, and ideal! I have often wanted a business book that lays out a year-by-year analysis of the ups and downs of a business that goes on to be iconoclastic--Shoe Dog delivers in spades! The tension is real, the problems are relatable for any start up entrepreneur, and you really want the people to win! This is the best book I have listen to in five years, and I listen to 200 bucks a year--your life will be lacking if you don't listen to this book.