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  • Blackwater

  • The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
  • By: Jeremy Scahill
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 322

A largely untold facet of the war on terror is the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to private mercenary companies. Accountable neither to the citizenry nor to standard military legal codes, these largely unregulated corporate armies are being entrusted with ever-greater responsibilities on behalf of the nation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scary

  • By P. Bowen on 01-15-14

Sophomoric attempt at a hit piece

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

Reviewed: 10-26-11

Jeremy's constant drum beating about ominous political and religious connections to Blackwater and its founder became comical. None of his dire scenarios played out or resulted in anything nefarious. Its clear he wrote this book with the intent of blowing open the huge conspiracy of government, converatives, and the religious right. The problem is he never comes up with any evidence that such a conspiracy existed, or that it had any impact on politics or the wars. I kept thinking "Its the little boy that cried wolf."

None of his evidence was compelling. It really didn't seem to be well written at all. Was he his own editor on this? Was it his first book? Don't waste your money on this one.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,681

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

Carolyn McCormick's voice just doesn't work

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

Reviewed: 10-26-11

I loved the story, but Carolyn McCormick's voice nearly ruined it for me. When she tried to do a little girl's voice, it sounded cartoonish and it grated my nerves. It was awful. When she tried to make the characters' voices sound surprised, she over played it and startled me each time. It sounds like she should be doing children's books.

If she is the voice for the rest of these books, I'll buy the paperbacks instead.

172 of 211 people found this review helpful