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  • Facts and Fears

  • Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
  • By: Trey Brown, James R. Clapper
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the US Intelligence Community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation on the 2016 US election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speaking Straight, Unbiased Truth to Power

  • By Cynthia on 05-29-18

Please read this book.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Here, told with dignity and humor, is a remarkable story. It is a memoir of a life in intelligence. It is a testament to how much we, as a country, have accomplished. It is a warning and a challenge.

I found this book thoroughly engaging. It is packed with facts and insights, but it is never heavy or dull. I am delighted and stunned. I’m also ordering a box of copies to give to friends.

Please, read this book

  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes

  • A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
  • By: Jason Fagone
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481

In 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the US government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the Adam and Eve of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An important biography, perfectly told

  • By sarah brown on 10-25-17

Captivating, and full of surprises

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I thought this book would be interesting. I underestimated. From the first, I was drawn in by the people and the history. I gawked at the absurd but rich patron. I cheered as Elizabeth and William solves codes together and fell in love. I was proud of their work in WWI. Then Elizabeth took on worldwide criminal syndicates, reading their secrets and testifying against them in court. What a remarkable woman, I thought. Then she began decoding intelligence traffic, reading Nazi plans and movements. She kept her path of secrecy, even when the new FBI claimed credit for her work, and when they used her decryption to scatter a network of spies she had been gathering good intel from.

The author makes very clear that this story is based on careful research, on documents and interviews, mostly.

What a marvelous blending of basic puzzle solving, history, women’s inequality, and government secrecy.

  • A Little History of the World

  • By: E. H. Gombrich
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an enlightening book; very well read

  • By A.B.Oxford on 06-03-06

A treasure for all ages

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

First, let me allay your fears. This history book is not intimidating. Although it was written for children, it is not overly simplistic. It is a delightful surprise.

The writing is easy going and approachable. At times, it is almost lyrical. The book is full of perceptive insights.

Einstein is reputed to have said that all things should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler. This approach is wonderful for history.

I’m in my fifties, and well read in history, and I loved this book. I intend giving copies to friends ranging in age from 8 to 80. It is a treasure.

The narration is clear, and done with the easy manner that fits so well with the engaging conversational style of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • X Minus One: Cold Equations (August 25, 1955)

  • By: Tom Godwin, George Lefferts - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Fred Collins
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

X Minus One premiered in April 1955 on NBC and ran until January 1958. Like its predecessor series, Dimension X, X Minus One featured stories by the greatest names in modern science fiction: Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Robert Bloch, and many more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recognizably from the '50s, but well done.

  • By Kimberly on 08-08-17

Recognizably from the '50s, but well done.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-17

The characters are -to be polite - out of date. (Yeah, ironic in science fiction, isn't it?) it is worth remembering, though, that choice, sacrifice, and unavoidable death are with us today. That's why, despite its weaknesses, this story still resonates.

  • Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

  • By: John R. Hale, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John R. Hale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 179

Over the years, Classical archaeology has evolved from a pastime of collectors and antiquarians to a mature science. Today, the field is a multidisciplinary effort that involves not only traditional diggers, but also geologists, geographers, anthropologists, and linguists.These 36 lectures introduce you to this fascinating field of study. Professor Hale guides you through dozens of ancient sites with the skill of a born storyteller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fantastic!

  • By Bookworm on 10-21-14

Appearently, I'm not allowed to give six stars

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

I've been deeply interested in this subject for many years, but sometimes you learn interesting things from introductory courses, so I figured I would try this one. I was absolutely delighted! It is an excellent introduction to Classical Archaeology, well organized and entertaining. It is also full of diverse characters and ideas. I learned something memorable from every lecture. I strongly recommend this course for both casual listeners new to archaeology, and passionate lovers of history, mystery, and archaeology!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Etymologicon

  • A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714

The Etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains: How you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why settle for the whole nine yards...

  • By Dubi on 12-21-15

I can't give it six stars, but it deserves them.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-16

This is a delightful book. It explains the relationship between avocados and keyboards, and why there is sh*t in science. Yep, really. It has no plot, so is easy to take in whatever dose you need, but it is always entertaining.

  • The Sixth Extinction

  • An Unnatural History
  • By: Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,272

A major audiobook about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lifts you out of the ordinary

  • By Regina on 04-28-14

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-16

I grew up with biology, so I was surprised and delighted by how much I learned from this book. The writing is clear, and sprinkled with humor. The science and history are intriguing. The conclusion is frightening, but not entirely without hope. This is a truly rewarding read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Nature

  • Alexander von Humboldt's New World
  • By: Andrea Wulf
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He came up with a radical vision of nature, that it was a complex and interconnected global force and did not exist for man's use alone. Ironically, his ideas have become so accepted and widespread that he has been nearly forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant origin story

  • By Jeremy Fairbanks on 03-03-16

Meet an extraordinary man!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-16

I knew Humbolt was a great scientist, but I did not know a tenth of his accomplishments. This is a stunning look at a man who loved biology, geology, and anthropology, as well as human rights and lyrical writing. He invented the concept of ecology, discovered climate zones, and raised awareness of long term human impact on the environment. He inspired revolutionaries such as Bolivar, scientists such as Darwin, and writers such as Thoreau. Today, Humbolt is largely forgotten, but if you read this book you will never forget this extraordinary man.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Words

  • What Animals Think and Feel
  • By: Carl Safina
  • Narrated by: Carl Safina
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book by a scientist with a heart

  • By Sharon on 11-12-15

Many awe inspiring stories

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-16

This book is full of wonderful examples of animals behaving in amazing, and familiar behaviors. I love this book for its diversity of animal stories. I did not always agree with the author's positions, but still found the book to be, overall, rewarding.

  • The Origin and Nature of Folk Music

  • As Exemplified in the Welsh National Melodies: Theosophical Classics
  • By: Kenneth Morris
  • Narrated by: Michael Strader
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

The Origin and Nature of Folk Music: As Exemplified in the Welsh National Melodies was originally published in 1911. Kenneth Morris was a fantasy writer and Theosophist from Wales. In this short piece, he looks at the bardic poetry and chants of Ireland, Wales and England, called a "hwyl".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Kimberly on 11-22-15

Interesting

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-15

I am not sure I agree with these ideas in full, but this was interesting.

The narration is clear and pleasant, but be warned that the Welsh words are not pronounced correctly. Probably not important, unless you do speak enough Welsh to be confused.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful