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  • Shattered

  • Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
  • By: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,870

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign - the candidate herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing reading

  • By Jonathan Burg on 04-23-17

O What a Giveaway!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

This book is extremely revealing of DC. insider thinking and lack of iinsght into America.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When the Church Was Young

  • Voices of the Early Fathers
  • By: Marcellino D'Ambrosio
  • Narrated by: Marcellino D'Ambrosio
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

Marcellino D'Ambrosio dusts off what might have been just dry theology to bring you the exciting stories of great heroes such as Ambrose, Augustine, Basil, Athanasius, John Chrysostom, and Jerome. These brilliant, embattled, and sometimes eccentric men defined the biblical canon, hammered out the Creed, and gave us our understanding of sacraments and salvation. It is they who preserved the rich legacy of the early Church for us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful summary of the early Church Fathers

  • By Mike C on 08-22-14

Church Fathers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-15

One of the best books on the Church Fathers. Easy to follow because it is laid out chronologically, rather than covering one Father at a time. This makes it easier to see the relationship of the Fathers to each other .

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Mossad

  • The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service
  • By: Michael Bar-Zohar, Nissim Mishal
  • Narrated by: Benjamin Isaac
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

In Mossad, authors MichaelBar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us behind the closed curtain with riveting, eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground accounts of the most dangerous, most crucial missions in the agency's 60-year history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a spy novel

  • By Jean on 02-13-17

Not Easy without some prior knowledge. Worth it.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

Makes one wonder what we don't know. Not just the great successes but the blunders are in here too. Will probably re-listen several times.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Everlasting Hatred

  • The Roots of Jihad
  • By: Hal Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Travis Young
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Best-selling author Hal Lindsey explains how, on September 11, an ancient fight-to-the-death conflict exploded on the shores of the U.S. Though most Americans didn't realize it, we were already involved in this struggle. A struggle driven by a hatred that goes back over 4,000 years. Islamic fundamentalism's purpose is to replace the JudeoChristian world order with an Islamic world order. Every American needs to understand the enormity of the threat we face and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The everlasting hatred Excellent

  • By TOMs jJ on 04-14-15

Don't Judge a Book by Its Title

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

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

This book would be enjoyed by the Fundamentalist Christians who follow Hal Lindsey.

What could Hal Lindsey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I wouldn't have purchased this book had I known that it was written from a purely Fundamentalist perspective. The title doesn't reveal that.

Did Travis Young do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

N/A. He mispronounced a good number of words - repeatedly. I don't know if he was told to read that way or if the editing was poor.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Everlasting Hatred?

Chapters 12 and 13 were irrelevant to the "title" subject.

Any additional comments?

I feel conned by the author. I was expecting something more scholarly based on the title and sound bite.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security

  • By: Joel Mowbray
  • Narrated by: R. K. Meier
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Whose side are they on? Diplomacy is one thing. But giving aid and comfort to the enemy is quite another. Yet that is exactly what our very own State Department is doing -coddling brutal dictators, covering up gaping holes in our nation's safety net, and appeasing regimes that actively sponsor terrorists around the world. In this global war on terrorism, the U.S. State Department has proven itself to be one of our biggest obstacles to victory.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What did he say?

  • By Una-Marie O'Leary Match on 01-19-14

What did he say?

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

Reviewed: 01-19-14

What disappointed you about Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security?

The readers intonation was terrible. It was impossible to tell the difference between a quote and a statement. In addition, his tone was like someone reading to a kid, which contradicts the serious tenor of this nonfiction book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Don't know. I think I'll read a book. This is my 3 rd disappointment since I re-upped.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security?

Don't know. Didn't listen long enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Churchill

  • The Prophetic Statesman
  • By: James C. Humes
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

James C. Humes reveals the astonishingly accurate predictions of Britain's most famous prime minister and how his critics' perceptions of them shaped his political career. Who could have foreseen the start of World War I twenty-five years before the assassination of a Serbian archduke plunged Europe into war? Who could have predicted the rise of al-Qaeda nearly eight decades before anyone had heard of Osama bin Laden? Winston Churchill did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The voice in the wilderness--Are we listening yet?

  • By Jean on 12-16-12

Very interesting and scary.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-12

Would you listen to Churchill again? Why?

Yes, there is a lot to be learned from Churchill. Lessons from the past teach us why the world is in the current state of upheaval and what are likely outcomes in the future.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Churchill?

His eerie prediction of the coming (and now here) problems with Islamic terrorism, and the letter he wrote that was read to G.W. Bush after 9/11.

Have you listened to any of Matthew Brenher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not possible. There is just too much to digest. I shall be listening to this again and again.

Any additional comments?

Need more good history books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition

  • By: Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., Lawrence Davidson
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 318

The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An honest, detailed and well written history

  • By Magnus Odeen on 08-30-10

The Concise History of Islam and Arabs

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

Reviewed: 12-04-12

If you're looking for the history of peoples and empires you won't find it here.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Tristan Betrayal

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

In the fall of 1940, the Nazis are at the height of their power. France is occupied, Britain is enduring the Blitz and is under threat of invasion, America is neutral, and Russia is in an uneasy alliance with Germany. Stephen Metcalfe is a well-known man about town in occupied Paris. He's also a minor asset in the U.S.'s secret intelligence forces in Europe. Through a wild twist of fate, it falls to Metcalfe to instigate a bold plan that may be the only hope for what remains of the free world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tristan Betrayal

  • By Charlotte Cox on 11-30-03

Best Performance Ever

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

Reviewed: 11-11-12

What did you love best about The Tristan Betrayal?

The absolute best thing was the acting ability of the performer Paul Michael. The story itself was good but somewhat predictable, however, the acting made it so much more interesting.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, as above, it was good but obvious in places.

Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

All the foreigners. Michael's ability to do accents and read foreign languages well was superior.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

If I could've given Paul Michael a 6 I would have. He made the book worthwhile.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stasiland

  • Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
  • By: Anna Funder
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police could become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their fellow citizens, there are thousands of captivating stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important book

  • By Jane on 01-27-10

Cheerful Beatrix Potter Bedtime Story of the Stasi

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

Reviewed: 11-11-12

Would you try another book from Anna Funder and/or Denica Fairman?

No, publishers summary says "extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany," but 6 chapters in I'm still waiting... I was hoping for an exciting historical communist spy vs. people story, instead there was a lot of stuff about the reporter, her feelings and opinions etc. It was like a dull PBS/BBC p.c "isn't it terrible" essay that misses the greater point.

Has Stasiland turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not the genre, just the author and especially the performer.

What didn’t you like about Denica Fairman’s performance?

Sounds like my old Aunties cheerful renditions of The Big Bad Wolf. The performance lacked intonation, therefore there was no emotional/passage or character differentiation. German voices had no accents but were simply read in a lower voice.

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

No.