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  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,749

Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Oleg Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings listeners deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely riveting story

  • By Rosemary on 09-25-18

What a Story

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Ben Macintyre brings the Cold War and its warriors to life in this fast-paced and dramatic spy tale. Listening to the exploits of MI6’s greatest agent is just the beginning. The end of the story is as good as its origins.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,478

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Lewis is our national bard

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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: 09-25-18

He is able to tell the stories that no one would think to tell and do it in a way that makes the complicated seem simple, the individual feel three dimensional and leave you wanting to hear more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Palace of Treason

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,764

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow and the Center, the headquarters of her service. She finds things worse than when she left. She despises the men she must serve, the oligarchs and crooks and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's inconsistency

  • By Bruce P. Woodward on 10-23-16

As Always, A Good One

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

Jason Matthews keeps the story going with enough fun, snark and inside technical stuff to make these books page turners (or listeners)

  • Ardennes 1944

  • The Battle of the Bulge
  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

On December 16, 1944, Hitler launched his "last gamble" in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes in Belgium, believing he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp and forcing the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beevor excellent as always

  • By Reed on 11-30-15

Beevor excellent as always

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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: 11-30-15

Antony Beevor is a master of his craft and Ardennes 1944 is no exception. He brings to life the leading figures of both sides and sketches the humanity of the rifleman and tanker who fought the battle. Definitely worth the listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 1944

  • FDR and the Year That Changed History
  • By: Jay Winik
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

New York Times best-selling author Jay Winik brings to life in gripping detail the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ISIS Is amateur

  • By Mission Possible People on 12-08-15

Winik Excellent as Always

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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: 11-13-15

Jay Winik knows how to make history read like a novel. 1944 is no different. Tracing the path of FDR through World War 2, Winik illustrates the horrors of the Holocaust and the impossible positions presidents find themselves in. Only critique is the title. Although 1944 is a pivotal year, the book deals heavily across the war and specifically with the Holocaust.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Looming Tower

  • Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
  • By: Lawrence Wright
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689

This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting... Sobering... Chilling...

  • By John on 09-06-08

A Must Read

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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: 09-27-15

Even eight years past its publication, The Looming Tower represents the seminal work for understanding how Al Qaeda came to be the deadliest terror network to attack the United States.

It also dissects the unfortunate and ultimately fateful unwillingness or inability of too many American agencies to work together toward the common goal of stopping these killers.

And heartbreaking as the thousands of men and women killed by Al Qaeda are remembered as the innocents they were.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,276

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

A Masterpiece

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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: 09-10-15

Shirer's seminal work on the Third Reich is a must-listen for anyone interested in how a small, awkward man can become a demagogue and warlord.

  • Daddy, Stop Talking

  • And Other Things My Kids Want But Won't Be Getting
  • By: Adam Carolla
  • Narrated by: Adam Carolla
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169

Adam rips parenthood a new one, telling it straight about what adults must do if they don't want to have to support their kids forever. Using his own crappy childhood as a cautionary tale, and touting the pitfalls of the kind of helicopter parenting so pervasive today, Daddy, Stop Talking is the only parenting book you should ever read.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than just hilarious

  • By Sparky on 07-29-15

Pretty good as always

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

Adam always delivers an entertaining read with wit and wisdom for the ages. Another good one to add to his collection.

  • The Third Reich at War

  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 35 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Karen on 09-03-10

A Must-Read

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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: 07-06-15

For anyone with even a passing interest in world history. This book is a much deeper dive into Nazi Germany's war than just the tactical outcome of battles. Evans meticulously and often painfully reconstructs the horror that was among the most murderous and evil regimes in human history.

  • The Third Reich in Power

  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 31 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, annoying narrator

  • By Maria on 08-14-10

Excellent and Frightening

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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: 06-09-15

Once again Evans paints a meticulous picture of a horrifyingly oppressive regime that invaded every part of German life during the 1930s. That it all came together in 6 years is frightening and a teachable history lesson.