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  • Imperfect Justice

  • Prosecuting Casey Anthony
  • By: Jeff Ashton
  • Narrated by: Jeff Ashton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

It was the trial that stunned America, the verdict that shocked us all. On July 5, 2011, nearly three years after her initial arrest, Casey Anthony walked away, virtually scot-free, from one of the most sensational murder trials of all time. She'd been accused of killing her daughter, Caylee, but the trial only left behind more questions: Was she actually innocent? What really happened to Caylee? Was this what justice really looked like?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Compelling -

  • By Dave on 03-20-12

AN INSTANT FAVORITE!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

I remember watching the trial on TV and really didn't understand why the prosecution did what it did, but this in-depth story explains everything. Ashton is not only a great author, but a great performer, as well. I still am blown away that the jury just let a murderer go free. Still, I'm grateful for the cops and the prosecutors out there keeping us safe and holding civilization together.

  • America the Vulnerable

  • Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare
  • By: Joel Brenner
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

A former top-level National Security Agency insider goes behind the headlines to explore America's next great battleground: digital security. An urgent wake-up call that identifies our foes; unveils their methods; and charts the dire consequences for government, business, and individuals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen for Anyone in CyberSecurity

  • By K. Foster on 06-30-13

Fascinating for us lay people!

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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: 01-05-18

Enter the new world of cyber crime and warfare. I'm not an IT guy by any stretch, but this book and performance had my attention all the way through!

  • Dear Reader

  • The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il
  • By: Michael Malice
  • Narrated by: Marcus Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

No country is as misunderstood as North Korea, and no modern tyrant has remained more mysterious than the Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il. Now, celebrity ghostwriter Michael Malice pulls back the curtain to expose the life story of the "Incarnation of Love and Morality". Taken directly from books spirited out of Pyongyang, Dear Reader is a carefully reconstructed first-person account of the man behind the mythology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply brilliant!

  • By Couts A. Moseley on 05-02-17

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

I like the concept of the book, but I found it very difficult to listen to. I'm fascinated by North Korea and the insanity that is the Kim regime, but this book just didn't do it for me.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Holiday in North Korea

  • The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth
  • By: Wendy E. Simmons
  • Narrated by: Jeena Yi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

In My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth, Wendy shares a glimpse of North Korea as it's never been seen before. Even though it's the scariest place on Earth, somehow Wendy forgot to check her sense of humor at the border. But Wendy's initial amusement and bewilderment soon turned to frustration and growing paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious Yet Real

  • By Atira on 05-09-16

Fabulous!

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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: 11-08-16

This book would be tragic were it not so funny! The writing and performance are top notch!

  • North Korea Undercover

  • Inside the World's Most Secret State
  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

North Korea is like no other tyranny on Earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation in the world, and Big Brother is always watching. It is Orwell's 1984 made reality. Huge factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers, and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ - the Demilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins - are all framed by a relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line, and the gulag awaits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly listenable, humorous and enlightening

  • By Kevin Stokes on 09-09-15

Instant Favorite

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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: 06-30-16

North Korea would be laughable were it not so darned dangerous to world peace. This amazing book gives incredible insight into the inner workings of the hermit Kingdom. Extremely well written and performed.

  • Dear Leader

  • Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea
  • By: Jang Jin-sung
  • Narrated by: Daniel York
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550

As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • richly detailed account of getting out

  • By Andy on 07-17-14

Almost unbelievable!

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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: 05-24-16

I thank God I was born in the USA. Now, if only we can avoid electing tyrants here...

  • The Voices of 9-11

  • The Story of the FAA and NORAD Response to the September 11, 2001, Attacks
  • By: Various
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

Included here is a selection of recordings of Federal Aviation Administration, Defense Department, and American Airlines communications from September 11, 2001. You will hear air traffic controllers, military aviation officers, airline and fighter jet pilots, as well as two of the hijackers, during two hours of that historic morning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is Real World, Not Exercise

  • By Gillian on 02-05-14

Haunting

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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: 07-24-15

Those of us who remember 911 will find this behind the scenes communications fascinating. I've listened to this many, many times already.

  • Worm

  • The First Digital World War
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 771

Worm: The First Digital World War tells the story of the Conficker worm, a potentially devastating piece of malware that has baffled experts and infected more than twelve million computers worldwide. When Conficker was unleashed in November 2008, cybersecurity experts did not know what to make of it. Exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Windows, it grew at an astonishingly rapid rate, infecting millions of computers around the world within weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clear, Concise Story of the Conficker Worm

  • By Julie on 10-21-11

A little too technical for laymen

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

A fascinating story, but pretty daunting in terms of the technology and terms. If you aren't an IT expert (like me) there's a good chance you'll drown in the details.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Earthquake Storms

  • The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault
  • By: John Dvorak
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

The lives of millions will be changed after it breaks, and yet so few people understand it, or even realize it runs through their backyard. Dvorak reveals the San Andreas Fault's fascinating history - and its volatile future. It is a prominent geological feature that is almost impossible to see unless you know where to look. Hundreds of thousands of people drive across it every day. The San Andreas Fault is everywhere - and primed for a colossal quake. For decades scientists have warned that such a sudden shifting of the Earth's crust is inevitable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • informative

  • By Jean on 03-05-14

An Instant Favorite.!

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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: 12-23-14

Anyone with a respect and fascination for Earth Science will enjoy this book! The performance was perfect for this topic.




2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Titan II

  • A History of a Cold War Missile
  • By: David Stumpf
  • Narrated by: Douglas R. Pratt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

A comprehensive study of the missile system that formed a critical component of the United States' nuclear arsenal. The Titan II ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) program was developed by the United States military to bolster the size, strength, and speed of the nation's strategic weapons arsenal in the 1950s and 1960s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abort the launch!!!!! This book is a no-go!

  • By Pete Mypaycheck on 12-04-14

Abort the launch!!!!! This book is a no-go!

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Just about anything would be an improvement. Sadly, almost the ENTIRE book is a list of dates and associated activities, such as one missile being removed from its silo and placed into another, or a new replacement part being installed in a given missile. It actually sounds like the narrator is just reading down a maintenance log.

What could David Stumpf have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

At the risk of repeating myself, the author could have written something that was far more pleasant to listen to than a seemingly interminable laundry list of missile maintenance, upgrades, movement, etc. I don't think the audio sample on Audible.Com was representative of what the rest of the audiobook is like.

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

No. I hate to say it, but I think I wasted a credit on this one. The audio sample sounded great.

Any additional comments?

Okay, I've never written a book, so I have no idea how difficult it is. I admit it. But, it almost sounds like the author just grabbed reams and reams of Air Force missile maintenance logs, placed them in chronological order, then called it a book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful