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  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

  • By: Jean Edward Smith
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 28 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, although biased, biography

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-15-12

It all makes so much sense

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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: 12-31-18

Good man good story. Now I understand why I slept well as a child in the 1950s and not so much now. He was one of a kind. Honest

  • Eccentric Orbits

  • The Iridium Story
  • By: John Bloom
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

In the early 1990s, Motorola, the legendary American technology company, developed a revolutionary satellite system called Iridium that promised to be its crowning achievement. Light-years ahead of anything previously put into space, and built on technology developed for Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars", Iridium's constellation of 66 satellites in polar orbit meant that no matter where you were on Earth, at least one satellite was always overhead, and you could call Tibet from Fiji without a delay and without your call ever touching a wire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh! The skipping/repeating is INCREDIBLY irritating and distracting!

  • By A. S. on 07-17-16

A Gem

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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: 12-01-18

This is a story about determination against all odds. Great read. It is heart breaking what happened to Motorola. Marketing won out over Engineering; such an American Story. Why do we do that? Full disclosure: I love Engineering and endure marketing.

  • The Switch

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042

From the bestselling author of The Alibi comes a thriller about a woman investigating the murder of her identical twin sister. Melina Lloyd vows to stop at nothing to learn the truth and avenge her sister Gillian's death. But soon she is on the run from police, the FBI, and the mastermind whose evil plot to engineer the perfect "switch" could result in disastrous consequences on a global scale.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t waste your time

  • By Iris M. Archer on 07-09-18

Starts slow kinda girly, but don’t be fooled

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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: 08-30-18

This didn’t interest me at first. I looked and saw the author was a woman and dismissed it for awhile. Then I got back to it and found that I was totally wrong. For that reason alone, I am now totally amazed. This is a good yarn.

  • The Men Who United the States

  • America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators. Introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simon Winchester tells us the history of America

  • By KathrynVB on 10-16-14

A wonderful use of words

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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: 08-15-18

A thoroughly unique point of view on the topic. It was enchanting. The USA is such a special place. This is an insightful story of the men who united it all.

  • The Ascendant

  • A Novel
  • By: Drew Chapman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

Hidden deep within the figures tracking the ups and downs of the stock market lies a terrifying truth: America is under attack. Our government…our economy…our very way of life are in the crosshairs of a ruthless enemy…and no one knows. Except Garrett Reilly. He has a knack for numbers. He sees patterns no one else can. His gift has made him a rising star on Wall Street. But when he notices that two hundred billion dollars' worth of U.S. Treasury bonds are being sold off at a terrifying rate, his gift makes him the most wanted man alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • War Games meets Wall Street

  • By Mel on 01-24-14

Best Techno Geek Thriller to Date

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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: 07-15-18

It could happen. Really raises the question are we preparing for the future properly? I love that we live in a place where stories like this can be told.

  • 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 1,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670

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

Wonderful

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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: 07-03-18

Words cannot express or can they? The wind blew and the puns flew. Word play beyond your wildest imagination. Truly a well read book to be heard not sighted.

  • The Dead Hand

  • The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy
  • By: David E. Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907

During the Cold War, world superpowers amassed nuclear arsenals containing the explosive power of one million Hiroshimas. The Soviet Union secretly plotted to create the "Dead Hand," a system designed to launch an automatic retaliatory nuclear strike on the United States, and developed a fearsome biological warfare machine. President Ronald Reagan, hoping to awe the Soviets into submission, pushed hard for the creation of space-based missile defenses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening

  • By Brian on 11-16-10

What you don’t know

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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: 06-27-18

You will be forced to live. There is lots that the news doesn’t tell us. It’s a great read hard to put down but even more hard to live with.

  • CyberStorm

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,164

Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes - satisfied a craving

  • By Jan on 01-14-14

Good 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: 06-06-18

But very tough at times. Yet compelling enough to keep you going. Makes you think. The human condition is very delicate. Treasure every day you have.

  • Say Nothing

  • A Novel
  • By: Brad Parks
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 436

Judge Scott Sampson doesn't brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she'll get the kids from school instead. It's not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn't have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent's most chilling nightmare begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! I Did Not Think That I Would Survive This!

  • By Ida on 03-29-17

Good yarn

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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: 05-30-18

Slow start and the no cops premise was hard to swallow. Once past that it was a great ride. Liked the reader especially. He had A very likable way about him.

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,612

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ishiguro's McGuffin

  • By Sylvia on 08-24-05

Totally Amazing

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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: 05-12-18

Subtle, like a good cup of tea. Captures what really matters in life, yet it is not discouraging rather it is up lifting British from a very Japanese mind. Yes a miracle.

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