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  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

  • By: Hyeonseo Lee, David John
  • Narrated by: Josie Dunn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,543

An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating story, inadequate narration.

  • By Alex on 09-23-17

True story of what its like to flee North Korea

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Listen to this woman's story and you will be deeply inspired by her determination and profoundly grateful for your freedom.

  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Originals, Dan Gediman
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WW2 the rest of the story

  • By Bill S on 11-06-18

Unvarnished Perspective of PPatriotism & Prejudice

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

An attempt as an "unvarnished" presentation of the flaws of people, patriotism, prejudice, presidents, politics and prejudice that characterized the US during WWII. I appreciated the educational aspects of this series, and the effort to avoid "romanticizing" the War in any way--but there is a disappointing lack of balance in almost every chapter. There is a clear agenda: to focus mainly on the negative aspects of American life and spotlight the hypocrisy of US society and policy. Much of this is interesting and needs to be told (for those who can handle it). And as Jack Nicholson's military commander character shouted in "A Few Good Men": The TRUTH? You can't handle the truth!"
But truth-telling also requires a balanced effort to describe the powerful reality of the strength of the US populace and how the war ultimately unified a great diverse democracy to rise up and defeat the murderous totalitarian powers in Europe and Asia which posed the gravest, most brutal threat to freedom in the history of the world.

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  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,526
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,496

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

True Story of Breaking Bad

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Narration is excellent. Riveting true story. Reveals the multiple layers of a young, complex, rationalizing criminal ego-- and the tension between extreme libertarian idealism and the dark reality of an online marketplace outside the reach of any laws. Shows us how vulnerable our modern civilization is, and how much we owe to the true unsung heroes who personally sacrifice so much--while dedicating their lives to protecting our society from out-of-control greedy purveyors of poisons, addiction and a plague of destructive implements.

  • The Snowden Files

  • The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

It began with a tantalizing, anonymous email: "I am a senior member of the intelligence community." What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, and generated a passionate public debate on the dangers of global monitoring and the threat to individual privacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important Book

  • By Man from Van on 03-18-15

This is not Black & White: Privacy vs Security

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

Reviewed: 11-24-14

Where does The Snowden Files rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

Who was your favorite character and why?

Edward Snowden is an enigmatic figure as described in this account. Should freedom-loving people empathize with the moral dilemma he faced whether to "out" the US and UK's extensive surveillance capabilities which clearly crossed the line beyond constitutional boundaries with respect to private citizens? At the same time, should we be asking how can he do this and align himself with manipulative nations and parties whose own history of human rights abuses are far worse than those of this nation he supposedly loves? Was there a better, possibly more courageous way to make his case- and one that would not result in such terrible damage to the US? Ultimately, time and history will tell whether Edward Snowden acted as a patriot, or as a traitor. Some things that seem black and white are not always so simple.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of how one single young man without a high school degree or extensive experience could be entrusted with such wide-ranging classified and top secret information. Stranger than fiction.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Truth about Living in the Digital Age. Just as you always suspected: Everything you say and everything you write is being Recorded.

Any additional comments?

In an open society, there will always be crucial debates about the trade-offs between personal privacy and security. There will always be debates about whether the "ends" justify the "means" when it comes to security. These are among the most compelling and important topics of our day and age.

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  • The Post-American World

  • By: Fareed Zakaria
  • Narrated by: Fareed Zakaria
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is not the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more. This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power is shifting and wealth and innovation are bubbling up in unexpected places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Rise of Chindia

  • By Gus on 08-28-08

WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD?

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

Reviewed: 09-07-13

Would you listen to The Post-American World again? Why?

Yes. This is BRILLIANT in the way it presents an "uncomfortable truth" of our time for Americans. But whether you are politically conservative, moderate or liberal-- you will need to listen to the entire book with an open mind. The title of this book is intentionally misleading-- to provoke a response. Dont make the mistake of thinking this book is anti-US or anti-anything. The author is telling it like it is and arguing that America is uniquely positioned to lead in a different way because of a different world reality.

Generally speaking, Americans need to shift their minset to understand and appreciate what is happening--and recognize this is not a "zero-sum game." This is no longer "America's world" where we can unilaterally set the rules and assume everyone will do it "America's way." The landscape and balance of power has changed. And America can either understand that and deal with reality--or be frustrated in a state of denial, repeating some of the worst mistakes of the British Empire. There are so many critical lessons from history that can and should inform the way we view this nation's unique opportunities and challenges right NOW-- to take into account the fundamental truth that all people want the freedom to define themselves within their own cultures, governments and societies.

What did you like best about this story?

The author uses compelling examples from the history of past dominant world powers to illustrate exactly what the challenges and opportunities are for the United States today.

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

At first I felt inclined to dismiss this book as US-bashing based on biased thinking. However, as I listened more and thought about what the message of this book really is, I found most of the content to be persuasive and extremely enlightening. This should be required reading by every forward-thinking American.

  • The Good Earth

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Ryan on 05-08-10

This is a classic for anyone interested in China

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

Reviewed: 09-07-13

What did you love best about The Good Earth?

Reading a classic like this allows you to experience another culture and another perspective that is akin to time travel.

What did you like best about this story?

This was the Chinese "Grapes of Wrath" tale that I had always heard about but never read until now. The personal struggles, flaws, trials and triumphs of one family makes it a compelling and unforgettable tale.

What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reader's ability to speak different roles and voices without forcing the "performance" was impressive.

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  • The End of Influence

  • What Happens When Other Countries Have the Money
  • By: Stephen S. Cohen, J. Bradford DeLong
  • Narrated by: Peter Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

At the end of World War II, America had all the money and all the power. Now, after the Great Crash of 2008, America is cash poor. In The End of Influence, world-renowned economists Stephen Cohen and Brad DeLong argue that this loss will have grave consequences for Americas standing in the world, even as it opens up new opportunities for a new multilateralism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I get it!

  • By John R on 02-23-10

WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD NOW??

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

Reviewed: 06-15-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Influence to be better than the print version?

Pragmatic, unflinching discussion of what is happening NOW in terms of the rise of the rest of the world, especially China and India-- and the implications for the United States. THIS IS NOT A "sky-is-falling" diatribe on the decline of America. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR EVERY AMERICAN AND ESPECIALLY ALL AMERICAN POLITICIANS.

What other book might you compare The End of Influence to and why?

America needs to understand that a great source of its vitality has always been new immigrants. Recognize this fact and embrace a worldview that is not a "zero-sum" game. Learn the lessons from the rise and fall of the British Empire.

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

Brilliant, succint description of what is going on in the world and the opportunities it presents for America.

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,420

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

RIVETING. DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK

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

Reviewed: 06-01-13

Would you listen to The River of Doubt again? Why?

If you have any interest whatsoever in Theodore Roosevelt and the Amazon region, this book will inform and amaze you.

  • John Adams

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 30 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315

McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lip smacking good

  • By Randall on 08-29-16

The Forgotten Founder

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

Reviewed: 06-01-13

Where does John Adams rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Epic biography. Brilliantly crafted. Among the best biographies I have ever read.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

See the DVD of this as well. It is on a par with the book, if not better.

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  • Nothing to Envy

  • Ordinary Lives in North Korea
  • By: Barbara Demick
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent listen!

  • By Laura on 06-05-10

Fascinating Window into the Lives of North Koreans

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

Reviewed: 06-01-13

What made the experience of listening to Nothing to Envy the most enjoyable?

The author approached this heart-rending modern tragedy from a human point of view. She traces the lives of a few of the rare escapees from the oppressive confines of self-diefied dictator's prison-state that has a physical and mental stranglehold on millions of people who have been isolated from the rest of the free world for more than 60 years.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a true story that is stranger than fiction. A 21st Century reality show that makes Orwell's 1984 seem like a historical treatise.

Which scene was your favorite?

Among my favorite moments in this book was the description of the poignant love story between two North Koreans who finally escaped in different ways and different times, completely independent of one another. Because of the risks involved, neither confided in the other about plans to escape to a better life.

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

My heart breaks for the people of North Korea who continue to suffer needlessly under the militaristic fist of such a bizarre regime that fabricates threats from "foreign enemies" in order to maintain its control . The conditions of North Korea today are even more de-humanizing than anything that happened behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany or the the depravaity of Mao's "Cultural Revolution" in China many decades ago.

Any additional comments?

All politics aside, from the standpoint of basic human rights alone, the Korean pennisula represents one of our generation's most important history lessons. Do American's really understand what is happening? The contrast in the conditions of the people living in today's South Korea and North Korea could not be more stark. While any war is terrible beyond words, America's role in helping to fight for and preserve the freedom of South Korea has proven to be one of the greatest and most courageous humanitarian achievements in modern history. The results speak for themselves in full view of the world. Millons of South Koreas are living in a free and prosperous country, while millions more in the North are not. Especially coming so soon after the end of WWII, it is a testament to America's commitment to the cause of freedom that the US fought in Korea. South Koreans know this and are among America's most grateful and staunch allies. The Korean War is still not well understood by most Americans and is aptly referred to as "The Forgotten War." Meanwhile, the sad truth is that the South's brothers and sisters in the North continue in isloated desperation to fall further behind without access to the information and freedoms the rest of the world takes for granted.

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