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  • JFK and the Unspeakable

  • Why He Died and Why It Matters
  • By: James W. Douglass
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in human history: starting a nuclear war. Horrified by the specter of nuclear annihilation, Kennedy gradually turned away from his long-held Cold Warrior beliefs and toward a policy of lasting peace. But to the military and intelligence agencies in the United States, who were committed to winning the Cold War at any cost, Kennedy's change of heart was a direct threat to their power and influence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-13-12

Powerful theory re CIA, but Why Link to "the monk"

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Builds very plausible case about national security community deep involvement, but the whole story is weakened by attempt to artificially weave in the meandering narrative about the famous Trappist Monk Thomas Merton. Reviewers seem not to mention this part of the book, but the constant interjection of "Merton the Monk" ideas makes the book less credible and much less enjoyable to listen to than it would otherwise be. If it weren't for this I would give the book a 4 or 5 star review. Buyers should understand that they are getting "2 books mashed into 1" whether they want it or not. If your interest is in JFK assassination theory, you'll find amazing material here very well presented. But you'll probably end up being frustrated by way too many interjections of a completely different book--a kind of philosophical, spiritual exploration of the pacifist ideas of a young American monk who has absolutely nothing to do with the actual events and dark powers behind the scenes that make up the main narrative.

Would you recommend JFK and the Unspeakable to your friends? Why or why not?

If you are patient, you'll be amazed at what you learn about JFK.

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  • Distracted

  • The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age
  • By: Maggie Jackson
  • Narrated by: Christine Carroll
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

In Distracted, journalist Maggie Jackson ponders our increasingly cyber-centric world and fears we're entering a dark age of interruption that will render us unable to think critically, work creatively or cultivate meaningful relationships.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible

  • By Rahul on 09-01-16

some brilliant insights buried in wandering story

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Ms. Jackson begins with some bold and startling claims, shows us a brief glimpse of some intellectual gem level observations, then gets lost in a series of meandering narratives, only a few of which seem to be connected to her original thesis. Reads too much like a collection of magazine articles lacking structure overall. The vocal narration, while professional and well produced, is for this listener far too "chirpy". Its a mismatch of big, profound thesis against a voice much better suited to much lighter subjects. I found this jarring and almost undermining the seriousness of the content.