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  • Blood Oil

  • Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World
  • By: Leif Wenar
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Natural resources empower the world's most coercive men. Autocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend oil money on weapons and repression. ISIS and Congo's militias spend resource money on atrocities and ammunition. For decades resource-fueled authoritarians and extremists have forced endless crises on the West - and the ultimate source of their resource money is us, paying at the gas station and the mall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HEAVY but practcal! How western nations are cursed

  • By Rachel on 04-27-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

This is a great philosophical exploration of one of the greatest problems of our time, resource exploitation.

  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

  • By: Philip Jose Farmer
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 536

For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic World

  • By T. Leed on 05-24-09

Good Classic Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Any additional comments?

This was a interesting Sci-Fi story. It's a classic and ends in a very open way, however I'm not sure if I want to know the answer to the question posed at the end as to me it was more philosophical and rhetorical, however the journey to that point was well written.

The drugs and free love ideas of the book do date it a bit, but they are not too pronounced, so I can live with them.

  • Kill the Messenger

  • How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb
  • By: Nick Schou
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Gary Webb is the former San Jose Mercury News reporter whose 1996 "Dark Alliance" series on the so-called CIA-crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and led to his resignation from the paper amid escalating attacks on his work by the mainstream media. Author and investigative journalist Nick Schou published numerous articles on the controversy and was the only reporter to significantly advance Webb's stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Veronica on 09-29-16

Amazing and Depressing

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was pretty amazing, and pretty depressing at the same time. It seems that some folks in the government think that as long as one particular goal is being met, it's OK to destroy the rest of society.

This book is about the CIA helping the Contras sell drugs in the U.S. to buy weapons to overthrow a left leaning government in South America. Now it's my opinion that the U.S. should not meddle in other countries affairs to begin with, as it always, when the CIA is involved ends badly, and causes more harm than would be caused if we had simply done nothing.

In this case this was a government that the local people wanted, but the West didn't like. So the U.S. supported right wing death squads and helped them sell crack in the U.S. Starting the crack epidemic that destroyed inner cities.

This didn't help the U.S. in any way nor did it help the people of any other country.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict

  • The Gap Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 427

Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unique concept for sci-fi; but a bit dramatic.

  • By Amazon Custome on 06-14-13

It Grows on You

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Any additional comments?

At first I didn't like it, but as the story went on it grew on me. It a bit different than your average sic-fi story.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Candide (AudioGO Edition)

  • By: Voltaire
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 866

When first published in 1759, Candide became an instant best seller and is now regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. Voltaire’s preoccupations with evil and with various kinds of human folly and intolerance found a perfect vehicle in this philosophical tale. A master storyteller, he combined often wildly entertaining action with profoundly serious sense, parodying the traditional chivalric and oriental tales with which his public was more familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guaranteed to keep you smiling if not LOL

  • By Robert on 08-09-12

Some of the Best Satire out there!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Any additional comments?

This book was pretty damn funny. Some of the best satire I've read or listened to.

  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,612

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a waste of 83 hours...just the 60 I spent.

  • By Sean on 01-07-13

Good Start to a Great Series

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Any additional comments?

This was actually a pretty good fantasy story right up till the end, where it appears the author wrote herself into hole and came up with a really lame way to get out of it. I was really looking forward to the next book in this series until I got the end. However the next to books in the series do get better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fool's Fate

  • The Tawny Man, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 32 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,717

FitzChivalry Farseer has become firmly ensconced in the queen’s court. Along with his mentor, Chade, and the simpleminded yet strongly Skilled Thick, Fitz strives to aid Prince Dutiful on a quest that could secure peace with the Outislands - and win Dutiful the hand of the Narcheska Elliania. The Narcheska has set the prince an unfathomable task: to behead a dragon trapped in ice on the isle of Aslevjal. Yet not all the clans of the Outislands support their effort. Are there darker forces at work behind Elliana’s demand?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A triumphant ending to the trilogy!

  • By GLENNO on 08-16-14

A Great Ending

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Any additional comments?

Great ending to a great series. If you are looking at this review I assume you've already read and liked some of Hobb's previous books. So there is not reason not to continue with this one.

  • Dragon Keeper

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,099

After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Live Ships first!

  • By Deborah on 05-01-13

It was ok

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Any additional comments?

I give this 2 stars because it was ok. It wasn't bad, but not a whole lot happened either. Frankly I think 200 pages could have been edited out and it would have been much better.

When a story is slow and then finally moves incrementally at the end, having 200 pages or more of bloat just doesn't help.

I will continue reading the series I hear it picks up in the second book, but I'm not exactly over thrilled to pick up the next volume either. because there weren't any characters that I felt really attached too, in fact there where a few I didn't like at all, but I do like Hobbs method of developing characters, so that will keep me going.

  • Dragon Haven

  • Rain Wilds Chronicles, Volume 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981

The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, Bingtown dandy Sedric.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A very LITTLE better than the first book

  • By Joe on 05-13-10

Should be combined with the first

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Any additional comments?

This book is 500 pages of dragon grooming and feeding, while traveling up a river. With some pigeon grooming and feed mixed in for some variety.

The first two books should have been combined into one book, as this story is just so slow.

  • The Dragon in the Sea

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

In the 21st century, the United States has all but used up its oil supply. A new source must be found. Our atomic subtugs begin stealing oil from underwater deposits in enemy territory. But none of the last 20 tugs sent to bring back the desperately needed mineral have returned. Ensign John Ramsey of the Bureau of Psychology is planted aboard the Fenian Ram S1881 as an electronics officer. His assignment: find the saboteur in the four-man crew and bring back the oil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent story

  • By Chris on 12-18-08

Not anywhere near Dune

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Any additional comments?

This book was pretty standard sic-Fi from this time period. Which falls far below the high mark set by Dune.