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  • No Good Men Among the Living

  • America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes
  • By: Anand Gopal
  • Narrated by: Assaf Cohen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

In a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed journalist Anand Gopal traces in vivid detail the lives of three Afghans caught in America's war on terror. He follows a Taliban commander who rises from scrawny teenager to leading insurgent, a U.S.-backed warlord who uses the American military to gain personal wealth and power, and a village housewife trapped between the two sides who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great job of reporting!

  • By L. Maranto on 06-23-15

a painful, poignant local tale of the Afghan war

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-19

this story was absolutely painful to read. not because it was poorly written, or that the subject matter was uninteresting, but because it details the avoidable failures of us forces in Afghanistan. this Tale pulls away the curtain and sheds light on both the past, present and the future of that country. every Marine, Soldier and Airman headed to Afghanistan needs to read this book. I've been there a few times myself, and have red over 50 books on the subject, yet none of them approaches this for sheer street level insight into the local second and third order effects of our actions there. much to learn and benefit from here. Oorah

  • Binding the Strongman

  • By: Frank Hammond
  • Narrated by: Frank Hammond
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

In Daniel 10 the command was issued for Michael to fight against the strongman holding the people of Israel in bondage. He came against the prince of Persia so God's people might be set free and return to their homeland. Before this event ever took place on Earth, it was accomplished in the heavenly realm. The powers of the demonic princes were broken by the angelic forces of the hosts of God, and it set the people of God free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO VERY NECESSARY TODAY AND A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE

  • By D.BRWN on 02-27-15

A MUCH NEEDED MESSAGE FOR TODAY'S CHIRCH

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-19

the author uses scripture to pull back the spiritual Veil on our world and invite us to engage in combat in the heavenlies.

  • Hunting the Jackal

  • A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism
  • By: Billy Waugh, Tim Keown
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of US Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hunting the Jackal - epic accounting of SOF/SOG and CIA IV

  • By Eric on 01-08-18

A TESTAMENT TO THE BRAVE MEN OF SOG/SOF

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Reviewed: 01-18-19

this is an absolutely amazing book. Having spent several years in force Recon myself, I know enough to say that this book Rings true. The language is perfect, and the narrator captures the feel of that life flawlessly.

Billy Waugh and his fellow SOG operators conducted exploits that Boggle my mind. these guys were Fearless, and absolutely heroic, although they would never admit it. they conducted cross-border operations into Cambodia alone and unafraid. they were also by today's standards unequipped. those were the days before smart bombs, GPS, and Advanced Communications. these guys survived literally by their wits, guts and determination - combined with physical stamina and willingness to endure deprivation.

the title of the book is misleading, and I think under sells the book, for this tale involves much more then Billy Waughs work against Carlos the jackal. it spans a 50-year career in Special Ops. It was one of those books I was truly sad to have finished

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,084

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

exquisitely and lightning a marvelous book

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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: 09-18-18

this book just kept getting better. Malcolm Gladwell is a consummate Storyteller, but he tells his stories with a purpose. in this book he investigates rarely considered elements of success. Things like timing and culture and apparent accidents of History. He soundly supports his arguments with data, and reaches some surprising and exciting conclusions. This book will help you understand yourself, your world, your past, and your future. for those that are blessed with young children, it will also inform your child rearing. Outstanding book

  • The Worst Hard Time

  • The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating History

  • By Sara on 02-02-14

A BRUTLY SAD STORY WITH NO SILVER LINING

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Reviewed: 02-07-18

this well-documented, incredible, but true story pulls the curtain back on a portion of American history that is mostly overlooked. the Dust Bowl was shrouded in mystery for me until now. nearly nine years without rain left the American Plains dry dead and lifeless. To make matters worse however, the incessant winds brought the plains to life with a threatening Menace. and it was no idle threat, year-in and year-out incessant dust storms roiled the Plains and the inhabitants that lived there. also true, this story was a tale of unceasing Woe. a story in search of a happy ending... all in all and enlightening but painful read. one can only imagine the pain of those who lived it

  • Bellevue

  • Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
  • By: David Oshinsky
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

David Oshinsky, whose last book, Polio: An American Story, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the history of America's oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the rise of New York to the nation's preeminent city, the path of American medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, and the growth of a civic institution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 12-14-16

NONFICTION HISTORICAL HIGH DRAMA IN NYC

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-31-17

this outstanding book is much more than a history of Bellevue Hospital. It is a history of Medicine in the United States itself from the 1700s to the present. the book is interesting informative captivating and well written. as a former health and hospitals Corporation employee myself with 13 years as a New York City and FDNY paramedic, I found the stories absolutely intriguing and believable. The story is of Medicine ,andof New York City. A story of people, pain and pathos; of lives saved and lost; of unbelievable ignorance and incredible ingenuity leading to new discoveries and New Hope. a story of human life, uncovered and exposed in all its glory and ugliness, set in historical context but without apology. And a story of death, from a variety of interesting and sometimes gruesome causes.

it was a great book. I'm sorry to have reached the end.

  • Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible

  • The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
  • By: Peter Pomerantsev
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell's Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the glittering, surreal heart of 21st-century Russia. It is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, home to a form of dictatorship far subtler than 20th century strains, that is rapidly rising to challenge the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating read about media in Putin's Russia

  • By Brad E. on 12-14-16

STRANGER THAN FICTION

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Reviewed: 12-17-17

An eloquent, incredible and riveting romp through a world of ever-changing mirrors that is present-day Russia. a people in search of themselves. outstanding read.

  • Julius Caesar

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Julius Caesar triumphantly returns to Rome, where he is met by betrayal, conspiracy, and, ultimately, assassination, followed by Mark Antony's revenge on the plotters. The drama is also the story of Marcus Brutus and his struggle between the conflicting demands of his friendship with Caesar and his loyalty to Roman ideals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a good audio despite the sound quality

  • By WAYNE YUNGHANS on 10-29-17

a good audio despite the sound quality

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is well - adapted in this audio drama. Though the sound quality is sometimes lacking, the performances are well - done.

  • Little America

  • The War within the War for Afghanistan
  • By: Rajiv Chandrasekaran
  • Narrated by: Rajiv Chandrasekaran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance, but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; and generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, excellent narration

  • By Rui on 09-03-12

excellent story of COIN in southern Afghanistan

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-16

outstanding book. I've read many on the subject. the author gives a well-researched, nuanced and largely accurate story of the counterinsurgency fight in southern Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011. his book stands subject matter from the Tactical level to the Strategic, and once again highlights the vast Chasm between those who plan the war at a political or strategic level - and those who fight at the Tactical. the latter, the boots on the ground grunts who do the fighting, risk all for the sake of Honor and accomplishment of the mission. in far too many cases that risk is realized in lost limbs and lives. in stark contrast, the author details failure at the political and strategic levels where the mission is too often sidelined or sacrificed to pet projects , pet peeves, preconceptions, hubris and outright laziness. 41 with experience in Afghanistan, this read was both enlightening and maddening. unfortunately, it does ring true.

  • Heavenly Man

  • The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun
  • By: Brother Yun
  • Narrated by: Cristofer Jean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 695

The dramatic autobiography of one of China's dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders. This is the gripping story of how God took a young, half-starved boy from a poor village in Henan province and placed him on the front line for Jesus, in the face of impossible odds. Instead of focusing on the many miracles or experiences of suffering, however, Yun prefers to focus on the character and beauty of Jesus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, one of my old time favorites.

  • By Jeanne on 12-03-09

a riveting and absolutely life changing book

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Reviewed: 11-21-15

a deeply personal deeply spiritual true story of gods amazing work for the life of one man fully dedicated to him. this book is singularly impressive, and has absolutely challenged me as a Christian believer. I can hardly recommend it enough.... in it you will see the height of man's cruelty and wickedness juxtaposed against God's amazing power and mercy.