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  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,388

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

When sources are few they serve themselves.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This is a very well sourced book. This fact is clear from the stories that it tells. The more people in the room, the more the vignettes ring true. To me this means that many people were willing to talk. When it's just one or two in the room, Steve Bannon or John Dowd, the stories are somewhat self-serving... but what do you expect? When there are many in the room the stories have much more of the "ring of truth".

This is a portrait of an incredibly ignorant president without the ability to learn, a dangerous man who a misguided fraction of our populace decided to elevate to the most powerful position in the world. He doesn't understand the most elementary concepts, preferring to stick to long-held beliefs or to get his "talking points" from the bizarro world of right-wing media.

Be afraid but take solace in knowing that he is even more afraid.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Hellfire Club

  • By: Jake Tapper
  • Narrated by: Jake Tapper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016

 Charlie Marder is an unlikely congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife, Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could be happening now

  • By Barbara or Jerold Gendler on 05-24-18

Joe Friday reads a pretty good thriller

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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: 09-04-18

Jake Tapper on audio at 1.25x is the reincarnation of sergeant Joe Friday. It suits the story well. This is a Dan Brown meets Raymond Chandler thriller with all of the trappings: secret societies, powerful men, shady characters, gorgeous women and historical figures, including the Kennedys, McCarthy and Roy Cohn. It will make a great movie. Spoiler alert: defenestration at the end is a nice dramatic touch!

  • The Book of Why

  • The New Science of Cause and Effect
  • By: Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

"Correlation does not imply causation". This mantra has been invoked by scientists for decades and has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. But today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, sparked by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and placed causality - the study of cause and effect - on a firm scientific basis. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great material, but highly visual

  • By Wingo Smith on 07-05-18

Great ideas that need to communicated visually

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I concur with many of the reviews that this book doesn't work that well as an audiobook. Although the PDF helps there is even more visual content in the form of equations that does not appear in the PDF. Still, I got a lot out of it just listening and it has prompted me to buy the Kindle version as well.

I count my audiobook experience as a "skim" but plan to do a "read".

  • Trumpocracy

  • The Corruption of the American Republic
  • By: David Frum
  • Narrated by: David Frum, James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

Best-selling author, former White House speechwriter, and Atlantic columnist and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed, in this thoughtful and hard-hitting book that is a warning for democracy and America's future. Quietly, steadily, Trump and his administration are damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy, perhaps irrevocably.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a liberal, buuuut.....

  • By EbonKrowne on 04-02-18

Lifelong liberal loves David Frum!

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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: 01-20-18

David Frum knows that his readers are mostly liberal and so he uses this book to get his conservative points heard by an uncharacteristic audience. Nevertheless, his criticism of the Trump presidency is withering because he is a principled man. Men of principles can disagree and still respect each other, men without principles can only throw tantrums. He makes excellent arguments of how Trump has taken the presidency to unforeseen depths.

My favorite passage is about the "thuggery and crookedness" of the Trump White House. Before this passage at the end of chapter 8 he quotes Vaclav Havel in eloquent praise of the United States as the guiding light to democracy on the occasion of the fall of the Berlin wall. Frum's own thoughts on our current state are dark and foreboding. The juxtaposition of the two statements will serve as a touchstone for a future generation living in bondage if we do not heed the warning and right the ship of state! In a generation, I for one do not want to live in a kleptocracy where our democratic institutions have been utterly debased and think fondly on how great America was in 2015 but that seems to be where we are headed.

10 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Secrecy World

  • Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite
  • By: Jake Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Jake Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Secrecy World offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises crucial questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted. This audiobook discusses the fragile scaffolding upholding any tax haven, the flexible laws of banking, and the radiating impact of an international financial scandal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fulfills its promise admirably

  • By Philo on 11-26-17

Pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

The author is an ok narrator but he should take the time (30 minutes) to learn to pronounce Medvedev, Nazarbaev, dacha and a few other terms. For many years I was a reader (as opposed to a speaker) and I mispronounced many words in my head... that's ok! Speakers can help you learn to pronounce out loud... seek them out!

Otherwise, this is a very informative book on the nuts and bolts of tax evasion and tax avoidance through offshore shell companies. I was amazed at how small some of the accounts were that sought to avoid taxes... in some cases only hundreds of thousands of dollars. Why would you risk jail or public ridicule just to avoid these fairly nominal taxes? The only answer that I could come up with is that the wealthy are willing to cut off their nose to spite their face! It's actually a badge of honor to cheat the government... something you can tell your friends about while cruising the Mediterranean on your yacht.

  • The Origins of Totalitarianism

  • By: Hannah Arendt
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

This classic, definitive account of totalitarianism traces the emergence of modern racism as an "ideological weapon for imperialism", beginning with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the 19th century and continuing through the New Imperialism period from 1884 to World War I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vast and intricate analysis of horror

  • By Roger on 08-04-08

Lessons from history not to be ignored

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

This work from 1951 is as relevant today as it was at the transition between WW II and the cold war. From the point of view of recent events, Arendt's most relevant insight is how big lies can be told and repeated by those in power until they are "normalized". She clearly describes the anatomy and mechanics of an alternative worldview that had abandoned normal, fact-based standards of thought and discourse. It's a chilling reminder of how seemingly innocuous (or at least easily resistible) crackpot ideas can gain momentum and lead to something truly horrific.

The narration of this audiobook is excellent. The story only bogs down in the extensive descriptions of the workings of totalitarian states in the last third of the book. The first third, describing the history leading to the rise of totalitarianism, and the the second third, describing how ordinary people were swept up by an entirely new populism that discarded all of the old rules of public and political discourse, provide the key understandings for our world today.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful