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  • The Big Lie

  • Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,725

What is "the big lie" of the Democratic Party? That conservatives - and President Donald Trump in particular - are fascists. Nazis, even. In a typical comment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says the Trump era is reminiscent of "what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor." But in fact, this audacious lie is a complete inversion of the truth. Yes, there is a fascist threat in America - but that threat is from the Left and the Democratic Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most important book of our generation

  • By Anonymous User on 05-09-18

Well researched and informative.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

This book would surely generate a wide range of reviews -- some will love it and some will hate. I am sure that most of negative reviews would be due to highly partizan nature of the topic. I've found the book very well researched, there is plenty of new (to me) historical material about history of socialism, fascism, nazism in 20th century. Also I did not know about the role of the Democratic president Andrew Jackson in the genocide of American Indians. Overall the book was very useful for my education and in forming a new prospective regarding history of American left / progressive movement. Highly recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After America

  • Get Ready for Armageddon
  • By: Mark Steyn
  • Narrated by: Mark Steyn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

In his giant New York Times best seller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction. No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facts

  • By Peter on 11-11-11

Eye-opening, deep, serious and humorous

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

What did you love best about After America?

It discusses very serious questions about the future of America. While the form is humorous, the content could not be more serious. The authors deeply knows the material. This is one of those books one must read to understand the world and the country he is living in.

Have you listened to any of Mark Steyn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, this is the 3d book, before I've listened to America Alone, and it makes sense to listen to these two books in this order. And before that -- the Undocumented Mark Stern. Also very nice.

Any additional comments?

Thank you, dear Mark.

  • Game of Thorns

  • The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy
  • By: Doug Wead
  • Narrated by: Doug Wead
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

Here is the first insider account of the precipitous fall of Hillary Clinton. How the scandals of a lifetime finally reached critical mass. How, in the last few days of the campaign, some on her staff saw the ghostly shroud of defeat creeping over them but were helpless to act, frozen by the self-denial of the group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So well done!

  • By Smitty on 04-06-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Where does Game of Thorns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books I've listened in a long time. It is factual, author did his homework and knows the events and people well. I liked the manner how it was done, I could not put it down and kept listening deep into the night.

What did you like best about this story?

The story covered in great detail the Clinton's scandals. While these were old news, the author managed to find new and relevant to this campaign angles, such as relationship between Clintons and FBI, or Hillary Clinton's role in suppressing the women whom Bill raped. Another totally unknown story is the inside look at Trump's presidential campaign and role of different people in it. The only thing I did not like is that author was not critical toward Trump enough to my taste.

What about Doug Wead’s performance did you like?

The narrator's performance is very nice. I liked the voice and the manner.

If you could give Game of Thorns a new subtitle, what would it be?

How Hillary Clinton managed to lose a sure presidential race, and how Trump did what all experts said was impossible.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bridge of Spies

  • A True Story of the Cold War
  • By: Giles Whittell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

Bridge of Spies is the true story of three extraordinary characters: William Fisher, alias Rudolf Abel, a British born KGB agent arrested by the FBI in New York City and jailed as a Soviet superspy for trying to steal America's most precious nuclear secrets; Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot who was captured when his plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over the closed cities of central Russia; and Frederic Pryor, a young American graduate student in Berlin mistakenly identified as a spy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bridge of Spies

  • By BookReader on 09-28-15

The best spy story I've heard in a long time

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

If you could sum up Bridge of Spies in three words, what would they be?

Perfect spy story

What did you like best about this story?

Well researched, well delivered, could not put it down, I am going to listen again some time.
Fascinating description of the U2 program, and at the same time very interesting story of the soviet spy Rudolf Abel. And then these two lines cross in a perfect spy moment on the bridge.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Putin's Kleptocracy

  • Who Owns Russia?
  • By: Karen Dawisha
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha’s brilliant Putin’s Kleptocracy provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he brought with him, the billions they have looted, and his plan to restore the Greater Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Cautionary Tale, to how Democracy Gets Hijacked

  • By Steven on 11-23-14

Excellent book! Well researched and well written.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

Where does Putin's Kleptocracy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best book I've read/listened to on the subject. Another one I would recommend is "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin" by Masha Gessen. Even though I've tried to keep with the subject by following the news and reading the books, I've found a lot of new material in this book. Some books filled with facts become hard to follow. This one is filled with facts but it is extremely well written, you listen to the story as if it was a Count of Monte Kristo, except that it is the real thing. This should be a must-read for members of Congress and U.S. Presidents as well as European politicians so that they would not "look into Putin's eyes and see his soul" or something like this, but instead would have a clear understanding what they are dealing with.

Any additional comments?

The artist reading the book -- Robert Petkoff -- is doing a pretty good job, even pronunciation of Russian terms and names is better than average in other audiobooks.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Putin's Wars

  • The Rise of Russia's New Imperialism
  • By: Marcel H. Van Herpen
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

This audiobook offers the first systematic analysis of Putin's two wars, placing the Second Chechen War and the War with Georgia of 2008 in their broader historical contexts. Drawing on extensive original Russian sources, Marcel H. Van Herpen analyzes in detail how Putin's wars were prepared and conducted and why they led to allegations of war crimes and genocide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good, waiting for next revision

  • By Vladimir Kushnir on 01-18-15

Pretty good, waiting for next revision

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

Would you listen to Putin's Wars again? Why?

The book is very good. I learned a lot about Chechen war and Georgian war. The only trouble is that the book ends at the end of 2013. This is like listening to a book "Hitler's Wars" which ends in 1940. I hope the author will write a new revision of this book, unfortunately now, at the beginning of 2015 there is a lot of new materiel to cover.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Overall, Julian Elfer is doing pretty good job. However, when it comes to pronouncing Russian terms or names, I (a native Russian speaker) had very hard time trying to understand what is he saying. I would suggest to spend a couple hours with a teacher or a native Russian speaker and try to improve the pronunciation.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Economics

  • The User's Guide
  • By: Ha-Joon Chang
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

In his best-selling 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and accessible primer, he explains how the global economy actually works - in real-world terms. Writing with irreverent wit, a deep knowledge of history, and a disregard for conventional economic pieties, Chang offers insights that will never be found in the textbooks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A breath of fresh air.

  • By Kristin V. Hansen on 10-07-14

Praise to government intervention

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

Reviewed: 11-17-14

Any additional comments?

Government intervention into economy is good and even necessary. Unions are good for economy. FDR's new deal was right. Keynes is the greatest economist of the XX-th century. Girls do not go into 'hard sciences' (meaning math, physics) because they are conditioned by society ... Just few examples. If you agree with all that, you will like this book.

3 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Edge of Eternity

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,854

Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good, some bad

  • By Elisa on 09-22-14

So high hopes, so much dissapointment

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

Reviewed: 10-13-14

Any additional comments?

When I started reading (listening, to be precise) this trilogy, I was in awe: this is the new War and Peace! However, as the events in the book III got the the times which I have actually lived through, disappointment started to mount. Instead of being a picture of the world, a depiction for our children and grandchildren to have a time travel back to the end of the XX-th century, it became a partisan pamphlet. Just one example: R. Reagan is mentioned multiple times, but always in a context ranging from negative to very negative. His presidency came and went without a word about his speech "Mr. Gorbachev, take down this wall!". Finally much later this speech was mentioned only to downplay it's importance. And this is after describing "I'm a Berliner" speech by JFK in all his glory. Bias of this book spoiled all the impression for me.

  • The Third Chimpanzee

  • The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Up to the usual high standard

  • By Mark on 09-04-12

Is this about science or politics?

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

Reviewed: 08-23-14

If you could sum up The Third Chimpanzee in three words, what would they be?

interesting but disappointing

Would you be willing to try another book from Jared Diamond? Why or why not?

probably not. Author mixes science (which is the interesting part) with politics, such as global warming, green movement, etc. which is not.

Any additional comments?

Also some of the chapters contain re-hashing of material from other books by the author. Maybe not such a big deal, but just be informed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Lake

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

Stuart Woods, the best-selling author of L.A. Times and Heat, has created a haunting thriller full of ghostly images, murder and old family secrets. Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic - this absorbing novel will fascinate listeners as a small town’s present, past and future converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great entertainment!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-23-14

Banal, boring and weird.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-14

What was most disappointing about Stuart Woods’s story?

It was a strange mixture of a crime story with paranormal. I did not like the paranormal part at all. The main push about bad rich guys is too banal to be interesting.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator did a good job, no problems there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful