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  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geo-politics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Book about Maps! Please provide the Maps!

  • By Sherry on 06-19-17

informative survey of key geopolitical issues

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This was a "round the world" survey of hot spots and areas to keep an eye on. It was interesting to learn what drives different countries to either pursue resolution of these issues or sit back and wait for the right time to get serious about them.

  • Street Soldier

  • My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob
  • By: Edward MacKenzie Jr., Phyllis Karas
  • Narrated by: Matthias N Bossi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

For decades the FBI let James ''Whitey'' Bulger get away with murder, allowing him continued control of his criminal enterprise in exchange for information. He went on the lam in 1995, after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, 2011 followed top-ranked Osama bin Laden on the FBI'''s Ten Most Wanted List, and then was captured in Santa Monica, California weeks after Bin Laden's demise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mathias Bossi is the Boss! Wow!

  • By Cranky Greg on 08-22-12

Underwhelming, overdone

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

The best part of this audiobook is the narration -- Bossi has an authentic, South Boston voice which is entertaining in its own right and clearly necessary for the subject matter.

The book itself has some enjoyable bits, but overall the narrative moves too quickly, with too many anecdotes and flourishes. It seems as if MacKenzie might be embellishing some of his stories, and even if he isn't, they're often so outlandish that the reader needs more context in order to believe him.

  • Comrade J

  • Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America after the End of the Cold War
  • By: Pete Earley
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Spymaster, defector, double agent....Here is the remarkable true story of the man who ran Russia's post-cold-war spy program in America. The revelations are stunning. Many spies have told their stories. None has the astonishing immediacy, relevance, and cautionary warnings of Comrade J.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some Inaccuracies, but still good

  • By Rayne Police Detective on 09-21-08

In-depth look at a world you'd never imagine

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This is an amazing insider look at KGB agent's life working in the USA and Canada. Pete Earley has a sparse, journalistic attitude to the material which really helps bring all the crazy details to light.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,120
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,089

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

great recap of the rise and fall of The Silk Road

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Very well researched story of how an unlikely young man built a huge online marketplace where dangerous stuff was bought and sold.

  • The Perfectionists

  • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

The New York Times best-selling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision - in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat less than perfect

  • By enya keshet on 06-19-18

the evolution of measurement

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Simon Winchester does a great job of walking us through the evolution of measurement and how it has influenced the simple and the complex. As usual, Winchester does it with a highly illuminated narrative and his wonderful narration.

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  • Measure What Matters

  • How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs
  • By: John Doerr, Larry Page - foreword
  • Narrated by: John Doerr, full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983

In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that the Objectives and Key Results system has spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational, inspirational, entertaining, ~dry..

  • By James S. on 05-08-18

"In Search of Excellence" for this day and age

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Beyond describing a simple way to guide business activities, John Doerr and others lay out the challenges they needed to overcome to put this simple system in place. There is tremendous value in learning from others that have adopted, struggled and succeed with OKRs.

  • Young Stalin

  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Young Stalin tells the story of an exceptional, charismatic, darkly turbulent young man born into obscurity, fancying himself a poet and a priest, and finally embracing revolutionary idealism as his Messianic mission in life. Equal parts scholar and terrorist, a mastermind of bank robberies, extortion, piracy, and murder, he was so impressive in his brutality that Lenin made him, along with Trotsky, his chief henchman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good Read/Listen

  • By Jim on 02-20-11

Incredible story

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

This book is simply amazing -- in the quality of its research, the scope of its narrative, and the ability of the author to move between minor details in Stalin's early life and the repercussions these details would have on his later actions.

  • We Should All Be Feminists

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 832

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers listeners a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman now - and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • compelling

  • By Joe Zaniker on 06-01-17

Great essay, beautifully read by author

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Adichie has a great, expressive voice.

Audiobook is probably even better than reading this on paper.

  • The Food Explorer

  • The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
  • By: Daniel Stone
  • Narrated by: Daniel Stone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

In the 19th century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. But Fairchild's finds weren't just limited to food.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Gennady Gelman on 04-15-18

what you eat probably came from someplace else

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

This is a great story about the efforts of a few key people that resulted in the bounty of fruits and vegetables we enjoy today. These people included scientists, travelers, politicians and strangers in faraway lands. Daniel Stone does a great job bringing it all to life.

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  • Lenin

  • The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror
  • By: Victor Sebestyen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Drawing on new research, including the diaries, memoirs, and personal letters of both Lenin and his friends, Victor Sebestyen's unique biography - the first in English in nearly two decades - is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the 20th century but a portrait of Lenin the man. Unexpectedly, Lenin was someone who loved nature, hunting, and fishing and could identify hundreds of species of plants, a despotic ruler whose closest ties and friendships were with women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wrong Faction Won

  • By Jim on 01-04-18

Great overview of the Lenin and the Bolsheviks

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

This is a very well-written and informative book about the events that transpired in Lenin's lifetime, and a glimpse into his personal life and psychology.

The author is set up with the inherent problem of making the book about Lenin, while also explaining the complex historical events he was a part of. He mostly succeeds, but I was hoping for deeper analyses of Lenin's psyche and motivations.