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  • Diary of a Dirty Little War

  • The Spanish-American War of 1898
  • By: Harvey Rosenfeld
  • Narrated by: Ian Esmo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

From its beginnings, America has acted out much of its history on the battlefront. Yet for the average American, little is known of the Spanish-American War. The reasons for our entry never seemed compelling - at times, yellow fever seemed more the enemy than did Spanish troops - and the United States was ill prepared for the venture. Nevertheless, this conflict served to unify a country that only 30 years before had been hopelessly divided by civil strife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Anonymous User on 08-09-18

Disappointing in all aspects

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

First, the reading. If not by a computer, far more boring than one. I found my mind drifting constantly. Second, the story. It is effectively a chronology of the press and papers around the war. That's fine, then bill it as such. It is not a thesis or author's opinion that is argued based on merit an fact. Rather, just a chronology. No doubt countless hours went into the research and I am happy to have benefited from the insights into the society at that time. But I wanted a point of view which was not delivered.

  • The Forgotten Soldier

  • By: Guy Sajer
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 21 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325

When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue, and constant deprivation. Posted to the elite Grosse Deutschland division, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautifully Written Heartrending Tragedy

  • By Gillian on 03-31-17

unbearably excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

this book is so authentic, it is unbearable, but one can't wait to listen to the next chapter. compared to other spectacular accounts of this global conflict, like With the Old Breed, the truthfulness and honesty of the work is apparent, but the contrasts to American versus German experience screams through. a must read

  • QB

  • My Life Behind the Spiral
  • By: Steve Young
  • Narrated by: Steve Young, George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

In the most candid and compelling sports memoir since Andre Agassi's riveting bestseller Open, former San Francisco 49er, Super Bowl champion, NFL MVP, and Hall of Famer Steve Young gives listeners an unprecedented and stunning inside look at what it takes to become a super-elite professional quarterback.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uplifting and motivating

  • By Andrew Miller on 11-19-16

the real story after being through a dishwasher

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

if you're a football fan, just listen and you need no explanation around why this book is an autobiography. Mr. young is very forthcoming around his own personal doubts, but casts himself as the righteous hero in the locker room, on the field and in the NFL sanctuary while all others are villains. glad i had a 16 hour drive to listen to it to conclusion.

  • Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

  • The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

Doris Kearns Goodwin's classic life of Lyndon Johnson, who presided over the Great Society, the Vietnam War, and other defining moments in the tumultuous 1960s, is a monument in political biography. From the moment the author, then a young woman from Harvard, first encountered President Johnson at a White House dance in the spring of 1967, she became fascinated by the man - his character, his enormous energy and drive, and his manner of wielding these gifts in an endless pursuit of power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunately simple slant.

  • By Lynda Rands on 01-22-17

incredible insight, hopelessly biased

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

the author had nearly unfettered access to this legondary President, learned how to manipulate his ego and used this to great advantage in this work. unfortunately, she could not set aside her deeply held personal biases in telling this story and that perspective permiates the work to the point where one begins to question credibility. she conveniently set aside future actual events that substantiated the President's opinions to avoid undermining her own views. all in all worth the time to read.

  • The Revenge of Geography

  • What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
  • By: Robert D. Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

In The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Don't They Teach This Stuff?

  • By Carole T. on 02-27-13

great content, utterly horrible writing

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

read my headline. it's all there. i nearly stopped listening every day. so what else do you need audible?

  • 41

  • A Portrait of My Father
  • By: George W. Bush
  • Narrated by: George W. Bush
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st president. Forty-three men have served as president of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a president told the story of his father, another president, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming and Honoring

  • By Marie on 12-24-14

A Remarkable Man; an Intimate View

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

What did you love best about 41?

Getting to know this remarkable man.

Have you listened to any of George W. Bush’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Decision Points. Of comparable quality. President Bush is a straight shooter and tells it like it is - good and bad. I feel one can believes what he says.

Any additional comments?

The best quote of the book that summarizes who George H W Bush is relates to advice he gave his son: "preach the Gospel everyday; if necessary use words."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Narcissist Next Door

  • Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed - in Your World
  • By: Jeffrey Kluger
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kluger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Narcissists are everywhere. There are millions of them in the United States alone: entertainers, politicians, business people, your neighbors. Recognizing and understanding them is crucial to your not being overtaken by them, says Jeffrey Kluger, in his provocative new book about this insidious disorder. With insight and wit, Kluger frames the surprising new research on narcissism and explains the complex, exasperating personality disorder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like Listening to a College Thesis

  • By Tiffany Thompson on 09-24-14

Mean-Spirited Book

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

Reviewed: 09-24-14

What would have made The Narcissist Next Door better?

Any practical advice around how to manage a relationship with a Narcissist that you are obliged to be in.

What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Kluger’s story?

The author used the book as a platform to castigate celebrities, professional athletes, business leaders and other public figures. The tone of the comments was hateful. He saved his deepest disdain for Republican or conservative politicians, torturing explanations to find fault with these while excusing Democratic or liberal contemporaries. Without the benefit of direct knowledge, he offered pop-culture psychological diagnosis on these targets more befitting of the National Enquirer than a serious work on this affliction.

How could the performance have been better?

No issues, well read.

Any additional comments?

One particularly amusing section of the book was the authors tortured logic in excusing the "Baby-Boom" generation from the Narcissist label. I'd guess this originates from the fact that he is one.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Collapse

  • How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Christopher Murney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

In his million-copy best seller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • an fascinating book, but better on paper

  • By Rebecca on 04-11-05

Engaging

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-10

This book is an engaging review of historic collapses of civilizations. The author can't quite hide his left-leaning environmental orientation, but still keeps the book reasonably centered. It would be a good read for kids in school as it demonstrates that the long historic record of mankind is that he is not a steward of his environment.

  • The Fourth Turning

  • An American Prophecy
  • By: William Strauss, Neil Howe
  • Narrated by: William Strauss, Neil Howe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

This provocative book has found renewed popularity in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks: Is this the onset of the Crisis - the Fourth Turning - of which the authors predict? Hear it and decide for yourself. An audible.com audio exclusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Aldous on 04-17-10

An Amazing Map of What is to Come

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-10

I listened to this book four times to date. This book lays out history in a completely new and insightful way and provides razor sharp insight into what is going on in society now and what is to come. It is at once hopeful and terrifying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Birth of Plenty

  • How the Prosperity of the Modern World Was Created
  • By: William Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

In the breakthrough spirit of Against the Gods, William Bernstein's The Birth of Plenty has the topical uniqueness and storytelling panache to literally create its own category and reader. Based upon the premise that mankind experienced virtually zero economic growth from the dawn of time until 1820, this provocative, big-picture book identifies the four conditions necessary for sustained economic progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Educational

  • By JOSHUA HELMAN, M.D. on 03-13-06

Should be a Must Read in School

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-10

This book explains - in plain English - why some societies prosper and others stagnate in poverty. It should be a must read in all schools in America.