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Toronto, ON, CA
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  • Kill Chain

  • The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins
  • By: Andrew Cockburn
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

This essential, pause-resister narrative on the history of drone warfare by the acclaimed author of Rumsfeld explores how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well done

  • By Ted on 09-06-16

A thorough review of the drones

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

A great blend of history and the Present. I learned a lot about the rationale behind the origin of drones, and its absolutely astounding longevity despite their ineffectiveness. The American military machine and its wealthy lobbiests are making the world unsafe as defense contractors' main goal is to make money -- money coming from tax payers. Ethics never seems to be an issue, all the while innocent people die from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is a great read to view drone warfare from the perspective of an insider, away from conventional news clips and journalistic sensationalism.

  • Bream Gives Me Hiccups

  • By: Jesse Eisenberg
  • Narrated by: Jesse Eisenberg, Hallie Eisenberg, Annapurna Sriram, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 631

Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary LA to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the listener into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece a tense email exchange between a young man and his girlfriend is taken over by the man's sister, who is obsessed with the Bosnian genocide ("The situation reminds me of a little historical blip called the Karadordevo agreement").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the mix of narrative style and form was intriguing

  • By Gaele on 11-13-15

Disturbingly real. Enjoyable listen.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

The book goes into what people 'really' think and translates it into a book. The stories are thought provoking, but the first one actually made me cry. At first it was funny, but then the reality sets in and you realize that it was a sad yet loving story.

Jesse's reading style really brings out the character. I might not be a fan of his movies but I must say I enjoyed the book.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,274

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

Usually a non-fiction reader

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

I haven't read any novels in years because I struggle to dive into stories that are fictional, but not this one. The storyline crisscrosses through time and places, sometimes full of tension, sometimes peaceful. Images flow into me as the story goes on, and I never find it dull. I truly enjoyed it and hope it turns into a movie some time. I would highly recommend if you enjoy stories based on the war, or history in general.

  • Modern Romance

  • An Investigation
  • By: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Narrated by: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,582

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and informative

  • By ty on 08-23-15

Fascinating research and insight!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

In a world of technology, romance has been largely redefined. To listen to Aziz's research and personal experience made me think about my own relationships and how I should handle them. Aziz is funny and witty, I wish the book didn't end so quickly!

  • Heretic

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Continuing her personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard and American citizenship, the New York Times best-selling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repression of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And They Revoked Her Honorary University Degree!

  • By Russell on 04-14-15

powerful and convincing argument!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

Having Ms. Ali explain the core doctrines of Islam is very helpful to understanding why her book and thesis is relevant and urgent. More people need to learn about Islam, and engage the society to push for the modernization of the interpretation of the holy text, an issue ignored by Western media so far. Great book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,391
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,392

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

True 5 star book

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

This book completed exceeded my expectation. The detail in which the author describes Sergei's story moved me to tears many times. His story deserves to be told by this book to everyone who has conscience. Thank you for sharing your story with me. I have learned a lot about human rights in Russia, and the system that is so corrupt criminals can roam free without consequences. A true 5 star.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Without You, There Is No Us

  • Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite
  • By: Suki Kim
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields - except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A revealing look into North Korea

  • By Chelsea Griffin on 01-10-15

Fascinating story!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

This is a fascinating extension to my existing knowledge of North Korea. It gives me first-hand experience on the lives of these elite students as well as ordinary North Koreans. Aside from the amazing story, I thank the author for her braveness to endure the harshness of life in order to bring back rare moments of humanity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pay Any Price

  • Greed, Power, and Endless War
  • By: James Risen
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses - and until this audiobook, it has worked very hard to cover them up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Not Outraged...

  • By Gregory Aurand on 12-31-14

Simply Mind-blowing

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

As an international relations major when in college, I thought I was savvy in American policies. But I was wrong. This book truly revealed what everyone ought to know about the pseudo democratic societythat we all live in. I would recommend to anyone who is remotely interested in politics and international relations.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Divide

  • American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
  • By: Matt Taibbi
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207

Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capitalism and Democracy Collide

  • By Michael on 04-20-14

Eye-opening and mind-blowing

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

This is an excellent listen for anyone who is interested in the (skewed) American justice system. I didn't know of such enraging stories of polarized systems functioning on the same planet but on a parallel universe. The welfare story reminds me of the clip shown on The Daily Show: white newscasters questioning whether people on aid should buy fish "because fish is expensive". I wish those people can wake up from their monolithic dream of America the Rich and realize how ridiculous how money controls politics and how anyone is treated.. . Author Matt Taibbi illustrates the story so well I can envision the scenes as the story is being read. I would recommend to people who has a thirst for truth.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Must Say

  • My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
  • By: Martin Short
  • Narrated by: Martin Short
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,585
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,238

Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is what audio books were made for!

  • By Ty Brady on 11-06-14

Effortless listening and genuine story telling

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

Martin Short wrote not only as a comedian but also as a humble man. His stories of Nancy and David touched my heart, and his Short way of life has made me realize that being happy is the most important in one's life. A truly delightful book to listen to.