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  • Sea Power

  • The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans
  • By: Admiral James Stavridis USN (Ret.)
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

From the time of the Greeks and the Persians clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power. To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. No one understands this better than Admiral Jim Stavridis. In Sea Power, Admiral Stavridis takes us with him on a tour of the world's oceans from the admiral's chair, showing us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destinies of nations and how naval power has in a real sense made the world we live in today and will shape the world we live in tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend. Brilliant, engaging & thoughtful

  • By Francis Claro on 06-22-17

Not good

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Really horrible no good analysis. Kaplan is still the king of geography/power analysis. Will refund.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Choices

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Chalfant, Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 26 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,105

Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Senior Stateswoman in need of Editor

  • By Cynthia on 07-20-14

A wealth of information

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.Hillary Clinton expertly runs through an incredible amount of information regarding her actions as Secretary of State and the circumstances surrounding them. In this, the short choppy bylines of our impotent domestic media are elaborated upon and fleshed out, casting light on on both the role of US Diplomacy and the countries that received her in her travels.

What did you like best about this story?

If you want some insight into a likely Presidential contender, this is a good spot. This is not Wolf Blitzer, Bill O'Reilly, or even Dan Rather's take on who Hillary Clinton is or what she's done. It is incredible how humdrum, though not boring, some of these issues can seem in her retelling. It is truly the result of one of the most seasoned political figures in the world being completely and totally in the briar patch, bouncing and happy, where most of us would be petrified by the sheer weight of responsibility.

What about Kathleen Chalfant and Hillary Rodham Clinton ’s performance did you like?

I preferred Hillary Clinton's voice, but Kathleen Chalfant did an admirable job of retaining as much continuity as possible.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Clinton can show up in China, go on their television, and speak truth to their power-that women's rights are human rights, Tibet deserves freedom, and poverty is out of control. In response the giant of a country can only hope to keep as many people from hearing it as possible. Only words and nukes can be this powerful.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • St. Augustine's Confessions

  • By: The Great Courses, Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Narrated by: Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

How should parents raise children, and how should schools educate children? Why are we attracted to things that are forbidden? What is time? How can we understand God, or the nature of evil? What is true friendship? To answer these questions, Professors Cook and Herzman look to the Confessions of St. Augustine of Hippo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Overview!

  • By Timothy on 10-22-13

Perfect for the Self-Motivated Learner for Life

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

Reviewed: 07-18-14

Where does St. Augustine's Confessions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This stands unique from my other audible purchases in that it serves as a companion to the text(I bought the Oxford classic from amazon). It is a fantastic companion which has enriched a work that is nearly peerless in it's original capacity to enrich.

Who was your favorite character and why?

From Algerian farm to the imperial court of Milan, from nobody to the dominant thinker of the world's dominant religion-a Bishop then fully respected and accepted by the secular philisophical community so 1600 years later. The force of St. Augustine's words has run relentlessly with no end in site. An intellectual Gladiator, only more grand and more important than any arena spectacle.

Which scene was your favorite?

The lecturers pop with energy, seem genuinely inspired by each other, and I could not help but catch their enthusiasm.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The beauty of his writings concerning his time of conversion is not lost on those reading for more secular or generally spiritual reasons. Fantastic, moving.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stop Smoking with Allen Carr

  • Plus a Unique 70 Minute Seminar Delivered by the Author
  • By: Allen Carr
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Ideal for listening to in the car or whilst traveling, this new and updated version of the globally bestselling book, The Easy Way to Stop Smoking, also includes a unique 70 minute seminar delivered by the author himself. Listen to Stop Smoking with Allen Carr and become a happy non-smoker for the rest of your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE BEST ALLEN CARR I totally related to this one.

  • By Steph Seeker on 10-18-13

Be a Conquerer, Self-actualize, Quit Smoking!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.I would, and do, recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to quit smoking cigarettes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stop Smoking with Allen Carr?

The last cigarette. The book will prompt you to light your last cigarette near the end. I did not want to do it. Every 4 hour "I quit" fit I ever threw began with a lovely, cherished last cigarette. Your addiction is not given such a sweet farewell in this system.

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

I have not, though I wouldn't mind hearing him around again.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Stop Smoking with Allen Carr?

I only had true cravings the first night, everything felt entirely manageable after that. I have applied my insight into running again, smelling like soap, and stacking a cool $300/month into things I like more. Books, for instance:)

Any additional comments?

$300 is not a joke. Cigarettes perpetuate poverty. If you are paycheck to paycheck, or want to send your kid to Disney, or want to pay off your car early, or if you just want 300 extra items from the dollar menu a month(not recommended), there is a way.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Understanding Power

  • The Indispensable Chomsky
  • By: Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell (editor), John Schoeffel (editor)
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

A major new collection from "arguably the most important intellectual alive" ( The New York Times). Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Current times demand you get this into your head.

  • By Senor Comatoso on 08-12-15

Excellent Standalone or as a Supplement

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

Reviewed: 07-16-14

Would you listen to Understanding Power again? Why?

Yes.Noam Chomsky's writings and lectures are filled with an overwhelming number of facts, numbers, and statements. So many, in fact, most of it will never reach your long term memory after just a listen or two. I read the hard copy first. While I don't mind plucking through the pages for a part I want to revisit, this was a much less daunting review that allowed for a cover-to-cover experience.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Every single aside and footnote could be traced to a real world reality. If he said a corporation wrote a letter asking for something from the government, even if the request seems insane, that letter exists and is available to the public. That is not to say there isn't opinion in here, there is very strong opinion. The facts are immaculate, however.

Which character – as performed by Robin Bloodworth – was your favorite?

Robin Bloodworth performed Chomsky's work throughout. One thing that immediately jumped out to me, having seen or heard some of the lectures, was the difference between inflection and emphasis. I only mention this because I am aware that most who would call themselves Chomsky fans have heard a lot of audio and seen many lectures. I found that Bloodworth's performance evened out Chomsky' and provided consistency to a collection written over such a long period (at 85, he sounds healthy, but obviously different than in his youth) and including diverse formats.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"And the end result is in fact quite similar: what are called opinions "on the left" and "on the right" in the media represent only a limited spectrum of debate which reflects the range of needs of private power-but there's essentially nothing beyond those "acceptable" positions."

10 of 12 people found this review helpful