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  • 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 10,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,738
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,710

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

Not impressed

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

About as interesting as a book about a computer programmer drug dealer would be. Not very good writing either

  • Left of Boom

  • How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda
  • By: Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882

On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action. Through persistence and hard work, he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustratingly [REDACTED]

  • By Csaba Turkosi on 12-29-16

waaay too redacted

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

The story was good but the redactions were ridiculous. also the narrators voice was raspy and sounded he was trying to sound like a BA.

  • 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 1,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179

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

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

It was entertaining. I don't care for the narrator but I've heard much worse. It's worth a credit.

  • Nemesis

  • One Man and the Battle for Rio
  • By: Misha Glenny
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Nemesis is the story of an ordinary man who became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel, and perhaps Brazil's most wanted criminal. It's a gripping tale of gold hunters and evangelical pastors, bent police and rich-kid addicts, quixotic politicians and drug lords with math degrees. Traversing through rain forests and high-security prisons, filthy slums and glittering shopping malls, this is also the story of how change came to Brazil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing sobriety

  • By Fabio Azeredo on 04-29-16

Where's the action?

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

I just finished a book on the Cali cartel called At the Devils Table and it was pretty intriguing so I thought I'd stay on the drug trafficking genre and get this. It really lacked a lot of the suspense that I'd seen in the last book and lacked excitement in general. The story was O.K. but I struggled to finish it. I wouldn't recommend this.

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  • At the Devil's Table

  • The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel
  • By: William Rempel
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

In this riveting and relentless nonfiction thriller, award-winning investigative reporter William C. Rempel tells the harrowing story of former Cali cartel insider Jorge Salcedo, an ordinary man facing an extraordinary dilemma—a man forced to risk everything to escape the powerful and treacherous Cali crime syndicate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By Lee Chemel on 07-05-11

Kept me listening

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

If an audiobook gives me that "I can't wait to listen to more if that" feeling than it deserves 5 stars. This was a great story by a key figure in the Cali cartel.

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  • The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

  • By: Thomas E. Ricks
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

A widening gulf between performance and accountability has caused history to be kinder to the American generals of World War II than to those of later wars. In The Generals we meet leaders from World War II to the present who rose to the occasion - and those who failed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Provocative

  • By Jean on 04-30-15

military reading list

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

this is a book that should be on the officers reading list. finished it in a few days

  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

  • The Untold History of English
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,703
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,253

A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for casual linguists

  • By Anderson on 01-11-10

For the language enthusiasts

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

This was well narrated but it was still hard for me to stay focused at times. Comes off more as a university level class which isn't surprising since the author is also a professor.

  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

  • By: Donald Whitney
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

If you'd like to embark on a lifelong quest for godliness, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will help you on your way. Based on the rich heritage left us by the early church fathers, the Puritan writers, and Jesus Christ Himself, this book takes you through a carefully selected array of disciplines including Scripture reading, prayer, worship, Scripture meditation, evangelism, serving, stewardship, Scripture application, fasting, silence and solitude, journaling, and learning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy it now.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-27-11

Motivating

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

This book will inspire you to discipline yourself in an effort to be more Christ-like.

  • Destiny Disrupted

  • A History of the World through Islamic Eyes
  • By: Tamim Ansary
  • Narrated by: Tamim Ansary
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183

Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explains the clash between Islam and the West

  • By Blake on 03-26-10

worth 2 listens

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

I just finished this book and it was so good I'm about to press play again and start over. It was hard to put down.

  • Winter Is Coming

  • Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
  • By: Garry Kasparov
  • Narrated by: George Backman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

The ascension of Vladimir Putin - a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB - to the presidency of Russia in 1999 should have been a signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years - as America and the world's other leading powers have continued to appease him - Putin has grown into not only a dictator but a global threat. With his vast resources and nuclear weapons, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • skip the first chapter (the intro read by Garry)

  • By I am No Expert on 10-19-16

political rant

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

I thought this was going to be more information on Putin and Russia. There was plenty of that but it was all encased in what constantly sounded like a political protester's rant. It wasn't awful but you could hear the author's discontent and frustration in his writing so it made it sound like that.

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