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  • Team of Vipers

  • My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
  • By: Cliff Sims
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May, Cliff Sims - introduction
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 532

After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as special assistant to the president and director of White House message strategy. He soon found himself pulled into the president’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. This is the story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the president’s team. It's a story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelming and OMG - the performance?

  • By Mark Lipscombe on 01-29-19

Fascinating tale of the Trump White House

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

This is much better than I expected. Cliff Sims spent 500 days in the Trump White House. In his journal, he tells of important events and everyday drama. On the one hand, he tells of the "Breaking News" events and paints a great picture of what happened as well the pettiness and daily back biting. At first, I was waiting for Sims to run afoul of President Trump and then digging up the dirt on the people who lied about him. I expected the book to be about the toxic environment the people operated in. While there was some of that, Sims actually told the good and the bad. Out of this book I took a better understanding of why such a large number of people are totally loyal to this President despite knowing him just as he is. Many people in the White House cover for the president when makes an error, or a gaff and they seem to take Trump just as he is.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,917

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

We already knew, but Bob Woodward confirmed it.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Like most people, I didn't learn much new in "Fear," but I have great respect for Bob Woodward and when he reported the insanity in the White House that I have been hearing, I knew it was for real. Bob Woodward laid it all out in captivating prose and everything fell into place. I have read so much on this President I think because I simply couldn't believe that the nightmare of his administration was real. The other day, I came across an article about the EU threatening to discipline Victor Orban of Hungary because the autocratic leader is moving farther and farther away from democracy. In the article, it mentioned that he was acting in accord with Russia, China, and Trump. I actually felt ill. There it was for all the world to see...we were aligned with the bad guys. I would never have thought it possible.

I sincerely hope that a great many of Trump's supporters will read this book. Woodward strips away all the excuses. There is simply no good reason for this man to be president despite the economy. His behavior is that of a thug. Somehow Woodward puts it all together and it couldn't be clearer. It was hard to fathom what "high crimes and misdemeanors" could mean if it doesn't mean what we are seeing now.

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  • Manual for Spiritual Warfare

  • By: Paul Thigpen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gallagher
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Like it or not, you are at war. You face a powerful enemy out to destroy you. You live on the battlefield, so you can't escape the conflict. It's a spiritual war with crucial consequences in your everyday life, and its outcome will determine your eternal destiny. You must engage the enemy. And, as you fight, you need a manual for spiritual warfare. This guide for spiritual warriors will help you recognize, resist, and overcome the devil's attacks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I needed

  • By G. Blink on 07-19-17

A Very Powerful Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18


I am an Episcopalian and found this book very helpful in the whole subject of the nature of the Devil and his work among us. The subject is not often talked about and the discussion about the difference between oppression and possession was very helpful. Referencing demonic activity using Bible passages made it much easier to understand. The prayers and songs at them were very helpful. I am learning about becoming a Prayer Warrior and have already experienced what I fear are attacks of demons. The spiritual weapons are invaluable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Neanderthal Man

  • In Search of Lost Genomes
  • By: Svante Pääbo
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 572

A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal genome to answer the biggest question of them all: what does it mean to be human? What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pbo’s mission to answer that question, beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in his sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2009.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not really about Neanderthal man

  • By Mark on 08-29-15

Great but complicated

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

It has taken me years to finish this book, but I am glad I stuck with it. The subject is complex and, while the author takes great pains to explain the project, there are too many terms to stop and define. I found myself taking long breaks or looking up things on the internet to help me understand.

I have to say that the book was worth it. The study of the Neanderthal and the appearance of its genes in various populations is fascinating. This is particularly true of the vast distances that the genes appear.

  • Anatomy of Malice

  • The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals
  • By: Joel E. Dimsdale
  • Narrated by: J. Paul Guimont
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

When the ashes had settled after World War II and the Allies convened an international war crimes trial in Nuremberg, a psychiatrist, Douglas Kelley, and a psychologist, Gustave Gilbert, tried to fathom the psychology of the Nazi leaders using extensive psychiatric interviews, IQ tests, and Rorschach inkblot tests. Never before or since has there been such a detailed study of governmental leaders who orchestrated mass killings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History Lover

  • By Tamara on 03-02-17

A Fascinating Study

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

This was a fascinating journey into the minds of some the most despicable people the world has known. A look into their brains however, raises more questions than answers.

The only problem I had with this book is the absence of the question of sin. Psychopathology will never be able to explain it away. At some point all of these people acted against their consciences and continued to act that way for their own benefit.

I the latter chapters, the author delves into a modern diagnosis of each of these men given the psychological data collected at the trials. There is nothing to explain why the millions of people who have the same diagnoses have not committed the same offenses

  • White Fire

  • Agent Pendergast, Book 13
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,486

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grand Slam Tale of Terror

  • By GH on 11-12-13

Pendergast Triumphs

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

This is one of the best in the series! It's a skillful blending of Oscar Wilde, Sherlock Holmes and present day Colorado mines.

  • Undocumented

  • A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League
  • By: Dan-el Padilla Peralta
  • Narrated by: Dan-el Padilla Peralta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Dan-el Padilla Peralta has lived the American dream. As a boy he came here legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but life in New York City was harder than they imagined. Their visas lapsed, and Dan-el's father returned home. But Dan-el's courageous mother was determined to make a better life for her bright sons. Undocumented is a classic story of the triumph of the human spirit. It also is the perfect cri de coeur for the debate on comprehensive immigration reform.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • this genuine memoir kept my interest

  • By Mark on 05-29-16

Language

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better language

What was most disappointing about Dan-el Padilla Peralta’s story?

He used such bad language, I couldn't finish the book. Listening to the audiobook was like having someone sitting beside you swearing. I taught in several prisons and none of my students talked like that in my presence. If this boy was a cut above the usual immigrant, you certainly wouldn't know it by his language.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I hated it. I could not get over the vile language.

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