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Blake Dahl

Indianapolis, IN
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  • The Spy Who Was Left Behind

  • By: Michael Pullara
  • Narrated by: Michael Pullara
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

On August 8, 1993, a single bullet to the head killed Freddie Woodruff, the Central Intelligence Agency’s station chief in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Within hours, police had a suspect - a vodka-soaked village bumpkin named Anzor Sharmaidze. A tidy explanation quickly followed: It was a tragic accident. US diplomats hailed Georgia’s swift work. Yet the bullet that killed Woodruff was never found, and key witnesses have since retracted their testimony, saying they were beaten and forced to identify Sharmaidze. But if he didn’t do it, who did?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book needs a hires narrator

  • By Blake Dahl on 11-17-18

great book needs a hires narrator

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-18

fantastic book which reveals the truth of government coverups in the assassination of intelligence officers.i loved the story but the narrator spoke slowly and the volume of the recording was LOW, so it made listening sometimes difficult to hear. glad to see a fellow attorney going international to get justice

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On Combat

  • The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
  • By: Dave Grossman, Loren W. Christensen
  • Narrated by: Dave Grossman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837

On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book on combat of all time!

  • By Tom on 02-05-15

Amazing

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Reviewed: 10-21-18

This book should be required reading for all Military Servicemembers and new Police Officers during initial training.

  • 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 8,043
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,382
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,383

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

outstanding edge of your seat story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I listen to roughly 30+ or more audio books a year and this is the first book in a long time that had me on the edge of my seat, I didn't want to stop listening to the book. it honestly reads like a political thriller but because it's Russia, you know it's true. thank you to Bill Browser for sharing his story with the world and using Adam Grupper as the narrator.

  • Directorate S

  • The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • By: Steve Coll
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

Resuming the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars, best-selling author Steve Coll tells for the first time the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All the detail you could want

  • By Louis Macareo on 03-06-18

in depth

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Reviewed: 03-08-18

overall his book is an insanely in-depth and detailed insider account of the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. it is LONG..... the only distraction is the authors political views

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Disinformation

  • Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom Attacking Religion and Promoting Terrorism
  • By: Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

The highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is at it again. A quarter century ago, in his international bestseller Red Horizons, Pacepa exposed the massive crimes and corruption of his former boss, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, giving the dictator a nervous breakdown and inspiring him to send assassination squads to the U.S. to find his former spy chief and kill him. They failed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Open your eyes!

  • By Cookie on 04-16-14

This is the Holy Book on Russian Disinformation

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-26-18

Easily one of the best books I've experienced in the last 5 years. being able to read this book after the the 2016 election and in light of the almost esoteric one sided stranglehold on US mainstream media is enlightening. I felt strangely dirty after reading the book, knowing that my own sense of knowledge about my own country and world events has been unduly and falsely influenced by the Russian Disinformation machine. I am shocked that more people aren't up in arms with anger toward Russia. after reading the book I felt as if I had awakened to the truth as did the main character from the movie "The Matrix". what's even more disturbing is knowing that Facebook and Twitter may be actually conspirators to the Russian Disinformation machine. I hope the author produces another book on the topic.

  • The Book of Honor

  • By: Ted Gup
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

In the entrance of the CIA headquarters looms a huge marble wall in to which seventy-one stars are carved - each representing an agent who has died in the line of duty. At the base of this wall lies "The Book of Honor," in which the names of these agents are inscribed, or at least thirty-five of them... In this remarkable program, author Ted Gup delves into covert lives and classified deaths at the CIA.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book on the hidden men who gave their lives

  • By Blake Dahl on 01-18-18

Good book on the hidden men who gave their lives

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-18

based on the description of the book and the author's introduction it's easy to assume the book is just another piece of liberal anti-CIA hurt feelings garbage. Turns out it's pretty informative and the author did a great deal of investigation to tell the story of men that paid the ultimate sacrifice and are otherwise unknown.... There was almost zero anti-CIA sentiment whatsoever.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hunting the Jackal

  • A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism
  • By: Billy Waugh, Tim Keown
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of US Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hunting the Jackal - epic accounting of SOF/SOG and CIA IV

  • By Eric on 01-08-18

outstanding story of a true American hero

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Reviewed: 01-15-18

I loved every aspect of this book from start to finish. the authors story of his service from Korea to the GWOT is incredible and narrator does an excellent job as well.

The Convenient Terrorist
    Two Whistleblowers' Stories of Torture, Terror, Secret Wars, and CIA Lies
    
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    Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    11 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Convenient Terrorist

  • Two Whistleblowers' Stories of Torture, Terror, Secret Wars, and CIA Lies
  • By: John Kiriakou, Joseph Hickman
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Convenient Terrorist is the definitive inside account of the capture, torture, and detention of Abu Zubaydah, the first "high-value target" captured by the CIA after 9/11. But was Abu Zubaydah, who is still being indefinitely held by the United States under shadowy circumstances, the blue-ribbon capture that the Bush White House claimed he was?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • political agenda piece

  • By Blake Dahl on 01-10-18

political agenda piece

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

the authors make it clear they have a self serving political agenda with their story. they consistently tell half truths and come to conclusions with sometimes minimal information and present it as fact.. I did enjoy the background info on Zubidah, but even that fails to mention the extent of all of his crimes. even if he wasn't a terrorist against US interests as the author suggests, he definitely committed heinous crimes against others and should be locked up.

  • Buying Illegal Bugs with Bitcoin

  • By: George Billions
  • Narrated by: George Billions
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

You can buy anything on the Internet these days. Books, electronics, and Chinese takeout are just a few clicks away. If you're after something more illicit, all you need is a special browser and some bitcoin to spend. Every drug you might want is readily available on the darknet markets. You can also hire a hitman, get a fake ID made, or have an illegal bug delivered to your door. Ben Samsa is a small-time weed dealer and amateur entomologist. He can't resist buying a mysterious bug he finds on one of the black market sites where he gets his inventory. The splurge leaves him with only enough bitcoin to purchase lower quality marijuana than he normally sells. Unfortunately, Ben doesn't realize one of his customers has been flipping his product to a murderous, one-eyed Nazi. He's soon sucked into a hellish nightmare of dread, drugs, and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More common than you think

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-15-18

excellent

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

this is a great short story. the plot and characters are nicely developed and about a quarter of the way into the book it really grabs ahold of you and you don't want to stop listening. I'm looking forward to seeing what the author produces next.

  • Redeployment

  • By: Phil Klay
  • Narrated by: Craig Klein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 607

Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read - Fantastic Heart Rendering Shorts

  • By GH on 12-03-14

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 11-16-17

this book adds a great perspective on deployments from several different viewpoints... it's especially funny in an unedited kind of way.