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  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,654
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,475

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Not Awesome

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

This narration seemed challenging for Dennis Quaid and it was definitely challenging for us to listen to. I am a James Patterson fan, but this book veered too far off into political red herrings with nothing tying those asides back to the actual story. Would not recommend. We did listen to the whole thing - the underlying premise was good and we wanted to see what happened.

99 of 111 people found this review helpful

  • The Future of Power

  • Its Changing Nature and Use in the Twenty-first Century
  • By: Joseph Nye
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

In the 16th century, control of colonies and gold bullion gave Spain the edge; 17th-century Netherlands profited from trade and finance; 18th-century France gained from its larger population, while 19th-century British power rested on its primacy in the Industrial Revolution and its navy. In the era of Kennedy and Khrushchev, power resources were measured in terms of nuclear missiles, industrial capacity, and numbers of men under arms and tanks lined up ready to cross the plains of Eastern Europe. But the global information age of the 21st century is quickly rendering these traditional markers of power obsolete, remapping power relationships

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • annoying reading habit

  • By Christina on 04-19-15

The Future of Narration? Let's hope not...

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

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

I would not recommend this particular audio version to a friend. I could not finish listening to it. The narrator's voice had a somewhat haughty, whiny tone.

Would you recommend The Future of Power to your friends? Why or why not?

The book itself is good. I switched to the paperback version.

How could the performance have been better?

In my opinion, the narrator's inflection was not conducive to transmitting a clear, fact-based message. I felt like he was sneering as he read. I am sure Mr. Synnestvedt is a talented narrator, but he was not my favorite.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Orphan Master's Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,426

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Went From Well Written To Pulitzer Prize Worthy

  • By Brigham on 12-15-15

Extra Cardio - could not stop listening

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

Where does The Orphan Master's Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top audiobooks I have heard.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the stories wove together and built in intensity as they intersected.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend.