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Stephanie M. McKay

Mesa, Arizona
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  • Magician: Apprentice

  • Riftwar, Book 1
  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,401

To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry. Yet Pug's strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! Just as good as I remember

  • By Sean on 11-15-17

Fantasy and adventure in a new world

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I have always loved books that stretch the imagination and challenge the boundaries of what is known of elves, men and dwarves. I read this book first when I was 10 years old and loved listening to it as much I loved reading it.

  • How America Lost Its Secrets

  • Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft
  • By: Edward Jay Epstein
  • Narrated by: Michael Bybee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

After details of American government surveillance were published in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly a subcontracted IT analyst for the NSA, became the center of an international controversy: Was he a hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy? Was his theft legitimized by the nature of the information he exposed? When is it necessary for governmental transparency to give way to subterfuge? Edward Jay Epstein brings a lifetime of journalistic and investigative acumen to bear on these and other questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different way of looking at things

  • By Stephanie M. McKay on 05-12-17

A different way of looking at things

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

When I started listening to this book I was very sympathetic to Snowden's agenda - however when weighing in balance what occurred with what was portrayed I realize that Snowden is no hero - the US government is no saint - and that what media portrayed was spun so badly as to be considered false reporting

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  • Playing to the Edge

  • American Intelligence in the Age of Terror
  • By: Michael V. Hayden
  • Narrated by: Michael V. Hayden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars from the only person ever to helm both the CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change. For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By ES on 03-13-16

A security professional

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

I read this as a recommendation that I received from my senior leader. It gives another view to why secrets are required and an understanding to their basis in a constitutional republic from our foundations to present day - the evolution of espionage in the US is incredible