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  • House of Trump, House of Putin

  • The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia
  • By: Craig Unger
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

It is a chilling story that begins in the 1970s, when Trump made his first splash in the booming, money-drenched world of New York real estate, and ends with Trump’s inauguration as president of the US. That moment was the culmination of Vladimir Putin’s long mission to undermine Western democracy, a mission that he and his hand-selected group of oligarchs and Mafia kingpins had ensnared Trump in, starting more than 20 years ago with the massive bailout of a string of Trump hotel and casino failures. This book confirms the most incredible American paranoias about Russian malevolence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding Trump through his shady roots

  • By Caty kindle1 on 08-20-18

more of a history

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

there's 50 tons of documentation of the russian/trump backstory here... chapters and chapters. well researched.
but- it was a chore to listen to. i kept waiting... hoping for it to go somewhere... but alas... as stories go, it was as bleak as I imagine russia, and trump's mind to be.
i imagine that it's something robert mueller may wanna read... or maybe, he already has.

13 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Everything Trump Touches Dies

  • By: Rick Wilson
  • Narrated by: Rick Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373

In Everything Trump Touches Dies, political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson brings his darkly funny humor and biting analysis to the absurdity of American politics in the age of Trump. Wilson mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party he served for decades, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst president in American history. No left-winger, Wilson is a lifelong conservative who delivers his withering critique of Trump from the right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I'm not a Trump fan!

  • By KathrynVB on 08-09-18

Yet, ANOTHER nail in trump's coffin.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Wilson definitely comes off sounding like he KNOWS what he's talking about, and has ample knowledge as a decades-long GOP strategist, to speak about the skeletons-in-the-closet(s) regarding all things trump(s)... and other key 'players' in the party.
Additionally, Wilson also breaks with tradition, and gives some lessons/advise to the Dems on 'how to win' in this 'new era' (providing Dems are willing to actually embrace concepts like 'strategy').
I AM convinced that Wilson actually IS concerned with "country over party", and is at the spearhead of the 'Never Trump' movement, not just for those in the GOP who have enough courage to come out of the closet, but for ALL Americans.
This book isn't just one more example of a trump-detractor... but rather, a very credible, life-long GOP strategist, who cites specifics, spelling out the ever growing list of major issues with the ENTIRE trumpian empire, including the staff's key players, the family, and ALL of the 'enablers' who have, and are, complicit in proping-up and feeding this MITOO (monster in the oval office). For any in trump's base who may be 'balancing on the knife-edge'... there are ample confirmations of dozens of horror stories, which have leaked-out since the beginning of what surely will be known to history as 'the dark times', of this 'comedy of errors'... showing not only 'how' this man-child came to be in the white house, but how & why the Enablers Of Congress refuse to take steps, or even speak out against this 'Huckster of Hitlerism'... this 'Duke of Dufusity'... nah... he's just a plain ol' con man.
Anyway- Wilson provides the unique viewpoint from deep within the GOP from those who have 'grown a pair', and successfully inserts humor regarding the absurdity of this circus act straight out of clown-college (no doubt, from trump university)... where, IMO... the only way it could get better, is if trump hired Barny Fife to be his chief of staff (or would that be 'chef' of staff???).

Oh... If you a hearing-impaired, you may have trouble with this audiobook, as the volume levels may leave you bald-headed (from aggravation over levels kinda dropping off towards the end of sentences). I can say that... having been a PRO Sound/Recording Engineer since 1976, and having done a slew-gobble of narration and vocal recording sessions... I value devices such as COMPRESSORS, which even-out such difficulties.
Anyway- It's a good book. Get it... cuz, in this era (or error) of trump, as 'The Umpire Strikes Back' (yes... Umpire)... we all need some additional confirmation of reality... that this isn't just a hokey nightmare about a country that fell asleep at the wheel. And... May the Horse Pee With You.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The World as It Is

  • A Memoir of the Obama White House
  • By: Ben Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314

For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now, he tells the full story of his partnership with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A work for posterity, not tomorrow's talking points

  • By Josh on 06-14-18

This is a must-read (uhhh... listen)

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

This is a really well done work!... well written, well performed, and well engineered.
The narrator even does a pretty good Obama imitation. This work cuts thru a great deal of the republican-russian fake news.
I dont agree with everything Obama did... but I totally RESPECT him, both as a President, and a man... unlike the 5th-grade bully we have in the slot now. This work brings you even closer.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Facts and Fears

  • Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
  • By: Trey Brown, James R. Clapper
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the US Intelligence Community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation on the 2016 US election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speaking Straight, Unbiased Truth to Power

  • By Cynthia on 05-29-18

wOw. Well done!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This is a long BOT... but- it is very well done, AND Jim Clapper giving his, for the most part, half-century worth of Intelligence background/work is, I think, relevant for you to fully accept his credibility... which, before I bought this work, I don't know which side of the fence I would fall on.
However- now... after enjoying this work (and he DOES have a sense of humor), I find him 100% credible... and trump inversely so. Clapper also does some pretty thorough work explaining in detail the how and whys of events during the campaign, and afterwards. Insightful!
The very worst thing I can say isn't about the book... but the recording, or rather editing, of the vocal (being a recording engineer myself)... when edits were needed in the recording... care wasn't taken to assure the voice sounded consistent between the original recording(s), and the edit recordings. You may, or may not notice... or care. It's not a factor, really... it just stands out for me.
None the less... if you have ANY interest in how the intelligence world operates, and how it has evolved since the 60s... you WILL want to get this one!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Dead on Arrival

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Richtel
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49

An airplane lands at a desolate airport in a remote Colorado ski town. Onboard, Dr. Lyle Martin, a world-class infectious disease specialist, is brusquely awakened to shocking news: Everyone not on the plane appears to be dead. A lethal new kind of virus may have surfaced, threatening our survival, and now Martin - one of the most sought after virologists on the planet until his career took a precipitous slide - is at the center of the investigation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Must read, not listen

  • By Josh vega on 12-12-18

i suppose it's okay...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

yeah... it's okay... I was just expecting... more, I guess. of course, i realize that it MAY just be me, and NOT the book
this sobriety-thing is just awful, and I don't recommend it... for anyone... well, except for brain surgeons... Air Traffic Controllers... oh... and Proctologists.
Throughout the book... I kept feeling this crescendo building, and building, and building... but for me, there was just no pay-off for the time invested. But... like I said... I was fairly sober, too.
Anyway- if I had it to do over... I wouldn't.

  • The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

  • 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
  • By: Bandy X. Lee - editor M.D.
  • Narrated by: Nanette Gartrell, Luba Kessler, Bandy X. Lee, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump describes the consensus view held by two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is scary stuff!

  • By Willie on 01-24-18

Excellent info!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Since each professional reads their own section, the narration is uhhh... well, not professional... but to hear so many pros, confirm what we have all been saying all along, is great.
I recommend this audio book.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,659

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Send trump a copy...

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

so he can enjoy it too!... he may have a stroke... I hope, I hope.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Akashic Records

  • Case Studies of Past Lives
  • By: Lois J. Wetzel
  • Narrated by: Sara Morsey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

This book contains a collection of Akashic Records readings from a variety of subjects who came to Lois Wetzel over the years for "past life readings". The lifetimes viewed are narrated by Lois, and at the end of each client's session is a discussion between Lois and the client about the lives narrated. Also noted are the results in the client's life from knowing about these lifetimes...weeks/months/or years later. One chapter includes a series of past life readings for one client over a period of about a year and a half.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Myriad of Lifetimes to Explore

  • By Laura J Mullen on 08-26-16

Listening is a chore

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

The narrator is horrid. This woman sounds quite old and tired, and would put me to sleep if she wasn't so bad.
Sorry... but, I prefer listening to nothing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Happy Medium

  • Life Lessons from the Other Side
  • By: Kim Russo
  • Narrated by: Kim Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

When she was nine years old, Kim Russo discovered she had an amazing gift - she could communicate with the dead. Deeply skeptical, she denied her talent for years. But as she gradually reconciled her ability with her religious beliefs, Kim embraced who she is - and ultimately accepted her soul's mission as a voice for the spirit world. Known as the Happy Medium for her authenticity, her warmth, and her honest, positive readings, Kim has helped people from all walks of life to connect with those who have passed on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Packed full of information & things to try.

  • By Eleanor Lauck on 05-29-16

Top Notch

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

If you've seen Kim on TV... you'd expect the best... and she delivers.
The info on the spirit-world, guides, and the like, is confirmed using scientific life-between-lives regression as explored by Dr. Michael Newton. This is the real thing, and Kim does a beautiful job with the book, and the narration (and I'm a recording engineer... giving all here a 100).

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Your Soul's Plan

  • Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born
  • By: Robert Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Richard Banks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

Your Soul's Plan (which was originally published under the title Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?) explores the premise that we are all eternal souls who plan our lives, including our greatest challenges, before we are born for the purpose of spiritual growth. Through compelling profiles of people who knowingly planned the experiences mentioned above, Your Soul's Plan shows that suffering is not purposeless, but rather imbued with deep meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First audiobook I plan to listen to again

  • By Mr LoRo on 05-24-15

Narrator is tedious as hell.

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

After an hour or so, I'd rather listen to AM radio... or face sobriety. In fact, I'd say I don't particularly want to dive back into it... wishing I had bought something else (like a quart of sour mash)(and I'm diabetic).
At first, the narrator's voice doesn't sound all that bad. I had read a review where the feller was convinced the narration was done by a text-to-speech program. Being an audio engineer, I can say I seriously doubt it... but I can understand why someone would think so.
Well... I suppose I'll finish it... despite my better judgment. I've caught the author in a couple of things I have issues with... from my familiarity on the subject, and from other authors. One thing... the 'theory' of "walk-in souls" really shows a lack of good, solid research. Anyone who claims 'walk-ins' as factual is a charlatan, in my opinion, and not worthy of taking seriously.
I can tell ya this... If you want to get a book that's gonna give you accuracy from A to Z, not be influenced by the author's preconceptions, and actually be based on first-hand scientific research, I can recommend a 5-star rating to "Destiny of Souls", by Dr. Michael Newton. In fact, I 'KNOW' he's correct... because I've had two experiences and one NDE... and he is spot-on. I judge other books based on 'Destiny'. His first book, "Journey of Souls" is good, too... but 'Destiny' contains more info and detail.
It WILL change your life. ○