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The terrifying truth

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

A profoundly important book that explains how "Libertarians" have plotted to undermine democracy in America.

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  • Challenger Revealed
  • An Insider's Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age
  • By: Richard C. Cook
  • Narrated by: Richard C. Cook

Like listening to a government report

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

The book is very dry, almost completely lacking in any interesting anecdotes about the characters involved. It would have made an interesting magazine article.
If this is a subject of special interest to you and especially if you are familiar with the names of the people involved, then it may well satisfy you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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War might be hell, but it is also boring

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

Reviewed: 03-31-14

What would have made Street Without Joy better?

This is the story of the French fighting the Viet Minh, battle by battle. It doesn't pretend to be anything else. There are endless descriptions of military maneuvers and engagements, with place names that mean very little to me. After three or four I just lost interest.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Nothing new here

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-14

Would you try another book from Darren Reynolds and/or Diane Sawyer?

It;s my fault for wanting to revisit that extraordinary moment when I've already seen so much about it. What made it worse was being told several times how we were listening to something that had never been told before. It added nothing to my knowledge and was annoying to boot.

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Putting Lawrence of Arabia in context

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-13

Any additional comments?

I was fascinated to learn about T.E. Lawrence. I had never before understood how he became "of Arabia" and the movie had confused me even more!
Now, thanks to this book, I can make sense of the situation, if not of Lawrence's rather troubled life and personality

The author intertwines his story with that of three other characters in the region at the time. There is certainly interest in their stories, but I found it broke up the narrative just when I was finding it most engrossing.

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  • Command and Control
  • Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
  • By: Eric Schlosser
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick

A very important subject

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

Reviewed: 11-05-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is a fascinating and important subject so I do not regret my time listening to it, but I felt the book would have been more effective had it simply been shorter. The author lists many, many incidents when a summary of them might have sufficed and spends way too much time on the Damascus incident, dragging it out through the whole book.
His history of the bomb and the use of nuclear arms was excellent, especially when he focused on characters such as Curtis Le May.
The author has apparently made a philosophical decision to name every single bit player involved, including how many children each one had and how old his wife was. I can understand his desire to honor these people, but it quickly became tedious and verbose. Obviously, with men who were central to the events at Damascus such as Livingstone and Kennedy it made sense, but I found most of it confusing and meaningless.

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  • Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05)

Like enjoyable company at a dinner party

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

Reviewed: 09-27-13

What did you love best about Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05)?

It was a pleasant half hour in the company of intelligent articulate people..

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Unfortunately Mr Russert missed the opportunity to challenge Justice Scalia on his opinions. Scalia put forward his view that the Constitution does not evolve, and that because the death sentence was not at that time considered "cruel and unusual punishment" then there is no reason to think it might be considered as such today.
This, of course, could lead to some interesting questions regarding slavery, but the tone of the evening was that of a social event and perhaps more serious questions might have seemed impolite.

Any additional comments?

Miss out the 1st ten minutes of boring introductions.

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Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 08-17-13

Any additional comments?

I was fascinated by the comparison of the New Testament to the historical record. I appreciated the author's tone; he was neither cynical, nor desperately trying to cover up obvious inconsistencies.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A slightly different view of WW2

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-13

What disappointed you about A Train in Winter?

I was interested in the women as a group, but found the listing of the all by name boring.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I finished the book, and found I had learnt a few things that deepened my understanding of the war and what it was like to be a victim and then a survivor of a Nazi camp. One thing that struck me was how filthy the camps were, and how the woman were given clothing that was already covered in blood and excrement.Another thing I had not considered before was what it was like for camp survivors when they returned to France; and how little sympathy they received for their suffering.So I am very glad I listened to this book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Prefer the car to the book

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

Reviewed: 08-10-13

What was most disappointing about Marc J. Seifer’s story?

I normally enjoy books that combine biography and with explanations of science or technology relevant to the story. I was simply not knowledgeable enough to enjoy this book, because I was not given enough explanation to understand. For example, Tesla and Edison had different ideas for the design of light bulbs, but it wasn't explained in sufficient detail for me to find interest in it.
This is probably my fault, although I didn't find this worthy man's life in the least bit interesting. It all seemed rather dry.

Any additional comments?

Sorry about the silly title. (Sometimes it is hard to come up with something). But I do find those cars fascinating...