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Graham Rowe

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  • A Spy's Guide to Strategy

  • By: John Braddock
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

When you're a spy, you see a lot of strategies. It's your job to see grand strategies. Regional strategies. National strategies. Most of all, individual strategies. It's your job to see them and to understand them, because that's how you know when threats exist. To identify threats, you're infiltrating an enemy's organization. You're figuring out who is making decisions. And who isn't. You're collecting intelligence on what they know. And what they don't know. You're figuring out their plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent approach to strategy and game theory.

  • By Jeffrey Guy on 09-28-17

Very practical

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This is a very practical strategy guide. I find it very interesting relative to other guides and it’s especially useful to think about game planning other people’s end game and how it interacts with yours.

  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan: The Asian Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,416

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly well done!

  • By Ruby Dickson on 04-24-15

And then I will be Shogun

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-02-19

What a book!!!

I absolutely loved this book and wish I could give it more than five stars considering how many other things I’ve given five stars.

  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,598

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By C. F. Gagnon on 05-31-18

Peace be upon you

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I’m truly sorry that you went through this hell, my brother. Peace to you. I hope you manage to get your family out.

  • Tai-Pan

  • The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,481

It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first begin to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story brilliantly read

  • By Steve Margitan on 06-23-15

This book has had the biggest impact on my adult life

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Reviewed: 09-09-18

This book along with Noble House has had the biggest impact on my adult life. It is truly a masterpiece.

  • Stamped from the Beginning

  • The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • By: Ibram X. Kendi
  • Narrated by: Christopher Dontrell Piper
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 560

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America - more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, tiring narration.

  • By Jan on 06-21-17

Absolutely fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I moved to the US from Jamaica 4 years ago and there were some things that completely mystified me in the race relations of the US. This book does a MASTERFUL job of explaining the state of play for black people and how it came to be. Truly impressive. 5 out of 5.

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586

It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions, and it was the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the emergence of Greece and Rome to the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death, the struggles of the Great Game, and the fall of Communism - the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Really Makes the World Go Round

  • By Mom in Santa Fe on 07-29-16

Eye Opening

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-17

Don't pass this one up. Really eye opening. I had never considered the history of the world from the perspective of trade routes before - happy I stumbled on this book.

  • Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible

  • The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
  • By: Peter Pomerantsev
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell's Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the glittering, surreal heart of 21st-century Russia. It is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, home to a form of dictatorship far subtler than 20th century strains, that is rapidly rising to challenge the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Elle Kay on 11-25-16

Incredibly Interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

Highly recommend for anyone trying to get a general picture of how perception is shaped in(and out) of the Kremlin. It makes you wonder about your own societal narratives and how real they themselves are.

Really pleasurable book.

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