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Rocky Mackintosh

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  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,037
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,376
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,377

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

WOW

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Would you listen to Red Notice again? Why?

yes, if I ever have the time

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Browder's determination

Any additional comments?

Incredible story of how a young Browder was blindly determined to invest in Russian businesses at the dawn of perestroika, After eventually finding success, the corrupt Russian culture retaliated. What a story!

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Sapiens
    A Brief History of Humankind
    
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    Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    18,047 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,976

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Pure Mind Bending Stuff

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

I thoroughly enjoyed the journey that the author guides his reader (listener) through. That journey being the beginnings of mankind (Sapiens) to a point of no return for literal life changing possibilities for sapiens.

History, psychology and science all merge together in this very intriguing and thought provoking book.

Enjoy!!!

  • The Suppressed History of America

  • The Murder of Meriwether Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • By: Paul Schrag, Xaviant Haze
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Meriwether Lewis discovered far more than the history books tell - ancient civilizations, strange monuments, "nearly white, blue-eyed" Indians, and evidence that the American continent was visited long before the first European settlers arrived. And he was murdered to keep it all secret. Examining the shadows and cracks between America's official version of history, Xaviant Haze and Paul Schrag propose that the America of old taught in schools is not the America that was discovered by Lewis and Clark and other early explorers.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Bother

  • By Georgia Deardoff on 03-31-17

Interesting theories

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

The authors spin out a number of intriguing theories about that cause one to wonder about the origins of Native Americans, and question if there has been a two century long conspiracy of sorts to hide the truth about much of the accepted history of past North American civilizations. Much of the evidence stems from journals and writings of early explorers up to the mission of Lewis and Clark. It would seem that with modern DNA testing can solve some of the mysteries that have yet to be solved.

The strange death of Meriwhether Lewis is the highlight of the final chapters. This too raises a number of questions and theories that causes the reader (listener) to wonder how Lewis met his fate.

If you're into this kind of stuff, this is a good read.

  • Under a Flaming Sky

  • The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Daniel James Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

On September 1, 1894, two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping over 2,000 people. Daniel J. Brown recounts the events surrounding the fire in the first and only book to chronicle the dramatic story that unfolded. Whereas Oregon's famous "Biscuit" fire in 2002 burned 350,000 acres in one week, the Hinckley fire did the same damage in five hours. The fire created its own weather, including hurricane-strength winds, bubbles of plasmalike glowing gas, and 200-foot-tall flames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-28-16

Brown's word paint a vivid picture.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

I'm a big fan of the works of Daniel James Brown. He makes the human story of this tragic incident come alive in gruesome data. A true story of perseverance and heroism on a scale that many 21st century Americans will find hard to believe.

  • The Hundred-Year Marathon

  • China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower
  • By: Michael Pillsbury
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

One of the US government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise - and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating perspective.

  • By Rocky Mackintosh on 01-05-17

Fascinating perspective.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

This is the 3rd book in a row that I've read on China. For some it may be helpful to learn more of China's history and culture before jumping into Pillsbury's book. I recommend "The China Mirage" by James Bradley and then "On China" by Henry Kissinger -- both available from Audible.

Pillsbury apparently writes from deep experience and admits that some of his past opinions on China's cooperative behavior have now changed. His revelations and warnings are very compelling.

Definitely worth a read.

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  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,546

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Twists and turns - great story

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

The 3 narrators in the version of the book do a fantastic job of making this a terrific suspenseful story. Highly recommend! Not sure that the movie version can top the performances of the book!

  • World Order

  • By: Henry Kissinger
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Hormann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

Henry Kissinger has traveled the world, advised presidents, and been a close observer and participant in the central foreign policy events of our era. Now he offers his analysis of the twenty first century's ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More retrospective than future oriented

  • By Scott on 10-23-14

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Kissinger provides a terrific correlation between the past of the work of nations to bring order to the power of world forces from centuries ago and the status of affairs today.

So good that I'm going to start reading again tomorrow.

  • The Emerald Mile

  • The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
  • By: Kevin Fedarko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508

From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story and history of the Grand Canyon!

  • By Mike on 04-11-15

Amazing Story

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

Wonderful true story of an amazing river run. Even for those who have never run Whitewater on the Colorado River, you will find it intriguing.

Having had the privilege of riding in a the river in a dory with boatmen Regan and Lou, who are noted "characters" in this book, it becomes even more meaningful as I too reminisce about 17 life changing days I experienced within the depths of the Grand Canyon in 2010.

Powerful!

Rocky Mackintosh

  • The Free State of Jones

  • Mississippi's Longest Civil War
  • By: Victoria E. Bynum
  • Narrated by: Mahershala Ali
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

Actor Mahershala Ali performs the gripping tale of an armed band of Confederate deserters and slaves living in a mixed-race community who rose up against the Confederate Cavalry in 1863 to form their own republic, free of slavery, in what is now the state of Mississippi. The community they formed - and the ambiguous racial identity of their descendants - confounded the rules of the segregated South well into the 20th century.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to like it, but...

  • By Kit on 05-17-16

Slow start, but interesting story

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Fascinating story for the Civil War enthusiast, as well as those are interested in the American Civil Rights movement. A bit hard to follow via audio as the Knight family tree speeds through the Revolutionary War all the into the mid twentieth century.

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