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  • The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

  • By: Samuel P. Huntington
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

For anyone interested in foreign affairs, this book will catalyze debate, and not only for Mr. Huntington's concluding scenario for World War III. He sees how this could happen if the U.S. mishandles an increasingly xenophobic and truculent China. Chinese assertiveness, Huntington argues, rises out of its felt grievances against a relatively weakening West. After China, the gravest challenge to the West is resurgent Islamic identity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor performance despite excellent work

  • By John on 03-19-16

Wonderful Analysis

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-05

There is a great deal of value in this text whether or not you agree with the specifics of the conclusions offered. Wide ranging and backed by specifics the thought process of the author are provocative.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,810

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Stick with Philip K Dick

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-05

Rambling technobable.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Black

  • Book One, The Birth of Evil
  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Rob Lamont
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059

Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start

  • By Dalen on 03-13-14

I rather have a black and tan

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-04

The writing is leaden and the plot less than formulaic. Take a pass

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Death's Acre

  • Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab The Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales
  • By: Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
  • Narrated by: George Grizzard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bill Bass's: on a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the "Body Farm," nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in trunks of cars. As stand-ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science, and the cause of justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and Emotional

  • By Jessica on 01-26-04

Good man, nice idea, mediocre execution.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-03

A story by a wonderful man. Unfortunately, while the idea is good, the execution leaves much to be desired.

0 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Lusitania

  • An Epic Tragedy
  • By: Diana Preston
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Preston, an Oxford-trained historian, brilliantly captures the political and personal impact of the 1915 sinking of the British liner Lusitania by a German U-boat. This "captivating and conscientious narrative" is riveting, offering new insights into the controversial event, which helped draw America into World War I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent 'read'

  • By Anonymous User on 01-26-03

John Jacob Astor

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-03

Highy inflated reviews. This is the Ann Landers version of the sinking. The author provides no analysis of information but instead dwells on the personal adpects of individuals involved in this tragic event. Certainly the horror of this early terrorist act is captured but there is no overarching theme to the book other than the human tragedy.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful