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  • The Taking of K-129

  • How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History
  • By: Josh Dean
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii. Then it vanished. As the Soviet navy searched in vain for the lost vessel, a small, highly classified American operation using sophisticated deep-sea spy equipment found it - wrecked on the sea floor at a depth of 16,800 feet, far beyond the capabilities of any salvage that existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the great stories in history

  • By Ben Newman on 11-21-17

Good Cold War history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-17

At first you think you know all you need to know just by reading the title-but trust me you don't. Josh Dean does a meticulous job of presenting the details in storybook fashion which holds interest. Early on every reader of a certain age who lives through the Cold War and those too young to know or remember will be fascinated by all of the conflicts and confusion and moral uncertainty that are the hallmarks of this time in American history.

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  • Lawrence in Arabia

  • War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • By: Scott Anderson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 23 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Middle East Built on Lies

  • By carolyn on 12-19-13

Fresh insight with excellent analysis

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-17

20th-century history of the Middle East is particularly confusing. Scott Anderson presents the subject in a way that is easy to understand but also accurate. I highly recommend this book.

  • Gilead

  • By: Marilynne Robinson
  • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,177

In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect reading

  • By Aging Boomer on 10-05-08

Lessons in Grace

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-16

A lovely story. Beautifully written and performed perfectly. A lesson in grace that unfolds unexpectedly.