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  • Dark Alliance

  • The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
  • By: Gary Webb
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

In July 1995, San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb found the Big One - the blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about - without even looking for it. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial turned into a massive conspiracy involving the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, L.A. and Bay Area crack cocaine dealers, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight to history

  • By Ken on 06-07-14

Not entertainment... but then again should it be?

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Only sorry that I couldn't look at some of the evidence that Webb stated that he had while walking and listening to this audiobook. The Story is a mashup of storytelling by the narrator and exposing one source after the other. Webb built a strong case. Like in "The Shaw-shank Redemption" it might seem very convenient that some evidence was missing for the story to be proven false... But then again, doesn't it seem very convenient that the same information could have proven it without a doubt.

  • Understanding Power

  • The Indispensable Chomsky
  • By: Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell (editor), John Schoeffel (editor)
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

A major new collection from "arguably the most important intellectual alive" ( The New York Times). Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Current times demand you get this into your head.

  • By Senor Comatoso on 08-12-15

Great production and summarization

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

Definately job well done in organizing all of these talks. Tip of the hat to the producers

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win a Cosmic War

  • God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

The hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting a cosmic war. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, by infusing the United States War on Terror with the same kind of religiously polarizing rhetoric and Manichean worldview, it is also fighting a cosmic war, a war that can't be won.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read but could have been better

  • By Sangho on 10-29-09

A book of understanding

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

A book about identity, the loss of it and how people forge a new one.

For those who want to understand:
- the social, demographic and cultural specifics that lead to the nuances of the worlds most spread religions
- the origins of some of the terms used widely today - jihadism, fundamentalism,...
- the difference between fundamentalism (not just Islamic) and Islamism
- constructive ideas of countering the "bad-VS-good" mentality spread on both sides of the world
- how radical religious social movements differ from established religious institutions

Overall an insightful listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,187

Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For large company managers, not startups

  • By Thomas on 03-18-14

A story of business survival

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

Not exactly what I expected when i got the book. it wasnt filled with empirical evidence or lots of industry examples. But one thing it really shines with is the personal story of a "shit hit the fan" situation that lasted for years and the practical lessons Ben Horowitz got out of it all. For all of the people who have started something hard or even something easy in just the wrong time - Ben will help you feel you are not the first one and not alone.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Good to Great

  • Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
  • By: Jim Collins
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,061

Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good info, over-the-top narration

  • By Anaxamaxan on 08-31-10

Jim Collins Delivered

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

Great balance between storytelling and conclusions. Jim and his team deliver a guideline for... well going from good to great in several main steps.
No final, not a miracle pill but a systematic approach to transforming successful organizations.
I recommend :)

  • Scrum

  • The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
  • By: Jeff Sutherland, JJ Sutherland
  • Narrated by: JJ Sutherland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,520

By the man who helped invent the red-hot management process known as "Scrum", Scrum unveils what is wrong with the way we currently do work, and how a simple set of principles, applied in exactly the right sequence, can accelerate productivity and quality as much as 1200 percent. Scrum (which gets its name from the formation in rugby in which the whole team locks its arms to gain control of the ball) is the reason that Amazon can launch a new feature on its website every day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but...

  • By punkmasta on 08-31-15

Great book. Needs a graphic appendix

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

Needs visualization to understand 100%. Download some of the methodology materials. Great listen at x2 speed.

  • Marketing 3.0: From Products to Customers to the Human Spirit

  • By: Philip Kotler, Hermawan Kartajaya, Iwan Setiawan
  • Narrated by: Kent Cassella
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

The new model for marketing - Marketing 3.0 - treats customers not as mere consumers but as the complex, multi-dimensional human beings that they are. Customers, in turn, are choosing companies and products that satisfy deeper needs for participation, creativity, community, and idealism. In Marketing 3.0, world-leading marketing guru Philip Kotler explains why the future of marketing lies in creating products, services, and company cultures that inspire, include, and reflect the values of target customers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Marketing 3.0 is about CSR

  • By V. Ivashchuk on 12-22-13

Common sence of the 21st century

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

Reviewed: 09-28-12

The book structures an already present perception that business is no longer (ONLY) the sterile domain of profit hunting and witty advertising. People care what you do with their money and what kind of organization they are supporting by buying a product.
The book itself doesnt introduce mind-blowing ideas, rather than present the things that you already notice and feel in a way that helps you understand how changes in people`s perceptions influence (and will continue to influence) the biggest organizations on the planet.
For me the structured thesis and its presentation was well worth the listen.