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  • How America Lost Its Secrets

  • Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft
  • By: Edward Jay Epstein
  • Narrated by: Michael Bybee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

After details of American government surveillance were published in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly a subcontracted IT analyst for the NSA, became the center of an international controversy: Was he a hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy? Was his theft legitimized by the nature of the information he exposed? When is it necessary for governmental transparency to give way to subterfuge? Edward Jay Epstein brings a lifetime of journalistic and investigative acumen to bear on these and other questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different way of looking at things

  • By Stephanie M. McKay on 05-12-17

An important book during a critical time

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Ripped from the headlines here is the story that has captivated a nation .. the theft of national secrets. The author did a great job writing this book. It asks the question should the govt keep secrets from the public or risk it being leaked?

  • American Hookup

  • The New Culture of Sex on Campus
  • By: Lisa Wade
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

The hookup is now part of college life. Yet the drunken encounter we always hear about tells only a fraction of the story. Rising above misinformation and moralizing, Lisa Wade offers the definitive account of this new sexual culture and demonstrates that the truth is both more heartening and more harrowing than we thought. Offering invaluable insights for parents, educators, and students, Wade situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the unfinished feminist revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book! I didn't love the voice of the reader.

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Tired cliches

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

This book relies heavily on tired college stereotypes about frats and sex. I learned next to nothing from this. This is mainly those how's head is in the sand.

  • The Poverty Industry

  • The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens
  • By: Daniel L. Hatcher
  • Narrated by: Colleen Patrick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Government aid doesn't always go where it's supposed to. Foster care agencies team up with companies to take disability and survivor benefits from abused and neglected children. States and their revenue consultants use illusory schemes to siphon Medicaid funds intended for children and the poor into general state coffers. Child support payments for foster children and families on public assistance are converted into government revenue. And the poverty industry keeps expanding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poverty industry is big business.

  • By Leland on 03-25-17

Poverty industry is big business.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Poverty industry is a must listen for anyone concerned the equality among the poorest of us citizens. The breathtaking ways and means that the poor are being exploited is frightening. I don't know if there is a more important issue today.

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  • Nazi Women

  • The Attraction of Evil
  • By: Paul Roland
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

After the failure of the Weimar Republic, the Nazis believed their mission was to "masculinize" life in Germany. Hermann Goering told women, "Take a pot, a dustpan and a broom, and marry a man", but many still became active participants in murder and mayhem. From the Reich Bride Schools through the Bund Deutscher Mädel and the bizarre Lebensborn Aryan breeding programme to the brothels of the Sicherheitsdienst, this book covers the lives of women in the Third Reich, concentrating on those who sought personal power and influence amid the chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative book

  • By Danielle M Brown on 07-13-18

Answers a lot of questions about women in the third reich

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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: 07-18-16

If you ever wondered why women are attracted to the most evil of men? Look no further then nazi women. This is a must listen for anyone who wants to understand the psyche of human nature. Very good listen.

  • The Undead

  • Organ Harvesting, The Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers - How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death
  • By: Dick Teresi
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Important and provocative, The Undead examines why even with the tools of advanced technology, what we think of as life and death, consciousness and nonconsciousness, is not exactly clear - and how this problem has been further complicated by the business of organ harvesting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening

  • By Amy Van Houten on 07-01-18
  • The Undead
  • Organ Harvesting, The Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers - How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death
  • By: Dick Teresi
  • Narrated by: David Marantz

You have to be dead to finish this book..

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-15

I will admit that every now and then you get a dud on here and this is a case in point. The subject matter was interesting but the delivery wasn't. Otherwise it was a good listen

  • The Three Mile Island Accident: The History and Legacy of America's Worst Nuclear Meltdown

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Dennis E. Morris
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

On Wednesday, March 28, 1979, 36 seconds after the hour of 4:00 a.m., several water pumps stopped working in the unit 2 nuclear power plant on Three Mile Island, 10 miles southeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unsubstanciated anti-nuclear propaganda

  • By Michael James Mason on 09-16-18

A possible disaster

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-15

I've only really heard about three mile Island. This is an eye opener to listen to and see how close we came to a disaster

  • The Night of the Long Knives

  • The History and Legacy of Adolf Hitler's Notorious Purge of the SA
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Germany's Nazi Party was remarkably implacable in the hostility it showed to the outside world, staunchly opposing both Communism and liberal democracy from the moment of its inception to that of its violent dissolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short listen .... Good book

  • By Alan on 12-27-15

The start of terror

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

An important lesson in history.. Gives the listener a wealth of knowledge that started the terror that the nazis would unleash the Jews and throw the world into war . A great listen

  • Kristallnacht

  • The History and Legacy of Nazi Germany's Most Notorious Pogrom
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

On the night of November 9, 1938, an organized show of force against Jewish businesses and private homes occurred throughout German cities and recently annexed territories in Austria and the Sudetenland. This night would mark a turning point in the lives of not only Jews but all people of the time, marking a clear new path of violence, destruction, and persecution for Jews throughout Europe in the years to follow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lesson from history

  • By Leland on 09-04-15

Lesson from history

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

This was just the beginning of the terror that the Jews were about to experience. Even though it's a short story the impact can't be questioned. A must listen if your a WWII fan

  • Blood Highways

  • The True Story behind the Ford-Firestone Killing Machine
  • By: Adam L. Penenberg
  • Narrated by: Meral Mathews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Blood Highways is the heart-wrenching account of the biggest product liability case in history: the Ford-Firestone fiasco. At the center of the story are two people: Tab Turner, a charismatic trial attorney from Arkansas, who has made a career out of forcing Ford and other automakers to own up to knowingly trade human lives for profits; and Donna Bailey, a single mother and outdoor enthusiast who fought back from the brink of death to confront those ultimately responsible for her accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greed and the person who fault back

  • By Cyn on 02-22-16

Corporate greed costs lives

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-15

After listening to blood highways, I was shocked and appalled by the greed shown by the auto industry and Firestone. A must listen for those who want the real story of this terrible tragedy.