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  • Red Rabbit

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255

Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's early days, in an extraordinary new novel of global political drama. Ryan's first days on the job at the CIA put him into a high-stakes game, playing for the life of the Pope and the stability of the Western world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Tom Clancy Book I ever hear, and worth it.

  • By Adam on 12-30-03

First Clancy Book for Me

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This book has good moments and an interesting story, but it's not a thriller.

Overall, I am a satisfied customer. The book progresses like clockwork but it did not give me the thrill of a Hurwitz book.Orphan X does not have the same great story like Red Rabbit, but gives you a crazy and thrilling story to follow.

  • El Narco

  • The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels
  • By: Ioan Grillo
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

The world has watched stunned at the bloodshed in Mexico. Thirty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in town squares. The United States throws Black Hawk helicopters and drug agents at the problem. But in secret, Washington is confused and divided about what to do. "Who are these mysterious figures tearing Mexico apart?" they wonder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book ruined by bad narration

  • By Robert Pitman on 08-17-12

Very Hardcore Book, a Must Read

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

The narrator is very good.

The work is great, like 5-Stars great. You get a detailed explanations of the origins of Narco culture in Mexico. How Mexico affects Central America. How Mexico took the lead role from Colombians.

The book also covers how countries like Honduras have tried, suffered, and have failed to defend their border and nation from the ravages of the Narcos.

Very interesting for me, the book gets into the details of Narco culture. From the pseudo religious orders, to amateur Narco movies, to death worship, to savage adolescent murderers like the sicarios.

I bought another Ioan Grillo book right after

  • A Force So Swift

  • Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949
  • By: Kevin Peraino
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In the opening months of 1949, US President Harry S. Truman found himself faced with a looming diplomatic catastrophe - "perhaps the greatest that this country has ever suffered", as the journalist Walter Lippmann put it. Throughout the spring and summer, Mao Zedong's Communist armies fanned out across mainland China, annihilating the rival troops of America's onetime ally Chiang Kai-shek and taking control of Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well told narrative for a critical period in history

  • By Ryan Kloster on 09-29-17

360-Degrees of China, Very Good History Book

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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: 06-19-18

The narration is great, big time professional

The history in this book is great and the work is very well organized. The coverage goes from Asia, to Washington, to Moscow, to India. The reader gets full coverage of the period.

The star of the book for me was Madam Chang. What a resilient person, her perspective is worth knowing because she was such a driving force and so influential.

Another great personality in the equation is Walter Judd in his battle with Dean Acheson. Were the Chinese people betrayed as an Allie versus Japan. Was their country given away to Marxists because it more expedient? Listen to this book and make the call yourself.

  • The Quest for Cosmic Justice

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 361

This book is about the great moral issues underlying many of the headline-making political controversies of our times. It is not a comforting book but a book about disturbing and dangerous trends. The Quest for Cosmic Justice shows how confused conceptions of justice end up promoting injustice, how confused conceptions of equality end up promoting inequality, and how the tyranny of social visions prevents many people from confronting the actual consequences of their own beliefs and policies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading. Well said.

  • By Objective Reviewr on 09-07-17

The Plight of the "Anointed"

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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: 05-31-18

This is an excellent book and the narrator is an all star, Robertson Dean

This book explains the demented and narcissistic mental disorder of modern social justice zealots (the anointed). They want to heal the world by making us all equal, even if it makes us all slaves. It sounds good until you start counting the death toll of the Utopians in the 20th century alone, literally 100's of Millions of people are dead due to Mao, Hitler, Stalin, and Lenin. Why are they dead? Because they are all inspired by an evil man that explicitly wanted to "dethrone God" and "Capitalism", Karl Marx, to make a Heaven on Earth for their crazy ideas. That's not counting another demented Utopian, Rousseau that gave birth to guillotine justice and made Europe bleed for 25 years.

The core problem that Sowell proposes is that these folks are not exactly willing to give up their fortune and freedom for social justice, they want everybody else's. They cannot abide constitutional, limited government because their delusions are unlimited and always changing.

This is a great book for anyone interested in the risks that Utopians (social justice seekers) present to the nation and world.

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  • Empire

  • How Britain Made the Modern World
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red, and Britannia ruled not just the waves but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great listen - What a History Lesson

  • By Dorothy on 11-04-17

Should be how Capitalism made the modern world

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I like Niall Ferguson and have bought many of his books. This book is very unfortunately titled. If Ferguson had titled this book, "How British Capitalism, Entrepreneurship, and the Industrial Innovations Greatly Influenced the Modern World" it would be far more interesting and his ideas could be defended with far more facts.

The Brits are a collection of non-Homogeneous people, they include capitalists, socialists, royalist, plain people, city people, country people, super educated people, geniuses, poets, writers, and grimy politicians. Basically like all countries.

You take away the Capitalists, Entrepreneurs, and Industrial Innovation, Britain is basically Ireland and has minimal influence on the world. The great British innovators are a very specific group of people. Adam Smith, James Watt, Hiram Maxim, and Thomas Newcomen types made Britain great, they share a heritage with other Brits, but it seems silly to lump-in all the other Brits when these guys were great individuals.

This is the worst Ferguson book, by a long shot. If you follow his logic, the Germans have an equal claim on the modern world. The Germans invented Communism, perfected State Socialism, invented many critical technologies, developed much destructive philosophy (communism, socialism, deconstruction, Kant, etc), and nearly conquered the world militarily. The Germans also ended the British golden age and the rulers of Britain were from a German Dynasty.

Also, the USA has a big claim on the modern world. The French also have an outside claim.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,748

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

Unexpected Book from a Psychologist

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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: 05-05-18

The book is narrated by the author, he does well. The voice is authentic and true.

The book itself is awesomely organized and Peterson meticulously explains his positions. There is a little bit of Nassim Taleb, little bit of Marcus Aurelius, and some Popular stuff.

I can see why this guy is controversial in Canada. I did not know Canadians were still allowed to think freely. Also interesting that he is a psychology, humanities person that also thinks freely. As an Engineer myself, the liberal arts departments now seem like a haven for victims and the mentally weak. You make bad grades in math and physics, you end-up majoring in English or Psychology.

Peterson is not weak and is a credit to truly-free Liberal Arts. This is a great book that should be read, especially by parents. I think Peterson's motivation is probably to help parents, even if he did not exactly plan it this way.

  • McMafia

  • A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld
  • By: Misha Glenny
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Misha Glenny's groundbreaking study of global organized crime is now the inspiration for an eight-part AMC crime drama starring James Norton (War and Peace), Juliet Rylance, and David Strathairn. In this fearless and wholly authoritative investigation of the seemingly insatiable demand for illegal wares, veteran reporter Misha Glenny travels across five continents to speak with participants from every level of the global underworld. What follows is a groundbreaking, propulsive look at an unprecedented phenomenon from a savvy, street-wise guide.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile Overview

  • By Roy on 05-14-10

Cool Rundown of Global Organized Crime

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

You get great detail on Russia, the Caucuses, and much detail on the Chinese criminal organizations. The story could just be Russia and that would be great. The rest is a bit sappy. The USA stuff is weak-sauce.

The details on human trafficking are very sad. The women that are processed in the system are poor people that are used and abused by a very cruel system. Much detail on the trafficking of women to Israel.

There are some bad chapters too. There is a weird and wasted chapter on US crime. The author gets into US punishment for drug offenses. Decides to take a racialist angle, it's stupid. There is no mention of USA meth culture or black tar heroin. Some people die and some people just go to jail.

After Russia, the book is really not that great.

  • Magna Carta

  • The Birth of Liberty
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

In this 800th anniversary year, Dan Jones takes us back to 1215, the turbulent time when the Magna Carta was just a peace treaty between England's King John and a group of self-interested, violent barons who were tired of his high taxes and endless foreign wars. The treaty would fail within two months of its confirmation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated period of history made accessible

  • By N. H. on 12-09-15

The first Brexit - the idea of limited government

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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: 04-28-18

The English Barons were being ruled by a Continental Dynasty. The Dynasty was not so well tied to England as it was to its pan-Channel holdings.

The English Barons decided they could not be ruled and taxed by a very arbitrary ruler that could ruin them economically and potentially even kill them.

They did not depose the king, he died naturally, but they did create this great document.

Wonderful narration

  • Critical Business Skills for Success

  • By: The Great Courses, Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, and others
  • Narrated by: Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, Michael A. Roberto, and others
  • Length: 31 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704

What does it take to reach success in business - the kind of success that lasts? How do you set yourself apart from competitors or venture out into different markets? What does it take to develop streamlined processes, become a stronger team leader, and work your way up the corporate ladder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic! It's like a complete 1st year MBA Curriculum

  • By Quaker on 05-22-15

An MBA refreshed in one book

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

This is a very good refresh on my MBA studies about 10 years ago. The work is still relevant as I have been 10 years in business since school.

The narrators are clear and very good. This is a good book with a great PDF attachment

  • American Pravda

  • My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News
  • By: James O'Keefe
  • Narrated by: James O'Keefe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 432

The one real difference between the American press and the Soviet state newspaper Pravda was that the Russian people knew they were being lied to. To expose the lies our media tell us today, controversial journalist James O'Keefe created Project Veritas, an independent news organization whose reporters go where traditional journalists dare not. Their investigative work - equal parts James Bond, Mike Wallace, and Saul Alinsky - has had a consistent and powerful impact on its targets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ten Reason to listen this book.

  • By Ron on 01-27-18

The Modern Truth Seeker

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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: 04-05-18

Very interesting story about the gap in coverage from the main-stream media when it comes to the crimes, abuses, and provocations of the Democratic party's far left allies.

O'keefe may not know it, but he is critical to keeping people informed and able to see beyond the cover-up that is corporate media. For example, the Trump speech in Chicago was disrupted by a riot and the invasion of the arena. The media portrayed this a righteous anger of various left-wing groups. What a foreign-born person like me saw was third-world politics where partisan provocateurs organize and pay for riots. O'Keefe was able to prove this with his under-cover cameras.

If you don't read this book, you will miss some very important information. For example that illegal immigrants, non-citizens as foreign as Russian Operatives were cooperating with the Democrats to stop free-speech in the USA and to riot in American election processes.