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  • Unhinged

  • An Insider's Account of the Trump White House
  • By: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Narrated by: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,592

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned 15 years - through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Take if for what it's worth...

  • By Clay on 08-14-18

Ms. Omarosa is now my friend

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I used to believe almost nothing from this lady, but I cannot remember exactly what I based that on- her old TV character? The inexplicable association of an African American with a gang of racists? I have to say her book makes sense- her stock with me went way up once I saw where her improbable association with Trump came from.

I find the details of her story fascinating. She dislikes the same players that I dislike and goes easy on the ones that I thought less objectionable. She knows all of them better than I do, and I was glad to learn more about them. She got emotional only with regard to racism. You could read the whole thing as the story of her denial of Trump"s racism, then her slowly coming to realize the truth. She did not crap all over Trump, but recognized both strengths and weaknesses. She provided details of his character disorders and clear accounts of her evidence. She also gave her reasons for thinking he is sliding into dementia.

If the book is full of lies, that means I already believed whatever stories she made up.

  • The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

  • 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
  • By: Bandy X. Lee - editor M.D.
  • Narrated by: Nanette Gartrell, Luba Kessler, Bandy X. Lee, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump describes the consensus view held by two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is scary stuff!

  • By Willie on 01-24-18

Experts discuss the world's biggest problem

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

This important book consists of stand-alone articles written by 27 mental health professionals. The articles necessarily differ in style and overall quality, but the majority are very informative.

Almost every discussion of psychiatric symptoms is right on target, with abundant examples in each case. If you think our president might suffer from narcissism, sociopathy, bipolar disorder, or cognitive decline, you are right- these authors make an excellent case for a combination of those dangerous conditions.

The most important conclusion of every article is that we are faced with a leader who is unfit to lead, and who could easily drag the world into a nuclear war in the service of his fragile ego. Solving the problem is more difficult than diagnosing it, but one chapter even discusses the application of the 25th amendment.

33 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,834
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,269
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,269

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

Some perspective on the Russian story

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

I picked up this book to look for background on the ever-expanding story of Russian interference in our own government. It was quite helpful in providing context and background information for understanding Russia under Putin and the oligarchs.

I would say that this book was more like an adventure novel than a history. Writing style and performance both contributed to that sense, and the feeling of a work of fiction detracted from the authority of the book and its author. In spite of that, I find the story line convincing and an important basis for understanding the apparently close relationship between our nation's main foreign rival and our current chaotic and authoritarian executive branch.

A minimum of searching on the Internet brought up important connections that followed the book's publication. For example, I now have a better understanding of Natalia Veselnitskaya- where she came from and where she fits in the fishy goings-on at the White House.

  • Unbelievable

  • My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • By: Katy Tur
  • Narrated by: Katy Tur
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368

The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENLIGHTENING WITH MUCH HUMOR -LIKE YOU WERE THERE

  • By v2o777 on 09-18-17

An excellent account of this historic election

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

This audio book concerns the very strange course of American politics that we all just lived through. Ms Tur has delivered a fascinating account for those of us who were bewildered by the recent campaign. Look here for a detailed and reliable record, enhanced by the background events that only a reported could have seen. We can be sure this book will become an important part of the historical record.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Plot to Hack America

  • How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election
  • By: Malcolm Nance
  • Narrated by: Gregory Itzin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

In April 2016, computer technicians at the Democratic National Committee discovered that someone had accessed the organization's computer servers and conducted a theft that is best described as Watergate 2.0. In the weeks that followed, the nation's top computer security experts discovered that the cyber thieves had helped themselves to everything: sensitive documents, emails, donor information, even voice mails.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jag3 on 05-24-17

An insiders revelation of election 2016

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

If you like spy stories and want to know how espionage is really done these days, it is all here. Mr. Nance applies his depth of knowledge and experience to big questions surrounding the 2016 election.

The book was written before the election, but information that has come out since publication has just reinforced the story. Prepare to learn terms and concepts that are now infiltrating our lives at almost every level. No conspiracy theories here- you can verify all of this from trusted sourced, but Nance has put it all in one place and has shown how the pieces fit together. Every American needs to know how we got into our current fix, and this book is where you can find it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,922
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,644

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Senator Franken does both his jobs brilliantly

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

As always, Al Franken has given us a brilliant and entertaining presentation of the core issues of our divided country. From this book you can learn a great deal about the way our elected officials do business and who they really work for. We can hope that Mr. Franken keeps doing both his jobs: trying to fix our broken government and keeping us entertained.

  • This Fight Is Our Fight

  • The Battle to Save America's Middle Class
  • By: Elizabeth Warren
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Warren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099

The fiery US senator from Massachusetts and best-selling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Call to Action

  • By Jean on 05-11-17

A thorough presentation of Ms. Warren's issues

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

In this book you will hear all the issues that matter deeply to Elizabeth Warren. She does a good job of presenting her topics and would be quite convincing to anyone new to the subjects. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she is clearly a person who is giving everything she has to all of us.

I do not think there are surprises here; most who read this will already know the issues and her positions on them. Do not expect entertainment- this book is about information.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98,824
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,530
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,104

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but repetitive

  • By marianne russell on 05-23-17

A story of life on the streets in South Africa

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

An entertaining introduction to life in South Africa. It was surprising to find that our Trevor was a kid who got into a lot of trouble at home, at school, and on the streets. It was not so surprising to find that this man, who speaks several languages, was able to outsmart (and outrun!) just about everybody.

I would say the only disappointment was the lack of information about how he landed in America and how his comedy career developed. Maybe there will be another book!

  • Playing to the Edge

  • American Intelligence in the Age of Terror
  • By: Michael V. Hayden
  • Narrated by: Michael V. Hayden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars from the only person ever to helm both the CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change. For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for students of intelligence.

  • By secretguard on 03-17-16

The other side of the story

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

General Hayden was in the middle of the controversies that have thrashed our intelligence agencies over the past few decades. He witnessed congressional pressure in the 1970s, accelerated clandestine activities in the 1980s, the failure to anticipate 9/11, and renewed criticism with possible maltreatment of prisoners and the release of classified material by Edward Snowden. This book is his response to criticisms that he considers unfair.

Whether you accept the general's position will probably depend on the opinion you had when you picked up the book. The NSA was my client as a SIGINT operator in the late 60s, so I went into this with a fairly charitable viewpoint. Their work is important and it requires public support, thus it is probably for the better that he undertook this project.

I cannot claim that this is a captivating spy story, which I would have preferred. What you will get is the government's defense of a community that has been criticized from all sides. As long as that is what you are hoping to hear, you will enjoy this book.

  • Nevertheless

  • A Memoir
  • By: Alec Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Alec Baldwin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,659

One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew Alec could write?

  • By Kristin on 04-19-17

Love his comedy; not so much his approach to life

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

I am without question a Baldwin fan- that opinion is based on 30 Rock and SNL far more than his more serious work. Having said that, I was disappointed in some of his personal shortcomings as confessed in this book. His early life was dark and depressing, with plenty more such moments salted into his middle years. Don't expect rollicking fun like Tina Fey delivered in her book.

Baldwin provides a truly great performance; if only more audiobook narrators could offer the delivery and portrayals of characters like his.

You will learn a lot about the man and a lot about his interactions with other notables in the entertainment world. If you are a fan you will probably enjoy the book overall, but don't expect entertainment on the scale that Baldwin delivers in his comedy skits.