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  • Russian Roulette

  • By: David Corn, Michael Isikoff
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the US election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a sleeper with critically important info

  • By luvdata on 05-07-18

Disturbing Recap of Trump’s Russia Ties

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

If you have been following news of the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, there will be few surprises in this book.

It is still disturbing to have all the incredible details carefully laid out. It makes you realize how numb you may have become to just how dangerous the Trump presidency is.

It is told well and the research is comprehensive. We should all be concerned about the number of former Russian diplomats and intelligence workers who have died of unexpected heart attacks and gun shot wounds. What is clear from this book is that the malevolent force of Putin has at the least a great friend in Trump, and probably a sworn ally.

Other facts remain such as the great lengths Kushner went to in order to get a secret line of communication from Trump to Putin (that the US NSA could not intercept) days and weeks before he forgot all about having contact with any foreigners. The possibility that Kushner was not lying, on oath, ends up at zero.

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are we turning the corner....

  • By jaga on 06-07-18

Heartfelt, but not convincing

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Johann Hari goes in search of why we, as a society, have skyrocketing numbers of people who are depressed or anxious, and are on prescription medication as a result.

The solution is not in medicine, but in restoring our ‘lost connections’. Much if this feels real and commonsensical. But an alarming amount of it seems convenient. He visits a center for obese people and a woman immediately tells him she was raped, and has been obese ever since as a defence mechanism. Another man tells him something very similar. It’s all black and white, cause and effect, and a lot of reads like the worst pop psychology.

It’s very pleasing that Mr Hari appears to have found a solution to his own depression and anxiety. But I was yearning for him to acknowledge that this issue is incredibly complex and won’t necessarily be resolved by people talking to their neighbors or climbing a mountain. That didn’t happen.

130 of 141 people found this review helpful

  • No Country for Old Men

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,824

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical McCarthy: SUPERB

  • By David on 02-21-08

Magnificent

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Chigurh is one of the most memorable characters in modern fiction, and he runs like a seam through this awesome work. The book holds a line slightly apart from the also-excellent film, and is well worth reading if you have seen the film. The dialogue crackles, and the true heart of the west is laid brilliantly bare.

If there has been a better novel written in America in the last 30 years, no one has showed it to me.

  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,195

In SPQR, world-renowned classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a civilization that even 2,000 years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury, and beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Reexamination of the History of Rome

  • By Christopher on 12-17-15

A history of history

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-16

Less interested in what we know than how we know it. Assumes a level of knowledge of Rome that I lacked, and was therefore wondering what the heck she was on about. No moments of wonder, tension or emotion. No attempt to really bring the past alive. An academic's thesis.

Narrator often sounds bored.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Swerve

  • How the World Became Modern
  • By: Stephen Greenblatt
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,021
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,013

Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis

  • By Ethan M. on 05-01-12

Uplifting; superb

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

Before Christ was a twinkle in Joseph's eye, it turns out there was a perfect formula for a moral life beautifully rendered. An inspiring story of how beautiful life should be, wonderfully read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful