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  • These Truths

  • A History of the United States
  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 29 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-18

Too bad ...

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Jill Lepore is a great historian, wonderful writer, and a poor narrator. Too bad this fascinating book was not assigned to a professional narrator.

  • Rise and Kill First

  • The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations
  • By: Ronen Bergman
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

The news-breaking inside account of Israel's state-sponsored assassination programs, from the man hailed by David Remnick as "arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening

  • By Ari Safari on 02-09-18

Massacres names

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Would have given overall 5 starts, and 5 to narrator, as well, but he absolutely massacred the Hebrew and Arabic names. Surely there is a way for narrators to clarify correct pronunciation before they begin recording. He pronounced Arik Sharon's name in a way (a-'rik) that means " [soldier] deserter" in Hebrew!.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Only Language They Understand

  • Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine
  • By: Nathan Thrall
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Scattered over the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea lie the remnants of failed peace proposals, international summits, secret negotiations, UN resolutions, and state-building efforts. The conventional story is that these well-meaning attempts at peacemaking were repeatedly, perhaps terminally, thwarted by violence. Through a rich interweaving of reportage, historical narrative, and powerful analysis, Nathan Thrall presents a startling counterhistory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh take on the Isr.-Pal. impasse

  • By Corina on 05-30-17

Fresh take on the Isr.-Pal. impasse

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Recommend because a fresh look at why the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has been at an impasse for so long.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The most compelling aspect of the book is its iconoclastic approach: quite the opposite of what we have been accustomed to hearing for the past 30 or so yearsת and its cogent argument to pressure both sides (and particularly the stronger one) to reach a compromise.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It certainly made me rethink my own assumptions.

Any additional comments?

The narrator massacres Hebrew and Arabic names, including those of prime ministers. Worse of all, he consistently pronounces the al-Aqsa (pronounced al-Ak' sah) Mosque (the prime Muslim holy place in Jerusalem) as the al-As' ka (hear: Alaska) Mosque, which is an insult to Muslims. One would think it would be possible for narrators to consult on the pronunciation of names and place names in advance and to get them right.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

  • Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978
  • By: Kai Bird
  • Narrated by: Joe Caron
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Through a blend of memoir and history, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kai Bird recounts the Western experience in the Middle East and just why it has been so turbulent. Through Bird ’s Zelig-like presence, the reader experiences the Suez War of 1956, the June 1967 War, and the Black September hijackings of 1970 that led to the Jordanian Civil War. Bird ’s memoir also shows how all of these momentous events led to the rise and tragic downfall of a secular Arab nationalist ethos.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The reading is atrocious

  • By Ari on 07-18-10

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 10-16-15

What did you like best about Crossing Mandelbaum Gate? What did you like least?

Like the narration least.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Presenting Palestinian view.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Other than Nakba and Naksa (Arabic), he mispronounced almost every non-English word and name, including well-known names such as Kurt Weill. Very annoying.

Do you think Crossing Mandelbaum Gate needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, said it all.

Any additional comments?

Narrators should research the pronunciation of non-English terms and names before embarking on narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Women

  • A Novel
  • By: T. C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 189

Told through the experiences of the four women who loved him, this imaginative account of Frank Lloyd Wright's raucous life blazes with Boyle's trademark wit and invention. Boyle's protean voice captures these very different women and, in doing so, creates a masterful ode to the creative life in all its complexity and grandeur.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of Boyle

  • By Rebecarol on 06-13-09

Great writer, great narrator

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-09

A wonderful listening experience.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Proust Was a Neuroscientist

  • By: Jonah Lehrer
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

In this technology-driven age, it's tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, science has cured countless diseases and even sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer argues in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Mark D. Jones on 03-10-09

Pity about the narrator

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-09

Fascinating book, disastrous narrator.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Condoleezza Rice - An American Life

  • A Biography
  • By: Elisabeth Bumiller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

Condoleezza Rice has until now remained a mystery behind an elegant, cool veneer. In this stunning new biography, New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller peels back the layers and presents a revelatory portrait of the first black female secretary of state and President George W. Bush's national security adviser on September 11, 2001.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Contrast of two viewpoints

  • By Anonymous User on 08-30-11

Tentative

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-08

The author seems pretty tentative in her assessment of Rice.

The narrator should be taught how to pronounce "February," as her pronunciation (Febber-erry) is very distracting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Challenge

  • Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power
  • By: Jonathan Mahler
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In November 2001, a 31-year-old Yemeni man named Salim Ahmed Hamdan was captured near the Pakistan border and turned over to U.S. forces in Afghanistan. After confessing to being Osama bin Laden's driver, Hamdan was transferred to Guantánamo Bay and designated for trial before a special military tribunal. The Pentagon assigned a young military defense lawyer, Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift, to represent him in a defense that no one expected to amount to much. But it did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and Compelling

  • By Corina on 11-12-08

Clear and Compelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-08

A crisp, clear, and compelling rendition of a leading human- and civil-case of the Bush years. Mahler draws wonderful characterizations of his dramatis personae and leads the reader smoothly through the thicket of legal issues. Highly recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Side

  • The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
  • By: Jane Mayer
  • Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

The Dark Side is a narrative account of the decisions the U.S. made after September 11, decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In gripping detail, Jane Mayer relates specific cases, shown in real time against the larger tableau of Washington, looking at the intelligence gained and the price paid. In all cases, there were incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, our country's place in the world, and its sense of itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and Maddening

  • By Madeleine on 03-19-09

Absolutely outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-08

This is a frightening--hair-raising--book that every American should read. Unfortunately, the narration is monotone and sluggish, to my ear. But the content is so compelling that this hardly gets in the way.

13 of 21 people found this review helpful