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  • The Devil's Chessboard

  • Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
  • By: David Talbot
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715

An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful - and secretive - colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times best seller Brothers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing. Makes you question the company line.

  • By KTS on 02-06-16

Warning: narration is horrendous!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

The fact that the narrator refers to it as a "performance" is laughable. His enfisis is very distracting and makes the story hard to follow. You are better off buying the printed version and reading it yourself.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Target: Patton

  • The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton
  • By: Robert K. Wilcox
  • Narrated by: Lynn Benson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

The death of General George S. Patton is shrouded in mystery. While officially the result of an unfortunate car accident, the evidence points to a far more malevolent plot: murder. So says investigative and military journalist Robert K. Wilcox in his book Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton. Written like a WWII spy thriller and meticulously researched, Target: Patton leads you through that fateful December day in 1945, revealing a chilling plan to assassinate General Patton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wilcox makes a credible case

  • By Christopher Arthur on 02-14-18

Fascinating History - also well read.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-12

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Patton was the greatest general America has ever produced. The Germans were mortified by him as were the Russians. A must read for all WW2 /Patton/Stalin history buffs!...Also the reader was excellent...five star *****-

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Bible

  • A Biography: Books That Changed the World
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

As the work at the heart of Christianity, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world's most widely distributed book, having been translated into over 2,000 languages, as well as the world's best-selling book, year after year. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Gary on 06-30-09

too much echo!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-10

WARNING - A slap back echo effect has been added to the readers voice. It's a pity because it's very distracting and ruins an already weak delivery.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • They Called Him Stonewall

  • A Life of Lieutenant General T. J. Jackson, C.S.A.
  • By: Burke Davis
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Stonewall Jackson was a military genius, at once peculiar and perfect, a fearless soldier in battle but a God-fearing man who hesitated to kill on Sunday. He broke the rules of war to win, and yet his tactics are studied in military academies the world over. Burke Davis brings the color, vivid characterization, and immediacy of the best fiction to this fascinating biography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great General

  • By Pam Fulmer on 10-13-07

War stories.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-10

Lot's of battles but provides very little detail or insights onto the political and social issues of the times. Also tends to embellish war in general with little mention to the far less glamorous aspects of a "civil war".

The narration was good.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overthrow

  • America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

"Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great read.

  • By John E on 12-28-11

excelent.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-09

Interesting bit of history, good pace and and well narrated. I give it 5 stars. Enjoy!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Coldest Winter

  • America and the Korean War
  • By: David Halberstam
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good as The Best and the Brightest

  • By Doug on 10-02-07

A war story...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-09

It's a pretty good war story and the reader is good, my only complaint is that I would have liked more history on the root causes of the war and the why when and how Korea was divided into two separate parts.

  • Rumi

  • The Supreme Mystical Guide
  • By: Andrew Harvey
  • Narrated by: Michael Toms
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Topics explored in this dialogue include: why the life and work of Rumi is relevant in today's world, what is Rumi's connection to the Divine, comparisons of Rumi and other great religious leaders, why Rumi is skeptical about language, where do you find Rumi's passion in today's world, what Rumi might be doing if he were alive today, and what is the connection between Rumi's revelations and the Sufi tradition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Subjective

  • By M. on 01-06-09

Subjective

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-09

Firstly, Michael Toms is an excellent host! But I find his guest author and gay advocate Andrew Harvey's assertion that Rumi was (like himself) a homosexual and that he and his guru Shams-i-Tabrizi were somehow secretly involved in a homosexual relationship as being absurd and self serving at best. In actuality ones sexuality is irrelevant and has much more to do with the translator's perspective then Rumi's message.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar

  • American Inquisition: The Era of McCarthyism
  • By: Ellen Schrecker
  • Narrated by: Ellen Schrecker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

During the early years of the Cold War, the anti-communist witch hunt that we now call McCarthyism swept through American society. It was the most widespread and longest-lasting episode of political repression in American history. Dozens of men and women went to prison, thousands lost their jobs, and untold numbers of others saw what happened to those people and refrained from expressing controversial or unpopular ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great history

  • By Robert Paul Gabrielsky on 05-11-14

A real disapointment :-((

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

A boring lecture on a potentially interesting subject..

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Diamond in Your Pocket

  • Discovering Your True Radiance
  • By: Gangaji
  • Narrated by: Gangaji
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

The Diamond in Your Pocket, the first major book release from Gangaji, describes our never-ending search to find fulfillment, which, paradoxically, is already present if we will only stop long enough to discover its true source.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond words

  • By Darrel on 01-16-09

Could have been better..

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-07

Though the message was reasonably positive the reading could have been a bit more upbeat.

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Patrick Fraley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain inspired a literary revolution. The novel offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal; he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific interpretion of an excellent story

  • By Andrea on 01-12-03

American history...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-07

The narration was excellent however my children didn’t appreciate the "N" word as they had never heard it used before listening to this audio book.

0 of 13 people found this review helpful