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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,822

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

The corrected history of an original.

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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: 02-27-19

As an amateur world history buff, I found the author filled in many blanks. The subject was shown to be a man of his time. The khan was shown to be a great warrior, strategist, and organizer. He and his heirs did great damage to other cultures;but, became the light that also advanced knowledge and innovation. Genghis Khan was one of the greatest.

  • Facts and Fears

  • Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
  • By: Trey Brown, James R. Clapper
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the US Intelligence Community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation on the 2016 US election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speaking Straight, Unbiased Truth to Power

  • By Cynthia on 05-29-18

A standard bearer for the majority.

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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: 09-04-18

Mr. Clapper, a fellow Vietnam Veteran, had a story to tell and delivered it well. This book should be on the shelf of all lovers of the USA. Combat veterans should see that Mr. Clapper served the people and the US Constitution. The facts to date, as identified by our truth tellers in the IC, show that we are under constant attack by certain countries. The truth tellers need help from a cowardly Congress. They echo the presidential lies and conspire to save a party and not the USA. Mr. Clapper’s book is a good read for lovers of the USA and its Constitution.

  • The Assault on Intelligence

  • American National Security in an Age of Lies
  • By: Michael V. Hayden
  • Narrated by: Michael V. Hayden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

In the face of a president who lobs accusations without facts, evidence, or logic, truth tellers are under attack. Meanwhile, the world order is teetering on the brink. North Korea is on the verge of having a nuclear weapon that could reach all of the United States, Russians have mastered a new form of information warfare that undercuts democracy, and the role of China in the global community remains unclear. There will always be value to experience and expertise, devotion to facts, humility in the face of complexity, and a respect for ideas, but in this moment they seem more important, and more endangered, than they've ever been.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edifying

  • By Jean on 07-13-18

Patriotic Warrior for the Factual Truth

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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: 06-28-18

After over 20 years in criminal intelligence and combat arms, each; it is delightful to listen to a real patriot. The truth is out there in plain view; but under assault. The author is from a geographical with economic problems. He has identified the fact that certain citizens can't stand the truth. They are looking for scapegoats and will listen to anyone making that provision. I was always happy to see the U.S. flag after long seek and destroy missions. During ambushes, I fought for that troop next to me and not the Flag. As a Special Agent, every day was adhering to the Constitution. The author has identified a minority segment of the population with limited ideas and facts about the 2nd Amendment and forget the rest. They are like Jim Jones followers, looking for their Leader. The author in a world traveller, and has seen creeping fascism. The far right and left are shown not to work hard enough to save our Democracy.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ikigai

  • The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
  • By: Héctor García, Francesc Miralles
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,113

Bring meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally best-selling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai - the happiness of always being busy - as revealed by the daily habits of the world's longest-living people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not insightful but inspirational

  • By A. Yoshida on 02-27-18

Very interesting health and philosophy 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: 03-07-18

I enjoyed all phases of this book. It is an easy mix of Zen, Stoicism, history and health. When walking in the morning, it’s a good multi time listen. I will listen to this book again and again. The reader had a very pleasant manner.

  • Thinking in Bets

  • Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts
  • By: Annie Duke
  • Narrated by: Annie Duke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199

In Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made one of the most controversial calls in football history: With 26 seconds remaining, and trailing by four at the Patriots' one-yard line, he called for a pass instead of a handing off to his star running back. The pass was intercepted, and the Seahawks lost. Critics called it the dumbest play in history. But was the call really that bad? Or did Carroll actually make a great move that was ruined by bad luck? Even the best decision doesn't yield the best outcome every time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights on improving decision making

  • By Marcus Bircher on 02-09-18

Interesting topic.

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

The topic was very interesting during the first 50% of the book. I lost most because of lackluster storytelling in the 2nd half. I tried to get back into it but failed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Stoicism

  • A Stoic Approach to Modern Life
  • By: Tom Miles
  • Narrated by: Adam Schulmerich
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

The modern understanding of what it means to be stoical is never showing any form of outward emotion regardless of all circumstances, good or bad, and indeed not having any emotions whatsoever. The entire species of the Vulcans in the popular science fiction franchise Star Trek exemplifies the popular definition. But it's easy to recognize an absence of outward emotion as not necessarily being a good thing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great subject matter but a lacking work

  • By J. Gramling on 02-18-16

Easy to listen to many times.

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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: 02-15-18

The book was interesting to the novice stoic as well as an old head philosopher. Because of its ease of reading/listening, you can stop to absorb and continue.

  • Essentialism

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • By: Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: Greg McKeown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,095

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple reads required

  • By Chris on 04-27-14

A way to live life to the fullest.

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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: 09-27-16

I liked this book because it helped clarify other codes and beliefs I have. I was neither pompous or overbearing. Zen like is more apt. I rated it as a glass full.