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  • The Last Narco

  • Inside the Hunt for El Chapo, the World's Most-Wanted Drug Lord
  • By: Malcolm Beith
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

With El Chapo vulnerable as never before, Mexican and DEA authorities are closing in, and journalist Malcolm Beith, a Newsweek contributor who has spent years reporting on the drug wars, follows the chase with full access to senior officials and exclusive interviews with soldiers and drug traffickers in the region, including members of Guzman's cartel. The Last Narco combines fearless reporting with the story of El Chapo's legendary rise from a poor farming family to the "capo" of the world's largest drug empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative yet unintentionally hilarious

  • By Jonathan kalkin on 09-13-10

Wow! Great story.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-12

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

El Chapo made the Forbes billionaire's list. He stayed (partied) for several years in a Mexican prison -- until he was supposed to be extradited to the USA. Suddenly he disappeared. He has been on the run for over 10 years -- with a $7million reward for his capture (US and Mexico).

Where did he come from (poor poor)? How did he rise? Who are the other players in the story? I have lived in Mexico for several years (close to the prison he escaped from). El Chapo is a mystery. It was interesting to get the details behind the story, as well as the other narcos involved.

It was also interesting to hear the details of El Chapo's time in prison. He was captured in 1993 and escaped in 2001.

What about John Allen Nelson’s performance did you like?

The complaints about his spanish accent, almost kept me from getting the book. I can promise that these complaints were very exaggerated. In no way does the narrator distract from the story. I have listened to the book twice, and I can understand why he has narrated so many books. He is good. The book kept my interest from beginning to end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Hugh Mann
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,706
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,690

This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title

  • By J. Johnston on 05-15-09

Thomas Sowell is my hero

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-08

Thomas Sowell book has taught me that history is the foundation to understanding ideologies, both economic and political.

Initially, the title seemed extreme to me -- BUT right away, this book is a history lesson. When I say to friends, "Do you know where the word 'redneck' came from?", they all give the same answer I had before listening to this book.

This book is a good investment, especially if you want to understand how history has shaped some of the radical thinking of today.


16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Brain Rules

  • 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
  • By: John J. Medina
  • Narrated by: John J. Medina
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,174

Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book for students.

  • By Beenre on 03-28-09

Entertaining and Educational

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-08

This author makes it fun to learn about the science of the brain! One of my best audible investments.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful