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  • What Happened

  • Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception
  • By: Scott McClellan
  • Narrated by: Scott McClellan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7

Scott McClellan belonged to Bush's select inner circle of trusted advisers during one of the most challenging, contentious periods of recent history. Over a period of more than seven years, he witnessed, day-to-day, exactly how the presidency veered off course, not only by its decision to topple Saddam Hussein, but by an embrace of confrontational politics in the face of an increasingly partisan Washington and a hostile media.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor performance spoiled an otherwise good story

  • By JayJay on 17-05-15

Poor performance spoiled an otherwise good story

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

Reviewed: 17-05-15

There are few authors who can read well. McClellan monotone and, for the most part, fast rendition spoils an otherwise good story.
Despite McClellan's obvious affection for Bush, the President comes over as weak and manipulated by his advisors. McClellan's recommendations in the closing are a noble attempt at improving government however, pitched against the users and abusers of Washington I fear it is a lost cause.

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  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very technical hard Sci fi

  • By colin steele on 07-03-16

Hilarious!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Pokes fun at the science fiction genre. The use of the voice of the sloth from Ice Age for the science counsellor is brilliant.

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  • Classics of British Literature

  • By: John Sutherland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Sutherland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

For more than 1,500 years, the literature of Great Britain has taught, nurtured, thrilled, outraged, and humbled readers both inside and outside its borders.Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Swift, Conrad, Wilde-the roster of powerful British writers is remarkable. More important, Britain's writers have long challenged readers with new ways of understanding an ever-changing world.This series of 48 fascinating lectures by an award-winning professor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive Survey of English Literature

  • By GC on 28-07-13

Very poor

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15


The title of this series of lectures is Classics of British Literature however Sutherland seems to think that Britain is only England.
He does not explain why his choice of works make them classics.
His stumbling narration is very distracting.
Very disappointing.

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  • Taliban

  • Islam, Oil, and the Great New Game in Central Asia
  • By: Ahmed Rashid
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

In this enormously insightful book, correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban, the world’s most extreme and radical Islamic organization, into sharp focus. He explains the Taliban’s rise to power, its impact on Afghanistan and the region, its role in oil and gas company decisions, and the effects of changing American attitudes toward the Taliban. He also describes the new face of Islamic fundamentalism and explains why Afghanistan has become the world center for international terrorism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shedding light on a complex and secretive sect.

  • By JayJay on 07-01-15

Shedding light on a complex and secretive sect.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Taliban the most enjoyable?

The story of the Taliban is a complex mix of ethnic and sectarian divisions. Their extreme view of Islam is at odds with one of their major sources of money - the heroin trade. This is just one of many contradictions that Rashid explains in this fact laden book.

What did you like best about this story?

In the last chapter Rashid gives an insightful analysis of the consequences the Taliban rule has inflicted not only on Afghanistan but the region.

The book ends pre 9/11 and the coalition invasion of Afghanistan so his analysis of these more recent events would be interesting. Perhaps the subject of a future work?

What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

McCaddon manages the pronunciation of the many foreign names expertly, however I would recommend she stays clear of American accents!

That said, I cannot agree with an early review that described her performance as "mono tone information".I thought her performance was well paced and lively.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The list of rules governing the behaviour of women, issued by the Taliban when they took Kabul, is chillingly Orwellian.

I can't begin to comprehend what day-to-day life must be like for the ordinary Afghani.

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