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  • Brothers

  • The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years
  • By: David Talbot
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

For decades, books about John or Robert Kennedy have woven either a shimmering tale of Camelot gallantry or a tawdry story of runaway ambition and reckless personal behavior. But the real story of the Kennedys in the 1960s has long been submerged - until now. In Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, David Talbot sheds a dramatic new light on the tumultuous inner life of the Kennedy presidency and its stunning aftermath. Talbot has written a gripping political history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting History and Speculation

  • By Boo Boo on 12-09-18

Interesting History and Speculation

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This is an interesting book and well worth a listen for those interested in the Kennedys or the period.

I do feel it was let down a little by the narrator who, though OK, was a little unmodulated for me and did not give enough variation in his reading. I also found his reproduction of the accents of JFK and RFK to verge into the imitative and irritating.

My main take from the book (probably unintentionally on the author's part) was that JFK was quite a vacillator and this might explain why he did not achieve all that much (legislatively) during his presidency.

I would buy another of this author's books and I see Audible have a copy of one concerning Allen Dulles and the CIA.

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  • Ike's Bluff

  • President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World
  • By: Evan Thomas
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in his provocative examination of Ike's White House years, Eisenhower was a master of calculated duplicity. As with his bridge and poker games he was eventually forced to stop playing, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By Boo Boo on 19-08-18

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

This is an interesting and informative history, a little on the gossipy side, but no worse for that.

It's the aural equivalent of a "page-turner" I found and held my interest throughout. The narrator is good and carries the book forward very well.

Recommended for those interested in the topic.

  • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1, 1929–1964

  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America
  • By: Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and others
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, L. J. Ganser, Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 28 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

This book contains 26 of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those who have shaped the genre and who know, more intimately than anyone else, what the criteria for excellence in the field should be. The authors chosen for the Science Fiction Hall Fame are the men and women who have shaped the body and heart of modern science fiction; their brilliantly imaginative creations continue to inspire and astound new generations of writers and fans.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating delivery from audible...

  • By Johnny Bigbaws on 29-09-18

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I received this title on a 2 for 1 offer and I am so glad I chose it.

These are a series of excellent science fiction stories, which encompass many different nuances of the genre: space adventure, the technological, the philosophical, and so on. Not only are the stories wonderful classics and frequently thought-provoking, they are also uniformly very well read. In an anthology of nearly twenty nine hours a single narrator's voice might have become wearisome, but here there is a different narrator for each story and so something fresh is brought to each one. The readings are excellent.

I think if you have a passing interest in science fiction, you won't be disappointed in this release.

One of my favourite Audible purchases!

  • Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz

  • By: Thomas Harding
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Hanns Alexander was the son of a wealthy German family who fled Berlin for London in the 1930s. Rudolf Höss was a farmer and soldier who became Kommandant of Auschwitz and oversaw the deaths of over a million people. In the aftermath of World War II, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, shocking and completely absorbing

  • By James on 06-09-13

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

An amazing true story and very thought - provoking. Well worth a listen along with the author's other work.

  • The House by the Lake

  • By: Thomas Harding
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding travelled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a house by a lake. It had been a holiday home for her family, that she had been forced to leave as the Nazis swept to power. As he began to piece together the lives of the five families who had lived, he realised that this house had witnessed violence, betrayals and murders, had withstood the trauma of a world war and the dividing of a nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A historical treasure

  • By KittyB on 28-10-15

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

A fantastic book and very well read.

The use of the house to tell its residents ' and Germany' s history is inspired.

The book reminds me a little of Len Deighton's "Winter" as a chronicle of German history through the experiences of families.

Most recommended.

  • Tune In Tokyo

  • The Gaijin Diaries
  • By: Tim Anderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run - run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards. Tim Anderson was pushing 30 and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a funny insight to living in Japan

  • By Alan on 23-12-12

Enjoyable and Funny

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

I enjoyed this book.

It's funny and well read. Also, the narrator seems to pronounce the Japanese words well - not that I would really know, but they sounded good!

Some listeners may not like the sweary or gay content, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment.

  • Blitzed

  • Drugs in Nazi Germany
  • By: Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops; resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very interesting

  • By Sam on 12-02-17

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 16-04-18

A very interesting account of drug use in the Third Reich. It seems as if Hitler certainly and most of the German armed forces and population were drugged up to their eyeballs during WWII.

This may provide at least part of the explanation as to why so many atrocities were committed during that time.

The narration here is good save for one thing (common to a lot of audiobooks, sadly). The German pronunciation is woeful. Practically all the narrator's attempts made my ears grate.

I never quite understand these problems as it would not seem too difficult to learn the correct pronunciations for the limited number of German words in the text. As I say, this seems to be a common problem.

Aside from that a very worthwhile book.

  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 824

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Excellent and Funny!

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

Reviewed: 20-03-18

I bought this on a two-for-one offer from Audible knowing nothing about the book.

What an excellent serendipitous choice! It is laugh-out-loud funny and also charming in it's description of a small business. So different from the buzzword and BS-filled world of the corporate monsters many of us are forced to inhabit.

Heartwarming and very well written.

Recommended.

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  • JFK's War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy Was Assassinated

  • By: Douglas Horne
  • Narrated by: Larry Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Ever since researchers and commentators began questioning the conclusions of the Warren Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the response has been: Why would the US national-security establishment - that is, the military and the CIA - kill Kennedy? As Douglas P. Horne details in this audiobook, JFK's War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy Was Assassinated, the answer is because Kennedy's ideas about foreign policy collided with those of the US national-security establishment during the height of the Cold War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good, But A Few Disappointments

  • By Boo Boo on 07-03-18

Very Good, But A Few Disappointments

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I am a fan of Horne's work and always feel he presents historical facts and then, distinctly, his speculation on those facts. This allows the reader to make their own judgements on whether they agree or disagree with his conclusions. I have to say I mostly agree with his analyses.

Additionally, Horne should be heartily commended for always crediting his sources for facts or theories (other authors, etc), as he does here. More writers should do this and marks him as a professional in his field.

Generally, this work is very good and I learned some new things, e.g. the government controversy over Laos. Also, generally, the narration here is very good and the reader does a good job in pitching it in an interesting way.

For all those reasons this recording would be worth five stars were it not for a few disappointments:

# Repetition. The opening of the second section (1962) consists of a fifteen minute recapitulation of what we learned previously in the section about 1961. Being as that section already had a summary as its conclusion and each part was extensively summarised and reiterated throughout the 1961 section this was somewhat boring and annoying.

# Walter "Allbright". The leader of East Germany at the time was Walter Ulbricht not Walter "Allbright" as on the recording. I do not think this could be a textual error, and so choose to believe it is an error in narration. Odd, and annoying.

# "Jac-qua-line" Kennedy. The narrator pronounces Jacqueline Kennedy's first name as "Ja-qua-line". This unique pronunciation is so strange as to be grating.

# Pope "John Paul" XXIII. The Pope was merely Pope John XXIII hence his later successors John Paul I and John Paul II. Again, I'm not sure whether this is a textual, or narration error.

# Russian lead in space technology. Horne states that in mid-1963 the Soviet Union was "kidding itself that it still had a lead in this sphere of technology". Based on their achievements I think the Russians are generally credited with having had a lead at that time and until nearer to the end of the 60s. It seems a little churlish to deny them that.

So, for these reasons I subtract one star from my rating.

Overall though, a good and interesting listen.

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  • The Asshole Survival Guide

  • How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt
  • By: Robert I. Sutton
  • Narrated by: Robert I. Sutton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Asshole Survival Guide written and read by Robert I Sutton. Being around assholes, whether at work or elsewhere, can damage performance and affect wellbeing: having one asshole in a team has been shown to reduce performance by 30-40%. And social media has only given rise to further incivility - 40% of people have experienced harassment online.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good<br />

  • By Boo Boo on 07-02-18

Very Good<br />

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

A valuable and enlightening book.

I found the affirmation that it is OK to just leave a toxic situation very wise. I would previously have viewed such action as running away, but the author convinced me it is not.

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