REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 1, 2015 Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
There are other readers that have given better, and more detailed, reviews as to why Weiner'sREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 1, 2015 Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
There are other readers that have given better, and more detailed, reviews as to why Weiner's book is both hugely entertaining yet disheartening, leaving one incredulous and unbelieving - that such an inept organization should have lasted as long as it has and, despite the latest snafu by Petraeus, will continue to ride into the sunset to commit even more incredible blunders.
Suffice for me, as Romantic Suspense fan, to say that every author in that genre should keep this book by her side because after reading it, they'll know they have carte blanche to write whatever scenarios for their CIA operative-hero and that they will never be accused of being implausible or unrealistic...unless the hero, acting on behalf of The Company, gets it right! Not by me, anyway.
I always thought the stories about the CIA bankrolling and protecting South American and Mexican drug lords were just rumors. Ditto with the accusation that the CIA was behind the capture, torture and murder of DEA agent, Kiki Camarena in 1985. After Legacy of Ashes, I am no longer skeptical about the veracity of the claim despite the CIA's official response to the media - “it’s ridiculous to suggest that the CIA had anything to do with the murder of a U.S. federal agent or the escape of his killer [Caro Quintero].”
I agree with the reviewers who noted that Weiner glossed over what the CIA got right, granted there aren't many but the extent of the agency's blunders is so wide, so incredible that if Weiner had given the successes more attention, he would have, no doubt, been accused of making excuses for them.
I'm really pleased I bought this, and Stefan Rudnicki's narration made it a highly enjoyable experience. I'm now onto Weiner's 2012 book on the FBI, Enemies: A History of the FBI , also narrated by Rudnicki (whose audio work I'm familiar with via the Andrea Kaldis murder mysteries by Jeffrey Siger....more
Very listenable despite leaving me not knowing the actor as a person apart from being a horndog. I didn't find the coverage of his movie career, fromVery listenable despite leaving me not knowing the actor as a person apart from being a horndog. I didn't find the coverage of his movie career, from tv actor to award-winning director, tedious as some reviewers did. On the contrary, Marc Eliot had a style which kept the biography moving quickly.
In the end, though, I was left knowing technical data but not much about the man behind the ambitious, driven professional. I wanted to understand, to whatever realistic degree, why Eastwood placed so little value on monogamy, not just be told that he valued his freedom to sleep with whomever he wished, even when he was married. I wanted to know what his friends - and enemies - thought of him. I did not get that at all. I wanted to understand why he found Sondra Locke so appealing and why this relationship failed but all I got were glimpses in the relationship timeline that impacted Eastwood's career and nothing about the personal aspect.
Still, I wasn't bored, to my surprise, and may even be roused to watch a movie or two he starred in. I've only watched a handful of Eastwood movies since I'm not a movie buff but I do know the Man With No Name character and I do think he was hot when he was in those spaghetti westerns, of which I only saw one - the Good, the Bad & the Ugly....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 2, 2015 Narrator: George Newbern
I haven't read/listened to the Isaacson version but those who have read both seem to preferREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 2, 2015 Narrator: George Newbern
I haven't read/listened to the Isaacson version but those who have read both seem to prefer this one, based on the reviews I checked. I was expecting to be bored by the techy talk but Schendler and Tetzeli made this biographical account of the iconic Jobs an easy, enjoyable listen.
Told from the 1st Person POV of Brent Schlender, the two authors, aided by the competent narration of Newbern enabled me to while away the hours sitting beside a loved one undergoing interminably long medical tests, dialysis sessions, etc. Since there are several reviews about this version of Jobs and his beloved Apple, I'll suffice it to say I'm thankful for the Tantor voucher I won which enabled me to get this audiobook....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MARCH 28, 2015 Narrator: Rob Lowe
I would have liked a bit more - okay, a lot more - warts in this autobiography but Lowe has suchREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MARCH 28, 2015 Narrator: Rob Lowe
I would have liked a bit more - okay, a lot more - warts in this autobiography but Lowe has such an engaging style that his narration of what seems like a rather unHollywood lifestyle kept me listening to the end. This is admirable, seeing as in this past week I must have tried listening to half a dozen MM and MF audios and set them aside after five minutes or less.
I'm not a movie or tv buff and I only know Rob Lowe from the episodes of The West Wing, a series I watched only because my son was raving about it. I don't know Lowe from anywhere else and though I've heard of some of the movies he mentions, I have not seen them. I just happened to pick this autobio audiobook because I wanted some non-fiction audiobooks and my local library has tons of them.
I am in full agreement with Jane Stewart about Lowe keeping a lot out, so much so that even as I enjoyed his narration, his autobiography doesn't quite ring true. Perhaps biographies are more candid than autobios?...more
A very hard-to-get book but well worth the trouble and price. It's certainly a book to add to one's collection if you're interested in the history ofA very hard-to-get book but well worth the trouble and price. It's certainly a book to add to one's collection if you're interested in the history of anti-semitism in the Church....more