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Just A

Missouri Prepper

SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Reich
    • Narrated By Robert Reich
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (257)

    The author of 12 acclaimed books, Robert B. Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served in three national administrations. While many blamed Wall Street for the financial meltdown, Aftershock points a finger at a national economy in which wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top - and where a grasping middle class simply does not have the resources to remain viable.

    Chris says: "Very plausible assessment of our economy"
    "Completely one sided with straw man arguments....."
    Overall

    THIS BOOK IS PROPAGANDA TO THE CORE... If you are looking for a propaganda piece that sounds like it was written by the Federal Reserve itself then buy this book...

    If you want the TRUTH about our financial mess then buy books like Meltdown, or any books by Ron Paul or Peter Schiff...

    To give an example of how far out of wack this guy is- this guy gives the federal reserve credit for 'guiding us for 14 years' into prosperity.. This genius author should have checked how the Federal Reserve was actually created in secret on Jekyll Island. Then he should check into how quickly the severe 1921 depression (that noone hears about) was over very quickly because the government did nothing and let the free market correct itself...

    But this ignorant author wants to act as though the reason we go into eventual financial prosperity following the great depression was because the Federal Reserve was given more power??? Oh my... This author is ignorant at best..


    The author sets up straw man oposition claims that are half truths at best and knocks the straw man down to give the apearance of winning the argument... Thomas E Woods, Ron Paul, or Peter Schif could chew this author up and spit him out while they are sleep talking...

    If you want proof just look into the past... in 2005-2006 while everyone was saying everything was great and there is not going to be any kind of collapse, the deseneters from that opinion were who? Thomas E Woods, Ron Paul, and Peter Schiff.... Now that the collapse has happened, morons like this author want to jump up and say he knows what the problem is.... I dare you to look into what this author had to say before this collapse... If you look into what he was saying before the collapse I seriously doubt you will buy this book.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • NIV Audio Bible (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (75 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Zondervan
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    The New International Version of the Bible is today’s most popular modern-English translation. This digital download of the NIV Audio Bible, Dramatized brings the Bible to life with this true-to-text dramatization of the Old and New Testament. The fully orchestrated background enriches the text reading and enhances the total experience. Digitally engineered from start to finish, this audio Bible delivers an inspiring and uplifting encounter with the Word of God.

    Monet says: "Excellent narration but should be easier to search"
    "This is not NIV...."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    You don't even have to get past the first chapter of Genesis to realize these are not the words of the NIV... What is up with that Zondervan? You don't have to change the words to dramatize it... But they changed the words that are not even dramatized...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grid Down Perceptions of Reality: Volume 2, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bruce Buckshot Hemming
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    America once a thriving and prosperous nation, now an empty decaying wasteland - everything changed in the blink of an eye. In Grid Down: Reality Bites, a high-altitude nuclear blast causing an EMP (electrical magnetic pulse) destroys the power grid, catapulting life as they knew it, back to the 1800's. The saga continues in Grid Down Perceptions of Reality (Volume 2, Part 1), as Amy, Preston, Michael, Joe, and Jane desperately struggle to survive the chaos that ensues.

    catalin chelsoi says: "Decent"
    "Somefood for thought... some complete ignorance..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Bottom line- There are better books available- Lights Out, or Any of the JW Rawles novels are superior to this book.

    First off- I am a Law enforcement Officer and I try hard to vote constitutionally (I didn't vote for Romney or Obama). I am certainly in favor of a limited government and a free market.- However people with certain points of view obviously peg themselves as ignorant of law enforcement subject matter.

    I can tell you will 100% certainty that the author has never been a patrol officer for a year or more... I seriously doubt he has been a LEO officer in any capacity for a single day..

    When the main character spouts off about rebuilding the constitution and "no more swat teams" the author automatically pegs himself as someone who's LEO knowledge comes from watching "Cops", watching the biased media, reading books, or talking with ignorant friends... What amuses me more is how the main character went through battle, after battle with gangs, and it was fine for him to use any weapon he can get a hold of.... And It's fine with the author to have heavily armed Militias to fight against gangs..... But when Law enforcement serves warrants on heavily armed gangs, and he thinks there needs to be a limit of no SWAT team??.... Yeah, that makes lots of sense genius....

    I wish every time some ignoramus acted like there should be no swat team, all law enforcement could go on a temporary strike- then the (temporary on strike) law enforcement officers would outfit said Mr Ignoramus in a patrolman's uniform, give Mr Ignoramus a sidearm, and tell Mr. Ignoramus to go take down the houseful of armed gang members with no swat team... When Mr Ignoramus starts making excuses and trying to run away from the situation, Mr Ignoramus is reminded on how SWAT teams are not needed, and reminded how Mr Ignoramus just proclaimed to know more than officers who do the job everyday.... After making rapid fire excuses and possibly wetting his pants, Mr Ignoramus is reminded that he needs to serve and protect the community from these gang members... If Mr Ignoramus is still foolish enough to claim this ridiculous "No Swat Team" theory- Mr Ignoramus is finally thrown inside the gang-house by the seat of his pants....

    Ignoramuses around the country would suddenly see that, there just might be a reason for SWAT teams...

    Sorry, but I have a sore spot for arm chair quarterbacks of Soldiers, Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, or Officers... Any fool can comment on the job they do, when they are too cowardly to actually try doing the job themselves and show us all how it's done...

    Aside from this
    spoiler alert...
    There is a "kidnapping prostitution business" that is just inaccurate...

    A gang goes around kidnapping women and keeping them...

    This kidnapping gang-leader acts like he is just a businessman and trading commodities...

    However once they are kidnapped, the gang claims they won't "force" women to prostitute for them... The gang claims they just compel the captive women to cooperate by treating them "fairly", giving them nice clothing, good food, good shelter, etc in exchange for the kidnapped women cooperating in trading prostitution for goods for the gang...

    Here is why this scenario is ridiculous...

    During the great depression women were standing with signs claiming they would marry a man, or do whatever they wanted for a certain amount of money that is badly needed... If you want to get even more disgusting- some guys in jail who don't even claim to be gay give oral sex in exchange for snacks claiming they are hungry... (Even though inmates are fed three meals a day...)

    The reality is- in this scenario 1 year after an EMP, many women everywhere would be starving--- women would be lining up to be prostitutes in exchange for nice clothes, showers, good food, and good shelter...

    There would be no need to kidnap women, unless the gang just got excitement out of rape, or unless they plan not to pay them well... Which this gang claims not to be doing... They just want the prostitution business... Again... This scenario just doesn't add up... Kidnapping and raping women would just get a whole bunch of husbands and fathers wanting to kill the gang... It would just mean they need more guards, which makes more mouths to feed, clothe, shelter, etc......

    Sorry-- It's just a scenario that has been added to the book, so a wife can be kidnapped and the husband can be the rescuer...

    BTW I want to make it clear- I do not support prostitution in any way, prostitution is terribly degrading and certainly will affect a person physically, spiritually, and emotionally...

    I just want to point out reality of what really happens in these scenarios... In Teotwawki, There will doubtless be rapists and murders.... But this "business" scenario just doesn't fit at all...

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    As far as the commentary on the series "The Colony" I will say- This is not like the first two issues- This is just an opposing opinion-

    The claim that the Second Season participants would have starved if they didn't send in the Marine Recon... I don't agree at all.

    Besides the first feast they had with the Marine Recon= The groups hunted or harvested food did not go up much, if at all- The person who was hunting already- Still remained hunting... Actually the second season group did better at rationing food than the first group, and the hunter they already had in the group, still did the majority of the hunting.

    Now that we are on that subject I will also add- The main thing The Marine Recon added was security.... He had them form 360 degree security, inside and outside the compound...

    However- His "castle" defending with 3 QRF on the outside armed with just shields and pipes against a crowd... This was not so good... Sending 3 QRF against that crowd was suicide, remaining inside the compound, or even making a funnel for the crowd (like the real 300 story) would have been far safer, and more effective. I give Marine Recon a lot of slack on this one though, since he is not used to medieval type warfare...

    Also- When Marine Recon gets pepper sprayed, he immediately goes down... I was a little disappointed on that one... I certainly know from first hand experience that you don't have to go down when pepper sprayed- you certainly can fight through it... Especially when everyone in the group is counting on you...

    BTW- The treatment the nurse gave Marine Recon for getting pepper sprayed is something that sounds great... If you ate something too spicy, drinking milk sounds like a wonderful treatment... and most people probably assumed she was doing things correctly since she was a nurse, but she has likely never treated a pepper spray "victim" because this "treatment" was not accurate. The Nurse poured the soymilk into his eyes, It sounds like it would work... and the cold liquid probably felt temporarily good, but it's not a good treatment... Water without soap (you can use baby shampoo if you have it) and fresh air is the best treatment... Been there, done that...

    The one thing Marine Recon MIGHT have been able to really help them with with, was the hostage situation... I wanted to explode when that happened... in this scenario, the "OP4"? actors did a good job, of showing how a bad group of people will treat you when they start getting what they want... I suspect the only reason they didn't keep their hostage and continue milking the group for more and more food is because the producers wanted them to release her...

    A.D.D. Moment... I did find it ironic how the kidnapped hostage (who is a model in real life) became angry at the group who negotiated most of their food for her release. She went on and on and said she was used, and she has never been used in her life... .... Yeah, she is a model... she never gets used.....

    Also- as a small side note- I think the audiobook narrator is a talented reader, but she sounds like a teen girl... Not sure a teen girl voice was the best pick for a TEOTWAWKI novel, but this is completely subject to the listener's taste...

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5246)
    Performance
    (3242)
    Story
    (3269)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "There are far better books in this genre..."
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    What disappointed you about One Second After?

    Bottom line- This book is painted with too many Unrealistic Macho Hollywood type scenes... Patriots by Rawles or Lights Out by Crawford will teach you far more skill and tactics, and they are far more realistic.

    One Second After was ok sometimes, I didn't care for the main character who was painted as some kind of Billy Bob Bad Butt- his tactics were horrible-Such as a time when he walked through the front door onto the front porch with a big pistol when people just drove up and shot the front door with a shotgun.... The book made this sound like the right decision because 'he had been in enough Civil War re-enactments'? Two words - Fatal Funnel.

    However in this Hollywood Book--This ignorant tactic actually worked... He walked right on to the front porch, they did not instantly drop him when he wasl through the fatal funnel the shotgun... He fired his massive macho pistol, and said some macho words and they decided to get back into their car and leave... If this is not an ignorant Hollywood Tactic, then please tell me what is... If this tactic was any worse the name of the book would be called 'Desperado'.

    There are other Hollywood scenes like in a city meeting the Sheriff told him he needed the main Character's car..... The Main Character told the Sheriff to use a bicycle... When the Sheriff again says he needs the car, The Main Character dares the Sheriff to "just try" to take his car. It doesn't even mention that this bad boy was armed at the time...

    I'm not saying I agree with the Sheriff taking the vehicle, however the Sheriff cannot transport criminals, wounded, or sick people on a bike, and a bike is far to slow for emergency response.... But this is hollywood and none of that is mentioned... The Bad Butt just wanted to act macho, and make an excuse for why he could not donate his car when it sounds like everyone else in town donated theirs...

    Also- to think this bad butt could resist the entire Sheriffs Department while he is unarmed in the middle of a town meeting is the epitomy of unrealistic macho arrogance.

    Again- I am not justifying government confiscating whatever they need, but in this case- there was a need, it sounds like everyone else in the comunity donated their working vehicle, and even if this weren't the case-- Jackie Chan taking out 7 guys at once is just TV... If this guy thinks he can fight an entire Sheriff's Dept, in the middle of a City Meeting then he is just an idiot (or a Hollywood Writer)...

    There are other issues as well- If you actually want to learn skills, have a realistic storyline, and you don't need hollywood b.s. Read- "Patriots" by Rawles or "Lights Out" by Crawford:)

    Aside from this, the Narator's male voice is ok.... But the narrator's female voice is very annoying to me...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1091)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Instructional novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to Patriots the most enjoyable?

    JWR gives some worst case scenarios and weaves in some instructions on possible solutions.


    Any additional comments?

    Author is incredibly intelligent the book overall is very instructive.

    The only complaint I have is- there is some instruction/storyline I wish were not given in the book. Criminal minded people read this book too. There is a particular storyline in the book that I think is far more likely to be wrongfully paralleled in the mind or a criminal minded person. I disdain this part or an otherwise great book from giving this potential instruction/ mental comfort to a potential criminal (or current criminal) who will try to mentally parallel this story with his own life. (I have experience with people of this mindset)

    Overall though this is one of my favorite novels ever. I have heard preppers say things are not going to be that way in the collapse, etc, etc.... I certainly do not think things will go exactly as this storyline either, however noone really knows how bad things will get.. The author is taking a collapse scenario with multiple compounding WORST case scenarios and giving some instructions for them.... The way I look at it-- If only one of those scenarios happens then you have instructions for that one scenario

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott B. Williams
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Warning sirens are blaring. You have 15 minutes to evacuate. What will you do? Cataclysmic events strike sleepy towns and major cities every year. Residents face escaping quickly or perishing in rising waters, raging fires, or other life-threatening conditions. By the time the evacuation starts, it's already too late. Being prepared makes the difference between survival and disaster. Guiding you step by step, Bug Out tells you how to be ready at a second's notice.

    Just A says: "NOT FOR THE PREPPER...."
    "NOT FOR THE PREPPER...."
    Overall

    I'm torn on how to rate this book... The author is very intelligent, and the book is well thought out.. But to most people this book is not practical.

    I think this book will only benefit the maybe .01% of people that might actually practice wilderness survival EXTREMELY hard core before the fact... 99.9% of the people who read this book WILL NOT be able to strap on a backpack and live off the land for months or years. (which is basically what this book is about).. Not only that,, most people that think they are going to survive like that will become part of the problem NOT part of the solution. Once the fantasy collapses temptation to try and take from others will be real....

    Fantasyland Macgyver watching types that think they can watch re-runs 16 hours a day and then grab a knife and survive will love this book...
    The ability to survive with one backback for months at a time with no resupply goes way beyond almost everyone's realistic abilities. I know right now there are lots of guys pissed off saying "yes I can" but let me ask those Kit Carson types- when is the last time you went out into the woods and survived off the land for 3 months with NO resupply? ..... If you are one of the .01% that has actually done this then my hats off to you... However to the overwhelming majority, this book will only fuel a completely unrealistic fantasy about putting on a coonskin cap and playing Daniel Boone..... If you want to prepare for real buy James Wesley Rawles book NOT this one..

    Lots of Joe Sixpacks will try to bugout to a nearby National Forest to live off the land... The vast majority will become a problem when fantastyland and reality collide.... Don't be one of them... Prepare now to help yourself, your family, and those desperate people that will need your help.

    With all that said, My hats off to the Author Scott Williams, I think Scott can actually pull off what he speaks of... however I think that vast majority of his readers never will...

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Damon Vickers
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    We are at a crossroads of immense proportions. Nationally, internationally, and globally, we areliving in a manner that is absolutely, unconditionally, irrevocably unsustainable. Our global economic stability is in jeopardy, our planet’s ecosystems are under attack, and our health is deteriorating. Huge changes are coming whether or not we want them, whether or not we are ready for them. How can we lead the charge to introduce innovations and solutions to meet the inevitable challenges of new kinds of economic forces?

    TX Home Cook says: "Not What It Seems"
    "This is all New World Order propaganda, Seriously"
    Overall

    I could not believe this book. He starts out with very good observations and then goes completely off the deep end. He goes on and on the need for a New World Order... I feel dirty for having bought this book and by buying the book, having supported this crazy lunatic. If the New World Order ever needs a spokesperson or propaganda material I think they will head straight to this author.... DON'T BUY THIS BOOK!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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