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ransford c pyle

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  • The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonah Goldberg
    • Narrated By Jonah Goldberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (222)

    According to Goldberg, if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick liberals ever pulled was convincing themselves they’re not ideological. Today “objective” journalists and academics and “moderate” politicians peddle some of the most radical arguments by hiding them in homespun aphorisms.

    Christopher says: "Thought provoking and funny"
    "Surprisingly illuminating"
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    What did you love best about The Tyranny of Clichés?

    Goldberg's relentless search for truth


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although non-fiction, there are innumerable 'stories', all with great insight.


    Have you listened to any of Jonah Goldberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I can't wait for his next book.


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

    At the very end of the book, his personal account of the struggle to write the book after his brother died, is moving and inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    The author displays a breadth of knowledge, combined with intense research, that makes his analyses quite convincing. Although I was familiar with nearly all his topics, I learned a lot I did not know and was reminded of a lot I had forgotten. Leftist ideologues will hate this book, though I doubt they will get through the first chapters. But this is not simply a book written by a conservative selling his viewpoint. Instead, Jonah Goldberg proceeds from one over-simplifying, or distorting, cliche to another, dissecting them with keen insight and wit. I was relieved that this was not another conservative gospel. I listened to this book at the height of the 2012 presidential elections, and I began to wince every time I heard the candidates refer to the "middle class." You will know what I mean if you listen to or read this bood. Of the 200 books I have listened to from Audible.com, this is unsurpassed.

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  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (285)

    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    Suzn F says: "On the Road Adventure"
    "Great picture of fifty years ago"
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    Where does Travels with Charley in Search of America rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Surely the top 10% of the 200 books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed reminiscing about life in the America of my youth.


    Have you listened to any of Gary Sinise’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one that I can recall, but he did a super job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot, but there were parts, mostly Steinbeck's travel through the South in the Civl Rights era that were disturbing.


    Any additional comments?

    John Steinbeck is certainly one of America's greatest story-tellers and social commentators, and both are displayed in Travels with Charley. Some of his reflections verge on the bizarre, but always worth hearing. How often do you find a book that is constantly entertaining while offering insights and food for thought. This is a book both for those who lived through those times and for those who would like to know what it was like. Makes you want to get in your pickup truck or RV and go to see America. Narration is excellent, you forget that the narrator is not the author.

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  • Six Great Scientists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By J.G. Crowther
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (13)
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    (13)

    All of the geniuses in Six Great Scientists - Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Curie, and Einstein - had one thing in common: the determination to do scientific research whatever the obstacles. They all had the imagination to conceive great ideas and the force of will not to be defeated. Their stories renew our confidence in the human spirit. They remind us of the advancements that can result when men and women have the ability and courage to achieve great things.

    Amazon Customer says: "Uninspired writing"
    "Six Great Scientists is engrossing"
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    Where does Six Great Scientists rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10%


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing and organization was so good that I always wanted to finish each biography.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Madame Curie is accepted into the French Academy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    These are very interesting people who happen to have been great scientists. Their achievements are explained clearly and their lives described brilliantly. Anyon interested in achievement through intense struggle and effort will be rewarded by reading this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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