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Anthony

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Norwalk, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
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    (3697)
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    (3729)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "The philosophy of being unmerciful and selfish"
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    The author wrote a great book with a good story. However, the book was written to explain the author's unmerciful selfishness. She takes examples of industrial production to ridiculous extremes. Then she takes the concept of humanitarianism which she twists into an extreme, self-entitled, greedy version of anyone who has needs. The author continues to press her philosophical position of extremes of producers and non-producers.

    If you worship the philosophy of selfishness and greed, then this is the book for you. It says more about the author than it says about life.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Feminine Mystique

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Betty Friedan
    • Narrated By Parker Posey
    Overall
    (218)
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    (172)
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    The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

    Crystal says: "Just download it already!"
    "A landmark book of its time and relevant now"
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    The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

    The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is a landmark book of its time, and it is still relevant for all women today. This book describes the early 20th century turning of women from vital human beings, who were fulfilled by higher education and work, into a mystique that proved to be a mix of self-suppression and repression, which eventually was supported by society at large and by women themselves.

    How did women go from being over 50% of university educated people in the 1900’s through 1930’s to a human being who was supposed to be dedicated to others who gained her sense of self-worth and fulfillment from serving and giving up her own personhood? How did this effect the women themselves, and their family? How did it affect the age at which women married?

    In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, how did women, who while society was telling them that they should be happy, start breaking out of the mold of the feminine mystique.

    How damaging was the illusion of the feminine mystique to women themselves, husbands, daughters, and sons? How does this affect us today?

    How was this related to profit? There was a lot of profit to be made at the expense of the wellbeing of women. This is still true.


    I highly recommend that everyone read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exclusive Interview: James Atlas with Naomi Wolf on Betty Friedan

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Naomi Wolf
    • Narrated By James Atlas
    Overall
    (93)
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    (64)
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    James Atlas interviews Naomi Wolf about the life and work of Betty Friedan.

    Anthony says: "An interesting review"
    "An interesting review"
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    I'm looking forward to the book. They take a look at the book with contemporary eyes. In the time it was written in was seen as revolutionary. But as the reviewers discuss it, it seem that they can't place themselves in the timeframe of WHEN the book was written. I think this is an important point.

    For me, the 60's are memories. I look back through the years and can see the women in my life and how society molded them into tight fitting form that they desperately wanted to escape.

    Today in 2015, in not sure that women have completely created themselves in their own image, but are rather they may be still struggling for equality and self determination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1065)
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    (1079)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "Science fiction at its best!"
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    2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

    This is one of the books that has had a a profound affect on science fiction, and has helped humanity to dream of what could be, what might be, and the reality of what is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year of No Sugar: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Eve O. Schaub
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, John Lee
    Overall
    (109)
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    (95)
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    (94)

    With her eyes open by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to eat no added sugar for an entire year. Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer.

    Virginia says: "Too obsessed with sugar, too free with exceptions"
    "An adventure of learning how to live w/o sugar"
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    This is the story of a family's adventure of learning how to live without added sugar.

    Just what is sugar? Is sugar just a sweetener? Or, are there different kinds of sugar? Are there some that the human body can digest safely, and others that are as bad as cigarette smoking? It turns out that there are.

    This is a story of a family and their relationship with sugar and the year they lived without it, how it affected them and what they learned.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Pollock
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (171)

    Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.

    A reader of fact and fiction says: "Excellent introduction for a non-physicists"
    "Understanding particle physics for the rest of us"
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    This book was very informative. It helped me with my understanding of the current events which are reported on the news related to the discoveries in physics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof: The Science of Booze

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Adam Rogers
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (205)
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    A spirited narrative on the fascinating art and science of alcohol, sure to inspire cocktail party chats on making booze, tasting it, and its effects on our bodies and brains. Drinking gets a lot more interesting when you know what's actually inside your glass of microbrewed ale, single-malt whisky, or Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them begin with fermentation, where a fungus called yeast binges on sugar molecules and poops out ethanol. Humans have been drinking the results for 10,000 years. Distillation is a 2,000-year-old technology - invented by a woman - that we're still perfecting today.

    Atila says: "Great listening to all about booze"
    "Booze the byproduct of a microbe"
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    This book as very enjoyable. The making and history of alcoholic beverages from ancient to modern. Nature made booze. Man created distilling. This is a fascinating look into science and nature of proof.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteenth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
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    (1011)
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    (1016)

    Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Erin - Audible says: "History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance"
    "Magical Children"
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    Have you heard of the 7th son of the 7th son? What about the 7th daughter of the 7th daughter? What about the 13th child? Is this child doomed to be evil? This is the story of the 13th child.

    This is a wonderful story and I enjoyed it very much, and I hope that you will too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Before Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
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    (398)
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    (401)

    Best-selling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house -- not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.

    Paige says: "Narrator so bad I quit after 5 minutes"
    "Worst book of the past 12 months"
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    This book and it's reading were simply awful. It is the worst book that I've purchased in the last 12 months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted C. Fishman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    China today is visible everywhere: In the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of China's growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred, and why it already affects us all.

    Dave Larson says: "China status update"
    "A good primer on the Chinese economy and the world"
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    Although the material is a bit dated, it describes the Chinese economy and it's impact on the entire world. When the government forces even the biggest corporations to give up trade secrets, as it does to every company wanting to do business in China, it gives itself the power to produce those products on an unimaginable scale that even the originating company cannot compete with. Add to that the meaninglessness of copyright laws, and a population that is mobilized for production, it's inevitable that China will be the next #1 superpower in the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1176)
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    (1051)
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    (1053)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "This is an amazing story..."
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    This story is nothing short of amazing. This book took me into the hardships and everyday life of freeborn man who was kidnapped in the the horrible world of slavery. The book was not written with hate. It was written as an account of an individuals personal experience.

    I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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