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John

North Berwick, ME, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adolf Hitler, Michael Ford (translator)
    • Narrated By James Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released which reveals more than any past translation. This is also the first translation available in an English language audio format. Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, and made some parts more sensational while concealing the true meaning in other parts of the book.

    Jim says: "Adolf Thought He Had it Figured"
    "Why weren't people more worried about this nut?"
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    A rambling, stilted, ignorant, irrational, arrogant, hateful, chilling, positively DUMB waste of paper compiled by a loser who who shouldn't have gotten past trying to draw buildings as a hobby. The remarkable thing is that this monster ever became responsible for anything more than a simple mop.

    6 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3615)
    Performance
    (3277)
    Story
    (3284)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Written in "Skillet Head""
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    Flatly written, cliche-filled, naive, machismo, self-absorbed, rambling account by a blindly "patriotic" author who seems to have swallowed everything his "superiors" and Commander in Chief "W" Bush told him about the reasons for war in Iraq. Stupidly lumps all Afghanis as "blood brothers" of the perpetrators of 9-11 (and condemns them for it). We don't need to glorify war OR demonize an entire nation because of the brutal, misguided, Un-Muslim beliefs and actions of a select group of ruthless individuals. Thanks, but no thanks. A chore to listen to - even for a brief time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (900)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "Need to put the gun on the mantle..."
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    I loved this story. Her writing is crisp, suspenseful, visceral, and exciting. Ending was unexpected, but felt a bit disjointed, not quite organically emerging naturally from the earlier section of the book. Without spoiling anything, I will cite the writing truism that "If you are going to shoot the gun in the third act, you need to place it on the shelf during the first."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4838)
    Performance
    (3729)
    Story
    (3710)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "Don't bother..."
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    One-dimensional characters and a tedious, formulaic, and predictable plot. Seems to be trying to ape Jason Bourne without including the depth in character or storyline. Reader was passable, although a few voices sounded forced. Mind numbing experience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Key Logger: A Forbidden Glimpse into the True Nature of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nicholas Jack
    • Narrated By Jay Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Most men see women as an idea; they see the perfect Disney character that they are supposed to see. After installing a key logger on my laptop years ago, I was able to see all the things that these women did when they thought no one was looking. The stories and the shocking truths that were revealed are told in this book. The true nature of women is as no man imagines.

    wojciech says: "good, goood, gooooood."
    "Juvenile in its writing, thinking, and conclusions"
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    How this book was lucky enough to be published, I do not know. The writing was poor, the writer's ethics questionable, the logic frayed, and the conclusions were rather dumb.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1816)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1618)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Fascinating and Well-Researched"
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    Despite the misguided scorn heaped upon this book by the obtuse pundits of FOX News, I found this to be a remarkably well-researched, highly readable, and non-biased attempt to explore the scant historical evidence which exists about the man, Jesus, within the historical and political context in which he lived. FOX makes a bumbling attempt to cast doubt upon the validity of the book because the author, Aslan, happens to be Muslim. Aslan is first and foremost a scholar with a Phd. and three other degrees pertaining to world religions. (And these degrees are not from Billie Bob's Christian University.) He has been studying for two decades the history of the man called Jesus as well as the period in which he lived AND the personal and political struggles which very early on formed the Christian church. Don't listen to anyone's opinion who has not actually read this book cover to cover. It is even-handed as well as provocative. Aslan uncovers a man who, whether you happen to be Christian or not, was a remarkable champion of the poor and dispossessed of his era. I read it twice, back to back.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1114)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "More people need to know this story"
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    A first-hand account of an incredibly brave hero, a young girl, who chose to speak truth to the world about the brutalities of the Taliban, was shot in the head, and recovered to carry on this mission. Malala should receive a Nobel Prize for her eloquence, her bravery, and her choice to continue speaking out even after her life was almost taken from her. She has earned this reader's eternal esteem.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dalai Lama: Introduction to Buddhism

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    When the Dalai Lama paid a visit to Emory University, he offered an introductory lecture to Tibetan Buddhism. The lecture is not exactly what you’d normally get in the university classroom. The talk is not entirely linear. And he spends some time speaking in English, then speaks in his native tongue (with the help of an interpreter). But, he can talk about Buddhism with the authority that few authors can, and there’s a reason audiences come to see him in droves.

    Jes says: "A great talk on Buddhism"
    "Poor sound quality"
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    Poor sound. Difficult to follow the translator. Not an enormous amount of information and wisdom provided even for the somewhat brief length of the recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Biography: Mary of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By A&E Television Networks
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    As a young unmarried teenager, she was chosen by God to give birth to a child some would call The Messiah. The true story of Mary of Nazareth may be more heroic and more intriguing than the ancient traditions would suggest.

    John says: "Warmed over religious dogma presented as history."
    "Warmed over religious dogma presented as history."
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    Rife with speculation and loosely founded assumptions and generalizations rather than evidence. The worst kind of faith presented as historical fact. Didn't bother to finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3664)
    Performance
    (3042)
    Story
    (3049)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Susan says: "Better than previous Reacher adventures"
    "The Origins of Jack Reacher"
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    I love books in which heroes are born, books in which we get to see how an extraordinary individual became who they are. This novel contained some great twists, some dead-end alleys through which Lee Child plays the reader like a violin. Plenty of action and suspense, plenty of Reacher reasoning through the clues. The short story appended to the end of this read also adds depth and insight to Reacher's character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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