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John

North Berwick, ME, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (106)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    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.

    Raymond says: "Interesting insight into a modernist mind"
    "Why weren't people more worried about this nut?"
    Overall
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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.

    5 of 44 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
    (647)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (592)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dalai Lama: Introduction to Buddhism

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great talk on Buddhism"
    "Poor sound quality"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (85)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    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."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (3269)
    Performance
    (2699)
    Story
    (2699)

    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.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "The Origins of Jack Reacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
  • I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (554)

    The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
    —Stephen Colbert

    Phillip says: "It might be inspirational."
    "Stilted, strained, and fairly stupid..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Stephen Colbert and/or Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert (introduction) ?

    I usually find Steve Colbert extremely funny, and I do like Tom Hanks; but this short read didn't do it for me. Aside from listening to Steve Colbert interrupt Tom Hanks a.few times, I found little to justify even the small price that I paid for it, $ 1.87.


    Has I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Possibly.


    How could the performance have been better?

    it could have been funny.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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