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Ellen Simmons

Akron, PA, United States

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  • Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Juan Williams
    • Narrated By Juan Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (51)
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    (41)
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    (42)

    Prize-winning Washington journalist Juan Williams was dismissed by NPR for speaking his mind and saying what many Americans feel - that he gets nervous when boarding airplanes with passengers dressed in Muslim garb. NPR banished the veteran journalist in an act of political correctness that ultimately sparked nationwide outrage. Muzzled is a hard-hitting critique of the topics and concerns we can't talk about without suffering retaliation at the hands of the political correctness police.

    Flavius says: "Should Be Required Reading"
    "Well written, well read, & thought provoking"
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    Whether you find yourself on the right, the left, or in the middle, Juan Williams' compelling look at political discourse in our nation is certain to make you think. Williams does an excellent job of exposing politically correct language and ideology on both ends of the political spectrum. I did not always agree with his perspective, but I was reminded anew of the importance of open communication if our nation is ever going to deal with the issues we face.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1869)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1231)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
    "Riveting"
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    I had never heard of this expedition or Ernest Shackleton, so I had no clue what I was in for. The synopsis made it sound interesting enough to try. I was not disappointed! The story is captivating; I couldn't stop listening for wanting to know what was going to happen next. The author did a top-notch job of weaving in excerpts from the men's diaries with narrative of the facts of the adventure. Simon Prebble has done a superb job of narration. His voice inflection and tone enhanced the story. I felt as if I were right there experiencing the harrowing journey along with Shackleton and his men. I would highly recommend this book to those interested in adventure or history.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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