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Wally

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  • 2010: Take Back America: A Battle Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dick Morris, Eileen McGann
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    The battle is coming. Casting your vote in the November 2010 election may be the most important thing you do all year. These elections will be the critical turning point for America's future. They're our chance to take back America. Dick Morris and Eileen McGann outline a strategy for victory, explaining the pitfalls and walking us through a path to winning control of Congress.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent information"
    "Excellent information"
    Overall

    Reading the previous review, I couldn't disagree more. Especially helpful is the download of data which Morris uses to back up what he is saying. Sadly, we live in a world where the Democratic leadership is taking us further and further down the road of socialism, and denial of being involved in a war on terror. Morris looks at his previous party, and how little "free thinking" is allowed within the Democratic Party in Part One. Part two proposes how the Republicans can "Take America Back". Much of what he says can be seen in the many interviews he does, only this book gives you the data from which he works.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gretchen Reynolds
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Every Wednesday, Gretchen Reynolds singlehandedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her Phys Ed column for The New York Times, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and creates arguments among her readers by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise. Expanding upon her popular columns, Reynolds tackles the questions we all have and (sometimes) ask about exercise.

    Grant says: "Good info."
    "good info"
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    This was good information. However, my emphasis in fitness is on powerlifting and it is tilted toward those who are into aerobic fitness, and especially running. This meant that, except for advice on HIIT/tabata for weight loss, it wasn't as much worth to me as it might be for some others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Philip Zimbardo
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    What makes good people do bad things? How can moral people be seduced to act immorally? Where is the line separating good from evil, and who is in danger of crossing it? Social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has the answers. He explains how - and the myriad reasons why - we are all susceptible to the lure of "the dark side". Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can make monsters out of decent men and women.

    Saud says: "A look into the dark side of humanity"
    "His apologetic for self and attack of the Bush Adm"
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    I regret that this may be a review that seems to wander over many areas and not be very focused.
    The first part of the book is a summary of the Stanford Prison Experiment. In this experiment the author admits to not having kept clear control of the people in the experiment. In fact, I would say that there were incidents that he describes where he encouraged the decadent behavior, by having the leader tell "guards" (students acting as guards) to be more guard-like.
    One of my questions from this experiment is how much the preconceived ideas of the students and the professor fed in to the results. There is validity to the results, as can be seen from Andersonville and the Northern prison referenced make.

    In the later half of the book he moves on to Abu Grab. I must say, if I knew that this was the real focus of this book I probably would not have bought it. I did find some of the insights helpful, however this was marred by his ignorance of the military and his desire to use this as an attack against the Bush administration.
    Because it is an audible book, I cannot remember all of the inaccuracies -- but here are some that I remember:
    Firstly the rendition program was created by President Clinton. It was used by Bush.
    Secondly his understanding of the NCOIC and his evaluations is inaccurate. the author was highly impressed with the list of medals of this soldier. As I listened to the list, it was a "normal" list for anyone who had been enlisted for 12 years (give or take) The National Defense Service Ribbon is given simply for being part of the military during a time of war, others are regular parts of the service. That is why military people call them "candy". The NCO in question had evaluations that were not impressive. If the author would have read any of the manuals on writing NCOERs he would have been less impressed.
    Thirdly, he places the lack of training on the Bush administration. I see another fault. During VietNam it was decided that all PW (prisoner of War) units would be from the reserves, as a way to keep us from being part of a war that did not have public support. The unforeseen consequences of that is a less trained...less disciplined force in those positions.

    I should note that I have had some exposure to a few prisons (not major, but some exposure), having worked at the US Army Retraining Brigade, the USDB (Leavenworth), and various county jails (I am a pastor). These are places of disproportionate power, but the best of them set up systems of checks and balances. Obviously there were major problems in Abu Grab -- what I would refer to as command and control issues, as well as staffing, cleanliness, etc. I would also wonder about the wisdom of using one of the worst prisons from Sadaam.

    The author's interest in using this as a forum to attack the Bush administration is easily seen from his admission that the rest of the book he would be acting as prosecutor. This was the last 1/4 of the book. Again, this is not what I bought this book for.

    I wonder if he would like to turn this kind of analysis to the inhumanity of taking away the dignity of work, the slavery of the welfare system, the inhumanity of bureaucracy in government, and the results of other liberal "ideals".


    Again, not the book that I thought I was getting, but I did appreciate the exposure to social psychology.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Liberalism: The Fatal Outcome of Well-Meaning Liberal Policies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. R. Dunn
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    More Americans have been killed by well-meaning liberal policies than by all the wars of the last century combined. J. R. Dunn not only analyzes the unintended consequences of liberal policies, but argues that these consequences have resulted in millions of fatalities in the United States and around the world.

    DAVID says: "The Truth Hurts"
    "Accurate, dry read"
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    It was refreshing to hear some of the information that is presented in this book, but it is heavy on facts and information, and the reader is very dry. I could only make it through the first couple of hours. A *.pdf download of information and stats would have been more helpful. Since I drive while I listen to books, I could not listen much longer...I was fighting sleep every time I listened to this book.

    BTW, I am a former liberal, who is conservative, mainly because of all the unintended consequences that this book is speaking about.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How the Left Swiftboated America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Gibson
    • Narrated By John Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Best-selling author John Gibson shows that George W. Bush was the victim of a concentrated effort by Democrats and their allies in the press to discredit and distort virtually everything he did. That effort was amazingly successful. Was George W. Bush really the worst president in American history? Was the Iraq War really the biggest foreign policy blunder of all recorded time? Did Bush really steal the 2000 election, make war on civil rights, torture innocent goatherds, and prove America's racism during Hurricane Katrina?

    Amazon Customer says: "accurate but bland"
    "accurate but bland"
    Overall

    I think the title says it all. There is a lot of information that is given, as well as the list of all of the usual suspects and what they did to "swift boat" Bush. However, it did not give a whole lot of information on how to prevent this (can't because of left leaning press....blogosphere...msnbc, etc) or why it was so successful. I agree with all that Gibson says -- just didn't find it very interesting or informative IF you have been paying attention to what was being said by the left, and the responses (once given) by those with accurate information.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christopher Andrew
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    An unprecedented publishing event: to mark the centenary of its foundation, the British Security Service, MI5, has for the first time opened its archives to an independent historian. The book reveals the precise role of the Security Service in 20th-century British history, from its foundation by Captain Kell of the British Army in October 1909, through two world wars, up to and including its present roles in counterespionage and counterterrorism.

    Matthew says: "A very throrough and impartial history."
    "interesting BUT"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed learning the history of MI5. This was obviously a well researched and written book, and the narration was good if a little bland. My major criticism is one that I should have realized when I bought the book. It is written by a British historian -- which of course translates to making a very exciting subject blander than it would have been if it had been written by a novelist or someone outside of academia.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dean Baker
    • Narrated By Sandra Swafford
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (69)

    In his new book, economist Dean Baker debunks the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of "nanny state" policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. It's time for the rules to change. Sound economic policy should harness the market in ways that produce desirable social outcomes: decent wages, good jobs, and affordable health care.

    Vladimir says: "An eye opening book"
    "The world according to a"
    Overall

    Let’s see if I can word this right to reflect the contentions of this book:
    The conservative nanny state has joined with the conservative nanny press to make sure that the conservative nanny doctor gets paid more than the poor put upon dishwasher. Then by means of the conservative nanny protection of copyright and patent laws is guaranteeing the conservative nanny business person to be protected from me selling what he has patented, which I should be able to. All this also guarantees that the conservative nanny state keeps the government from efficiently and with great care providing health care for everyone and world peace for the downtrodden masses of the world.
    Well, at least they are consistent by giving this book away. Usually I have enjoyed the books that I have gotten for free from audible, but this drivel is the exception. In this case, you get what you pay for.

    6 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Learning Spanish Like Crazy, Level 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Learning Like Crazy
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (26)

    The Learning Spanish Like Crazy method lets you learn Spanish quickly and easily. It has been created by native Spanish speakers from Latin America to make sure you learn to speak Spanish just like a native. All speakers are college-educated speakers from Latin America to make sure you develop an authentic accent. This is a fun method of learning Spanish - no tedious memory drills. You learn practical spoken Spanish that you can use in everyday situations. Level 1 consists of Lessons 1 to 30.

    Toni says: "I love this course"
    "difficult to follow"
    Overall

    I had been working with the Pimsleur program for learning spanish. I found the format and speed of this program much more difficult to follow. There was a strong focus on learning grammer early on, more vocabulary in each lesson than seemed reasonable, and some inconsistencies between the pronounciation of the major spanish speakers.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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