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Mark

mcdebaca50

Mission Viejo, CA USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 19 reviews
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  • 271 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (397)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "The first part of the best Churchill Biography"
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    William Manchester is one of the great writers of our time and does the most extensive and readable biography of one of the most important individual of the 20th century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "Great read even the second time!"
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    I enjoy Follett, Pillars of the Earth is in my top 10 all time favorites. This is a great read and can be enjoyed by teens as well. Just look at what a Hornet from WW2 looks like to get the feel of what these young kids did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4905)
    Performance
    (2898)
    Story
    (2905)

    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"
    "Very good when read the second time"
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    I read this in the early 80's and was blown away with Rand's insight into those who don't understand anything about a free market economy. Carter was proving to be a disaster and the whole re-definition of Government, manhood, character etc was not being challenged by many in the media or public discussions (Bill Buckley and Bill Simon were lights in the darkness then). I disagree with her values of selfishness, but the novel as a whole was insightful and, having re-read it this year, continues to prove prophetic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1513)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (654)

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "If these are children books, I'm a child!"
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    I had heard these were good books for kids. I wanted to preview these for my grand children and am now through book 4. Well written, yes there are no references to God, but classic good and serious evil plots that are extremely readable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roads: Driving America's Great Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry sets out in Roads on an automotive odyssey exploring America's highways and the culture that has grown up on either side of them. Crisscrossing America in search of the present, the past and himself, McMurtry's route is also his destination.

    Jonathan says: "like riding around with your grumpy grandfather"
    "Best real travel book I've heard"
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    I know many of the places that he is described and they made me want to revisit them. I especially wanted to get the book about the old cowboy and found it on Amazon and have read it very good read and the book itself on travel was exceptionally well-written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Allan W. Eckert
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (239)

    The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River.

    Lynn says: "You Are There"
    "If you love the Frontier History listen!"
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    Very informing and loaded with history, would have liked more on Simon and Daniel Boons relationship but overall a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Cheyenne

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By John Randolph Jones
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    As the world enters a new century, three teenagers forge a future for themselves on the wild Texas grasslands: Gideon Fry, torn between going his way and following his father's footsteps; Johnny McCloud, whose restless spirit finds its solace traversing an open range; and Molly Taylor, the woman they both love. Rugged, bold and volatile, the three of them come of age in this tender and intimate novel of the heart.

    Molly-o says: "Excellent, simple story"
    "A bit disapointing"
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    I have always enjoyed McMurtry's books but was disappointed in this one. I may have wanted more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth, the Renaissance.

    Wallen says: "Ruined by the narrator"
    "One of my top 5 books of all time"
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    Manchester relates the time between the fall of the Roman Empire to the beginning of the events that have shaped our world with the most compelling and objective perspective of history I have ever read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1950)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1468)

    Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

    Annie says: "A great wow!"
    "Another great listen"
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    Two stories intertwined that make it impossible to put down! Great for the drive from California to New Mexico.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2843)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1235)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "My first Rapp book"
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    I am really excited after listening to my first Flynn book. A frind recommended this when he found out I liked Daniel Silvas books. I now have a favorite series to look forward to listening too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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