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Scott

woodbury, MN, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Walker Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (232)

    In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "Long, in depth, illuminating"
    Overall

    This period of history always gets the short stick. We go from revolution to civil war to WWI and 20th cetury without a pause into the largest technological, business, political, religous and social changes which enabled our 21st century ethics around the role of government, equal rights, the use of technology which seems so natural to us was quite different in 1812, but much closer to our current world in 1850. The discussion of women's rights, the revolutions of 1848, the great awakening, the war against Mexico, the development of the Whig's, and the anti-slavery movement are particualry engaging. Central is the change from the world of the horse to the technology of the railroad, telegraph, newspaper and strong federal government, complete with the central bank. This period of change rivals the change we feel has ocurred in the 20th century. Enjoy a great book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (652)

    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?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "Shrill, repetitive, poor quality audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Christopher Hurt?

    Hurt is a good reader and Ayn Rand's


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayn Rand again?

    Yes, I have


    What didn’t you like about Christopher Hurt’s performance?

    The audio quality is very poor with a echo, probably due to the tape transfer to digital. It's just annoying. The reading is well done, but I put my iPod on FASTER mode to get it over with sooner.


    Could you see Atlas Shrugged being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The book is very dated in it's attitude toward women. For example the scandal created in society by an affair between two characters. Also, the technology is very dated. Since it's a bit of futuristic science fiction book, it does not resonate in this century very well. It's been tried to make it into a TV series and there is one part of a movie released.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time. Read the sypnosis on Wikipedia and be done with this or read the pages that outline Rand's philosophy in the last few hours.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26076)
    Performance
    (12726)
    Story
    (12768)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Male perspective"
    Overall

    At great peril to my manhood, I listened to this book. Outstanding performances. Worth every minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7445)
    Performance
    (4211)
    Story
    (4194)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Accurate View of a Difficult Time"
    Overall

    Follett has taken on a period so near to our own, but so foreign to our 21st century life. We typically misunderstand how different the world was to our own prior to 1914. Follett nails the tone in all of the broad scope he captures. England, America and Germany are culturally captured through some thin composites of characters. I have to be disappointed that there is little about France. But it's thin enough without further dilution. This is a monumental page turner novel with enough story and mind candy to be engaging. But Follett has taken it deeper to explore the real issues and give a fascinating sense of real time in the long unfolding of the war and it's horrors. He un-apologetically captures the arrogance of nations prior to the war, the carnage, the role of America and the prelude to an even greater tragedy to follow. Brilliantly deep and built for the masses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (145)

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "the real thing"
    Overall

    college has not changed that much. Wolfe captures the crude essence of the language and the cynical motivation of all. Not for everyone! Very, very rough and it will offend everyone. But it cuts like a sword through the pretensions of all the characters, from the frat boyz to the bb players to the wanabe scholars, not forgetting the faculty and college president. Motivations? Higher purpose? Wolf finds his way in an ending which is almost sure to disappoint. We want more, but it's just not there in his cold reality. Mr. Baker as narrator is simply brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (523)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "Violence, the Devil and the West"
    Overall

    To come to terms with this violence described in unrelentless detail and frequency is not possible to our 21st century minds. The face of the brutal wars of the western conquest cannot be reconciled. Yet here we are, the ancestors of these people who defeated Mexicon and tamed the natives. This is a novel about squarely facing our bloody past, without ambiguity. I'm now struggling to view any depiction of evil without the Judge. He is dancing, light on his feet, he thinks he will never die. McCarthy makes the connection at the conclusion to the ambiguous main character, to us, to our silent violent past and our continuence of the western ethic, to this day. Brilliant reading and narration. I'm far from being over this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (617)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "not for everyone, but fantanstic and fascinating"
    Overall

    A story about an old man (the sheriff) who is out of time and place and ending his working life. He starts it and finishes it. This is not a story about the guy who finds the money, the girl, the killer, the mercinary, the banker, the mexicans, or the deputy. It comes to a plodding stop, unresolved, just like the sheriff's life. Well read and written, but not what you may expect in the mix of the action and blood and moralizing. One of my favorite audible choices.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Assault on Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Al Gore
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    Here is a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the public sphere's degradation to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason. Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason explains, we have precious little time to waste.

    Walter says: "Partisan but Valuable"
    "Critisism without solutions"
    Overall

    Great thesis about the shift from scientific realism and elightenment to manipulating opinion and facts to fit what you want. Then 8 hours of why Bush is such a loser. Then some incoherent stuff about how the internet will change things....duh. I would have liked to know what Al would do. Well read by Patton.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (64)

    You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).

    James says: "Take in the Meat and spit out the bones."
    "Warning: Propoganda Alert"
    Overall

    This book is so over the top, I felt like I was listening to a well reasoned WWII tract on why the Japanese are evil monsters or why the German people are superior and the Jews should be exterminated. With sections like: Mohommed vs. Jesus and Books You are Not Supposed to Read, you get this continual view that Islam preaches violence and cannot be reconciled with Western society. Wake up White People! Or maybe it's already too late and we wake up to the land of Euarabia in place of France, born of our own ambivelence for our Christian heritage, political correctness and lack of undertanding of the true nature of our enemy. Or maybe not. Balance is not the objective here. This book give you something to think about. I've thought about it, and it's just wrong.

    10 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (2840)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1348)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Well, I Swear"
    Overall

    A really great story where so many things happen, you will be dizzy with all of the adventures in these lives. The characters remain real and true to themselves. No cheap tears and great change to the Disney side of life. Life is cheap in the old west and this is accurately represented here. I'm mystified by the criticisim of the narrarators reading. It's spot on for me and sound quality on car and through headphones was quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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