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  • 13 reviews
  • 245 ratings
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  • 15 purchased in 2015

  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "99% Great"

    If you can ignore the handful of moral equivocations between terrorist sociopaths and (apparently) President Bush (perhaps I misunderstood the message), and slightly more frequent, obvious anti-war messages, this book is very interesting and insightful. I don't know the accuracy of the estimate that 4% of people are sociopaths, but the exploration of the characteristics of sociopaths was enlightening and convinced me I've unfortunately know a handful in my life. Redeeming herself, Martha Stout clearly establishes the link between psychological health and living a religiously moral life. A well written and easy to listen to audiobook I've already recommended to others.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Beckett
    • Narrated By Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say - and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hope to see a sequel soon"
    "Interesting, slow paced, NC-17"

    The story is generally interesting, apparently an intentional twist on the biblical Cain vs Able... just on a starless planet. I could feel the planet's darkness throughout the book. The ending left me haunted, even though I knew it was coming. However, nowhere did the author deal with the effects of little to no light on the human brain, as in SADD.

    The narrative convention of different characters telling their internal thoughts in different chapters was an interesting twist on the usual narrative from one person's point of view throughout a book.

    The repeated words like "Bad bad" is reminiscent of Newspeak in Orwell's 1984, "double plus bad".

    I'm surprised this won the 2013 Arthur C. Clark award - I don't recall any of Clark's books containing NC-17 "sex sex" content.

    Overall good, but far too much explicit sexual content for Arthur C. Clark and most was completely unnecessary for the plot.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom Attacking Religion and Promoting Terrorism

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is at it again. A quarter century ago, in his international bestseller Red Horizons, Pacepa exposed the massive crimes and corruption of his former boss, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, giving the dictator a nervous breakdown and inspiring him to send assassination squads to the U.S. to find his former spy chief and kill him. They failed.

    Cookie says: "Open your eyes!"
    "Politics & history will never look the same again"

    Eye opening. Revelatory. Explanatory. Disturbing. Transformational.

    The Russian's "Science of Disinformation" has had a horrible impact on modern history and is still in use today by Russian and American politicians alike. Chapters 41 and 42 talk about modern politicians' use of Disinformation, such as Obama and Pelosi.

    You will never see historical and current events the same way again.

    Once you know it's a game, you can no longer be a participant.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: Star Trek Movie Novelizations, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Alice Eve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pioneering director J. J. Abrams has delivered an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek into darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

    Elizabeth says: "Horrible narrator, great story"
    "Good Story, Sexy Voice, Little Added To Movie Plot"

    I saw the movie and got the book in order to get a more in depth story. I really enjoyed listening but did not get much additional insight. The book of the 2009 movie provided some deviations from the movie as well as more in-depth information on the storyline and new, alternate universe. I was hoping the same in this book, but didn't find as much as desired. Follows the movie pretty closely. There are some additional insights, but not enough for what I wanted.

    I really enjoyed listening to Alice's sexy, silky regional British accent and remembering her onscreen presence for 9 hours. I honestly don't understand some of the complaints about her accent. It wasn't hard to follow at all. I don't know, perhaps I've have more experience listening to Brits than the other commenters here and therefore didn't have any trouble.

    Alice did, however, struggle with the male dominated storyline: while she had believable regional accents for all of the men, most of them came across as whining rather than joking, commanding..... For some reason, she didn't have this problem with McCoy. I liked her imitation of Scotty. I really didn't like her portrayal of Khan or Admiral Marcus.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
    Yes, but I can't sit that long. I DID take a long long drive and listened the entire time without getting tired... bringing me back to her British accent....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Meg Meeker
    • Narrated By Cecelia Riddett

    In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than 20 years' experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman's relationship with her father is far more important than we've ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father's attention, protection, courage, and wisdom. Dr. Meeker shares the 10 secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life - and his own - for the better.

    Paul says: "My Daughter means everything to me, now I know why"
    "Quite insightful."

    This book is actually quite insightful and simple to comprehend, and has therefore helped me to understand and appreciate the unique needs of my alien daughter.

    Half way through the book so far, I have encountered absolutely no signs of "constant right wing Christian moral espousement". Religion isn't mentioned at all.

    This book is helping me reconnect with my daughter, but be forewarned, having your mistakes and weaknesses pointed out in the examples isn't an easy listen....

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Callista Gingrich, Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army. The action focuses on one of the most iconic events in American history: Washington crossing the Delaware.

    Sealion2 says: "Bloody Feet and All"
    "Excellent Book"

    A very engaging immersive experience that conveys the hardships, era, events and the personalities of the main and minor characters of the period as no book has ever done for me before. It's very hard to put down. I had no understanding of the ordeal the common soldier endured. I had no idea what gave Thomas Paine his inspiration, who is actually one of the two main characters of at least the first half I've listened to. Now I do. Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Amity Shlaes
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford

    It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand how the nation endured. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression. Rejecting the old emphasis on the New Deal, she turns to the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how they helped establish the steadfast character we developed as a nation.

    Ray says: "One of the Best Books On the Subject"
    "History is written by the victors..."

    ... and hopefully "rewritten" by more objective eyes.

    The history repeating itself right before our eyes can help us understand The Depression. The same ideologies and self-interested representations are again at work today

    Today, Democrats try to ensure that the official history of our economic crisis says it was caused by Wall Street greed, the failure of capitalism and Bush economic policies. Future objective "rewrites" will include neglected inconvenient facts: Democrats refused to regulate the unintended consequences of their economically unsound "spread the wealth via affordable housing" policies.

    The Depression was no different. Those Democrats were fascinated by and experimented with the same socialistic fascism promoted by Mussolini and Hitler - long before their extreme versions of fascism became malignant. Politicians asserted it was a failure of capitalism in order to justify a socialist "solution". Thereafter, the sanctioned history was written by the victors and those who still champion these ideals, proclaiming them successful, beyond reproach and "settled" through a consensus of everyone - except the "deniers".

    Learning from the tragic history of our ancestors and noting the differences and, especially, dramatic parallels between the 1920-40s and 1990-2010's could help us navigate today's dangerous waters. However, our vision must be 20/20. We must ensure our official histories are free from ideological bias and political motivations.

    This book shines a brighter light on this era, a "revision" long overdue. The personalities, ideologies, agendas and political history of the main characters (e.g., Mellon, Hoover, Roosevelt, the 1920's and 1930's...) are practically ripped right out of todays headlines.

    Another excellent "rewrite" that'll give context for this era is "Liberal Fascism" - still actively at work in the 2008 Election.

    21 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Smooth writing, but SLOW"

    I just started the 2nd audio file of 3 total. It starts out fast with a main character you can easily like, but quickly slows way down. It's a full 2 hours into it before the first surreal event, but they are far and few in between for the rest of the 1st of 3 files (the reason I only gave it 3 stars). I hope it picks up because I like the character and premise. However, don't expect a fast pace.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Someone in the U.S. is an identity-theft victim every four seconds. It is extremely easy for anyone from anywhere in the world to assume your identity and, in a matter of hours, devastate your life in ways that can take years to recover from. Stealing Your Life is the reference everyone needs, by an unsurpassed authority on the latest identity-theft schemes.

    Dale says: "A Must Read"
    "Absolutely Eye Popping"

    This is not just eye-opening, but eye-popping as it will scare the heck out of you just how easy it is for someone to steal your personal identity.

    Obtaining your social security number, birth date, mother's maiden name, address, demographic data... to take out a loan against your mortgage, use your credit card or even acquire one in your name, use your SSN to make themselves money while leaving the taxes to you, gain access to the money in your bank accounts, and soooo many more... has become absolutely trivial... and done all in your name and at your expense.

    This will scare you far more than any Steven King novel, and tell you how to reduce your risk.

    "READ" IT!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Creepy but Sexually Explicit"

    I purchased this on the recommendations of Audible and Amazon reviews as well as the association with Stephen King but find myself somewhat disappointed.

    The story flows well, is fairly fast paced, well written and I do find myself feeling tense when the ghost is around. Like the review above, However, I have had a hard time feeling empathy for or identifying with the two pain characters.

    Call me a prude if you must, but I find his particular and rather frequent descriptions of sexual encounters disturbing and totally unnecessary to the plot. There are just some images I don't want in my head. I haven't read a lot of Mr. Kings books, but within those I have I don't recall him having to resort to such to make the point. It'd be a good story if these were omitted.

    I actually find myself questioning if I want to listen to the remaining 3 hours.

    However, if you can ignore these things, you may find that you "enjoy" the creepiness of their interactions with the ghost.

    Not for kids, teens and even many adults.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful

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