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Avid history and fiction/non-fiction fan.

Wiliamstown, NJ, USA

  • 12 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 179 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck
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    Glen Beck, the number-one New York Times best-selling author and popular radio and television host, revisits Thomas Paine's Common Sense with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government's easy solutions, two-part monopoly, and illogical methods, and take back our great country.

    Jason says: "Conditionality"

    Placing all of the media-hype, talking head stuff aside, Glenn Beck's tirade does produce a few valid points. Fiscal conservatism, breaking the political duopoly in the U.S., and taking personal initiative for positive change are all valid contentions. I am afraid these could be the most noble points in modern discourse, but being tied to their author may keep them from being heard by many.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
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    In this explosive account of wrongful acts and ongoing cover-ups, Jesse Ventura takes a systematic look at the wide gap between what the American government knows and what it reveals to the American people. For too long, we the people have sat by and let politicians and bureaucrats from both parties obfuscate and lie. And according to this former Navy SEAL, former pro wrestler, and former Minnesota governor, the media is complicit in these acts of deception.

    Susan says: "Lots of things you didn't know but should"
    "Very Interesting"

    If you are looking for information on aliens or fake Moon landings, this book is not for you. Gov. Ventura details some information on the Kennedy assassinations, MLK, Malcom X, 9/11, and Watergate. The author even touches on recent questions with very compelling arguments and facts. Many of the information presented, I do not want to believe is true. However other books I have read on similar matters only corroborate the author's story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
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    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"

    I love going through a book and getting the notion that I am somewhat normal when compared to the characters. Behind all of the glitz and media-hype, the politicians are just normal people, with common faults and shortcomings (so more than others). The size and depth of some of the egos mentioned defy imagination. All I can add further is given what is described in the book, I am glad the election turned out the way it did and fear for 2012.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    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"

    The classic work by Ayn Rand is an extensive study in character development and the human psyche. The insight into the philosophy of how humans behave is unnerving at times. In-depth character composition and background could yield three or four novels on their own. A great read, but read The Fountainhead first. Atlas Shrugged is meant to complement some of the philosophical questions presented in The Fountainhead.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Rosen
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener

    The emperor Justinian reunified Rome's fractured empire by defeating the Goths and Vandals. At his capital in Constantinople, he built the world's most beautiful building, married the most powerful empress, and wrote the empire's most enduring legal code, seemingly restoring Rome's fortunes for the next five hundred years. Then, in the summer of 542, he encountered a flea. The ensuing outbreak of bubonic plague killed 5,000 people a day in Constantinople and nearly killed Justinian himself.

    joan says: "More history than Disease"
    "In Depth"

    This is not a book about the plague, but more, a book about how the plague impacted Roman history until the empire's final end. The author gives incredible detail to the stories behind the actions which brought Y.Pestus to Roman shores. Even if the reader has only a slight knowledge of late Roman history, they will be well supported in their understanding. A good read for the history and plague buff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Attila: The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Man
    • Narrated By James Adams

    In the years 434-454 A.D., the fate of Europe hung upon the actions of one man: Attila, king of the Huns. The decaying Roman Empire still stood astride the Western World, but it was threatened by a new force, the much-feared barbarian hordes. Attila was the one-man wrecking ball that helped put the final boot into Rome's decaying splendor.

    Saxon says: "Informative & Interesting"

    This work is a fascinating and concise account of a man and a people, that never wrote anything down. John Man goes beyond conjecture and legend to produce some tangible points, where none exist in history. Highly recommended...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Scary and Haunting"

    A possible future? Mr. Forstchen's tale of the United States after a nuclear EMP is haunting and disturbing. It becomes immediately apparent to anyone who reads this work, that they are nowhere near prepared for the world depicted. This book makes a great case for missile defense research and for bigger defense intelligence spending. Everyone should read this book, for their family's sake.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, Steve "Stu" Burguiere

    Idiots can't be identified through voting records, they can be found only by looking for people who hide behind stereotypes, embrace partisanship, and believe that bumper-sticker slogans are a substitute for common sense. If you know someone who fits the bill, then Arguing with Idiots will help you silence them once and for all with the ultimate weapon: the truth.

    James says: "Good facts...average humor"
    "Valid, but skewed points..."

    Mr. Beck's latest novel focuses on the issues around the health care debates and the Obama administration. Valid points where centrists could possibly agree are present, but buried under snarky criticism and one-liners. Not bad, but far from a concise narrative of the circumstances America is experiencing now.

    23 of 55 people found this review helpful
  • Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michelle Malkin
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller

    The era of hope and change is dead...and it only took six months in office to kill it. Never has an administration taken office with more inflated expectations of turning Washington around. Never have a media-anointed American Idol and his entourage fallen so fast and hard.

    susaninphoenix says: "Very hard to listen to such great content"
    "Sad but True? Certainly dry..."

    I really wanted the Obama administration to be different than the play to pay politics so common in D.C. If the information in this book is true, there is not 'Change' at all. I wish the author provided more substantiation with her assertions. The book listens as a long diatribe of who's who did or didn't do what in the current Obama administration.

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    This work offers a firsthand account of the Battle of Tora Bora and an insider's look at the extraordinary nature of America's supersecret counterterrorist unit---an elite and mysterious group known as Delta Force.

    Herbert S. says: "Kill Bin Laden"

    I selected this title at the suggestion of a friend. The author is very concise about his description of the events which took place on December 2001, in the Tora Bora mountain range. The story is very compelling in a ra-ra sort-of fashion. The author's position as a former Delta operator made me question some of the accuracy presented in the details. A fascinating story, told by someone who was there.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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