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Doug

Reno, NV, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Herbert Donald
    • Narrated By Dick Estell
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    In the best-selling tradition of Truman, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American history and biography - a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality.

    Michael says: "Dry and Technical but Excellent"
    "Great book with outstanding details of background"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a more indepth presentation of the history of Lincoln's time and the context of that time. I finished "Team of Rivals" prior to this book and found the greater extent of "Lincoln" to round out my understanding of the historical context for what caused the actions to play out as they did.


    What other book might you compare Lincoln to and why?

    I think it is very complementary to "Team of Rivals" and the book I am reading now "Battle Cry of Freedom". I think "Team of Rivals" was more of "story" whereas "Lincoln" offers a more comprehensive insight beyond the personalities of the Administration.


    What aspect of Dick Estell’s performance would you have changed?

    There were times where the quality of the recording demonstrated post editing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't think you could make this much of a detailed presentation into a film...it would require a historic documentary and might miss the strength of the work.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book very much and appreciated the way in which the book was developed to provide the details it offered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By F. A. Hayek
    • Narrated By Everett Sherman
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    Hayek gives the main arguments for the free-market case and presents his manifesto on the "errors of socialism." Hayek argues that socialism has, from its origins, been mistaken on factual, and even on logical, grounds and that its repeated failures in the many different practical applications of socialist ideas that this century has witnessed were the direct outcome of these errors. He labels as the "fatal conceit" the idea that "man is able to shape the world around him according to his wishes."

    Marius Ghica says: "Masterpiece critique of today's collectivism"
    "If more had these insights we'd be better off"
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    If you could sum up The Fatal Conceit in three words, what would they be?

    Those who seek big government socialism are fooling themselves and those who they wish to take with them to these ends, It doesn't work, can't work and still here we go in an attempt to get there!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How straight forward the truth is and how solid the facts are that socialism fails and why our current President's agenda is so devoid of legitimacy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was one of frustration over why our country's voters can't understand that our President's agenda to force us into socialism is so wrong and yet over half voted for more of the same...


    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1945)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1508)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    Allan says: "Important Theme - Repetitive Presentation"
    "Great insight to the reason of great success"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who is interested in being an effective leader and making a difference for their company. I think it also helps to focus insight into lots of the past major breakthroughs and what caused their success.


    Any additional comments?

    I have nearly finished my second listen and gotten as much, perhaps more from the second time through as I did the first. Well worth the investment of time to spend with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crimes against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (53)

    As Americans, liberty is an inalienable right that is granted to us by God, protected by the Constitution, and upheld by our government. Yet, Barack Obama doesn’t seem to share that view. To him, liberty is a threat to the government’s power and something to be squashed by any means possible, as bestselling author David Limbaugh shows to devastating effect in his new book, Crimes Against Liberty. Limbaugh issues a damning indictment of President Barack Obama for encroaching upon and stripping us of our individual and sovereign rights.

    Bret says: "Superb!"
    "Good Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Crimes against Liberty the most enjoyable?

    Good background work with lots of information presented in a very solid way


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crimes against Liberty?

    Just the volume of examples where President Obama has gone so far over the line


    What does Don Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Enjoyable to listen to while doing my workouts...I wouldn't be able to read the same way as listening while working out


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper, Mark R. Levin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (479)

    #1 New York Times best-selling author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that faces government today.

    Virginia says: "Man's basic nature : Liberty"
    "A call to arms and reasons to act!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended it. For friends who have said that they were struggling with reading the book in hardcover, I suggested the audio version as an alternative to hear the message. It seems that sometimes the more complicated is easier to understand when you can listen and relisten and let your mind capture the thoughts in this manner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I appreciated the way that the author referred to past examples of the classics to demonstrate the points of how the desire to achieve Utopia can only be accomplished through the total loss of individual freedom.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were no scenes, but the way in which the author highlighted the background of the philosophies of those who influenced our founding fathers and why our founding documents are based on these philosophies. When you understand what is at stake and realize the direction we are going -- it becomes very clear on how important it is to take necessary actions to reverse our current course.


    If you could give Ameritopia a new subtitle, what would it be?

    After your freedom is gone, you'll have learned the lessons of Ameritopia


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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