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Gary

Retired with a passion for nonfiction. To find out how my views compare or diverge with respect to what's known.

north truro, MA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (789)

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "Stephen being Stephen"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting? Look I can't recall any soul resonating points. There was no 'least' interesting.
    Some was less so.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    As always I like Steve's voice. As usual though I began to dislike his voice somewhat.


    Was America Again worth the listening time?

    It was unless you wanted that Colbert Bump kind of feeling. It fell just short.


    Any additional comments?

    Steve, Know I will always be virtually your best fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    Everything, well, almost everything, you know about American history is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academic historians who treat their biases as fact. But fear not; Professor Thomas Woods refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

    Gary says: "Informative, thoughtful, eye opening and funny."
    "Informative, thoughtful, eye opening and funny."
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    You learn what they taught you had many parts left out or rewritten to smooth out
    the less favorable aspects.
    I thought the facts as presented about Roosevelt, the crash of '29 and his struggle to
    guide the country through it were somewhat harsh in presentation.
    That being said, this book remains a most fascinating listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Essays of Sir Francis Bacon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sir Francis Bacon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Francis Bacon, the great English philosopher, lawyer, scientist, and statesman, is also remembered as a formidable writer of prose. These 58 essays are his greatest literary legacy. Rather than merely summarizing popular philosophy, Bacon attempted to change the shape of other men's minds, and there is little doubt that many minds have been persuaded by these eloquent essays.

    Doug says: "Great possibilities"
    "But for a very poor recording."
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    What a shame this can not be recorded again. Poor audio ruined it for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam Is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Most terrorism experts agree: it is not "if" we are attacked again, but "when." Yet the assault has already happened. A silent battle is being waged on our nation every day. Not with guns and bombs, but via covert sources: Islamic charities, the ACLU, even presidential candidates.

    Richard says: "Intro to the Radical Islamic Agenda for America"
    "The pernicious motive of indoctrinated religion"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Insightful as to how opportunistic agents work in the background to alter the belief
    structure of the vulnerable in a society.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Satanic Verses

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (401)

    Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

    David Edelberg says: "Use an audiobook to really enjoy Satanic Verses"
    "A look into otherwise hidden lives"
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    Where does The Satanic Verses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is profound in the realization of the sameness of everyday life.


    What other book might you compare The Satanic Verses to and why?

    I can't compare it to other books. It stands alone.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    All of it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Perhaps not but I essentially did.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice writing style. Complex in concept but very insightful. I recommend it.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (830)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Christopher says: "It's official, I'm an idiot"
    "Clever and insightful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment he informed the CIA fellows what might happen to them if they persisted in tailing him. I like his straight forward style.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Attack of the Theocrats!: How the Religious Right Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sean Faircloth
    • Narrated By Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (165)

    At no time in history has the United States had such a high percentage of theocratic members of Congress - those who expressly endorse religious bias in law. Just as ominously, especially for those who share the values and views of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, at no other time have religious fundamentalists effectively had veto power over one of the country's two major political parties. As Sean Faircloth argues in this deeply sobering yet highly engaging book, this has led to the crumbling of the country's most cherished founding principle - the wall of separation between church and state.

    A says: "Was expecting more but well worth it"
    "Religion at its worst"
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    What did you love best about Attack of the Theocrats!?

    If you want evidence of religious fanaticism, well you have found it.
    There is nothing likeable to be found here. Insightful yes. There are reports , to say
    the least, that are extremely heart-wrenching and disgusting at the same time.
    Religion has held us back for well over a thousand years with its inhuman treatment
    in the name of God. It is all about power and indoctrination.
    Read and beware.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Just how effective indoctrinated blind faith can become at its extremes.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Faircloth and Richard Dawkins – was your favorite?

    Both


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it was very 'moving'.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Behold the Mighty Dinosaur

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Kricher
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Before their extinction, dinosaurs dominated Earth's terrestrial habitats for about 160 million years. They present the ultimate puzzle in forensic science, but we have learned a great deal about them in the last 50 years. This lecture series will explain the evolutionary and ecological relationships among dinosaurs, what it might have been like to be present in their time, and the question of what ultimately brought about the total extinction of dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period.

    Ingwe says: "Intriguing"
    "Very informative most entertaining"
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    Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Modern Scholar is among my favorites for history, science and technology lectures.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

    The authors time line description of the chronological order in terms of one year. It gave me a sense of how much time elapsed between first life and first complex life.


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

    The authors narration is wonderfully inspiring. Plenty of explanations of terms and theory
    that are very understandable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did in fact listen to it in one sitting.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher C. Horner
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    The big media have spoken on the question of global warming, and the debate is officially over. "Be afraid, be very afraid", warns Time magazine. But have Al Gore and his environmentalist allies really proven their case? Not even close, says Christopher C. Horner.

    Michael says: "Must Read"
    ""well documented" ?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend with qualifications.


    What could Christopher C. Horner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I dare not characterize what I think Mr,. Horner could do to make this more enjoyable for me!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It will be the scene of the author eating crow in the sequel.


    Could you see The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes if the title was The Politically Inexact Guide to .......
    Really, no movie should ever be made of this unless for
    use in a school for sociopathic development.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an effort at sarcasm with a conservative bent.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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