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Jeff Schuster

Highlands Ranch, CO USA

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  • The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mike Lofgren
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk - they are zombies, a party of the living dead. Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties - those halcyon, post-Nixonian glory days - for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill.

    Dan says: "A Great Analysis"
    "UGLY"
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    I am a political junky. I read a lot of political books and watch CNN, Fox News & MSNBC. This tone of this book is UGLY. Mr Lofgren pines for the days of a more liberal-minded and soft-spoken Republican party. I also would like to see more progress among the two parties. However, there is a political reality that our country is at a point in its history where one of the parties has to start taking some fiscal responsibility or we will be in major peril. This desire by the public and some in the Republican party has caused quite a bit of friction... and unfortunately has also resulted in stark partisanship when compared with what Mr. Lofgren may call the "good ole days". The fact is that in the "good ole days" of President Reagan; Democrats and Republicans alike were making deals that the American public simply could not afford. These deals seemed to continue into the GH Bush Presidency and the start of the Clinton Presidency. Finally, Newt Gingrich created the Contract with America and started putting a halt to the out of control spending to bring about a few budget surplus years. Mr Lofgren has made it very clear that he despises Newt's form of statesmanship and would prefer a more compliant Republican party.

    I am normally okay reading political opinions that disagree with my own. Even though I don't always agree after I have read opposing views; I normally feel like I have learned something. However, Mike Lofgren's tone is quite derogatory and childish in this book. The book is filled with personal opinions supported by exaggeration and fabrication. Lofgren uses playground epithets to simply make fun of people he does not agree with. Because of this tenor, I could not get past chapter 5 of this book before I had to stop.

    If you are a Democrat and want to feed your mind with more "red meat" to fight Republicans, this is probably going to reinforce any views you have. If you are an establishment Republican, you may also find solice in these views. If you lean Libertarian, Intellectual or Independent in your views, you should not waste your time with this purchase. Almost any other political book would be a better investment of your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeves
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface.

    Julie Jones says: "Atmospheric mystery"
    "Hard to Follow"
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    When I listen to an audible book, I am either driving or walking as I listen. It was hard for me to follow this story and all of its characters in an audible fashion. The fact that the language was also much different from US English made it even harder. For instance, one of the key characters is a FISCAL. I have no idea what a FISCAL is... but by the end of the book gathered that it must be similar to a Mayor. It was also hard for me to get oriented to the setting. I think that the author must have assumed that the reader would be familiar with the UK so they gave little introduction to the broader world for us uninformed American readers. I liked the accent of the reader, but it was difficult to comprehend much difference for different characters which probably added to my confusion as I listened. I don't want to go into much detail about the story... but I also did not like the ending as I like to try to solve mysteries myself as I read the story... but this book did not seem to give hints to solve the story yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lathe of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (113)

    George Orr's dreams do change the world. He is the only one who knows it...he and the power-mad psychiatrist who is forcing George to dream a new reality - a better reality that is free from war, disease, overpopulation, and all human misery. But for every man-made dream of utopia, there is a terrifying, unforeseeable consequence...

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Book, Bad Reader"
    "Great Potential"
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    This main character has the ability to change the world with his dreams. The way the book started off was quite intriguing. However, the progression of the story and the way the book ended was disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (504)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "Not What I Expected"
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    I had just listened to Sycamore Row by John Grisham and thought that this would be a similarly suspenseful novel. I was disappointed. At first I was confused between the two characters of Lila (mom) and Lucy (daughter). The author may have helped by picking two names that were not so similar. The story is being told with two different time frames in parallel. I was also disappointed with the ending although I cannot give it away. There was not one character that I felt was an actual hero in this story. They all just lacked a certain degree of backbone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Trespass: An Archaeological Mystery Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Scott Hunter
    • Narrated By Chris Macdonnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (18)

    First they tried to kill him. Then they took his daughter . . . Anthropologist Simon Dracup knows that his only hope of finding her alive lies within the pages of his grandfather's diary, the record of a near century old expedition to Mount Ararat, legendary resting place of the great Ark of Noah. When the CIA pays him a visit Dracup learns that something was found on the Ark. Something priceless. Now its owners have taken it back, but they want revenge and Dracup is their prime target . . .

    Catherine J. Pondozzi says: "Best Audio Book Ever!"
    "Could have been such a great story"
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    This was a great plot and story-line. I don't want to give all of this away to the prospective reader. However, there were some ridiculously unbelievable events that happened in the story that just wrecked any attempt at realism. If you can ignore these items, you will enjoy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1676)
    Performance
    (1413)
    Story
    (1452)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Great Story... Too Long"
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    I learned a great deal while listening to Team of Rivals. However, there were so many characters and events that it was hard to take it all in with one book. It is interesting how we all learn about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in school; but this book really did highlight some details that you will never learn from your k-12 classroom. You will learn the details of how the civil war started; you will get a sense of the Republican primary and how Lincoln got the nomination against many odds. Quite different than today's primary elections. And you get a great sense of how Abraham Lincoln changed while in office. This is not talked about in most history books. It is great to contrast the Presidency then to now and see how so many current presidents could do so much better if they would take Lincoln's lead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perelandra

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (403)

    Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way.

    Tim says: "An Insightful Look at the Nature of Temptation"
    "Dissapointed"
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    I have loved CS Lewis's books. I love his writing style, his intellect and even his radio voice. However, I was lost listening to the story of Perelandra. I am guessing that it may have helped if I had first listened to Malacandra this story would have made more sense. I did get the parallel with Adam & Eve... but really felt lost about most of the rest of the story. The descriptions of the scenes were quite vivid; but the story/plot were lacking in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Bob Buford
    • Narrated By Max Bloomquist
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Halftime. Time to pause, midway in the game of your life, and consider how to make the transition from professional success to significance.Revised and expanded for a new generation of leaders, Bob Buford's best seller shows how you can make the second half of your life even more rewarding than the first.

    Luis Fernandez Cervantes says: "Nothing new, very superficial"
    "Over simplistic"
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    I guess I should have paid closer attention to the other reviews on this site. The book gave me two things that could have been included in a pamphlet: 1) Put one thing in the "box"; and 2) List your past competencies and passions. The author claims that he put a J in the box instead of a $. Life decisions are not this black and white. As a Christian, I am guessing that Bob Buford already had a J in his box... Just because you operate a profitable business does not mean that you are so single-minded as to only focus on money. Jesus has and always will be part of my life. I am trying to decide where to apply my experience, and expertise after a long life of working hard in a career. This book did not help me with that decision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Stossel
    • Narrated By John Stossel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (332)

    The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

    Daniel Cogan says: "Great Book, Must Listen"
    "Why Aren't All Americans Liberatarians?"
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    This is a great book go gain an understanding of how well-meaning government action can create quite negative consequences. John Stossel is a professional speaker... even though he claims to have problems with stuttering, he is great at delivering his message in a way that is quite engaging.

    I am encouraged to know that the libertarian message is heard in some of our public schools. After so much proof that larger government cannot fix our problems, it is frustrating to hear Republican and Democratic politicians continue to promise to fix things with another bloated government solution. Great message... just wish it resonated with more Americans. Thank God our founding fathers understood the reasons for liberty or we would not be a country today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Kwak, Simon Johnson
    • Narrated By Nicholas Hormann
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Bitter fighting over deficits, taxes, and spending bedevils Washington, D.C., even as partisan gridlock has brought the government to the brink of default. Yet the more politicians on both sides of the aisle rant and the citizenry fumes, the more things seem to remain the same. White House Burning looks squarely at the burgeoning national debt and proposes to defuse its threat to our well-being without forcing struggling middle-class families and the elderly into poverty.

    Keith Ball says: "A great book on our national debt and our future"
    "Highly partisan, but somewhat informative"
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    Would you try another book from James Kwak and Simon Johnson and/or Nicholas Hormann?

    There are some good nuggets of knowledge in this book regarding the history of taxes, debt and the value basis of our currency as a country (US). It was very helpful to understand that debt has been an issue for the US as far back as our revolutionary war. However, the author is very clearly highly partisan. He must be a Democrat or Socialist. He makes blanket statements affirming how the American public feels about taxes and government services that certainly do not represent my personal views. This writing style made this book somewhat offensive and I had to grit my teeth to listen to most of the book. The author is almost advocating socialism from a perspective of a collective benefit than referencing any of the founding principles that built this country. I will listen to counter perspectives to better understand a more moderate version of debt, the economy and some of these important financial considerations that we should all understand.


    Has White House Burning turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No... but probably not this author.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicholas Hormann?

    Yes... but somewhat flat voice... probably good for book on economics... would not work well for a story book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good history of taxes, debt and some controls that were put in place very early in our country's history.


    Any additional comments?

    Need a book with less bias.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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