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Jim

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  • Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Thom Hartmann
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    Our founding fathers worked hard to ensure that a small group of wealthy people would never dominate this country. Thomas Jefferson believed that our very democracy depends upon our ability to play referee to the game of business, protecting labor and the public good. But over the last 25 years, we've witnessed an undeclared war against the middle class.

    Jose says: "A must read"
    "Everyone should listen to this book."
    Overall

    One of the most important books written today. This is a must listen for people who care how
    this world works. Insightful and well structure,
    it's an easy listen, with extremely important information about what going on in the world.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3297)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1291)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Move about as fast as a glacier."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Susanna Clarke and/or Simon Prebble?

    Absoluty not, how she got he story in print is a mystery.


    What was most disappointing about Susanna Clarke’s story?

    She drones on and on and on about small details until you fall asleep.


    Did Simon Prebble do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Character were fine, but she over describe the characters till suspension of disbelief in totally shattered.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to get my credit back, so I could get something better to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tom Segev
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Going far beyond a military account, Segev re-creates the crisis in Israel before 1967, showing how economic recession, a full grasp of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made by neighbor states combined to produce a climate of apocalypse. He depicts the country's bravado after its victory and the mood revealed in a popular joke in which one soldier says to his friend, "Let's take over Cairo". The friend replies, "Then what shall we do in the afternoon?"

    Steve says: "Awesome book, atrocious pronounciation"
    "Simple well written."
    Overall

    The subject is a divisive one, but looking at how it was written. This is one of my favourite books. I listened to it over and over again. I plan on listening to it again in the future about 100 times or so.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gears of War: Anvil Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    With the Locust Horde apparently destroyed, Jacinto's survivors have begun to rebuild human society on the Locusts' stronghold. Raiding pirate gangs take a toll - but it's nothing that Marcus Fenix and the Gears can't handle. Then the nightmare that they thought they'd left behind begins to stalk them again. Something far worse, something even the Locust dreaded, has emerged to spread across the planet, and not even this remote island haven is beyond its reach.

    S. Anderson says: "Outstanding"
    "Not enough action"
    Overall

    The stories pace is slow. It taking to long to get anywhere in the plot. I wouldn't recomend the title.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marque and Reprisal: Vatta's War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (252)

    Although the exciting military career she hoped for never got off the ground, Ky Vatta ended up seeing plenty of combat when she took the helm of one of the commercial transport vessels in her family's fleet...and steered it into a full-blown war. Now the lessons she learned in that trial by fire are about to pay off---because this time, the war has come to her. Someone has launched a full-throttle offensive against Vatta Transport Ltd., Ky's father's interstellar shipping empire.

    Charlie says: "Vatta's War Gets Deadly"
    "Twelve year old girls only, listen to this book."
    Overall

    First off, the reader is over melodramatic for
    my taste. But then I'm not a twelve year old girl.
    The story is written by a girl and not a women, I'm
    pretty sure and it shows.

    If your a guy that like SF, skip this one.
    It's creepy and not it a evil way.
    More like reading your sisters diary.
    Last time I buy a book because of the cover
    or what written on the back.

    0 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (654)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    MATTHEW says: "You have got to be kidding"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    I read this book 25 years ago and it still is one
    of the best books I ever read. The story is
    intricate with twist and sub plots. It is not
    predictable as many in this style of book seem
    to be. Story is best read or listen to. The movie
    fell short of the richness of the tale.

    This version was masterfully read, and executed.
    I am totally happy I spent three credit on this.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Centurion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

    Lindsay says: "Enjoy the story and forget the politics"
    "If I were King of the world."
    Overall

    The book is aimed at 16 to 26 year old males.
    The story line is cross between Star Ship Troopers and a USA conservative Republican Radio show.
    The first chapter is in Military jargon to bond with people either in or just leaving service. All
    very clubby.

    There is alternate science that has nothing to
    with the real world. Such as a new ice age even
    though the glaciers are melting. How does that
    work?

    The author assigns behavior to the opposition that is
    truly dastardly. (Unbelievable)
    The hero is flawless, smart, and a farmer.

    If you enjoyed Star Ship Troopers, as I did.
    I have the book and reread it once in while.
    You'll like this book. In my opinion it's has about
    as much relevance to what's going on today.

    Star Ship Troopers is relevant in a quirky way,
    but I would not quote it like Shakespeare,
    except to a Conservative Republican Radio show
    host. "Seven Habits of Successful People" it is
    not.

    I would consider the book only to be a work of fiction and an okay read. Light humor.
    An accurate mirror of today and how you should live your life. No, unless your a conservative
    Republican Radio show host. The world only needs
    one or two of them.

    11 of 28 people found this review helpful

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