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David

Valparaiso, IN, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bernard Goldberg
    • Narrated By Bernard Goldberg
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In his #1 New York Times best seller, Bias, Emmy Award-winning journalist Bernard Goldberg created a national firestorm when he exposed the liberal biases of the so-called mainstream media. Now, in his new blockbuster, Goldberg goes even further. He not only takes on Big Journalism, but offers a twelve-step program to help the media elites overcome their addiction to bias.

    James says: "Big Media?"
    "Eye opening"
    Overall

    This is the first audio book that I've listened to that I couldn't put down. From start to finish this book will grab you with anecdote and example of the fascinating career of the author, as told by the author. It is amazing to me how the ?big three? networks can continue to operate the way they do after Mr. Goldberg exposes them for what they are. Anyone who wants proof of a liberal bias in the press, and the arrogance that is behind it should get this book.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (576)

    It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

    rlovegreen says: "Interesting, revealing and a little - scary..."
    "The ultimate result of extreme resume padding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Amateur again? Why?

    No, hearing about this "train wreak Presidency" once is enlightening, twice would be torture.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that it is reported as a journalistic piece, not opinion.


    Have you listened to any of John McLain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time listening to John McLain. His style is appropriate for this book because it's not a dramatic read.


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

    The Amateur: Why community organizers should stay in the community


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Relentless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    Best-selling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children's book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed "Spooky," and a non-collie named Lassie, who's all but part of the family. So Cubby knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him.

    Derek B. says: "I cant sleep!"
    "Koontz's worst from a "former" fan"
    Overall

    It's fitting that the evil Sherman Waxx is a book critic, this is probably written after a sweaty nightmare Koontz had about the guilt he was suffering over the downward spiral of his riduculous plot lines.

    I have always liked the supernatural / spirtual / psedo-religious story telling style of Dean Koontz but this one is like someone took the Koontz formula and tried to add a road trip and a psycho killer to fit the name "Relentless" because it would look good on the cover.

    Spooky was never developed, motivation for Waxx was never revealed, the Boom family was never used, the satisfaction of a horrible death of the ultra bad guy was never gained, and the "twist" at the end was pathetic.

    Don't waist your time, money, or credits on this turkey. Read Odd Thomas if you like Koontz but the new stuff has lost it's edge.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4349)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1843)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Gripping"
    Overall

    This is my second Dean Koontz book and I liked it very much. Odd Thomas is a well narrated story about a short order cook with a special talent to see and communicate with spirits who wander the earth. This gives him insight into the what is going to happen and where the danger lurks. The author uses the supernatural without offending believers or non-believers. He has a matter-of-fact style that makes you accept that things are really happening to Odd and never tries to explain them, or define where they come from. It's hard to avoid the comparison to "The Sixth Sense" with the biggest difference being that Odd accepts the spirits and no attempt is made to scare the listener with ghosts.

    The story moves well and will take you through all your emotions without a boring moment in the entire book. This is the first of 3 featuring Odd Thomas, the second is just as good, and I can't wait to get started on #3.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Antonia Felix
    • Narrated By Antonia Felix
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    We've heard the name "Condoleezza Rice" over and over again as the spokesperson for President George W. Bush in matters of national security and foreign affairs. She presented a balanced, firm, unafraid presence to the country after the terrible events of September 11, 2001, as she spoke to the media and the public on behalf of the President. And, when the President has something to say about our friends and foes overseas, "Condi," as she is known to her friends, is usually standing in the background.

    Marsha says: "Publicity stunt"
    "A truely historic person"
    Overall

    A very interesting biography of a true historic person. This book gives a lot of insight into the motivation and moral compass of Miss Rice, and how she brought herself out of the segregated south to a position of international prominence. I highly recomend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1370)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (571)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    Tremendous audio book, I couldn't stop listening. The voice characterizations were perfect; you got to know each character from the voice. One of the best books I've "read," and by far the longest, but worth every second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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