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DS

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  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3186)
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    (2123)
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    (2130)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "DOWN HOME WISDOM"
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    Nice stories about a Father - Son relationship that will make you laugh. The father doesn't pull any punches, tells it straight, and the son has the usual, vaguely uncomfortable reaction. There is a lot of basic truth in this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Negro Presidents: According to What White People Said They Were

    • UNABRIDGED (24 mins)
    • By J. A. Rogers
    • Narrated By Joseph Kant
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    Historian Joel Augustus Rogers provides his evidence that there have been 19th- and 20th-century presidents of the United States who had partial black ancestry, including Harding, Jefferson, Jackson, and Lincoln.

    DS says: "INTERESTING BUT ULTIMATELY UNIMPORTANT"
    "INTERESTING BUT ULTIMATELY UNIMPORTANT"
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    WE ARE ALL HUMANS, WE ARE ALL THE SAME SPECIES. WHILE GIRAFFES ALL LOOK PRETTY MUCH THE SAME TO HUMANS, THEY ARE FIVE DIFFERENT SPECIES. HUMANS FIXATE ON HAIR, EYE AND SKIN COLOR BUT ONLY BECAUSE WE ARE COMPARING OTHERS TO THE IMAGE WE SEE IN THE MIRROR.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated By Kurt Andersen
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    A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe...to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that what's happening in our country today - this strange, post-factual, "fake news" moment we're all living through - is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path.

    Synthpulse says: "Great book, but..."
    "THE most important book of the century"
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    now I understand how and why the U.S. went crazy in 2016. this is a well written and well researched explanation of where we've been and where we need to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
    • Narrated By Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
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    (22426)
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    In Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. With riveting firsthand accounts of making high-pressure decisions as Navy SEAL battlefield leaders, this audiobook is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate other arenas.

    Amazon Customer says: "I don't read SEAL Books..."
    "great leadership/management book"
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    This is really, really good, best I've ever read. Just wish my old bosses had read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unforgettable Vietnam War: The American War in Vietnam - War in the Jungle

    • UNABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By Scott S. F. Meaker
    • Narrated By Derrick E. Hardin
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    (1)

    The Vietnam War was fought like a war and it ended with both sides believing that they won. But it was not a war that started with a formal declaration of war. The number of struggles for power that are part of the fabric of Vietnam is almost overwhelming.

    DS says: "shallow analysis"
    "shallow analysis"
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    this is a very shallow analysis of the Vietnam war but the mispronunciations are criminal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commager
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    Overall
    (1678)
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    Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to previously censored testimony.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Amazing Inspiring Thought Provoking"
    "the best WW II book I've ever read"
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    This is the best WW II book I've ever read and I think I may have read all of them.... maybe not but almost. This is the only one that brought tears to my eyes on a regular basis. It is the most complete and comprehensive - giving the command perspective and the fighting man's perspective. If I had to recommend just one book on WW II, it would be this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Pete Blaber
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Overall
    (1233)
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    (1099)
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    As a commander of Delta Force - the most elite counter terrorist organization in the world - Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare - and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win - and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life. As the smoke clears from exciting stories about never-before-revealed top-secret missions that were executed all over the globe, listeners will emerge wiser, more capable, and more ready for life's personal victories than they ever thought possible.

    Billy says: "DELTA Adventures with Everyday Tactical Advice"
    "among the best"
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    this book is among the best of the many spec ops books that have been published since 911 and is a window into the way the "War on Terror" should, and hopefully will, be fought. all those chicken hawks clamoring for "boots on the ground" should pause and consider the alternatives. small, entrepreneurial groups of highly trained spec ops soldiers are the better alternative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David Talbot
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    Overall
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    An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful - and secretive - colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times best seller Brothers.

    KTS says: "Disturbing. Makes you question the company line."
    "The clearest explanation of the '50's & '60's"
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    This is just one more book about the Dulles brothers but probably the clearest and best explanation of the cold war mess from the US side. While the content made me sick to my stomach, the story was well told and I liked the narration just fine. But god those two were destructive psychopaths.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, John Slattery, Nick Offerman, and others
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    (2080)
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    (1906)

    From the best-selling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette - the one Frenchman we could all agree on - and an insightful portrait of a nation's idealism and its reality. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with instrumental Americans of the time.

    Michael says: "Already waiting for Sarah Vowell's next adventure"
    "or the Somewhat dysfunctional United States"
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    Really fun read, kind of the unvarnished truth about the Revolution written in a very modern, colloquial American english. Just a lot of fun, serious fun, to read

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Rebalancing: Trade, Conflict, and the Perilous Road Ahead for the World Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Pettis
    • Narrated By A.T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
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    (46)
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    (48)

    China's economic growth is sputtering, the Euro is under threat, and the United States is combating serious trade disadvantages. Another Great Depression? Not quite. Noted economist and China expert Michael Pettis argues instead that we are undergoing a critical rebalancing of the world economies.

    Basar Ergun says: "A must book!"
    "Calling all Republicans"
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    This is for everyone who thinks they understand (but really doesn't)
    balance of trade
    exchange rates
    interest rates
    or for anyone who is worried about China or India or some other emerging market
    or for anyone who thinks importing stuff from China is a bad thing for the US
    or is worried about trade deficits

    This is a really good book, might be worth a second read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sean Naylor
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (952)

    Relentless Strike tells the inside story of Joint Special Operations Command, the secret military organization that, during the past decade, has revolutionized counterterrorism, seamlessly fusing intelligence and operational skills to conduct missions that hit the headlines and those that have remained in the shadows - until now. Because JSOC includes the military's most storied special operations units - Delta Force, SEAL Team Six, the 75th Ranger Regiment - as well as America's most secret aviation and intelligence units, this is their story, too.

    Buddha Weatherby says: "Meticulous "
    "THANK YOU SEAN NAYLOR"
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    I've read a lot of memoirs about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but this is the only book that explains the mistakes and it points the finger at the one man responsible. Dell Dailey. What an incompetent jerk who should be the poster boy for Murphy's Law. I'm so glad I found it and I heartily recommend it.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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