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Brett

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 304 titles in library
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  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4460)
    Performance
    (2154)
    Story
    (2179)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "EXCELLENT!!!!!!"
    Overall

    Not only is this book a great read but it is incredibly informative. The parrallel story flows like water. I have recommeded it to several of my friends and they loved it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-up in History

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Baigent
    • Narrated By Michael Baigent
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    What if everything you think you know about Jesus is wrong? In The Jesus Papers, Michael Baigent reveals the truth about Jesus's life and crucifixion. Despite, or rather because of, all the celebration and veneration that have surrounded the figure of Jesus for centuries, Baigent asserts that Jesus and the circumstances leading to his death have been heavily mythologized.

    Brett says: "More for History, Less for facts"
    "More for History, Less for facts"
    Overall

    I have been a Baigent fan since Holy Blood, Holy Grail. However this book has little to offer in new revelations. It does a great job of researching the history of Christianity but as usual he makes a pretty wild claim. Baigent says that he has seen a document, written by Jesus to the the Sanhedrin, that says he is not divine. The only problem is that Baigent couldn't read the document he was holding. Can anyone say Mormons? Once again, tantalizing but improbable. Still a great read for more history on Christianity.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Christopher Murney
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (280)

    In his million-copy best seller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?

    Rebecca says: "an fascinating book, but better on paper"
    "Average"
    Overall

    You can tell this guy is a big environmental apocalyptic. His points no doubt are interesting and well researched but he always comes to the conclusion that it is environmental damage that leads to collapse. Maybe early civilizations didn't have the technology or education to overcome these problems? Although he disputes that as well saying we should never think technology will solve our worries because it only creates more unforseen problems.
    He doesn't mention much about the effects of intellectuals and leaders in early civilizations either. You can't expect any population to survive with a uneducated mass that depends on the gods or mystical leaders for crops and rain.
    I also think he completely ignores modern civilizations problems. In the Middle East and Africa, the majority of people are uneducated and poor. These people could care less about their environment so of course they are going to wreck them. What keeps them in this state? It is there leaders, government or dictators. Their decisions, corruption and inaction wreak havoc on societies. How can you expect any socialist, communist or theocratic philosophy to sustain a population? Those people are completely dependent on their leaders and if the leaders are inept, they are doomed to fail.
    Interesting book but had to keep the caffiene pumping to get through it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (133)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "A guidebook to the future of commerce"
    Overall

    If you want to hear how India, China and Russia are going to be major players in the coming decades, get this book. Friedman makes an excellent case FOR globilization and how it is essential for our survival. I thought I could get through without him lambasting Bush but alas I was wrong. He says Bush hijacked the feelings of 9/11 to push his agenda for more security, higher walls, and fear. If my memory serves me correctly, everyone was screaming for more protection after 9/11. He was responding to both sides of the aisle.
    Nonetheless still a great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5992)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (571)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Fun read"
    Overall

    This is great book that takes a totally different look at things we take for granted. It is short and interesting. A fun read indeed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Quick and Simple Chinese Mandarin for English Speakers

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dr. Paul Pimsleur
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Understand and speak Chinese Mandarin starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational Chinese Mandarin.

    Logan/Lucas Griswold says: "Terrific!"
    "A good starting point"
    Overall

    The learning method here is second to none. I have tried Spanish tapes before they were words and phrases over and over again. I just wish they had level 2 on here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Fluke Kelso, a former historian who is in Moscow to attend a conference on the newly opened Soviet archives, is visited in his hotel room by a man who claims to have been at Stalin's dacha on the night Stalin had his fatal stroke, and had helped steal the dictator's private papers. Kelso decides to check out the old man's story. But what starts as idle curiosity soon turns into a murderous chase across Russia, where the final secret of Josef Stalin has been hidden for almost half a century.

    Brett says: "Good not Great"
    "Good not Great"
    Overall

    I loved the narrator's Russian accent. The book was engrossing until the end and then it started to get a little over the top. A good listen though.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (121)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Brett says: "Visionary, Astounding, Life Changing....."
    "Visionary, Astounding, Life Changing....."
    Overall

    IGNORE ALL THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF THIS BOOK! If you want to know why our country is in the state it is and where it is headed, read this book. Rand brilliantly explains the perils of a society that takes from people who produce and give to people who have no ability or desire to produce. Atlas Shrugged will change your views on government, politicians, professors, colleges, corporate america and organized religion. It touches virtually every aspect of your life.
    I found this book to be more motivating than anything I've ever read. I actually found myself taking notes. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen to more. Some of Rand's statements are so profound that they were epiphanys. Here are a couple of examples:

    "If you motivate them through fear, hold their job over their head and treat them as a captive, they will act like one. They will do as they are told but no more. They will produce to the lowest level because they refuse to see you succeed by means of their production."

    "It is a shame when today, rights are based on need, wishes, wants not production, talent and excellence. Your need for a house did not create the house, your mind, money and ability did."

    People who scoff at this book are the ones Rand is denouncing. Read this book and you will understand.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (119)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Brett says: "Visionary, Astounding, Life Changing....."
    "Visionary, Astounding, Life Changing....."
    Overall

    IGNORE ALL THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF THIS BOOK! If you want to know why our country is in the state it is and where it is headed, read this book. Rand brilliantly explains the perils of a society that takes from people who produce and give to people who have no ability or desire to produce. Atlas Shrugged will change your views on government, politicians, professors, colleges, corporate america and organized religion. It touches virtually every aspect of your life.
    I found this book to be more motivating than anything I've ever read. I actually found myself taking notes. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen to more. Some of Rand's statements are so profound that they were epiphanys. Here are a couple of examples:

    "If you motivate them through fear, hold their job over their head and treat them as a captive, they will act like one. They will do as they are told but no more. They will produce to the lowest level because they refuse to see you succeed by means of their production."

    "It is a shame when today, rights are based on need, wishes, wants not production, talent and excellence. Your need for a house did not create the house, your mind, money and ability did."

    People who scoff at this book are the ones Rand is denouncing. Read this book and you will understand.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (140)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "Visionary, Astounding, Life Changing....."
    Overall

    IGNORE ALL THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF THIS BOOK! If you want to know why our country is in the state it is and where it is headed, read this book. Rand brilliantly explains the perils of a society that takes from people who produce and give to people who have no ability or desire to produce. Atlas Shrugged will change your views on government, politicians, professors, colleges, corporate america and organized religion. It touches virtually every aspect of your life.
    I found this book to be more motivating than anything I've ever read. I actually found myself taking notes. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen to more. Some of Rand's statements are so profound that they were epiphanys. Here are a couple of examples:

    "If you motivate them through fear, hold their job over their head and treat them as a captive, they will act like one. They will do as they are told but no more. They will produce to the lowest level because they refuse to see you succeed by means of their production."

    "It is a shame when today, rights are based on need, wishes, wants not production, talent and excellence. Your need for a house did not create the house, your mind, money and ability did."

    People who scoff at this book are the ones Rand is denouncing. Read this book and you will understand.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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