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mkral

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  • A People's History of the United States: Highlights from the Twentieth Century

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Matt Damon, Howard Zinn
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools (with its emphasis on great men in high places) to focus on the street, the home, and the workplace.

    Michael says: "the second half is better"
    "Not quite the original"
    Overall

    While the content of the book is good, this "abridgement" is really just the last part of the book. While the book version of A People's history..." starts with Columbus (I believe) this audio version covers only the 20th century. I was pretty disappointed, as the audio version is great, but very incomplete. I agree with the other reviewers, Matt Damon is the perfect person to read this book. I think you'd be much better off purchasing the paper copy of this book to get the complete stroy.

    21 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Twin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Troup
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Bad Twin is the highly-anticipated new novel by acclaimed mystery writer Gary Troup. Bad Twin was delivered to the publisher just days before Troup boarded Oceanic Flight 815, which was lost in flight from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles in September 2004. He remains missing and is presumed dead.

    mkral says: "good book"
    "good book"
    Overall

    I purchased this audiobook because I'm a fan of the Lost TV show, which this book is affiliated with. I figured that it would be an ok book that would offer clues to the TV show. I was right about the clues, but the book has far exceeded my expectations. It is a well written detective mystery. I am curious as to who the author is though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin on Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Phillip E. Johnson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Darwin's theory of evolution is accepted by most educated Americans as simple fact. This easy acceptance, however, hides from us the many ways in which evolution - as an idea - shapes our thinking about a great many things. What if this idea is wrong? What if "evolution" is just a word that covers up scientific ignorance of how the wonders of the living world could have been created? Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson looks at the evidence for Darwinistic evolution the way a lawyer would - with a cold dispassionate eye for logic and proof.

    Alan says: "Great book! Very open and exposing"
    "Pretty good book"
    Overall

    I quite liked this book. I would certainly disagree with the reviewers who felt that this book was a fraud, or that it contained no facts, etc. In fact, I haven't really seen what I would consider a good post against it here (granted, as I write this, there are only 9 reviews, some of those are positive, so it's not a real large sample) The book does a good job of laying out why the author believes there are holes in Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Thoe who claim that it pushes "Creationism" are clearly listening with a bias, as it does no such thing. The author spends his time pointing out what he believes are flaws in Darwin's theory & sharing why he thinks so. If you are a die-hard evolutionist, you will probably hate the book. If you are a die-hard creationist, you will probably love it. If you are open minded about these kinds of things, you may well find it interesting to hear this perspective on the argument.

    14 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    The Supreme Court endorses terrorists' rights, flag burning, and importing foreign law. Is that in the Constitution? You're right: it's not. But these days the Constitution is no restraint on our out-of-control Supreme Court. The Court imperiously strikes down laws and imposes new ones purely on its own arbitrary whims. Even though liberals like John Kerry are repeatedly defeated at the polls, the majority on the allegedly "conservative" Supreme Court reflects their views and wields absolute power.

    James says: "A concise account of an originalist viewpoint"
    "Eye Opening"
    Overall

    you may not agree with his politics (Levin is clearly a conservative) but his look behind the scenes at the supreme court is very insightful. I certainly came away with a better understanding of why many people feel that the supreme court is usurping the powers of the other branches of government. The reviewer that claimed that Levin has no idea how the supreme court works-either didn't read the book, or is letting his/her politics get in the way of his/her judgement. While you may not agree with his politics, 30 minutes of listening to this audiobook will disprove you of the notion that Levin has no idea of how the supreme court works. In fact, if there is a downside to this book, it is that is does tend to slip into the nitty gritty details of the court, but I suppose Levin does this to protect himself from the charge that he doesn't know what he's talking about.

    24 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (533)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Great book, Terrible editing"
    Overall

    If you are an environmentalist, you'll hate this book. If you believe that environmentalists twist & massage data to support their worldview, then you'll love it. I think you can see that in the other reviews. I thought it was a great story, very thought-provoking, but I agree with Joshua's review below. The mouth & stomach noises made by the reader were terribly distracting.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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