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Andrew

Springfield, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Jeremy Lowell, Glenn Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    When our founding fathers secured the Constitutional “right of the people to keep and bear arms”, they also added the admonition that this right shall not be infringed. It is the only time this phrase appears in the Bill of Rights. So why aren’t more people listening? History has proven that guns are essential to self-defense and liberty - but tragedy is a powerful force and has led many to believe that guns are the enemy, that the Second Amendment is outdated, and that more restrictions or outright bans on firearms will somehow solve everything. They are wrong.

    Beth says: "Understand who is behind gun contol"
    "Informative; factual; thought-provoking"
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    Would you listen to Control again? Why?

    "Control" is loaded with facts and factual anecdotes that clearly point out the flaws in the arguments for "Gun Control", showing that "Gun Control" has little to do with guns and much to do with control.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    The intensely personal David Copperfield (widely regarded to be the most autobiographical of the author’s novels) is one of Dickens’ greatest works. We follow David Copperfield from birth and miserable childhood to inevitable tragedies, until he finally finds happiness later in life. Full of some of the most memorable characters in literary history. Nicholas Boulton’s depiction of the oily Uriah Heep and David Copperfield’s sinister stepfather, Murdstone, do the novel full justice.

    ML says: "Dickens would be proud"
    "Story of our Life"
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    What did you love best about David Copperfield?

    Through the characters in "David Copperfield", we see ourselves. David, from his youth to adulthood, goes through difficult times but proves that the times are not what define us, but our reactions to those times. He is not without fault - finding teenage love in Dora (but remaining true to her, even once he finally figures out she has the keen intellect of a door knob), placing trust where it is not necessarily deserved (but adjusting course when he learns better), and forgiving those not necessarily deserving of forgiveness (his aunt), but in so doing, helping them become their better selves. We see also greed, avarice, hatred, spite, and envy. The story is some times a bit slow, but it is worth the read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Limitless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alan Glynn
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    A burnout at 35, months behind on his book, low on cash, and something of a loser, Eddie Spinola could use a shot in the arm. One day he randomly runs into Vernon, his ex-wife’s brother, and his ex-dealer. Now employed by a shadowy pharmaceutical company, Vernon has something that might help: a new designer drug that stimulates brain function. One pill and Eddie is hooked. His book is finished within days; he learns and synthesizes information at a frightening rate; and he can go a long time without sleep or food.

    Alan says: "I was skeptical"
    "No, drugs really aren't good for you"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    With an ending substantially differing from the movie, the book posits a situation where a drug designed to enhancing cognitive ability is also mortally addicting. In the end, the protagonist dies, so it is realistic. The subject of drug use is presented in a way that makes identifying with the protagonist - why he turned to the drugs - very easy to understand - as I suppose you could identify with users of other controlled substances, given sufficiently challenging circumstances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story seemed quite realistic; quite plausible.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (437)

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "Very good book addressing abortion"
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    If you could sum up The Cider House Rules in three words, what would they be?

    Provocative, thoughtful, controversial
    The book takes a more complex view of abortion from the "OK, we're against it, but now what?". The book's author, therefore, suggests that abortion - right to the end - probably ought to be legal. Other options probably should have been explored, but the question as to how to deal with this complex issue does need to be faced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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