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Brent

Gilbert, AZ, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Murray
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (131)

    In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.

    Brent says: "great insights to today's culture wars"
    "great insights to today's culture wars"
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    Murray uses statistics from 1960 to 2010 as a basis for his arguments as to how our society has become fragmented into the haves and the have nots. This could be a dry oration on statistics, but it is artfully woven into a captivating story.
    I would rank this as one of the best books to read if you want to understand the cultural changes that have occurred over the past 50 years.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3396)
    Performance
    (2442)
    Story
    (2450)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Hard to stop listening to this one"
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    I've always been intrigued by WW II. This book provides an excellent narrative using an inside view but mostly based on the journals and documents of those that were part of Hitler's inner circle. I highly recommend this book to all.

    Some parts are very disturbing, but we should never close our eyes to the bad side of human nature. The scary part is to think that it happened only seventy or so years ago.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (809)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "interesting case studies"
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    Interesting case studies are presented, but I would have preferred to hear a little more in depth input on the theories of what caused these abnormalities and what malfunctioned in the brain. The collection of stories and cases studies seemed to be rather disconnected to one another. It might have been a better read had they focused on only one aspect of brain malfunction and dove deeper into the symptoms and cause.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (791)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "great historical science reference"
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    This is a great read to give you a new perspective of the history of science and math. I really appreciated the insight into what it was like in the 1600's and how these men came to enlighten all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (2815)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1196)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Gladis says: "Awesome advise"
    "Good info if you're ready to change"
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    I found it interesting to note that a lot of what he is saying here is the way I've lived my life for 30 years. I concur w/ Ramsey and what he is saying about wealth building. I got the book in hopes that I might know what it is about to encourage others to follow the same path.
    Some of his claims are over-rated and rely on averages that just haven't panned out over the past 10 years, but otherwise the principles are sound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1409)

    Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    Anaxamaxan says: "Good info, over-the-top narration"
    "Not just for your business"
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    I found this a very interesting book that I could apply the principles to my work as a first line manager and in my personal life. I found that some of the things he was talking about for the comparative companies was how I was operating in my job and in my life. I can already see differences in performance in my department just my implementing a few basic ideas from this book.

    The author narrates this book. In that he sort of lectures but clearly interjects and adds commentary beyond the content of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Raymond Francis
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (3)

    Most cancer research dollars have been wasted asking the wrong questions, looking in the wrong places, and using the same failed approaches while expecting different results. Conventional cancer treatments damage health, cause new cancers, lower the quality of life, and decrease the chances of survival. In fact, most people who die from cancer are not dying from cancer but from their treatments!

    Brent says: "ramble ramble and repeat"
    "ramble ramble and repeat"
    Overall

    I'm rating this w/ 2 stars only due to some good information sprinkled throughout a repetitious ramble. Raymond Francis repeats himself over and over again. I wonder if this book was written by multiple people that never compared notes nor read the final product. I wish I had counted how many times he told me that sugar and processed oil are bad for me.

    Did Francis have a quota for the number of pages he had to write? This could easily have been consolidated into about 1/4 the space.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4751)
    Performance
    (2499)
    Story
    (2539)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Interesting thoughts about running. story stinks"
    Overall

    I was very interested in the ideas about running, but the story line was weak and maybe just a tad too juvenile for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3824)
    Performance
    (2141)
    Story
    (2194)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Pulls you in from the start"
    Overall

    I hesitated to get the unabridged version of this book due to the length, but I'm glad I did. Even though it consumed a lot of my time, I got it, listened all the way through and enjoyed every minute.
    Some of the chapters were so good, I've listened to them more than once.
    It pulled me in right from chapter one and held my attention all the way to the end. It is probably one of the best books I've gotten from audible. ...very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2219)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (837)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "lame and predictable"
    Overall

    I found this book very disappointing. The plot was weak and predictable. If you enjoy an abundance of drugs, sexual innuendo and profanity embedded in every other conversation, then this is a great book for you.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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