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James D. Walker, Jr.

Jimmy Walker

Macon, GA United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 5 reviews
  • 130 ratings
  • 671 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2014
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  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dr. Robert P. Murphy
    • Narrated By Perry Richards
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Participating in the economy is a part of everyday life; yet much of what is commonly accepted as fact is wrong. Keynesian schoolteachers and the liberal media have filled the world with politically correct errors that myth-busting professor Robert Murphy sets straight. Murphy explains hot topics like outsourcing (why it's good for Americans) and zoning restrictions (why they're not). Just like the other books in the P.I.G. series, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism pulls no punches.

    Micah says: "Entertaining and Educational"
    "Worthless"
    Overall

    The book begins with praise for Rush Limbaugh's influence on the author's father and continues extolling the merits of capitalism over a Soviet style government managed economy of yesteryear. This book might have been useful 50 years ago and will appeal now to Ian Rand devotees. The only thing less useful than no serious solutions is fantasy.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2649)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2343)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "Meandering"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Maybe. I really enjoy this author, but this story was meandering and only marginally interesting.


    Did Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ron McLarty is an excellent reader. Orlagh Cassidy is good but a little to intense. But neither could do much with this story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11561)
    Performance
    (10503)
    Story
    (10524)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Surprising Delight"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about 14?

    The engaging plot.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Odd Apocalypse


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Pace and character separation


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was one of those books I couldn't quit listening to until it was over. That's the best kind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Reading Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Pat Conroy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

    Howard says: "Conroy shares his storytelling"
    "Ideal Read for a Reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Reading Life to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version so I don't have an opinion as to the difference. I rarely read the print version if I hear the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Reading Life?

    The story of the time spent with the publisher's representative was a treat. There is a brutal reality to the book business at the point where the interest of the book stores and the book authors/publishers some together. In addition, the character of the book rep was refreshingly honest.


    Which character ??? as performed by Pat Conroy ??? was your favorite?

    The book publisher's rep.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by the recommendations for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Dostoyevsky endorsement.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll remember these comments about reading for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Albert Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (141)

    Is this what's in store? June 12, 2030, started out like any other day in memory---and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America's population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond.

    Robert says: "A strange story, and possibly some validity to it."
    "Almost a good book"
    Overall

    I'm sorry to report that 2030 is 4/5th of a great book. SPOILER ALERT: The ending of the book is beyond unsatisfying. There are several timely themes that could use better resolution. But the ending with a speech full of trite rhetoric was painful to endure. I'm not one to post negative reviews, but this ending was painfully lame.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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