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Cindy

Fresno, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (961)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "WOW!!!"
    Overall

    As a teacher who struggles with administrators and parents who continually try to sensor my classroom library this book gives me the ammo. I need to shut them up!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (270)

    Conservative talk radio's fastest-growing superstar is also a New York Times best-selling phenomenon: the author of the groundbreaking critique of the Supreme Court, Men in Black, and the deeply personal dog lover's memoir Rescuing Sprite, Mark R. Levin now delivers the book that characterizes both his devotion to his more than 5 million listeners and his love of our country and the legacy of our Founding Fathers.

    Roy says: "Shifted My Point of View"
    "NOTHING BASED ON FACT"
    Overall

    I believe in hearing both sides of an argument and this book is full of many but as arguments go they must be backed up with proofs. This book has none that I could find. The author does us quotes from historical figures, but, as we should have learned from the Bible and religion, quotes can be taken just about any way we desire. This author has a very narrow minded view of the world and makes assumptions about others based on nothing but, what he calls, "observations". Don't we all wish things were that simple. This book, by its publishing and subsequent best seller status, implies that any of us can make assumptions about what others are thinking based on pure observation. Please learn your history folks. That is a more accurate avenue for understanding the liberal mind and why people think a certain way and others another.

    8 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • American Theocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kevin Phillips
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    From Ancient Rome to the British Empire, Phillips demonstrates that every world-dominating power has been brought down by a related set of causes: a lethal combination of global over-reach, militant religion, resource problems, and ballooning debt. It is this same axis of ills that has come to define America's political and economic identity in the past decade.

    Miles C. says: "Excellent Work!"
    "Why didn't we see it coming?!"
    Overall

    We can not merely tap them on the shoulder but must hit them over the head. This is the analogy I often use when talking about educating my students. How true it is for the general public as well. Phillips uses history to wake us up to the cold, hard, fact that we are repeating it in a very bad way. As a FORMER hardcore "envangelical conservative" I can tell you that this author hits the nail on the head when analyzing the current conservative thought processes. Phillips details how the evangelicals have taken over the Republican party and how oil plays a central role in the Republican party's decision making. Unlike the conservatives, Phillips goes all the way back to the beginning of oil's history as well as the history of the fanatical religions to prove his point. I teach ancient history and was quite familiar with many of the facts he referenced but it took reading this book for me to piece it all together.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21292)
    Performance
    (12785)
    Story
    (12912)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "not a sci fi fan"
    Overall

    I am not a sci fi fan but I checked this book out because it was highly recommended. I was NOT disappointed! It is awsome no matter what genre you listen to. The narration is fantastic. It's one of those that you can't stop listening to until you reach the end and then you are ready for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (494)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Nancy says: "Leaves you wondering what happened next -"
    "Awsome"
    Overall

    This is an excellent book. You really get to know and love the characters. I would highly recommend.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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