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Mr. Ronald B. Blank

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  • 298 titles in library
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  • Anne Frank Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Miep Gies, Alison Leslie Gold
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    For more than two years, Miep Gies and her husband helped hide the Franks from the Nazis. Like thousands of unsung heroes of the Holocaust, they risked their lives each day to bring food, news, and emotional support to the victims. From her own remarkable childhood as a World War I refugee to the moment she places a small, red-orange, checkered diary -- Anne's legacy -- in Otto Frank's hands, Miep Gies remembers her days with simple honesty and shattering clarity.

    Deidre says: "Thank you Miep Gies"
    "More than a book about Anne Frank"
    Overall

    This book is not really about just Anne Frank. It is about the people of Holland under Nazi occupation. This is a docu-story about the day to day life of the Dutch people under Nazi rule from the mouth of the woman whose family brought the Frank's, and the Franks' friends in the hiding place, their daily food and supplies throughout the entire Nazi occupation. It is not written in a sentimental way, leaving the sentiment to the listener's imagination.
    A very authentic sounding story. I listened to every word and will listen to it again next year to remind me of why we hate Hitler and his butchers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Meltdown: A Look at Why the Economy Tanked and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    The media tells us that "deregulation" and "unfettered free markets" have wrecked our economy and will continue to make things worse without a heavy dose of federal regulation. But the real blame lies elsewhere. In Meltdown, best-selling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., unearths the real causes behind the collapse of housing values and the stock market---and it turns out the culprits reside more in Washington than on Wall Street.

    Daniel Squires says: "Read this book!"
    "You can't always know what you're buying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who would like to see Ron Paul as the President. Ron Paul wrote the forward, thus setting up the rest of the book. He pretends to give the author the credit for the book but it is a thinly disguised Ron Paul speech. I didn't know much about Ron Paul before but know I feel I know all I need to know.


    Has Meltdown turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't know. I will still look for a book about economics that does not have a personal ax to grind.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He is selling a political point of view. I only have to turn on the TV to get that.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment mostly.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for an open minded explanation and discussion or our current economics, not a political tirade about all the mistakes other politicians and economists have made. If I had this book for a college text I would drop the class, even if I agreed with the text because it hjas only one narrow viewpoint. The other side does not get to speak, and there are no detailed explanations of how we got here. There is only criticism.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    The ideal introduction to the genius of Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains ten of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Selected from Winner Take Nothing, Men Without Women, and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, this collection includes "The Killers," the first of Hemingway's mature stories to be accepted by an American periodical.

    Mr. Ronald B. Blank says: "Two vantage points"
    "Two vantage points"
    Overall

    Earnest Hemmingway is such a household name that everybody thinks he/she must have read Hemmingway at some time or the other. Many won't admit they could have lived so long and not read Hemmingway.
    It's hard to believe that there is only one voice reading these stories. Stacy Keach makes these stories come alive because of his mastery of accents and interpretation. Keach's reading makes them seem as fresh as a new day.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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