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Brian

Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Stossel
    • Narrated By John Stossel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (309)

    The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

    Daniel Cogan says: "Great Book, Must Listen"
    "Stossel at his best"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to No, They Can't the most enjoyable?

    Stossel's direct way of speaking is a breath of fresh air.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His discussion of how seemingly plausible ideas fall to pieces when implemented by a central government.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Intuition vs experience.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6551)
    Performance
    (5758)
    Story
    (5758)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Break out the popcorn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found Earl Harbinger to be the most interesting character in the story. There is a history to this man that you will discover if you continue through the series.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wyman's reading style lets you close your eyes and see the action in the book. He is very good at carrying through the personalities of different characters and keeping them separate.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent and entertaining book. Something to sit back and listen to with a bowl of popcorn.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (505)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "Do the narrarators even try?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He could have listened to previous books in the series in order to get the pronunciation of names and places to match other readings.


    Any additional comments?

    Like How Firm a Foundation, the writing rescues the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkship Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sarah A. Hoyt
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (32)

    Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in finding out the truth about the DarkShips. You always get what you dont ask for. Which must have been why she woke up in the dark of shipnight, within the greater night of space in her father's space cruiser, knowing that there was a stranger in her room.

    Richard says: "Fun original sci-fi"
    "Good space opera."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Any friend who is looking for a just plain fun story will love this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Athena. Her voyage of self-discovery that moves through the story is compelling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. It drove me nuts to have to pause the IPOD in order to go to work, but I had to go to work to buy more audiobooks


    Any additional comments?

    Dakin's reading is excellent. Just enough emotion carries through without trying to out-perform the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (195)

    Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died. Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

    Barry says: "Collapses at the finish line"
    "Not all there..."
    Overall

    This story is far too incomplete. I expected a better, more detailed story from David Weber, but this one has a pivotal character in the tale coming in late with almost no background information or personality. I am very disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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