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David

SPRINGFIELD, VA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (828)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "Waste of information"
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    A great bit of insider research went into getting and compiling notes from within political camps during the 2008 election for this work. Sadly and typically, the authors' bias skews the dialogue. Of course claiming to be non-biased, the authors come off showing themselves to be leftist hacks. Boutsikaris does an admirable job of presentation. (If you are a journalist trained and employed in main-stream media or otherwise Marxist in nature, you'll probably find this work perfectly balanced.)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (588)

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    A User says: "This is the definitive reading!"
    "Brilliant!
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    All around incredibly well done entertainment. Engaging story performed to a tee by a true ctaftsman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21393)
    Performance
    (15996)
    Story
    (16060)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Wake up call!!!"
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    If a guy can go through all this and end up where he does, what's wrong with you? Truly a great story and the performance brings new meaning to the euphemism, well read. If this isn't on your reading list, get it there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Sceptred Isle: Empire, Volume 1: 1155-1783

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Christopher Lee
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Britain had the biggest empire the world has ever known. At one time a quarter of the global land mass was British. Over a third of the world was insured at Lloyds. At his coronation, more than 400 million people saluted George V. Truly, the sun never set on this historical phenomenon. Whatever the day, whatever the hour, somewhere on the globe, the empire worked and played the British game, often absurdly so.

    D. Littman says: "excellent into to british empire"
    "Bravo!"
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    Well researched and related to both the contemporary as well as our post-modern world. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richard A. Viguerie, Jenny Bath Martin (foreword)
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    One hundred and two years ago Teddy Roosevelt split the Republican Party to advance his progressive agenda. Progressivism, or Big Government Republicanism, became the philosophy of the Republican Party's establishment elite. Fifty years ago conservatives began a battle for control of the party. Now is the time for conservatives to finish the job and take back the Republican Party.

    David says: "Great read about the political days of my life"
    "Great read about the political days of my life"
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    As a young boomer, this work by an elder statesman lays out not only a clear description of recent US political history but a path to correcting many of the wrongs I see in our great republic. Viguerie's insight is invaluable and seminal to those who desire a resurgence of the prosperity and peace that come from living according to Godly and Constitutional principles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (914)

    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!"
    "Great stuff! Tough listen."
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    Perlmutter's insight is truly invaluable, personally meaningful, and based on sound (and often recent) scientific study; and should be weighed in any dietary considerations. Though he is a bit more humanist and a believer in a millions-of-years-old earth, his reasoning regarding brain chemistry and nutrition are easy enough to digest and winnow from the chaff. What makes this a tough listen is Peter Ganim's sardonic tone. His delivery style is reminiscent of a dramatized Ayn Rand novel, but Perlmutter doesn't set about to lampoon elitists and collectivists, so Ganim's inflection only serves to detract from a book worth studying. To his credit, Ganim does a good job of pronouncing and maintaining meter through some difficult scientific language. I do recommend this book, but warn against Ganim's tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Siege: Malta 1565

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ernle Bradford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    Suleiman the Magnificent, sultan of the Ottoman Empire and the most powerful ruler in the world, was determined to conquer Europe. Only one thing stood in his way: the island of Malta, occupied by the Knights of Saint John, the Holy Roman Empire’s finest warriors. Determined to capture Malta and use its port to launch operations against Europe, Suleiman sent overwhelming forces. A few thousand defenders in Fort Saint Elmo fought to the last man.

    Tad Davis says: "Stirring tale of courage and endurance"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Phenomenal story! Brandford astutely presents facts and figures in a dramatic story, bringing history alive. Simon Vance' delivery is impeccable. This is a paradigm to be studied and emulated, but will never be eclipsed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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