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Kim the Music Lover

Kim

USA | Listener Since 2010

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  • Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for Surviving the New Health Care Law

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Betsy McCaughey PH.D
    • Narrated By Phoebe Simon
    Overall
    (20)
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    (18)
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    (17)

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been a political football for years now, but as its provisions start going into effect, there’s still precious little information available on how it will impact you, your family, and your pocketbook. This 2,572 page document, nearly unreadable, will change your health care, your family budget, and innumerable aspects of your life.

    Kim the Music Lover says: "Complicated issue - explained in depth"
    "Complicated issue - explained in depth"
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    Would you listen to Beating Obamacare again? Why?

    The ACA is a monster of a law and "Beating Obamacare..." attempts to go through the law, not only showing how different parts of the law interact with other laws, but gives specific details about how this law will impact people. These details are not found anywhere else that I have found.

    The narration is good and maybe it is the subject matter that drags it down just a little bit but overall it stays interesting if you want to know what it is all about.

    The author presents the book as not being slanted for or against the law but, it gives the impression of the author being against the law. This is fine though because what comes out very clear is the facts of what you will learn about the law that no one else will tell you. On that issue alone I recommend this to EVERYONE.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beating Obamacare?

    Learning about the intricacies of the law that I have not seen anywhere else or that are just now starting to dribble out to the American people.


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

    She is consistent in her reading. It is a tough subject and she holds her own.


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

    Not something I think anyone could listen to in one sitting because of the depth of the information.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John P. Avlon, Tina Brown (foreword)
    • Narrated By John P. Avlon, Tina Brown
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (12)
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    (13)

    Whats a wingnut? A wingnut is someone on the far-right or far-left wing of the political spectrum professional partisans, unhinged activists, and paranoid conspiracy theorists. Barack Obama campaigned as an antidote to the politics of polarization, promising to transcend the old divides of left and right, black and white, red states and blue. But in the first year of his presidency, he is presiding over an eruption of hate and hyper-partisanship that threatens to mock the promise upon which he was elected.

    George says: "Long Overdue ....Great Listen!"
    "Everyone needs to see that BOTH sides have Wingnut"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wingnuts to be better than the print version?

    Never read the Print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wingnuts?

    The author showing that both the right and the left have what he terms "Wingnuts."


    Have you listened to any of John P. Avlon and Tina Brown (foreword) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would be interested in reading others because this was very good.


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

    Right, Left, take your pick - they're all crazy!


    Any additional comments?

    Wingnuts gives a great look at the fringe elements in both the Right-Wing and Left-Wing of the country. Both sides will cringe or puff up in defense of their people. It gives a good smack-down of those considered extreme.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert B. Oxnam
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (24)
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    (27)

    At the peak of his professional career, after having led the Asia Society for nearly a decade, Oxnam was haunted by periodic blackouts and episodic rages. After his family and friends intervened, Oxnam received help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffery Smith, and entered a rehab center. It wasn't until 1990, during a session with Dr. Smith, that the first of Oxnam's 11 alternate personalities, an angry young boy named Tommy, suddenly emerged.

    Omar says: "A solid look at a rare disorder"
    "Fascinating Read - Shows What Our Minds Can Do"
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    What did you love best about A Fractured Mind?

    The concept that our minds are able to do what is needed to take care of us. Even things that we would think are crazy, really aren't... they're just the mind adapting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fractured Mind?

    There's too much to say... I will let the reader determine that for themselves


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Solid performance in the role of the author.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
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    (174)
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    (176)

    Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

    Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

    William Penny says: "What an age we live in"
    "A Classic - We Should Always Remember"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

    It is different to listen to Decline and Fall than to read it. Listening to it allows one to experience the visualization of fight scenes and what was going on in a stronger way. I've owned a copy of the full series since I was 14 and this is a beautiful accompaniment to the written version.


    What other book might you compare The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1 to and why?

    This stands alone as an epic classic.


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

    The World Will Continue These Tales for Generations to Come...


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not afraid of the sheer mass of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - get this and listen away... you will have adventure, intrigue and hours of listening pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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