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Bob

Tunkhannock, PA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • From Colony to Superpower: US Foreign Relations Since 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George C. Herring
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    This prize-winning and critically acclaimed history uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from 13 disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to the world's greatest superpower.

    Doug says: "The Rise and Stall of the American Empire"
    "Interesting overview of US system."
    Overall

    I found this title to be an interesting overview of the US political systems operations over the past 200 years or so. I did not find much of the content revelationary, but its a great single source of information of most of this counties major historical events in the international arena. Gives perspective around the many events that were taugnt in abstract when I was in school. Maybe this should have been my textbook instead! I would have seen the forest instead of the trees.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Forest

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Edward Rutherfurd's new audiobook covers four centuries of British history, with the New Forest as background, culminating in a five-family saga set in the days of Jane Austen. Rutherfurd tells a tale of woodsmen, monks, sailors, craftswomen and families. The largest family in the novel is modeled loosely upon the extended family of Jane Austen. And so, we have the magical formula of previous Rutherfurd novels with the same sense of the passing of centuries but a shorter time period allowing for more character development and drama, culminating in the Austen period, a favorite in British history.

    Bob says: "Beware, Abridged. Just a "Readers Digest" version."
    "Beware, Abridged. Just a "Readers Digest" version."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I was disappointed. I didn't realize it was an abridged copy. Most would say "so what?".
    Well, I started reading this book when it first came out. I was not able to finish for one reason or another, but the picture in my head of what I did read stayed with me for all these years. After listening to this audio version, something was flat. Missing... It didn't inspire the imaginative pictures like the first time. Then I checked and found out it was an abridgement.
    Something really good was left out. The mood, the atmosphere, whatever. It just does not feel more than mundane now. Like reading a "Readers Digest" version of "Gone with the Wind" or some such thing. I do not think I want to finish this audiobook.


    If you’ve listened to books by Edward Rutherfurd before, how does this one compare?

    Bland.


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

    Very good narration. Excellent!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, Movies are an abridgement as well. And usually butchered for sensationalism.


    Any additional comments?

    Feel dumb I didn't spot the abridgement classification.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christian Mystic Warriors: Preparing for Spiritual Growth in Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Henry Harrison Epps
    • Narrated By Kelly Libatique
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Christian Mystic Warriors is a book that was written for spirit-filled believers who are looking for more than religion. Many people are looking for more than Sunday morning worship and praise songs. These mystic believers are looking for a more deeper meaningful life as believers in Jesus Christ. This book is for them.

    henry says: "Christian Mystic Warriors are coming!"
    "Not very inspiring."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not much to be done sadly.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Couldn't get through a quarter of the book.


    What aspect of Kelly Libatique’s performance would you have changed?

    I would like the reader to have seemed engaged. Like HE had a message to convey to the world and not just reading to a class who is asleep.


    Was The Christian Mystic Warriors worth the listening time?

    No. It was written in a difficult to follow style that reminds me of a sermon made by a detached religious authority. Not made for interaction or inspiring thought. Just a dull monolog written in a religious style to sound authentic and read by a disinterested person who injected some inflection to the language, but it all was flat anyway. It was as though a sunday school teacher was reading a doctorial dissertation without really understanding it. It seemed like it was written to sound like an extension to a KJV Bible and not for the layman. Drove me nuts and could not listen long even though I am VERY interested in subject matter.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my most disappointing purchase in this subject catagory. I like books that are written by those who really understand people as well as the subject matter. Authors that really want to get a message across as opposed to just becoming published. AND... readers who participate in the project.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Dyson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    In the 1940s and '50s, a group of eccentric geniuses - led by John von Neumann - gathered at the newly created Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Their joint project was the realization of the theoretical universal machine, an idea that had been put forth by mathematician Alan Turing. This group of brilliant engineers worked in isolation, almost entirely independent from industry and the traditional academic community. But because they relied exclusively on government funding, the government wanted its share of the results....

    Monte Johnston says: "Needed an editor"
    "Where's the beef?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Turing's Cathedral? What did you like least?

    The narrator is good.


    What could George Dyson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Reduced the biographical information about everone in the book. Especially the pointless trivia associated with relatives, houses,cars, boats, roads, pets, etc etc. A concise bio of each of the major players would have been enough to give a background. I am a quarter of the way through the book and have not heard anything significant on the subject matter as of yet. I keep skipping chapters to keep from falling asleep. Too many authors fluff out there books with these boring and irrelevant facts all intermingled with the limited subject matter. I am usually asleep when what few informative paragraphs are read.


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Makes me feel like something about this purchase had some value.


    Could you see Turing's Cathedral being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Everyone under the sun in every country of the world. AND their mothers!


    Any additional comments?

    Classify it as a biography. Or biographies.

    14 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5159)
    Performance
    (3159)
    Story
    (3186)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Eye opener on the unthinkable."
    Overall

    It is possible that the events in this book could happen. How probable is anyones guess. But if an EMP attack ever did occur, this is most likely an example of what would unfold in our advanced, but fragile economic system. A system where the local farms are gone, computers are components of virtually every appliance, and where we all live in the blacktopped electrical/electronic social networked biosphere of today. Don't even think of driving your BMW from the burbs to MY neck of the woods when this were to happen. Read it to see what YOUR fate would be!
    But seriously, it was an informative thought provoking read that illustrates just how vunerable we really have become under advanced technology. If we ever get into another desperate world war such as WWI and II, this would be a highly probable event for one side or the other if not both. High altitude EMP bursts over enemy territories have been in the military doctrine of all nuclear powers since the 50's when we were much less dependant on the technology of today.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wealth of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Adam Smith
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    The foundation for all modern economic thought and political economy, The Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of Scottish economist Adam Smith, who introduces the world to the very idea of economics and capitalism in the modern sense of the words.

    Frank says: "Loved the Narrator"
    "Simply a classic. Much better audio this time."
    Overall

    A couple of years ago, I purchased this title and really struggled with the quality of the audio. This newer edition is much better. As for the content, it is what it is. A classic that is the foundations to our current understanding of economics. It has great historical value but is not really an easy read. For me, its just something I had to get being an avid student in economics. I won't be giving a review of the subject matter since it is what it is and many have done much better that i could ever do. Just wanted to say this version has great audio!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jon Gordon
    • Narrated By Jon Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    In the mode of other best selling business fables The Energy Bus, takes listeners on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success.

    Shemia says: "Simple, straightforward"
    "Lost interest fast."
    Overall

    This audio book started out OK, but I lost interest in it quickly. Cannot really say why other than it did not seem realistic enough to take too seriously. Sorry I can't give more substance to my feedback but maybe that reflects the content of the material.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Human Action: A Treatise on Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ludwig von Mises
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    Ludwig von Mises is to economics what Albert Einstein is to physics. Human Action is his greatest work: a systematic study that covers every major topic in the science of economics. It is also one of the most convincing indictments of socialism and statism ever penned. When it first appeared in 1949, it ignited an eruption of critical acclaim.

    george says: "Couldn't follow it"
    "Intense, requires focus."
    Overall

    If I can manage to concentrate when listening to the content of this book, it is very enliightning. It is not a good title for the daily commute however. If I cannot follow along with each and every sentance, like when a car cuts me off and I suffer a Terrets siezure, I find that I am hopelessly lost and have to start the section over.
    If I can manage to follow along, I think its great. IF...that is.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Fight: God's Man Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kenny Luck
    • Narrated By Kenny Luck
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    There’s a terrifying truth facing today’s men, and it’s caught many off guard. But once that first overwhelming challenge hits, the reality about evil becomes clear: Every one of us is in a fight for our lives.

    Bob says: "Beware! Spiritual War Zone."
    "Beware! Spiritual War Zone."
    Overall

    Always the skeptic, I bought this title with a high level of suspicion as to author???s true motives. Many writers are selling an idea or gimmick that they know will produce sales for their books regardless of their true beliefs. With this in mind, I took on the program that the book instructs on spiritual warfare to a level that I thought would be somewhat easy to succeed at and be rewarding. This was my initial intention and did not do it just for fun. I am not a fanatic or mystic, but a well meaning believer wanting to do battle for good.

    What a rookie I turned out to be.

    For me, the program outlined in this book turned out to be very real. I cannot go into the details of what is occurring in my own struggle. I need to urgently stress that spiritual warfare is NOT to be taken lightly! This book is NOT for entertainment and may lead some to venture in over their heads. The opposition is an incredibly capable combatant and you may not always win in the engagement. Keep in mind that in a war some will always perish for the good of the army as a whole. Do YOU have what it takes?

    This book can help but is only a guide.

    This title does not give any mystical powers, immunity, wealth, success in business, magic mantras, or absolute safety! It is a hard core field guide on war fighting as explained in the Bible itself. This book is fundamentally sound and not just a "new" system invented by the author. It???s the real deal. A militaristic mindset for a very real war.

    If you are a true believer and want to risk all for the Kingdom of God then buy this book (after a serious prayer) and apply it to your life. If you are not a believer, do whatever you want as I am not sure what the pros and cons could be.

    See you in the trenches!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
    • Narrated By Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (343)

    How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

    AC says: "Educational and Entertaining"
    "Refreshing, Simple, Fun!"
    Overall

    As an avid reader of almost all books dealing with economics over many years, I find this one to be the most refreshing reads in a long time. It is simple and fun to read. Not as detailed as an Economy for Dummies type book, but does manage to give a broad overview of how we got to where we are today in the economic landscape. There was nothing new for me in any of the chapters, but I still enjoyed the book for its "look at the forest, not just the trees" presentation. After years of studying the "trees", I just found this to be an entertaining recap of everything I already learned and helps me explain these things to others a little more effectively. This may be one of the best introductionary books for beginners of serious economic studies.

    Its the "Pilgrims Progress" of Economics. Just a fun read on the "Dismal Science" that may actually leave you with a better understanding of our current situation than some of the current leaders in the field today.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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