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Kenneth

Carrollton, TX, United States

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  • Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Seth Andrews
    • Narrated By Seth Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (221)

    Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded.

    Michael says: "A man's spiritual journey out of religiousity"
    "Unsincere"
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    Would you try another book from Seth Andrews and/or Seth Andrews?

    No the author never touches on any genuine issue. It is pop culture-hype only.


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

    No just this author, read Susan Jacoby.


    How could the performance have been better?

    That's all it was a performance a no brainer.


    What character would you cut from Deconverted?

    The author who was the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The author needs to be serious aboout why he changed from believer to non-believer. This book is just pulp.

    1 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As Zen is drawn deeper into the complex and ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.

    Sandy says: "We have found the perfect narrator for Zen and..."
    "Language is great"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes the story is good and the ability of the author to communcate with exciting vivid language is excellent.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plt was not up front, Therefore the plot was a surprise.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of who people and places were were all enthralling.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I read this book mostly because of the language.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Glenn Greenwald
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....

    Dean says: "Excellent! Engaging, thoughtful, and illuminating"
    "No good"
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    Would you try another book from Glenn Greenwald and/or L. J. Ganser?

    Maybe


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not NSA too much unexplained, details too obscure.


    Would you be willing to try another one of L. J. Ganser’s performances?

    yes


    What character would you cut from No Place to Hide?

    I did not like the book after chapter 5.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes this will sell.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (628)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "John Wayne rides again"
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    Would you listen to Any Other Name again? Why?

    They are addicting, Johnson is great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Any Other Name?

    Walt's moments with the buffalo and listening for Virgil are always so special.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Waly of course he makes the whole thing work.


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

    Don't make a film.


    Any additional comments?

    Move Cady closer to Wyoming, someday he's not going to make it to Philly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Not Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Matthew Thomas
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

    Kenneth says: "Outstanding Novel about a difficult subject"
    "Outstanding Novel about a difficult subject"
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    If you could sum up We Are Not Ourselves in three words, what would they be?

    empathy, sadness, reality


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eileen, because she was the energy of the three generations. She was the glue that connected her father to herself and to her son to become a teacher whhile managing a 51 year with Alzheimer's disease.


    Have you listened to any of Mare Winningham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ed's letter written to his son when he first learned about the disease not to be given to him until after his death.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was very good, but for me would have been just as effective without the sexual references. We all know about those and don't need the distraction. It is the only thing that might keep this book from being a Pulitzer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Melba Pattillo Beals
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    The landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, brought the promise of integration to Little Rock, Arkansas, but it was hard-won for the nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School in 1957. They ran a gauntlet flanked by a rampaging mob and a heavily armed Arkansas National Guard-opposition so intense that soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division were called in to restore order.

    Jill says: "A poignant memoir - a MUST READ for all!"
    "Enlightening"
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    Would you listen to Warriors Don't Cry again? Why?

    Yes, the author reveals facts, that I fact check but she also shares her personal experience which is astonishing. I am not from the South and was only 7 years old when this even happened but my empathy for Melba and the others was aroused. It's hard to understand how people like Faubus existed.


    What other book might you compare Warriors Don't Cry to and why?

    I think the author's own suggestion to read the life of Gandhi is good.


    What about Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performance did you like?

    I got a lot of stares from my family and questions because she is very dramatic.


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

    I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone and every high schooler should read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By G. Edward Griffin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.

    Charyn says: "Prepare to be amazed"
    "Educational"
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    Where does The Creature from Jekyll Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top 300


    What did you like best about this story?

    The breadth of the historicity of the subject.


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

    Good pace


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

    A film would ruin it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book requires a lot of checking the references for accuracy they are so astonishing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Halper
    • Narrated By Harvey Betancourt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    Weekly Standard editor Daniel Halper provides a meticulously researched account of the brilliant calculations, secret deals, and occasionally treacherous maneuverings that led to the Clintons' return to political prominence. In the 12 years since the Clintons left the White House, they have gone from being virtually penniless to multi-millionaires, and are arguably the most popular politicians in America - respected and feared by Republicans and Democrats alike.

    MPH says: "Hearsay is not Evidence"
    "Entertainment"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Halper and/or Harvey Betancourt?

    Clintonmania, entertainment, save your money, the authors are trying to make a buck with no content. This is a Kitty Kelly book not academic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Halper again?

    No!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was bored himself.


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

    There are opportunists in the book publishing world probably sponsored by the Clintons.


    Any additional comments?

    We are living in sad times.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By Lars Mikaelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (103)

    In this highly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster New York Times bestseller The Amateur, former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons. An old-school reporter with incredible insider contacts, Klein reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs, with details on closed-door meetings buttressed by hundreds of interviews.

    DS Ells says: "Fascinating!"
    "Anti-Obama"
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    Would you try another book from Edward Klein and/or Lars Mikaelson?

    I wouldnot read anymore Klein. In this book he is obviously one sided, pro Clinton, anti Obama.It's a gossip type book that will sway non thinkers. Save your money, there are no sources so you don't know if you would be repeating a lie or not. Very unbalanced. But it will sell maybe it was paid for by Clinton?


    Has Blood Feud turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is National Inquirer genre, entertainment.


    Did Lars Mikaelson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Everything is monotome


    What character would you cut from Blood Feud?

    The author


    Any additional comments?

    I know to avoid Klein, he is not an academic.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    In a book that took eight years to research and write, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman explores how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty Creator of all things. Ehrman sketches Jesus's transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. Only when some of Jesus's followers had visions of him after his death - alive again - did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God.

    Emily P says: "Monotone Excitement"
    "Abbot and Costello "Who's On First?""
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    What disappointed you about How Jesus Became God?

    The author picks and chooses what supports his atheism and agnosticism so much the title is not examined. He should write a book on suicide.


    What was most disappointing about Bart D. Ehrman’s story?

    There was no story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This author comes acorsss better when he narrates or speaks, The narrator is a speed reader who took an Evelyn Wood course.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The author classifies us as post enlighenment.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    5 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Felipe Fernández-Armesto
    • Narrated By David DeSantos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    An eminent scholar finds a new American history in the Hispanic past of our diverse nation. The United States is still typically conceived of as an offshoot of England, with our history unfolding east to west beginning with the first English settlers in Jamestown. This view overlooks the significance of America's Hispanic past. With the profile of the United States increasingly Hispanic, the importance of recovering the Hispanic dimension to our national story has never been greater. This absorbing narrative begins with the explorers and conquistadores who planted Spain's first colonies in Puerto Rico, Florida, and the Southwest.

    Kenneth says: "Cynical, unedited, hard to follow, egotisical"
    "Cynical, unedited, hard to follow, egotisical"
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    Would you try another book from Felipe Fernández-Armesto and/or David DeSantos?

    No this is not a book but a mess. A nightmare of sentences or disjointed thoughts that that the author says began in his head. Who would say something like that. There is no outline, no story, no reference of order. It could be an attempt at how not to write. Save your money.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    History of Spain by Walt Disney.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David DeSantos?

    The narrator reads as if he hates the USA and we should speak Ute.


    What character would you cut from Our America?

    A character would be a good idea, he uses names but not enough information is given to have a character.


    Any additional comments?

    I heard the author speak on CPAN Book TV and thought I would give it a try even though I could bare understand him and he appeared insane. My mistake.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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