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Kenneth

Carrollton, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Guardian of Deceit

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William H. Coles
    • Narrated By William H. Coles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Darwin Hastings is seventeen and his dying aunt sends him from Pittsburgh to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He is excited and afraid; he wants to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died and become a doctor like his father. In his quest to become a doctor, he discovers the altruism of health care and scientific discovery riddled with profit motivation and deficient moral standards.

    Kenneth says: "Soap Opera"
    "Soap Opera"
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    Would you try another book from William H. Coles and/or William H. Coles?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by William H. Coles again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a narrator


    What character would you cut from Guardian of Deceit?

    The book would have been better if about half of the characters were cut and the remaining characters developed.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 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
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    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
    (160)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (120)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    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
    (121)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (111)

    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 55 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
    (5)
    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
  • Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra, Sanjiv Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra, Sanjiv Chopra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    The Chopra brothers were among the most eager and ambitious of the new generation. In the 1970s, they each emigrated to the United States to make a new life. Both faced tough obstacles: while Deepak encountered resistance from Western-trained doctors over what he called the mind-body connection, Sanjiv struggled to reconcile the beliefs of his birthplace with those of his new home. Eventually, each brother became convinced that America was the right place to build a life, and the Chopras went on to great achievements.

    Kenneth says: "How to Toot Your Horn"
    "How to Toot Your Horn"
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    What did you like best about Brotherhood? What did you like least?

    We are great, are are better than anyone in the world and will never die. We are Chopra's. Well.......


    If you’ve listened to books by Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra before, how does this one compare?

    No thank you


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra ?

    No


    Do you think Brotherhood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It's a book?!!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll pat your back and mine if you'll pat mine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elaine Neil Orr
    • Narrated By Leslie Faulkner Wadsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The daughter of medical missionaries, Elaine Neil Orr was born in Nigeria in 1954, in the midst of the national movement that would lead to independence from Great Britain. But as she tells it in her captivating memoir, Orr did not grow up feeling American, but rather identified with Nigerian culture. Orr came back to America to attend high school, feeling the loss of Nigeria keenly. It was only in her forties, in the crisis of kidney failure, that she began to recover her African life.

    Kenneth says: "Soemthings Missing"
    "Soemthings Missing"
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    What did you like best about Gods of Noonday? What did you like least?

    The author;s discussion and relation of Southern Baptist"s is mostly accurate. She leaves a lot out about the behavior of Nigerians and the nature of diabetes spending most of time in an idylic reminiscence of stories living in the past. The life of illness she lived leaves too much out about the politics of getting a multiple transplant. Her medical information is too but extremely brief.Someone is left out of the story.There is too much missing about how she lives now. It is definitely not a "Poisonwood Bible" comparison..


    Would you recommend Gods of Noonday to your friends? Why or why not?

    No there is not enough realistic detail to be helpful too dreamy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes the narrator was ok.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Elaine Neil Orr’s life?

    The truth about what happened. Such as sources for the causes of diabetes and then the causes of kidnet. They are not scientific and if she decided to use them why and when. I have had Type 1 DM 42 years.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't have diabetes or are not a Baptist or a recovering Baptist esoecialy privileged Baptist you won't make it though the book.l

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2295)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2023)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Don't Listen if You're Asleep,"
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    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    No! It's someone talking with their hand over their mouth and leaving out a lot of the vowels.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Khaled Hosseini again?

    No! The author should try plumbing.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    What performance?


    What character would you cut from And the Mountains Echoed?

    The Mountains did a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    This is like listening to a book read backwards. Save your time and money.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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