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Doylestown, OH, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 120 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • The Overton Window

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By James Daniels

    A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed. There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

    Cobra0435 says: "It Could Happen Soon"
    "Overton was not overdone"

    I did not expect Atlas Shrugged - with voluminous character developments and flowery description... Glenn tends to be straightforward so I would expect his story to be therefore, in the same vein. If you accept that premise, you will enjoy the book. It is well written and thoughtful. It does open eyes to the advertising agency and media manipulation of consumers and shows how we can be fooled - and have - quite easily.
    He also shows the malevolent side of power and the danger of those who seek it becoming driven to obtain it at all cost. Good read and thought provoking, if not a great literary tome.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "We've come a long way"
    Where does The Help rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very well done. The reading kept the story moving and it was extremely entertaining. The character development worked well, you began to like and respect some of the ‘help’ characters and to be irritated and annoyed with the idle rich who were depicted in unflattering or frivolous ways.
    I have to believe there were many elements of truth in the novel and it had a point to convey, which it did in strong fashion. However, being from southern stock myself, although not gentry, I know there were many hard working and caring white women in the south during that time. But the book was not about that. It was about cruelty that was not even understood, by a class system that was on the way out and that did not recognize it’s time was fading.
    If anything I found lacking, it was the stereotypical editor, a Jewish woman in a man’s world fighting for her survival and hardnosed – without much exception – but who was brought to bend her rules for the underdog in this fight.
    All in all, this was a delightful ‘listen’

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously the longsuffering maid that was the source of all the stories and the strength that tied it all together was the strongest character.
    I was compelled by the writers mother however, as she was a product of what was her environment and had to make hard changes in facing her own life struggles and the need for courage. While, at the same time, learn to change her thinking and do such an about face from what she must have struggled with – that times were changing and she needed to make choices to keep her family and understand why what she had believed to be right and even kindness, was anything but.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Chocolate Pie - had to be - a slice of - not so heaven - but so befitting the recipient~

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Great book - my husband and I listened together"

    My husband’s complaint was that she spent much time on descriptive phrases - it did bring the reader to envision the scene however it took a while to do that...
    It had much character development many people to have to keep up with - however, overall - it was what you would expect - very well written - very interesting read and very timely even though it was written many years ago.
    We had frequent discussions about things revealed in the book and that was worth the time it took to read it (er listen)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Guy's book"

    While I enjoyed the audio - the book would have been better received by my husband. It had some graphic descriptions of hand to hand combat that were sort of lost on me... not to a degree which depreciated the value of the book but more than women would normally be interested in.

    However the understanding of the intrigue and the complex relationships within the terrorist community was very well done.

    If the real world is anything near this - we have pause to worry and be very aware of the threats that surround us.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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