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J. Rhoades

MrFlyFishinDad

Texas | Member Since 2008

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  • The Idiot

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    In The Idiot, a saintly man, Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

    Daniela says: "Dostoevsky does it again"
    "Classic Soap Opera"
    Overall

    The story reads much like a soap opera in high society. Some analysts of "The Idiot" claim Dostoevsky designed the characters to be representative of various aspects Russian society in the 1800's while others claim that the main character's are representative of Christ and the devil. Neither were apparent to me. There are also many characters, which make the story the little difficult to follow. (However, kudos to the narrator, who's outstanding performance minimized this particular difficulty with the story.) The story seemed long and at times, seemed to go around in circles without contributing to the whole. While "The Idiot" is not necessarily bad, it does not soar to the heights of Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3586)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1122)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Mostly Good"
    Overall

    This book has some interesting tidbits, but much of it is common sense. The author tends to lean toward implementing government controls to prevent people from making 'irrational' decisions. The narration is absolutely excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mitt Romney
    • Narrated By Mitt Romney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    In No Apology, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world’s. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded.

    michael says: "You can like this book without being a Republican."
    "America: Noble Past & Bright Future"
    Overall

    Agree or disagree, you will definitely understand Mr. Romney's political views and, more importantly, the reason he holds them. I highly recommend "No Apology" for the following reasons:
    (1) It is clear, concise, and well written. There is no extra 'filler' to pad the pages.
    (2) It provides an excellent overview of today's current affairs, both national and international.
    (3) Multiple solutions are presented for many social issues. These solutions will cause you to think outside of the typical conservative or liberal box. (Although the solutions are generally conservative in nature, not all are.)
    (4) Mr. Romney provides several brief synopsis of history to make some of his points. These historical summaries are very good.
    (5) Finally, "No Apology" presents the nobility of America's past and presents hope for America's future. As the subtitle states, this excellent book makes the case for America's greatness.

    8 of 10 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
    (5244)
    Performance
    (3241)
    Story
    (3268)

    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..."
    "Pathetic"
    Overall

    This book is poorly written, has no character development, perverts justice, and assaults the listener with a unending barrage of foul language. I stopped half way through. I wasted a credit. I will not waste my time also. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about this book. It doesn't even deserve one star.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Anticancer: A New Way of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Servan-Schrieber
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    When Dr. David Servan-Schreiber was diagnosed with brain cancer, it changed his life. Confronting what medicine knows about illness, the little known workings of the body's natural cancer-fighting capacities, and his own will to live, Servan-Schreiber found himself on a journey from disease and relapse into scientific exploration, and finally to health.

    Gary says: "Must Read for anyone with cancer concerns"
    "Interesting and Potential Life Saving Listen"
    Overall

    Bounces back & forth between the author's battle with cancer & ways you can prevent or retard the growth of cancer. It is easy to listen to & provides reasons behind the recommendations. By making a few small changes in diet and lifestyle, you can reap huge rewards. The only difficult part to listen to is the charts, so be sure to down load the "Accompanying Reference Guide" under the Publisher's Summary. It contains the charts. (Kudos to the publisher for including this with the audiobook.)

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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