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J.

Pardeeville, WI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (2062)
    Performance
    (1814)
    Story
    (1854)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Hideous Dark View of the Future"
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    I certainly glad that this was free. I don't think I've ever read such a hideous view of the future.

    I actually listened to this several times trying to figure out where the authors were coming from. Do they really see 'climate change' as the driver to this horrid future or are they trying to make the future out so dark and violent simply as a modern horror story?

    I'm leaning to the 'climate change' theory, but I can't be sure. (I find it hard to believe that a society would destroy itself based on a 'science' that can't be verified and the models of which are so far off the mark.)

    It certainly doesn't offer a very pleasant view of the future. Where we are literally forced to give up individuality and submit to communal life. Even our children will be raised by the 'commune'! Transportation is by pedal power. Agriculture is vertical and uses 'designer' genetics. Vegetarianism is the norm and violence is rampant.

    Frankly, I'm glad I'll be dust before this future can come to pass. I didn't find it enjoyable at all and the last story, spent largely in a 'virtual' world was probably the worst.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (100)

    In this lively and compelling biography, Harlow Giles Unger reveals the dominant political figure of a generation. A fierce fighter in four critical Revolutionary War battles and a courageous survivor of Valley Forge and a near-fatal wound at the Battle of Trenton, James Monroe (1751 - 1831) went on to become America's first full-time politician, dedicating his life to securing America's national and international durability.

    Robert Bartel says: "Readable, but more hero worship than history"
    "James Monroe"
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    Thank You, Mr. Unger!

    I can't believe that I was so totally unaware of the contributions of James Monroe. He has been totally eclipsed by Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, but according to Mr. Unger he may have been as instrumental as anyone in the success of the war for independence and he apparently played a large role in the Louisiana Purchase.

    Without James Monroe would we even have the country we know today? It appears doubtful.

    I was also unaware of the huge role he played in James Madison's administration and how successful his own two administrations were.

    It is interesting that his popularity literally eliminated the two party system and may have contributed to problems in future years.

    I found it a very informative read and would encourage others to learn more about James Monroe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5544)
    Performance
    (3493)
    Story
    (3518)

    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"
    "In defense of capitalism"
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    It is obvious why capitalist recommend this book and the author.

    It's scary how often you are forced to draw parallels between what is happening today and what is being described in the book, even though the book was written many years ago.

    The key characters are well developed and the story compelling, if a little dramatic and perhaps far fetched. It is successful in making you question whether it is in fact so far fetched!

    I was put off by the diatribe delivered by John Galt. I didn't think it was necessary to re-state everything that the book had so masterfully built up to and I found myself tuning out.

    I'm surprised that this hasn't been made into a movie before this and am anxious to see how the movie version handles the John Galt speech. If it remains accurate to the book it will be a yawner!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13010)
    Performance
    (5360)
    Story
    (5405)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A wonderful experience!"
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    This was my 1st audible book and it was a great choice!
    Historical novels fascinate me and Ken Follett develops characters and settings so well that I felt I was there, living in the time.
    If this had been hard copy, I would have had difficulty putting it down. The experience was so intense that I devised ways to listen in less than ideal conditions and I was sorry when it was finished.
    Immediately looked for another book by Ken Follett!.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (379)

    America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, analyze those challenges - globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption - and spell out what we need to do now to rediscover America and rise to this moment.

    Soudant says: "We have met the enemy and it is us.... Pogo"
    "Not impressed"
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    This was my 1st exposure to Thomas Friedman and I found it interesting up until he holds California up as a 'good' example. Then he absolutely swallows 'global warming' as a proven science and ridicules any doubters as 'unscientific'.

    He lost all credibility and I used the rest of the book as a sleep aid. (It worked!)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Walker
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Comeback America is a crucial manifesto, a way for President Obama to end out-of-control government spending and reform our tax, retirement, health care, defense, and other systems - before it's too late.

    Dan D. Dunlap, CFP® says: "Comeback America"
    "A thought provoking book"
    Overall

    This is not an 'easy' book and isn't a 'good feeling' story, but it is a book that every American should read and think about.

    Mr. Walker draws on his experience to clearly state what he sees as major issues facing our country. I believe these are valid issues that may well impact the future of this country.

    The author offers solutions to these issues. Some of those solutions are easy to accept while others are perhaps questionable.

    He advocates a value added tax over other forms of taxation while declaring that our tax system must be simplified and more transparent. A VAT is certainly more simplified, but it is definitely not transparent. In fact it may well encourage our government to increase taxes without it being apparent to the taxpayer.

    It isn't important that we agree with his solutions. What is important is that we are aware of the problems facing our country and we start the process of resolving those problems.

    It will be difficult to change our culture from 'let others pay for my benefits' to one of 'let's share the burden' but that is exactly what needs to happen and this book is a very good explanation of why that change is necessary.

    I was very disappointed to find that the web site he mentions at the end of his book is not yet up and running. I hope this failure will be corrected soon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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