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  • A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Pelzer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (243)

    Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat, and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story.

    Mark Acker says: "Heartbreaking"
    "Disturbing"
    Overall

    I read this book a few years ago and nearly threw it out the window several times. Not because of the book itself, but because I couldn't take anymore descriptions of abuse.

    I witnessed the abuse of my brother while growing up. It was not nearly as extreme as the authors but it brought back many memories.

    For anyone that doubts the events in this book, please read the books written by the authors brother. When the author was removed, his brother became the target of their mothers abuse. He addresses and confirms many of the events in this and subsequent books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume I Section I: The Prison Industry, Perpetual Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. He combines history, autobiography, documentary and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917. Hear other volumes from The Gulag Archipelago

    Gene says: "Listening to the Gulag A. in Moscow"
    "Stunning"
    Overall

    Wonderful. A masterpiece. Quite long but if you can get through it the author sums up the book along with criticism after publication.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hitler's Scientists: Science, War, and the Devil's Pact

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Cornwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    When Hitler came to power in the 1930s, Germany had led the world in science, mathematics, and technology for nearly four decades. But while the fact that Hitler swiftly pressed Germany's scientific prowess into the service of a brutal, racist, xenophobic ideology is well known, few realize that German scientists had knowingly broken international agreements and basic codes of morality to fashion deadly weapons even before World War I.

    Dave says: "Excellent due to great content and reader"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    I found this book to be a little more technical than I thought it would be but was hooked, nevertheless.
    Fascinating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This unabridged recording of the classic features the voice of actor Christopher Hurt.

    Lisa says: "Amazing!"
    "Interesting Battle of Ideals"
    Overall

    At first, I found this book to be absurd. I finished it with a headache and a vague sense of understanding. I do not adhere to the philosophy in any way but it does offer a challenge. Anyone seeking to find an extreme and unrealistic point of view will find this book refreshing.
    I've read some of the other reviews and would like to give a little advice to someone thinking about buying this book:
    Keep in mind while reading that this book was written almost 50 years ago and that it is not about architecture.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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