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Lyle

Longmont, CO, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 20 reviews
  • 116 ratings
  • 661 titles in library
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  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (925)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Charlie's War B4 I see movie"
    Overall

    This book gives a very detailed explaination of one way that the Congress works with, or how it can work around the rest of the federal government. I strongly encourage others to read or listen to this book, and I look forward to seeing Tom Hank's representation of Charlie in the movie.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth about the 'Real' America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dante Chinni, James Gimpel
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    In a climate of culture wars and tremendous economic uncertainty, America is often reduced to a simplistic schism between red states and blue states. In response to that oversimplification, journalist Dante Chinni teamed up with political geographer James Gimpel to launch the Patchwork Nation project, using on-the-ground reporting and statistical analysis to get past generalizations and probe American communities in depth.

    Joshua Kim says: "A Course on 'Our Patchwork Nation'"
    "We are really different!"
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    Performance
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    Where does Our Patchwork Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What other book might you compare Our Patchwork Nation to and why?

    The Nine Nations of North America


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Southerners can be very smart sometimes.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (462)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "How to fight the Enemy"
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    This book explained how the USA was able to use a homegrown and little respected national Resource to maintain our national Freedom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Hansen
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    In Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen - the nation's leading scientist on climate issues - speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: the planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although Hansen was Al Gore's science adviser for the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, his recent data shows that our situation is even more dire today.

    Brad says: "This is a must read"
    "WHAT FOR OUR CHILDREN????"
    Overall
    Performance
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    A good way to learn how we have messed up the future for our children.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (394)

    This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

    Timothy says: "Of course he has an agenda. He wrote a book!"
    "Finally!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Now they tell me those events that just didn't fit into the school year, but help me understand much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain and the Meaning of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Paul Thagard
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Why is life worth living? What makes actions right or wrong? What is reality and how do we know it? The Brain and the Meaning of Life draws on research in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to answer some of the most pressing questions about life's nature and value.

    Lyle says: "Helps learn about US"
    "Helps learn about US"
    Overall
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    Story

    If you are interested in understanding why we are here and where we might go.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Matthieu Ricard
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject, and one of the few who can bring together the teachings of eastern and western thought. In this accessible new work, Ricard provides a straightforward assessment of how to create true and lasting happiness.

    A User says: "Life Changing"
    "How we see our dream"
    Overall
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    A good way to accomplish our most universal goal, and enjoy the journey of life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur Goldschmidt, Lawrence Davidson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (197)

    The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment.

    Magnus Odeen says: "An honest, detailed and well written history"
    "Why they are different"
    Overall
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    A good way to learn some of the history they didn't teach us in school.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Walk and Talk Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Holler
    • Narrated By Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    Get ready for a one-of-a-kind audio experience: discover Florence through intimate, guided audio walking tours of the city's most historic and enchanting quarters. There are four guided tours for you to listen to as you walk through Florence, plus essential Italian words and phrases that every traveler wants to know.

    Andy says: "it works"
    "Florence for the EAR"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was and is a wonderful way to review and relive some of our travels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walk and Talk Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Allessandro Giannatasio, Chas Carner
    • Narrated By Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Get ready for a one-of-a-kind audio experience: discover Venice through intimate, guided audio walking tours of the city's most historic and enchanting quarters. There are four guided tours for you to listen to as you walk through Venice, plus essential Italian words and phrases that every traveler wants to know.

    SandiS says: "RAVE"
    "Venice for your EAR."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was and is a wonderful way to review and relive some of our travels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in An Age of Plenty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Roger Thurow, Scott Kilman
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    For more than 30 years, humankind has known how to grow enough food to end chronic hunger worldwide. Yet while the Green Revolution succeeded in South America and Asia, it never got to Africa. More than 9 million people every year die of hunger, malnutrition, and related diseases every yearmost of them in Africa and most of them children. More die of hunger in Africa than from AIDS and malaria combined. Now, an impending global food crisis threatens to make things worse.

    Andrea says: "Good backgrounding for hunger issues"
    "Food for all???????"
    Overall
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    Here's how the agriculture revolution failed so many in this world. Eat something before you start this book.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful

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