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Karl

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ALLEN PARK, MICHIGAN, United States

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  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (1093)
    Story
    (1114)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "An Amazing Man"
    Overall

    Bonhoeffer lived an amazing life and experienced more by age 20 than most people do in their entire lives. The book is well written and uses many letters and papers written by Bonhoeffer himself, which gives a factual look into what was happening in his life at that time. I probably should have bought the abridged version, only because it goes further in-depth with his religion than I cared to listen to, which is the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. But I put this on my listen again list and will wait patiently wait for Hollywood to take notice like they did with Valkyrie and Defiance, his story also deserves a feature film.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (689)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "Very insightful!"
    Overall

    I found this book to be very interesting. To have his point of view on the decisions he made through his presidency, when years later some things are still not black and white, but to have to make an on the spot decision without every single fact is obviously not an easy thing. I never agreed with a lot of things he did, like using tax dollars as a charity for aids and malaria in Africa, while a noble cause, we have private charities around the world that could have taken on that cause without the American tax payers being forced into making donations. But, if you want to know his side of the story over how the media painted him take the time to listen to this.

    14 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Barack Obama Inaugural Address (1/20/09)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (175)

    After being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address on January 20, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

    Desi says: "Thanks to Audiblie"
    "Yeah! Right!"
    Overall

    All I can say, is listen to this speech and then download and listen to Ronald Reagan's, and then compare how much of the promises Reagan kept as opposed to Obama. Don't get me wrong he said many things in that speech I agreed with, but he lied about most everything he said. And one thing that really ticked me was how he said, "America is a Christian, Muslim, Jewish...Nation." When did Muslim rise to the rank of 2nd? I have no doubt that he would have listed Muslims first, but didn't want a riot day one.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ronald Reagan Inauguration Speech 1981

    • ORIGINAL (23 mins)
    • By Ronald Reagan
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    In his 1981 inaugural address, Ronald Reagan discussed inflation and the burden of taxation, promising a "new beginning" of "putting America back to work".

    Henry Bennings says: "THEY DON'T MAKE MEN LIKE THIS ANYMORE"
    "I hope we can find you in someone else"
    Overall

    What a speech! It was inspiring and is such a breath of fresh air to hear from someone who truely loved their country and countrymen, and who believed in American exceptionalism. Such a contrast from Obama and how we are no longer the great nation we used to be. If you find yourself like me, looking for sanity and true hope in the age of Obama. Give this a listen and believe that perhaps in 2012 we can find another President will look upon America with the same pride and values as those who haven't lost sight of what America was and, through proper leadership, can be again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck, Brian Sack
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (192)

    In the words of Harvard economist Niall Ferguson, the United States is “an empire on the edge of chaos.” Why? Glenn Beck thinks the answer is pretty simple: Because we’ve turned our backs on the Constitution. Yes, our country is financially broke, but that’s just a side effect of our broken spirit, our broken faith in government, the broken promises by our leaders, and a broken political system that has centralized power at the expense of individual rights.

    Antoine says: "First Beck Book Read"
    "Scary to say the least"
    Overall

    Glenn Beck fills this book with many facts and numbers. It does get a bit hard to follow from time to time and the numbers get a bit boaring and mondain, but for the most part the book is well written and enjoyable. It is well worth the time and in the end you will, unfortunately, feel like we as a nation is doomed if things don't change.

    4 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brigitte Gabriel
    • Narrated By Brigitte Gabriel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Brigitte Gabriel delves deeply into Islam - a religion rooted in the seventh century with teachings that are absolutely opposed to democracy and equality - and its spread across the U.S. and Europe.

    David says: "Indeed they do have to be stopped"
    "Should be mandatory reading!"
    Overall

    This is a great book and a real eye opener. You can't argue with someone who has lived in their world and seen her world torn apart by Islam. It is a bit frightening and frustrating, because as your eyes open and you see what is going on around you and realize that the little you can do seems to be never enough when so many others still are blind to reality.
    The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because it does get a bit redundant in places but does move quickly and keeps your interest to the end.

    Great Job, Brigitte!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    In his latest spirited book, O'Reilly prompts further debate with the president and the American people on the current state of the union. While the changes that took place in America during President Obama's first 18 months in office are dizzying to just think about, their real-life impact on the average American is a helluva lot stronger than that. Tempers have reached the boiling point over the shifts in healthcare, immigration, national security, energy, and the environment.

    Amazon Customer says: "Have you seen the show?"
    "Entertaining and informative"
    Overall

    If you like O'Reilly than you'll love the book. It is very interesting and informative. I do like Bill's attitude towards Obama, in that he judges based on what has been done by him and not so much who he is or what he represents. Even if you're not a O'Reilly fan your sure to go away more informed with a better understanding of this administration.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Warlord: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    Alex Hawke has all but given up on life. The British-American MI6 counterterrorism operative lost the woman he loved almost a year ago and has sought refuge at the bottom of a rum bottle ever since. But late one night at his home on Bermuda, he receives a wake-up call... literally. His Royal Highness Prince Charles, an old friend, desperately needs his help. The prince has discovered a not-so-subtle threat directed toward the British royal family.

    Constance says: "I got my Alex Hawke fix!!!!"
    "Won't dissapoint!"
    Overall

    Great book! Fast paced and action packed! Alex Hawke never dissapoints and neither does Ted Bell! I absolutely love the ending and set up for the next book, I'll be waiting anxiously for it! Back to Russia (Hint)!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brigitte Gabriel
    • Narrated By Brigitte Gabriel
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Because They Hate is a political wake-up call. Brigitte Gabriel, who lost her childhood to militant Islam, warns that the United States is threatened by fundamentalist Islamic theology in the same way that Lebanon was - that radical Islam will stop at nothing short of domination of all non-Muslim countries. Fiercely articulate and committed, Gabriel both tells her own story and outlines the history, social movements, and religious divisions that have led to this critical historical conflict.

    Troy says: "eye-opening"
    "Eye Opener!"
    Overall

    The book starts with the story of the authors' life as a young girl in Lebanon, when Lebanon was very much like the US until the Muslims gained political control and sent the country into war. Her stories of life in the Middle East and how she had been raised as a Christian, but also was taught anti-semetic beliefs only to find out everything she believed was wrong. As the book progresses she goes into how Islamic organizations and Islam is attempting to impose the same fate on us as was imposed on Lebanon, through time, patients, and most of all using our rights, liberties and our Constitution against us. It is a very good book, I never got bored with it, even when it did get a bit repetative near the end.

    Overall, if you're ready for englightment into the world we are struggling to live in today, get this book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crimes against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (55)

    As Americans, liberty is an inalienable right that is granted to us by God, protected by the Constitution, and upheld by our government. Yet, Barack Obama doesn’t seem to share that view. To him, liberty is a threat to the government’s power and something to be squashed by any means possible, as bestselling author David Limbaugh shows to devastating effect in his new book, Crimes Against Liberty. Limbaugh issues a damning indictment of President Barack Obama for encroaching upon and stripping us of our individual and sovereign rights.

    Bret says: "Superb!"
    "Yawner!"
    Overall

    The book started off good and got my ears perked, but minute after minute of fact after fact, it just becomes boring. I listen while driving a truck and couldn't finish it. The narrator's voice comes accross very snobby and annoying, I just couldn't take anymore. It has no flow and reminds of a college lecture. It does contain many facts and there is a lot to learn here, if you can make through the monotonous dialogue of the book. He, unfortunately, is no Rush!

    5 of 17 people found this review helpful

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