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Robert McKee

A driver that likes to listen to books instead of the radio.

Clinton, OH United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Gripping Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (562)

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

    James says: "The sequel matches the first book"
    "Fun listen"
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    It is fun to listen to science fiction of the past compared to the technology of today.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (542)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Ben says: "Finally on Audible!!"
    "What if I could change history"
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    It is an interesting exercise to think of what you would do if you were placed back in history, In this case a town. Well you will have to go from there on your own but it is an interesting story if you like history and ever dream of actually taking an active role in changing it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3068)
    Performance
    (2033)
    Story
    (2066)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "What is the big deal"
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    I got this to see what the big deal is and I didn't see it. Maybe I don't understand the way of life of the South before the Civil War and thus do not comprehend the wanting to continue the ways and values of that time. The main characters are rather shallow in my opinion and kind of makes the story tiresome at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Stock Market Works

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ramon P. DeGennaro
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    This course is an introduction to the stock market and stock investing for novices and experienced investors alike. Professor DeGennaro uses simple analogies to explain the origin of stocks and other securities, as well as their relative risks. He stresses the danger of trying to beat the market by trying to pick winners, predict price trends, or otherwise find opportunities that other investors have missed.

    Yuefang says: "Well Informed!!!"
    "Intro to Stock Market"
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    The professor is an investor not a trader, so if you have aspirations to be a trader then this might not be for you. Most of the course was a refresher for me but got me to think about how to get my kids to start saving in tools like ROTH's.

    I will have to try the other parts of the series, economics are rather confusing but it seems to be worth having a better understanding of the topic so that you won't make the dumb mistakes that most people make because they have no understanding of money at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vikings

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

    Peter says: "Good Informational Listen"
    "Vacation Research"
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    I am traveling to Ireland in the near future and the Vikings have made major influences on the Isle, like the cities are all Viking trading posts. The history of Ireland goes with this well.

    The presenter is easy to listen to and being broken into 30 to 40 minutes breaks things up pretty well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (254)

    In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

    Joseph says: "Excellent historical writing"
    "The interaction of biographies"
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    It seems that when a biography is written, it is biased for or against. In this time period you get to experience the founding fathers interacting with each other. Whatever your view of any of the founding fathers you might come away with a different perspective of them. Going in I was not a fan of Jefferson at all but after this book I think that the U. S. might not be the way that it is without him. Also some of the fights back then are still happening today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7093)
    Performance
    (6747)
    Story
    (6759)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "How to become an expert"
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    The easiest way to become an expert is to go through an event that is thought to be impossible. The book gets your attention right away and pretty much keeps it through the whole book with the humor, puzzle solving and actually being able to put yourself in the main characters position. Fun book, took me 2 days to go though it because I wanted to see what was going to happen next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 47 Ronin

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joan D. Vinge
    • Narrated By Steve Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    A novelization by Joan D. Vinge Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi, the leader of the 47 Ronin, starts the pair on a quest over a shared loss. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

    Robert McKee says: "Book written for the movie"
    "Book written for the movie"
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    This story has its roots in a historical event and is an above average story in my opinion. The book does have differences from the movie but I think the book was commissioned by the studio for the movie. In general I think books written this way suffer but this one had a good base to start with and it seems to be hard to find a book that deals with honor and loyalty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (999)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Great Humor and many Laughs"
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    Hodgeman does a great job narrating and the writing is humorous, it reminds me of Douglas Adams and Robert Asprin. I just don't know what to say that wouldn't be a spoiler to the story other than if you have a sense of humor, like tech, like music and have a love hate relationship with the copyright laws you'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mein Kampf: The Ford Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adolf Hitler, Michael Ford (translator)
    • Narrated By James Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (96)

    For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released which reveals more than any past translation. This is also the first translation available in an English language audio format. Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, and made some parts more sensational while concealing the true meaning in other parts of the book.

    Raymond says: "Interesting insight into a modernist mind"
    "Story vs Hype"
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    The book didn't read like the psychotic I was taught that Hitler was. I do not care for the guy but it seems that his thinking was not that far off of the general thinking of the late 1800's, I have seen Carnegie say some of the same things about England. I guess it was the implementation that really went wrong.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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