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Jack Daniels

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On the Highway, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Narrated By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (189)

    America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there? When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return. In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.

    Jonnie says: "Great book"
    "For a judge, this guy really doesn't get it."
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    I should have known this was going to be a bad one after listening to the introduction by Ron Paul. To say there are numerous flights into fantasy here would be an understatement.

    One example alone is the 2000 presidential election. To hear Judge Napolitano tell it you would think the Supreme Court hijacked the Presidential election for their own gain. Those of us that were there, covering it day after day as it happened, know it was much more simple then that. The Supreme Court of the United States simply told the Florida Supreme court to obey their own law. They added an admonishment that the Florida court cannot simply make it up as they go along.

    This one was a waste of money. I've heard the Judge give interviews on Fox News. It is not certain what happened to the judge that gave those interviews and thoughts when he composed this work.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (337)

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Marjorie says: "Love. Love. Love. Love."
    "A great way to tell a grim story."
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    A young girl going through some troubled times is sent off to visit her uncle Mort for some time out and a maybe some correcting of her ways. But while there she soon discovers that she has a gift. From there she begins training for her new career as a Grim Reaper. But there is more to it than that. She finds that her career is not without hazard to herself and those around her.

    This one is well worth the time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It really made the miles go by fast. The book has more then a couple laugh out loud moments as well as some suspense to keep the reader well engaged.

    A tip of the hat to Gina Damico for a job well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2329)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (638)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Not your average science fiction..."
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    Combine time travel with feudal lords, knights and brutality and you've got the situation this book drops our not so ready for medieval times heroes into. This is not one of Crichton's best. But is does hold your attention. It is worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

    In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

    Alan says: "A Novel of What It Means to Be Human"
    "Couldn't get through the first three hours."
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    This is not Ender's Game of Ender's Shadow. The performers did the best they could but this work was dull as a box of rocks. I gave up on it toward the end of the third hour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1973)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1734)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Way too slow, way too hard to believe,"
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    Odd Thomas finds himself in an estate that seems to heal itself of all defects, even falling leaves. The few people that live there as residents and staff are more then a little different from main stream society. And occasionally the estate is plagued by creatures that are far less then friendly.

    This book took forever to get through. We all know we are reading fiction. But at some point it is nice to forget that for a while and get into the story. But this one pushed the limits of fiction and fantasy beyond my ability to suspend disbelief.

    I made it through to the end. But unlike Odd Interlude, the ending was a bit flat. Unless the next book, "Deeply Odd" gets some really rave reviews from other readers or listeners, this one will end the series for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1106)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Moves a little slowly"
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    Odd Thomas finds himself in a peaceful ocean side town looking for a change from his previous monasterial existence, Alas, the town seems to be filled with people bent finding some way to kill him. From the thugs on the dock to the chief of police, Odd is up to his earlobes in bad people. But as with everything Odd, there is lots more going then we can see on the surface.

    This one took a while to get to get to the end. However once at the end, the story picked up nicely and held my interest. Not the best of the series, but still worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Government

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    The irreverent author of the cult classic Syrup hits his target in this satire on the wages of big capital. In Max Barry's hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations, and employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly traded security firms, and the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly.

    Ej says: "Well done but just a bit preachy--"
    "Capitalism gone nuts!"
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    This is a tale of capitalism gone nuts. There are no taxes. Except for a small token government, everything is private enterprise. The schools are "sponsored" by businesses like Mattel Toys and McDonalds. The police sell their services through slick brochures including murder for hire. Businesses resolve their differences with armies of lawyers and sometimes all out warfare.

    People no longer have family names. Their last name is that of their school or their school. It is a high shame to be unemployed and have no last name.

    Jennifer Government works for what is left of the government as an investigator. If an aggrieved party has the money to provide a "budget" her department will conduct an investigation and arrest the bad guys. She is also really gifted at bucking that system.

    I enjoyed this one. It is worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (506)

    An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction. At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events.

    Brian says: "Techno-thriller that gets the tech right"
    "Keep that antivirus software updated"
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    A fine technical thriller that held my interest all the way. It moves right along with no flat spots. Every thing the author wrote is accurate and possible in the real world. The coincidence in the back story is kind of a reach, but it works in this book. The story is powerful enough that after listening to it, you will feel the need to update your virus protection and firewall.

    Zero Day made the miles go by fast. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (423)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "The word is for you!"
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    If you are a hardcore science fiction fan insisting that everything works according to the science books or at least some yet to be proven theory, you are not going to like this one. If you are looking for some good old fashioned fun and action based on a stretch of the imagination, you will like this. The twists and turns kept me interested. There is enough action to make it exciting.

    I recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Partner

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (313)

    From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

    Reg says: "Movie material"
    "Grisham at his best"
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    This one will keep you guessing all the way to the end. Once you get into it you will not want to stop until the end. The story is one of those that leaves you wanting more.

    This is a great way to pass the miles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3631)
    Performance
    (3063)
    Story
    (3044)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Not your typical Grisham"
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    Once again, Grisham winds a good story around interesting characters. Through the last third of the of the book the reader cannot help but wonder why the main character is doing all these things to another character. Grisham does tie it all up in the end. Over all the book is well worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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