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Midwest City, OK, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 5 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 266 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology, and in this astonishing, ground-breaking book takes a giant step toward recovering a true American history.

    Lou says: "Eye Opening..."
    "If you desire to connect the dots from then to now"

    then you should read this book. So much of what we are experiencing today has its roots in the experience, wisdom and ultimately the genocide of Native Americans. So many of best ideas in the modern world came from them. And while this book is filled with facts, figures and historical information... it was so interesting that I stayed up late listening. Of course, I think Victor Bevine could read a Dell Technical manual and I would find it engaging lol. Do yourself a favor... this one is worth your time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Read it if you want to understand the insanity"

    of today's conservative political thinking. Current events reflect the same one dimensional and myopic thinking of Rand, in which wealth, greed and profit are Gods and all humane activities are only the feeble efforts of those who are completely selfish and self-serving (unlike the industrialists) at their core. Huh? Well, that's Rand's view. Her characters are black and white and one dimensional for the most part. Hank and Dagny are into BDSM (not unexpected for those inclined to fundamentalist thinking) and Wesley of course is one of the most disgusting supposed "liberals" ever created.
    While one might have to withhold judgement to finish reading this monster, I found it quite enlightening in the end. This is the mind set we face in trying to bring about a more equal and humane world. And unlike Rand's fictitious scenarios where the poor industrialists are driven into hiding to remain productive because of the liberals who really aren't liberals... it sure helped me understand the prevailing myopia of the conservative movement in the US. Unfortunately for those of us who don't adhere to one dimensional propaganda... they may soon have their way as they march the country to anarchy or feudalism. Either way, the architects bent on destroying democratic republics will ultimately find they aren't as far up the food chain as they think...and their fantasy as represented in this book will never evolve because it is the nature of power to subjugate all but a few.
    Ultimately, if you want to understand how the conservative movement could stand so firm on so many absurd democracy killing issues... here's your bible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Trust me...wait for the dvd"

    I really didn't get attached to characters. Henry was shallow, Claire far too awe struck... if I hadn't paid for it, I would have not finished it.

    And the whole Henry 38 Claire 30 repeated ad nauseum got on my nerves.

    It wasn't a bad book but it was just not interesting or thoughtful or insightful. Much more could have been done with this concept and this book missed the mark by miles!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant

    After 12,000 years, the once-supreme Galactic Empire was plunging into a future of barbarism and warfare. All knowledge previously created by mankind faced destruction. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, foresaw the dark age of ignorance that was to come, and set out to preserve knowledge and mankind itself.

    Colin says: "Stop read"
    "I want a refund"

    Whoever thought that all of the 1950's Buck Rogers sound effects added to this production had smoked way too many doobies. I had never read the foundation books but had heard many refer to them. If this had been my only exposure, I would hate Isaac Asimov for signing off on this dreadful piece of audio torture.

    BUY THE BOOK and save yourself the pain of listening to this awful production which has no less that 2 hours of the 6 hour length dedicated to long, horrible musical and sound effect scores.

    Buy this audio if you enjoy pain.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "Hyperion (Unabridged)"

    This was a great listen and well narrated. I'm listening to it twice to catch what I missed the first time.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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