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Shawn

"Only by leaving where I am do I know where I must go..."

Louisville, KY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You about What They’ve Seen, Done, or Failed to Do in War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kevin Sites
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Displaying a rare courage that transcends battlefield heroics, 11 soldiers and marines here share the truth about their wars. Award-winning journalist Kevin Sites asks the difficult questions of these combatants: What is it like to kill? To be under fire? How do you know what’s right? What can you never forget? Sites compiles the accounts of these soldiers, their families, and their friends and also shares the unsettling narrative of his own failures during war and the redemptive powers of storytelling in arresting a spiraling path of self-destruction.

    Charles says: "The things they cannot say."
    "Fairly Disjointed and hard to follow at times"
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    Would you try another book from Kevin Sites and/or Donald Corren?

    Maybe


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I know this book is a collection of stories but its more like an over arching story with smaller stories in it. Gets hard to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked how not only did it talk about the bad part of military action (PTSD etc.) but also the good side and how some people have adopted the military as their family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (418)

    A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.

    Amanda says: "Audio isn't the right format for this sort of book"
    "Should of Bought the Written Version"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bill Maher?

    Yes


    Do you think The New New Rules needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe, but I will much rather read it not listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    "The New New Rules" Is an interesting and entertaining book but it not meant for audio listeners. You will spend most of your time listening to Bill say "New Rule" before ever paragraph he reads. It gets old....fast... I didn't realize this book is primarily a list and that doesn't work well in an audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3690)
    Performance
    (3289)
    Story
    (3300)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "EXCELLENT!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost in the Wires to be better than the print version?

    I think the print may be better here due to the amount of numbers listed again and again. While it is not important to remember these they due distract from the story when the reader is listing them off.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The twists and turns this story takes, what an amazing life to have lived!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I couldn't put this book down finished it in 3 days!


    Any additional comments?

    If you lived through the ages of fax machines and when computers were really just in their infancy this is a must read!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1725)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1563)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "More of a Biography"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of God, No! to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love books read by their authors!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Penn Jillette again?

    Yes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending has a great moral for everyone no matter who you are.


    Any additional comments?

    The book while disguised as a discussion on atheism is far from the mark. While there are athiest themes and stories much of the book is focused on Penn Jillet's crazy stories from his previous years. These stories can be very X rated and work F*ck needs a counter. However if you enjoy crazy stories with a side of good morals, this could be a book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Seth Andrews
    • Narrated By Seth Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (254)

    Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded.

    Michael says: "A man's spiritual journey out of religiousity"
    "Honesty is the Best policy and here it shows"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Deconverted to be better than the print version?

    I think this version is better because it is actually read by the author who on top of being a radio broadcaster makes you feel like he is having a conversation with you. It is very entertaining.


    What does Seth Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes you feel like he is sitting across from you at a table enjoying a cup of joe and telling you about his life.


    Any additional comments?

    I have met Seth once and he is one of the nicest most kind individuals I have every had the pleasure of sharing company with. Everyone should take some time to read this book, religious or not.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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