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David

Voracious, omnivorous reader. Audible provides another venue to absorb information.

Foxboro, MA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert P. Murphy
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    In this timely new P.I . Guide, Murphy reveals the stark truth: free market failure didn't cause the Great Depression and the New Deal didn't cure it. Shattering myths and politically correct lies, he tells why World War II didn't help the economy or get us out of the Great Depression; why it took FDR to make the Depression "Great"; and why Herbert Hoover was more like Obama and less like Bush than the liberal media would have you believe.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "The winner writes history"
    "How come they didn't teach this at college?!"
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    If you could sum up The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal in three words, what would they be?

    Factual, compelling and illuminating.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The description of the Federal Reserve system.


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

    His interest is evident. His tone kept otherwise dry material interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm disturbed by the successful process politicians and media distorting and hiding the truth.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Druids: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barry Cunliffe
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    The Druids have been known and discussed for at least 2,400 years, first by Greek writers and later by the Romans, who came in contact with them in Gaul and Britain. According to these sources, they were a learned caste who officiated in religious ceremonies, taught the ancient wisdoms, and were revered as philosophers. But few figures flit so elusively through history, and the Druids remain enigmatic and puzzling to this day.

    Becky says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "Good Introduction to Druid History"
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    What did you love best about Druids?

    Provided an in-depth review of Druid history


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Druids?

    The connection to Stone-Henge.


    Have you listened to any of Donald Corren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A.


    Any additional comments?

    A great introduction to Druid history for a neophyte.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure of Khan: A Dirk Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (311)

    Genghis Khan was the greatest conqueror of all time, who, at his peak, ruled an empire that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. His conquests are the stuff of legend, his tomb a forgotten mystery. Until now. A mysterious Mongolian harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of his ancestors, and holds a dark secret about Genghis Khan that just might give him the wealth and power to make that dream come true.

    Marilyn says: "A guilty pleasure, par excellence ..."
    "Great Story"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Treasure of Khan in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Al Giordino - good friend, resourceful ally, pulls Pitt out of scrapes often.


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

    Kept me interested.


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

    Found the book works like most of the Cussler novels, several plots, themes, crisp dialogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael J. Behe
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    In a tour de force of science and logic, the best-selling author of Darwin's Black Box combines genetics, laboratory results, and mathematics to prove, once and for all, that the universe and life on Earth are designed.

    Thomas Phelan says: "Listen to it, not to comments about it!"
    "Scientific expose of a theory."
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    What did you love best about The Edge of Evolution?

    Behe is a scientist I can read that exemplifies science at it's best; inquisitive, unafraid to question convention and exhaustive in his research.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Edge of Evolution?

    Discussion of irreducible complexity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All competed for inclusion as 'favorites'. However, his answers to critics were particularly insightful.


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

    No, too much data to absorb. It's not a story. It's a text book.


    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jonathan Wells
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (13)

    The latest and most bitterly contested battle in the culture war is the controversy over Darwin and intelligent design. But much of what you've heard about it is wrong. Jonathan Wells, a battle-hardened veteran with doctorates in biology and theology, sets the record straight.

    Luigi says: "Poor content"
    "Compelling information."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design the most enjoyable?

    The process by which the author cites fact, not theory to state his case.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The contrast of Darwinism and ED.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How the ACLU - after suing to admit evolution to school curriculum, sued to block ED.


    If you could give The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design a new subtitle, what would it be?

    ID vs Darwinism...theory vs theory!


    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (152)

    Everything, well, almost everything, you know about American history is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academic historians who treat their biases as fact. But fear not; Professor Thomas Woods refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

    Gary says: "Informative, thoughtful, eye opening and funny."
    "American History not for the faint-hearted..."
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    If you could sum up The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History in three words, what would they be?

    A necessary expose of the tripe masquerading as conventional American history today.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History?

    The description of the Civil War.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The realistic and factual depiction of Joe McCarthy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Truth is stranger than fiction.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Phillip Jennings
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The mainstream media and history books would have you believe that the Vietnam War was tragic and a dismal failure. But Phillip Jennings is here to set the record straight, about one of the bright spots in U.S. military history. In this latest Politically Incorrect Guide, Jennings shatters culturally accepted myths and busts politically incorrect lies that liberal pundits and leftist professors have been telling you for years.

    David says: "Finally, someone gets it right."
    "Finally, someone gets it right."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War to be better than the print version?

    Both are fine.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    As a veteran from that era, I am acutely aware of the lies and political spin surrounding the war. Few authors would have tackled the topic, understanding the culture of disinformation surrounding it. From what I personally knew, the data presented was far more accurate than the standard fare now available.


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

    Understanding and emotion.


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

    The Tet offensive.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michelle Malkin
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    The era of hope and change is dead...and it only took six months in office to kill it. Never has an administration taken office with more inflated expectations of turning Washington around. Never have a media-anointed American Idol and his entourage fallen so fast and hard.

    susaninphoenix says: "Very hard to listen to such great content"
    "First rate exposition."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Culture of Corruption to be better than the print version?

    On par.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of detail and independent source verification.


    What three words best describe Johnny Heller’s voice?

    Urgency, awareness and definitive.


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

    No. The entire book had me focused and interested.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandworms of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (274)

    Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, Sandworms of Dune will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine.

    Amazon Customer says: "You'll buy it anyway"
    "Disappointing...not what I expected."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure how to answer it. For those who liked the original series, the Frank Herbert 'voice' was not there.


    Has Sandworms of Dune turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Narration kept me involved, despite the disappointment with the subject material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9800)
    Performance
    (5470)
    Story
    (5546)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Favorite sci-fi classic."
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    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    Yes. I read Dune probably once a year.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. Compelling characters, busy plot, ambitious political twists. Learn something new each time I read or listen.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Duncan Idaho.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Intense and spellbinding...destined to be one of the classic science fiction movies of all time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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