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Polly

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  • Free Will

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (352)

    A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

    Margaret says: "Fascinating debate!"
    "Like everything by Sam Harris"
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    I really liked this little book; some of it was covered in his earlier work. But, I really like his ideas; find them to be enlightening and timely. I, also, like it when he reads his own work. I have listened to all of his books.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (1004)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    Melinda says: "Is Nothing is Sacre'?"
    "Love this book"
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    You don't have to have an art background to enjoy this book. It is written with humor, mystery, history and art. If you do have an art background, there are so many things that you will "get." All the great Impressionists are mentioned and some take part in the story. You will be amazed at the "source" for ultramarine blue pigment. A very imaginative book. And, I really liked the reader. He was perfect for the time and place. I can't imagine it would be as much fun to read the book myself. Hearing it was a delight.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (430)

    For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

    Parusski says: "Riveting and heartbreaking"
    "A very good account of a WW II event"
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    I was interested in the history of the Bataan Death March because WW II was the time of my early childhood, and my parents had a childhood friend who was a survivor of the death march. I have a copy of the article written in our home town paper about him after he returned.

    The book told in amazing detail, of the horrible experiences of the men who were captured. Specific names and experiences of many of the men were mentioned, making the account seem somewhat personal. I liked it that some personal information was given about some of the Japanese soldiers. An incredible amount of research must have been done as so much information was given about the march and various places. There is a lot of detail about the suffering of the men. But, many survived.

    I liked the reader and thought he had the right tone for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (225)

    On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

    Reader says: "Good but too broad"
    "Like some of it"
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    I like the story about 9/11 and I like the parts about his personal experience with blindness, his family, education, the dogs. I thought it was well written and the reading was good. But, I didn't like the religious parts and wouldn't have read it if I had known that would become such a big part of his story.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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