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Thomas

Dallas, TX, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 9 reviews
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  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1955)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (762)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Excellent Book!"
    Overall

    This is a fantastic book! It takes you a tour of how our language has evolved over time, truely fasinating!!! ..and like others have said, the narrator is a very gifted speaker.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit from the Economic Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter D. Schiff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (120)

    The economic and monetary disaster, which seasoned Wall Street prognosticator Peter Schiff warned of in the bestselling first edition of Crash Proof, is no longer hypothetical - it is here today. And while most people believe that the economic collapse is over, the reality is that it has only just begun. That's why he's returned with Crash Proof 2.0.

    Michael says: "Eye opening look into the future of the US economy"
    "Sound advice based on common sense."
    Overall

    If I had followed Peter Schiff's advice when I listened to Crash Proof when it was first released I would probably be pretty happy with the current state of my portfolio instead of pretty unhappy that I lost more than half of it. Well, I'm listening now.

    This is the first book, updated at the end of each chapter. Timely info based on sound money economics.

    Peter has stood the test of time. His predictions in 1.0 we're mostly on the mark. More importantly, his overall strategy has been proven correct for anyone that is investing for the long-term.

    Paul Krugman fans turn back now,.. unless you want to hear the truth about how big government will continue to drag us all down the Road to Serfdom.

    Well, hind-sight being 20/20 and all; I am following his advice now.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • SOS-USA: A 20th-century Critique, a 21st-century Warning

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Simple Citizen
    • Narrated By Simple Citizen
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    Inspired by the events of September 11, and Hurricane Katrina, SOS-USA tackles the issue of the reversible downward spiral our nation is currently enduring. If we can see it, why can't our government officials? Is it that they can do something but choose not to just so that they can get reelected? Is their legacy more important than We the People's future?

    Elton says: "White supremacy through hip-hop dialectics?"
    "Almost painful..."
    Overall

    I agree with Elton mostly. Not that I disagreed with much of what Simple Citizen had to say, but,.. "close-minded" describes the author. After an hour I stopped it, and deleted from iTunes.

    I don't have a problem with listening to average guy from the Bronx (or so he sounded) railing on about this country's problems, but his vocabulary does not fit. I think he must have worn out his thesaurus picking out big words. I may have at least finished listening if he had just spoken in plain English without trying to use every 50 cent word he could throw in there.

    Also, his reading is horrible. There are many slight pauses and other vocal distractions. I could almost see him running his finger over the script while fumbling over the words. He wrote it,.. so why does he sound like he's reading some text book he is not familiar with?

    Hey Simple Citizen, re-record this thing in your own words. I'll probably still disagree with some of your conclusions, but at least I'd listen to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meltdown: A Look at Why the Economy Tanked and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    The media tells us that "deregulation" and "unfettered free markets" have wrecked our economy and will continue to make things worse without a heavy dose of federal regulation. But the real blame lies elsewhere. In Meltdown, best-selling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., unearths the real causes behind the collapse of housing values and the stock market---and it turns out the culprits reside more in Washington than on Wall Street.

    Daniel Squires says: "Read this book!"
    "...A Must Read!"
    Overall

    This is a wake up call Americans! Our gov't is either inept or criminal,.. or both. Tom Woods lays it all out so anyone can understand. I listened to the whole thing without stopping. It will captivate and anger you.

    Listen and then call or e-mail your elected officials!

    33 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • The Middle-Class Millionaire: The Rise of the New Rich and How They Are Changing America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Russ Alan Prince, Lewis Schiff
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In this groundbreaking audiobook, Russ Alan Prince and Lewis Schiff examine the far-reaching impact of the middle-class millionaires - people who enjoy a net worth ranging from one to 10 million dollars who have earned rather than inherited their wealth. Comprising 8.4 million households, the working rich are exerting a powerful influence on our attitudes and on society.

    Thomas says: "... good stuff"
    "... good stuff"
    Overall

    It kind of reminded me of 'The Millionaire Next Door' (which I liked) but more specialized.

    They do seem to dwell on a few topics, especially medical.

    But, overall I thought it was worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How to Spot a Liar

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gregory Hartley, Maryann Karinch
    • Narrated By Gregory Hartley, Maryann Karinch
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Have you ever been lied to? Of course you have, whether you knew it or not. Ever caught a spouse, business partner, parent, boss, or child brazenly lying right to your face? What if you could tell someone was lying, just by listening to them, and observing their action and behavior? Here's the first audiobook that gives you the tools to figure out what's really going on.

    Lorelei says: "Highly educational"
    "...Great Info!"
    Overall

    I liked this book very much. It has a lot of useful information,...but,... they kind of run through it very quickly. They blaze through some of the key points. I had to listen to it a few time to fully ingest the material.

    good stuff though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous "smart" house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the secrets to quashing a robot mutiny.

    Gurmukh says: "Funny and Interesting Book"
    "...info-tainment lol"
    Overall

    informative and entertaining. I subtracted 1 star for the goofy sound effects.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World Without Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alan Weisman
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (112)

    In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

    Chris says: "mixed feelings"
    "...worth a listen."
    Overall

    Very interesting subject. The History Channel show of the same name only scratched the surface of total content of the book.

    It's nice to know that the Earth will have no almost no memory of us after several thousand years.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer. However, Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. Across the oceans of the world, the pirate hunter, Kidd, pursued the pirate, Culliford. One man would hang in the harbor; the other would walk away with the treasure. The Pirate Hunter is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a page-turner.

    Karen says: "Aaaargh Matey, Listen to this tale!"
    "Great Book!"
    Overall

    If you have any interest in history or pirates, you should enjoy this book. It does get a bit dry in a few spots, but overall, it is a great book to listen to.

    Capt. Kidd really got screwed over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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