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Bruce Kent

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Gulfport, MS USA | Member Since 2006

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  • FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Powell
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
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    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    In the minds of historians and the American public alike, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, not least because he supposedly saved America from the Great Depression. But as historian Jim Powell reveals in this groundbreaking book, Roosevelt's New Deal policies actually prolonged and exacerbated the economic disaster.

    David says: "Very Important"
    "Scones for the Tea Party"
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    Going into this book I expected to hear a new scholastic exposition upon the failings of the New Deal. Instead it was a Libertarian set piece on how the entire FDR administration efforts were machinations for re-election and to convert the American economy to Socialism! Every single New Deal policy was part of a malicious and devious plan to strip Americans of their individual liberties through increased taxation and larger government. According to the author capitalist free markets that are unconstrained by any regulation are the only historical economies to produce human progress. Any regulation, be it insurance on deposits, Social Security, or limitations on the sale of swamp property, all impede free markets! The book was written in 2002 and hasn't been updated to explain how FDR caused 2008.

    10 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Saint and Mr Teal: The Saint, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Leslie Charteris
    • Narrated By John Telfer
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    The Saint is back - 50 audiobooks are now available starring the debonair classic crime hero. Simon Templar is the Saint - daring, dazzling, and just a little disreputable. On the side of the law, but standing outside it, he dispenses his own brand of justice one criminal at a time. In Paris, a dying man claims his brother can make gold... a secret that men are prepared to kill for. In London, a small-time American criminal sets up a violent gang, only to learn that there are certain things the Saint will not put up with.

    Bruce Kent says: "Not Politically Correct Snapshots in Time!"
    "Not Politically Correct Snapshots in Time!"
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    As I've written previously, Leslie Charteris' Saint series is a picture in time of 1930's England much as Dashiell Hammett & Raymond Chandler provide snapshots in time for the same period in American San Fransisco and Los Angles - warts and all. The prejudices of the time with the bigotry and racial attitudes of the day are rampant throughout the books. The "N" word is used in ways that may surprise many American readers to reflect attitudes of the Britons of the day at all levels of society.

    Where Dashiell Hammett and his characters are terse and taciturn, Leslie Charteris is loquacious, but Simon Templar is one of the most loquacious and relaxed characters in the genre history! Reading these books one can see the development of the genre as we know it today.

    Mr. Tefler delivers all characterizations with flair and verve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Saint Closes the Case: The Saint. Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Leslie Charteris
    • Narrated By John Telfer
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    Simon Templar is the Saint - daring, dazzling, and just a little disreputable. On the side of the law, but standing outside it, he dispenses his own brand of justice one criminal at a time.When the Saint and Patricia Holm stumble upon a government test of a weapon of mass destruction, they realise they've seen something that must be kept away from the wrong hands. But the Saint's nemesis Rayt Marius is already nearby.

    Bruce Kent says: "Classic Series that Audible serves Poorly"
    "Classic Series that Audible serves Poorly"
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    Book 3 is actually Book 1! Audible & Amazon staffs have a tendency to do minimal service to some series & unfortunately this is one of them.

    The book is fantastic! A picture in time right up with Dashiell Hammett & Raymond Chandler. This is NOT your mother's Simon Templar! This is more of an amoral Saint filled with violence and fuzzy philosophies. There are more than one Saint and Simon Templar is not a womanizing Lothario,but a one-woman man.

    Charteris helped write the early Saint movies, so agreed to the sanitizing of what Simon Templar became on the screen, but he kept The Saint true to his origins on the page.

    Mr. Tefler serves the written word with panache and verve! Listen to the series and see why Simon Templar, The Saint has been popular since 1929!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Overlord

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
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    The plans of a million years are finally ready for what has always been coming - Armageddon. Finally, the first move is set in motion and the assassinations begin, eliminating the leadership and consolidating military control of the seas and airspace of the world’s most powerful nations. Only one element in the arsenal of the world can possibly give the Earth a fighting chance at survival - a tiny being that has already saved the world once in the Arizona desert is now called upon to outthink his former masters.

    Matthew says: "I think I lost my watch down south..."
    "End of the Event?"
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    Overlord reads like the summation of multiple underlying plot lines, some that began in "Event", the first book in the series. Reads like either the end of the road or the series taking off on new tangents.
    The characters are the normal archetypical jingoistic stereotypes from their respective countries, except the Speaker of the House who's your standard Tea Party'er taken from CSPAN. ;-) In other words - the usual suspects down to the 'men in black'.
    As I've said in past reviews of this series, Mr. Goleman is master yarn spinner. He manages to suspend belief just enough that his tall tales can be enjoyed to escape from the mundane travails of everyday life. What more can you ask?
    He IS a tad sloppy with getting all the details correct in his books, but he is so consistently sloppy that it's almost a trademark by now. Richard Poe has only gotten better over the life of the series to the point that I'm looking for other books narrated by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primeval: An Event Group Thriller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
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    Story
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    Thousands of years after giant beasts crossed the land bridge into North America and mysteriously disappeared, a rare journal documenting the truth about the Romanovs' execution emerges, triggering an international competition and leading the Event Group to make a baffling discovery.

    Matthew says: "Somehow...it works!"
    "Event Group Series are Great Yarns"
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    Audible has all 9 of the Event Group series, you just need to hunt for the suckers because they like to hide them! Mr. Goleman spins pretty neat yarns in all of his books. His biggest problem is that he really needs a fact checker to edit his books desperately. His lack of knowledge regarding the military in general is appalling. The time in grade for promotion for officers has his characters frozen in rank; some change rank during the same book. He needs a decent armorer to fact-check his guns and ballistics.
    In one book India is described as the world's largest Muslim nation; the NKVD as the successor to the KGB, etc. Sometime it almost seems that Mr. Goleman is putting in false facts in on purpose! He does seem to get a favorite phrase for each book, plus many re-occurring ones like, "...screamed like a girl..."; "...a sight he would remember for the rest of his life"; etc.

    Richard Poe's narrations have come around from a virtual Joe Friday presentation to pretty good variation for all the characters and gets into the material!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Stand of the Legion: Rift: Blood War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Rod Carstens
    • Narrated By Alexander Edward Trefethen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This is the story of the men and women on the Swift Boats, destroyers and battleships; the Legion pilots; the Anjin assassin from Rift; the Legionnaires of the newly formed Armored Infantry; the Von Fleet Corporation's executives; and so many more who must find a way to hold Rift against overwhelming odds.

    Bruce Kent says: "Great Potential!"
    "Great Potential!"
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    This series has fantastic potential. Solid character development, good plot backgrounds. The only shortcoming was the 2 dimensional battle scenes. Everything occurs on one plane; ships go port and starboard, forwards and reverse, but little transvering in the 3rd plane of up and down or any combination thereof. If the author gets his ships moving in all 3 planes, (in some cases 4), then he has the makings of one rip-roaring space opera here!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Rough Man: A Pike Logan Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson, Neil Kaplan
    Overall
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    A former Delta Force commander, Brad Taylor proves with this breathtaking debut thriller that Vince Flynn and Brad Thor have company. A collection of top operatives, the Taskforce was commissioned by the highest levels of government, kept secret from the media and even Congress. The best of the Taskforce bunch, Pike Logan knows the greatest threat to American security is one or two idealogues. Unfortunately for them, they’ve just crossed Pike’s path.

    Teresa says: "terrible narration"
    "4 Stars for Half a Man!"
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    Firstly the tag team approach to the narrative distracts greatly form the story. If they feel the first person narrator is lacking, get another one. Secondly audible.com has not spent much time in this series. They have omitted the short story which would be 1.5; "The Dig", and the 4th novel, "The Widow's Strike" from the Series Listings in spite of the fact that both are sold by audible.com. Sloppy.
    Basic premise of Pike Logan series is a broken special forces operator being gradually made whole again by partnering with an extraordinary civilian broken female. Two halves make more than a whole. The action is well above average. The narrative tends to get verbose, but doesn't get too much of a bore. I have a tendency to read or listen to entire series if I find one of the books interesting - bought the first on sale and then listened to entire series. Author is obviously knowledgeable in special operations procedures, (I'm sure that they're disguised sufficiently to give away secrets), so the action sometimes suffers from detail - but detail IS the author's forte. Found all 10 'books' of the series worth my money and time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was merely another Confederate general with only a single battle credential in an army fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. By middle June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western World. He had given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope.

    Jean says: "Captivating"
    "Brings Stonewall Alive!"
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    Fantastic bio! The best that I've ever read of Jackson! There were a few incidents missing, but the way the book was presented there was no way to include them. A most novel method of weaving his life through the various periods of both his career and childhood. It was most entertaining and kept my attention in spite of a rather dull narration.

    The good General was a man of many facets. He had a wicked sense of humor, displayed only in private, that belayed his public taciturn image. He could courts-martial men for disobeying orders and then caress their heads when they were wounded in battle. He was a pro-Union man, but when war came - lobbied for fighting under the black flag.

    The author repeatedly compares Jackson to Cromwell, Grant and Sherman. The Americans were all exposed to Jomini at West Point, but only Cromwell and Jackson constantly exhibited the Jominian tenets of speed and mass; besides their sharing a deep religious faith.(IMHO, Jackson,was the superior general). I think that most would consider Grant and Sherman more Claustewizian in their strategy, and therefore don't bear the author's comparison. The points in common being in rather humble circumstances at the war's beginnings. Other than that small point, it is an outstanding book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
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    (55)
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    Juan Cabrillo and his motley crew aboard the clandestine spy ship Oregon have made a very comfortable and very dangerous living working for high-powered Western interests. But their newest clients have come from the Far East to ask for Cabrillo's special brand of assistance: a consortium of Japanese shipping magnates whose fortunes are being threatened by brutal pirates trolling the waters of Southeast Asia.

    Bruce Kent says: "Good Book, but 2005 CD's"
    "Good Book, but 2005 CD's"
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    As usual a top flight job the team of Cussler, Du Brul and Brick! Problem is that it's the 2005 CD's put together for audible; they didn't even edit out the CD headers! I mean it's all brain candy, but I have the CD's somewhere. Still an enjoyable escape!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
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    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "Iconic!"
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    Knew from the reviews that this was a departure for Scalzi. What a departure! In my most humble opinion, this tome is an instant classic of the genre! A most novel concept and treatment of universal truths that will stay with readers long after they finish the book.

    Think Michael Valentine Smith meets 'I Robot'! I do believe that his predecessors would approve!

    Reading other reviews, I only wish that I'd purchased different narrator. Ms Benson wasn't bad, she wasn't quite up to the material.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Battle of Surigao Strait: Twentieth-Century Battles

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Anthony P. Tully
    • Narrated By Gary Roelofs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Surigao Strait in the Philippine Islands was the scene of a major battleship duel during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Because the battle was fought at night and had few survivors on the Japanese side, the events of that naval engagement have been passed down in garbled accounts. Anthony P. Tully pulls together all of the existing documentary material, including newly discovered accounts and a careful analysis of U.S. Navy action reports, to create a new and more detailed description of the action.

    Bruce says: "Well research work spoiled by narration!"
    "A Much Needed History!"
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    The Battle of Surigao Strait was in many ways as confusing as the battle of Taffy 3. Mr. Tully did a masterful job in pulling all the disparate portions and records together to weave a coherent tale. My main problem was that Mr. Roelofs was obviously reading many of the names and locales phonetically and in many cases unless one speaks Japanese, it was difficult to keep all of the IJN players straight. Keeping all of the USN players straight was hard enough with all of the battleships and heavy cruisers playing chicken towards the end of the battle. I believe that part of the problem is that the IJN players like Kurita are familiar to American readers, but that the IJN officers at Surigao Strait aren't because they died there for the most part. Most of the senior officers I knew from previous books, but many of the ships' captains and officers were oft time difficult to keep straight with their ships.

    The IJN run up the Straight is familiar to anyone who has watched "In Harm's Way", as James Bassett took this battle and mixed it with Taffy 3 in his book, "Harm's Way", on which the movie is based. While I could picture the essential maneuvers of the IJN run, it did get a bit confusing keeping the different heavy cruisers separate at times, and I'd have to back up the narration just to confirm which ship was which. But - the historic tale of the classic 'crossing of the T' at Suriagao Strait obviously does not stand up to scrutiny based on Mr. Tully's research. Oldendorf's reputation was largely made upon the picture of USN battleships steaming blissfully across the bows of IJN battleships in the dark while sending said IJN battleships to the bottom of Surigao Strait.

    The phonetic pronunciations such as; "Lay-Tee", did get a bit tedious, Mr. Roelofs did a yeoman's job at narrating the book and has a wonderful voice to listen to. It seemed that he didn't understand what he was reading. He was reading the book without telling the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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