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Bret

Omaha, NE, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2924)
    Performance
    (2643)
    Story
    (2634)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Amazing Man, Amazing Recount"
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    First, thank you to Chris Kyle for his service and to all those who put their country first and bravely fight the battles few of us could even fathom. I appreciated this book immensely. It vividly paints a picture of the battle front and the rollercoaster of emotions our fighting men and women endure. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It and "Lone Survivor" are two must read books.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (616)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "Fairly Good, Too Character Heavy"
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    The biggest challenge of this book is trying to recall who is who. The book is laden with characters and I found myself often having to restart chapters and try to figure out who was being discussed. This definitely impacted the overall enjoyment of a fairly good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11329)
    Performance
    (9805)
    Story
    (9775)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "A Glimpse of Troubled Greatness"
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    A great look at the life and habits of Steve Jobs. This book doesn't serve as a fluff piece, but rather a much more measured take. You get a sense for the impressive accomplishments, but the vicious and sometimes unexpected methods he would use to achieve things "his way."

    There is a small section of the book that mentions the advice that Steve Jobs imparted to Larry Page (presently Google's CEO). In a way it foreshadows the current push of a unify look and aesthetic while cutting cruft and focusing on your core products and making them great... sound like a company Steve Jobs ran at all?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By J. Christian Adams
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Justice is supposed to be blind, especially to race and politics. Yet as Department of Justice (DOJ) whistleblower J. Christian Adams divulges in his shocking exposé, Injustice, justice under the Obama administration is anything but blind. Here, Adams reveals the never-before-published truth about the corrupt, racist, and politicized inner workings of the Obama Justice Department, as well as the untold story of the DOJ’s corrupt handling of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.

    Bret says: "Disturbing Revelations"
    "Disturbing Revelations"
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    A good reminder of why we shouldn't place so much trust in government to do the right thing. This book serves as an illustration that those that claim to represent minorities and equality often overlook a simple principle of using the rule of law evenly, regardless of race creed or color. The bias and ideological stench that's coming out of the DOJ is a sad insight to what we've come to today.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (690)

    To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary 14-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette's syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers....

    Kraig says: "Your never too old to enjoy a good story"
    "Great New Series!"
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    Well written and narrated. The characters are engaging and the storyline keeps you hooked. I look forward to the continuation of this series by Richard Paul Evans!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Breitbart
    • Narrated By Jeremy Guskin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (280)

    Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the "liberally biased" major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way. In Righteous Indignation, Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on.

    Larry says: "Very insightful!"
    "New Media History"
    Overall

    A concise, but revealing insight into the history of Andrew Breitbart and to an essential cog in the new media conservative movement. It also gives a unique reveal of the decisions that were made involving the ACORN videos as well as delving into the early movement that was started by Matt Drudge online and how it impacted Breitbart.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Known and Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Narrated By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Donald Rumsfeld's memoir is filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also features Rumsfeld's unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history.

    Brooks says: "Inside view of five decades in politics"
    "A Must Read of American History"
    Overall

    A fascinating recount of a primary figure in politics, business and warfare. Rumsfeld doesn't mince words and gives a rather detailed account of his life and the decision making that led him to make the numerous important choices that he had to throughout his differing occupations/positions.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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