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Jonnie

Panama City, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 40 reviews
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  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson, Mark Schlabach (contributor)
    • Narrated By Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (253)

    It’s all about the food…. For the Robertsons, family is typified by the dinner table, where both food and fables are dished up with equal care. Anyone with a good story - whether it be a hunting escapade or one of the children’s antics - is welcome to share. And that’s what this family is all about - sharing, caring for one another, and the love of good food. Chapters are built around recipes that represent each stage of the Robertson life. What do faith, family, ducks, and money have in common? Korie and Willie Robertson!

    M. Kamakeeaina says: "DUCKAHOLIC"
    "A lot of repetition to Happy Happy Happy"
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    I would recommend you buy and read Happy Happy Happy by Willie's father Phil Robertson and skip this one by Willie. Phil's book is more interesting and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Empire of Debt: The Rise and Fall of an Epic Financial Bubble

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William Bonner, Addison Wiggin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The internationally acclaimed author team of William Bonner and Addison Wiggin return to reveal how the epic financial bubble that is plaguing the United States will soon bring an end to this once great empire. They offer a frightening look at the United States' precarious position and discuss how government control of the economy and financial system - combined with unfettered deficit spending and gluttonous consumption - has ravaged the business environment.

    Jason says: "Informative and Enjoyable"
    "Very interesting, very insightful... a great read"
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    This book received average 4 star reviews so I was reluctant to buy it but I read Bill Bonner's daily column "Diary of a Rogue Economist." and enjoy it thoroughly. The book was even better and did not disappoint in the least. I learned a great deal of pertinent history about past empires and how they mirrored our own situation. Bonner's wit and analysis were right on target throughout the entire book. This is a book I will probably re-read to pick up details I miss or will forget. This is a five star book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (721)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "Story after story...delightful"
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    My favorite is still A Walk in the Woods but One Summer is an interesting and fun listen. The personalities and stories are interwoven so sometimes it is a little disorienting but you get used to it and go on. The stories and details keep coming like Niagara Falls so hang on and enjoy them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Laurence Leamer
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    This nonfiction legal thriller traces the 14-year struggle of two lawyers to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history to justice. Don Blankenship, head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, ran an industry that provides nearly half of America’s electric power. But wealth and influence weren’t enough for Blankenship and his company, as they set about destroying corporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, purchasing the West Virginia judiciary, and willfully disregarding safety standards in the company’s mines - mines in which scores died unnecessarily.

    Mr. says: "A good story"
    "A good story"
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    This was a good four star book and story. The character development was good and the story line was average to good. I would recommend this book but without enthusiasm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jim Rogers
    • Narrated By Michael Bybee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Jim Rogers, whose entertaining accounts of his travels around the world - studying the markets from Russia to Singapore from the ground up - has enthralled investors and Wall Street aficionados for two decades. In his engaging memoir Street Smarts, Rogers offers pithy commentary from a lifetime of adventure, from his early years growing up a naïve kid in Demopolis, Alabama, to his fledgling career on Wall Street, to his cofounding the wildly successful Quantum Fund [omit George Soros], Rogers always had a restless curiosity to experience and understand the world around him.

    aaphilip says: "Just what you've come to expect from him"
    "Jim Rogers tells it like it is"
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    I always enjoy Jim Rogers being interviewed because he is not afraid to tell the truth as he sees it. This is a good book and I enjoyed it. Doing his own narration was a positive thing for the story and the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Robertson
    • Narrated By Al Robertson, Phil Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (300)

    This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business. Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting. An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky....

    calluna13 says: ""Redneck" does not necessarily mean unintelligent"
    "I am happy happy happy I bought to this book."
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    Phil Robertson is a real character and is having a life that is making a difference. His life before and after his conversion to Jesus is night and day. The book is the real deal and I enjoyed it very much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (595)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Benoibe says: "Best book of the year!"
    "Very well written, one of my best books"
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    This was truly a great story. It was not as exciting as Unbroken was just as well written and enjoyable. The narration enhanced the story and put you right into the story and the emotions of the characters. This is a book I would strongly recommend and listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bear Grylls
    • Narrated By Tom Patrick Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    Already a number-one London Sunday Times best seller, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is the adrenaline-fueled autobiography of the mega-popular star of the hit survival series Man vs. Wild, adventurer Bear Grylls. A former British Special Forces commando, a man who has always sought the ultimate in dangerous challenges, Bear's true story reads like an outdoors action-and-adventure novel. But Bear's story is true - full of breathtaking escapes and remarkable exploits that would make any Jack London or H. Ryder Haggard hero proud.

    Eva Rose says: "Interesting Autobiography"
    "Three and a half stars... just OK"
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    Overall I thought this book was just above average and just below good, a solid three point five.
    His experiences in school prior to basic training were average and gives a weak start to the book. I enjoyed the part about Bear's experience in military training the best. The remainder of the book waffled between three and four stars for me. I finished the book but was not enthralled by it. I would not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Phil Lapsley
    • Narrated By Johann North
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Before smartphones, back even before the Internet and personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. Starting with Alexander Graham Bell’s revolutionary "harmonic telegraph", by the middle of the 20th century the phone system had grown into something extraordinary, a web of cutting-edge switching machines and human operators that linked together millions of people like never before. But the network had a billion-dollar flaw, and once people discovered it, things would never be the same.

    R. Foret Jr. says: "In to telephone sutff, this book is for you!!"
    "Average book... yawn :0"
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    I got through most of this book but it was a real push. It was just on and on. I would recommend Ghost in the Wires if you like this kind of topic. It is much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook
    • Narrated By Rebecca Musser
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens Rebecca Musser became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.

    Briley says: "Compelling and emotional read"
    "This is a great story!"
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    I loved this book from start to finish. Becky Musser is a real hero. The adversaries and odds she was fighting were overwhelming but she fought her foes with a growing confidence and dignity. Becky did the narration and it too was very well done. She expressed the emotions she was feeling in the various situations in such a way that you could feel the situations in a more personal and authentic way. I loved her interpretations of the Texas sheriff. :) I have read Under the Banner of Heaven and Escape and enjoyed them all but Witness gives you the best description of life inside the FLDS.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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