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Jonnie

Panama City, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 56 reviews
  • 60 ratings
  • 954 titles in library
  • 53 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    (430)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (393)

    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 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (522)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Amy says: "Great Book. Great Narration."
    "Great story, great lady... very Democrat"
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    I enjoyed this story very much. Liz impressed me as a very nice person, very sincere, very capable. The book was a good listen and I would recommend it highly. Having said (and meaning) that, she is a consummate Democrat. I am 180 in difference regarding her politics but I still enjoyed the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Head Summitt, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Sally Jenkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and best-selling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise the Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history.

    Suzanne says: "5 Star Listen"
    "Five star book and person"
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    Pat Summit is a five star person. Her accomplishments speak for themselves. This book is very engaging and definitely inspirational even if you are not a sports fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love with a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Torre DeRoche
    • Narrated By Candice Moll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    City girl Torre DeRoche isn’t looking for love, but a chance encounter in a San Francisco bar sparks an instant connection with a soulful Argentinean man who unexpectedly sweeps her off her feet. The problem? He’s just about to cast the dock lines and voyage around the world on his small sailboat, and Torre is terrified of deep water. However, lovesick Torre determines that to keep the man of her dreams, she must embark on the voyage of her nightmares, so she waves good-bye to dry land and braces for a life-changing journey that’s as exhilarating as it is terrifying.

    Sherrie says: "Great Fun & A Fantastic Adventure"
    "A good summer read"
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    Take this one along to the beach and you will not be disappointed. Ups and downs along the way with a happy ending. I enjoyed it and I believe you will too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Kizzia
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    When Papa Pilgrim appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy with his wife and fifteen children in tow, his new neighbors had little idea of the trouble to come. The Pilgrim Family presented themselves as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal, with their proud piety and beautiful old-timey music, but their true story ran dark and deep.

    Dale says: "bewildering wilderness family"
    "Great story, eccentric to villain"
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    This is really a good story. The writing is very engaging and develops nicely as the Pilgrim deteriorates and takes his family and community with him. Right prevails in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1016)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "A total surprise, much better than the movie"
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    This book was very interesting. The movie is a disappointment in comparison. I read the book first and was very impressed with both the writing and story line. When I saw the movie I was so let down as there is no comparison. If you have seen the movie and not yet read the book my recommendation is to listen or read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (244)

    Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

    Rick says: "He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!"
    "Well written and interesting"
    Overall
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    I like history and wanted to listen to this book but I was intimidated when I saw the length.
    As I began the listen I was pleasantly surprised as to how interesting the book was. As the book continued my interest was sustained and the book ended up being a very good experience.
    JDR was a very interesting character and not the total villain he is commonly painted to be. He did a lot of good in his later years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Adam Braun
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (73)

    Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just 16 years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, "A pencil." This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 at the age of 24.

    mystica says: "Intriguing"
    "Good beginning, weak ending"
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    When Adam was finding himself and his work founding and building PoP the story was engaging and interesting. It made you feel like you were participating in something worthwhile. The latter part of the book when he is established feels like a promo for his success in which he has to mention all his celebrity contacts on and on. It's like the balloon popped and when will this ever end. PoP is doing a great job and Adam is to be commended. It just sounds too self-congratulatory during the last third to fourth of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2514)
    Performance
    (2236)
    Story
    (2254)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Average or less for Michael Lewis"
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    I have most of Michael Lewis' books and Flash Boys is average or less when compared against his other books. When compared against most authors it would be much better. He is really a great and consistent author. I would recommend getting it as it is interesting and worthwhile. I just feel this is not his best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (300)

    It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.

    AudioAddict says: "Pirates of the ... Gulf of Aden"
    "The movie is much better"
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    This book adds a lot of details that were not in the movie but the movie is much better. If you have seen the movie I would not recommend reading the book. The extra details are really not that significant. If you have read the book and have not seen the movie, go watch the movie, its a lot better experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gilbert King
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (179)

    Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Despite death threats, the clan, and the urging of his associates, Marshall knew he had to defend "the Groveland Boys".

    Jean says: "the fight for civil rights"
    "Five star book... very interesting"
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    I like history so I wanted to broaden my background on the fifties and civil rights issues. I knew of Thurgood Marshall's background regarding Brown and his position on the Supreme Court. Groveland opened up a whole new perspective for me. What Marshall had to go through prior to Brown was absolutely amazing. He really was a great man and deserved his position and fame. This was a great story. It kept my interest throughout the entire book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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