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Kevin Christy

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Orange County, CA | Member Since 2001

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  • America's Secret War: Inside the Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover, the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

    David says: "The Best"
    "Great content, real narration problems"
    Overall

    This book offers many rational, dispassionate insights into the war on terror. Friedman does not go easy on the U.S.'s missteps and dissemblings, but neither does he obsess on them like the disloyal left is wont to do. Instead, he provides a balanced expose on the behind-the-scenes machinations and how the gears of decision-making turn in Washington, the capitals of Europe, and the caves of Afghanistan.

    Now, the narration... truly distracting, especially since the narrator pronounced the end of every third or fourth sentence with a comma instead of a period. Amateurish.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (460)

    You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.

    Kathryn says: "Chelsea, You are HYSTERICAL!"
    "Wow, what a thoroughly unlikeable woman..."
    Overall

    She is at turns shallow, cruel, self-absorbed and needlessly deceitful to others... just a thoroughly unlikeable person. I found myself really pitying the men who had the misfortune to get involved with. I like your show Chelsea, but jeez... I turned this off in disgust not at her sex life but at her lack of simple decency to other people.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Again

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Norah Vincent
    • Narrated By Norah Vincent
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 11 1/2 shoes, a perfect disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider.

    Kevin Christy says: "Surprised by compassion"
    "Surprised by compassion"
    Overall

    I have to admit that even a year ago if I had come upon a book written by a lesbian New York literary figure who spent time in the world dressed like a man, I would have dismissed it and moved on. More blue state pretention, and I can almost write the conclusions myself. "Men are pigs, and it's great to be a lesbian. More women should try it... and a few did with me." Having rounded a corner so to speak in my wanderings in this skin, being not so reliably red state in my response to my blue neighbors, I decided to download Norah Vincent's Self-Made Man, stick it on my iPod, and give it a listen on my drive from LA to Phoenix.

    I'm really glad that I did. Far from being a man-hating screed, this is a tender, insightful treatment of men from what might otherwise be an unlikely source. And Vincent openly admits of the predictable liberal/lesbian/feminist presuppositions she carried around about men--before she decided, on a lark, to live like one. And so "Ned" Vincent was born.

    As Ned, Norah joined a bowling league, went to strip joints, spent time in a men's group, participated in a drum-beating masculine discovery retreat, dated women, and ultimately broke down under the strain of living a double life.

    Throughout the recounting, as I listened to her candid observations about men and their patterns of speech, their bonding rituals, their troubles and triumphs, their wisdom and their banality I came to deeply respect what this woman had accomplished. Far from being an expose about how dull and brutish men really are, Self-Made Man is a work of true compassion. We celebrate Jesus for living among the alienated in society, but Norah Vincent became the very creature she wanted to understand. Can there be anything more compassionate?

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bernard Goldberg
    • Narrated By Bernard Goldberg
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Bernard Goldberg takes dead aim at the America Bashers (the cultural elites who look down their snobby noses at "ordinary" Americans and detest so much of what this country is about); the Hollywood Blowhards (incredibly ditzy celebrities who think they're smart just because they're famous); the TV Schlockmeisters (including the one whose show has been compared to a churning mass of maggots devouring rotten meat); the Intellectual Thugs, and many more.

    Marc says: "Some good points (really), kinda partisan."
    "Hey-I actually listened to this!"
    Overall

    Unlike so many of the one-star wonders that emerge from the woodwork at Audible to trash stuff they won't bother to listen to, I actually tried this out. Sure, 90% or so of the people Bernie puts on the list are liberal, but what would you expect from Al Franken? I imagine that 100% of his list would be conservative, and George Bush himself would probably be in every slot from 1 to 10. So lighten up.

    Truth is, Bernie has some impactful criticisms of those that are on his list. They're on there for a reason, and Bernie spells it out. Give this a fair listen and evaluate it for yourself.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bernard Goldberg
    • Narrated By Bernard Goldberg
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In his #1 New York Times best seller, Bias, Emmy Award-winning journalist Bernard Goldberg created a national firestorm when he exposed the liberal biases of the so-called mainstream media. Now, in his new blockbuster, Goldberg goes even further. He not only takes on Big Journalism, but offers a twelve-step program to help the media elites overcome their addiction to bias.

    James says: "Big Media?"
    "If you don't see the obvious..."
    Overall

    Everyone out in the red states have known about liberal media bias and arrogance for a long time. Bernie Goldberg, a longtime New York media insider spells out why in a plain-spoken, straightforward manner.

    Look, 80%+ of journalists voted for Gore, and Manhattan, the home of the scion of all media, the New York Times, went 80%+ for Kerry. It reminds one of the journalist who said, when Nixon was reelected in a landslide, that she was in disbelief--after all, nobody *she* knew voted for him.

    When nobody around you at work or in your social circle has red state sympathies, assuming that your liberal beliefs are de riguer is actually understandable. Life inside an echo chamber is not the best place to be if what you want is an unbiased diversity of opinion.

    So, what to do? First, as Goldberg says, Admit you have a problem. The bias is clear (and no, Virginia, just because Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are popular does *not* mean that "the media" (which includes ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and the Newspaper of Record) is biased towards *conservatism*. Red staters have Fox, talk radio, and the Washington Times. Blue staters have... well, *everything else*. Besides, most of what is considered "conservative" on Fox and on talk radio is commentary, not straight news reporting.

    So, get the book and learn. Or, don't buy it, don't listen to it, and don't read it, and come back here to Audible and give it one star like so many love to do when conservative books (which this *isn't*, by the way) hit the market.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By MiMi Swartz, Sherron Watkins
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    From inside the walls of Enron, a lone whistleblower attempted to avert the course of events leading to the largest bankruptcy in American history. On August 16, 2001, Sherron Watkins wrote an anonymous letter to Enron's Chairman, Ken Lay, laying out problems with Enron's use of partnerships to hide debt. She warned of a possible scandal that could topple the company if investors and the news media learned of the operations. Then, she revealed her identity and confronted Lay directly.

    Kevin Christy says: "A Truly Compelling Look at Greed and Arrogance"
    "A Truly Compelling Look at Greed and Arrogance"
    Overall

    This excellent, well-researched story lays out in great detail the little corruptions that turn into bigger corruptions, resulting ultimately in a sad story of staggering financial losses not by the fat cats that led Enron, but by their workers for whom Enron was a paycheck and a shot at a nice retirement, not a slot machine. The spirit of greed and arrogance that corrupted Lay, Skilling and Fastow, along with a host of Enron officers and the accountants and attorneys who were supposed to be providing adult supervision, should never be allowed to ressurect itself in Corporate America.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rudolph W. Giuliani
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Rudolph Giuliani demonstrates in Leadership how the leadership skills he practices can be employed successfully by anyone who has to run anything.

    Kevin Christy says: "The unabridged version would have been a 5/5"
    "The unabridged version would have been a 5/5"
    Overall

    This was a fine book, but I need to say right out that having only an abridgement available detracted from this experience. Rudy had a lot of valuable experience to impart, and his story is compelling all along the way.

    About the other low ratings, I'm beginning to suspect that there are trolls on Audible that lowball rate every title by a conservative without ever having read it.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Oliver North
    • Narrated By Joel Leffert, Oliver North
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    As an embedded journalist in Iraq, North got a soldier's-eye view, often while under fire, of what the mainstream media failed to report. A decorated combat veteran, North watched Operation Iraqi Freedom with trained eyes unmatched by other journalists. What he witnessed compelled him to challenge post-war critics of the operation for their uninformed and deceptive views.

    Chris says: "Highly recommended"
    "Gritty detail on the Marine's advance in Iraq"
    Overall

    Ollie North, a noted conservative polemic, provides here some excellent journalistic dispatches, full of detail and light on commentary. While he never attempts to hide his sentiments towards the Marines fighting and dying in Iraq, he shares their dangers and provides the perspective on the fighting that can only come from an experienced warrior. Well recommended regardless of where you stand politically.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Rick Atkinson
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    For soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, the road to Baghdad began with a midnight flight out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late February 2003. For Rick Atkinson, who would spend nearly two months covering the division for The Washington Post, the war in Iraq provided a unique opportunity to observe today's U.S. Army in combat.

    miyaker says: "Interesting, informative and balanced"
    "A Mixed Bag"
    Overall

    While the author did a fine job of documenting the professionalism and endurance of the command soldiers of the 101st, he cheapened the work by grinding his anti-Iraq war axe. All the usual leftist dumps on Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz are paraded out, along with the sneering "well, were are the weapons of mass destruction, huh???" Regardless of whether Saddam possessed as much *capability* as we thought he did, he possessed all the intent necessary to rely on him to mount threats in the future. Also, he had an abundant track record of supporting terror. It's impossible to see what future would have resulted had we continued to place our faith in the UN (which was already under leftist pressure to end sanctions entirely) and let Saddam stay in place.

    The war on terror is nothing less than the battle of Western Civilization against the anarchic brutality of militant Islam and those who seek to use it as a weapon for their own secular purposes (not anymore, Saddam). Those who imagine that it is a police action ("Get Osama") best left to the UN place our nation's security in inept, perhaps even entirely hostile, hands.

    51 of 100 people found this review helpful
  • Glorious Appearing: Left Behind, Volume 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (85)

    The smash hit Left Behind saga, the best-selling inspirational series of all time, comes to its extraordinary conclusion in this thrilling audiobook. Glorious Appearing picks up the action following the cosmic battle of the ages, and not all the members of the Tribulation Force have survived!

    timetobuy says: "how a write about the Re-Appearing of christ?"
    "Finally, Jesus is Back"
    Overall

    By the time this book came out, I had about had it with this series. What started out as fresh and inspiring ended up about twice as long as it should have, and left me wondering if they were just milking the franchise for all that it was worth.

    The good news is, that God loves us and Jesus is coming back. The bad news is, we had to suffer through about half a dozen books too many to get to the best part of the story.

    Like so many epics, this is great in the beginning and end, but way too long in the middle. Still, you gotta read it. There is no more important subject matter.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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