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MANDEVILLE, LA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Susan O’Malley
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight, even in his retirement. In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts from the legend to find the heart of the man who, at the grass roots, is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or anti-slavery, privileged or populist.

    ks says: "Badly Scratched Record"
    "Badly Scratched Record"
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    Literally hundreds of "skips" throughout the entire recording, usually occurring every 1 or two minutes. I should have paid attention to prior reviews. Based on the fact that this recording is still available after those reviews, there is obviously no quality control from either audible.com or Blackstone. Save your credit until this is replaced with an updated version.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Walden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Thoreau built his cabin near Walden Pond in 1845 on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walden which is considered one of his best works, describes Thoreau's two-year experience as a resident of Walden Pond. Focusing on the concept of self-knowledge, he encourages readers to get to know themselves and the world around them.

    George says: "In defense of the narrator."
    "Annoying narrator"
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    Tip: listen to this at 1.5 or 2x speed. This helps alleviate the reader's annoying drag.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Michael Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    In this book, which the author calls a "culmination of 30 years of work in the history of ideas", Sowell attempts to explain the ideological difference between liberals and conservatives as a disagreement over the moral potential inherent in nature. Those who see that potential as limited prefer to constrain governmental authority, he argues. They feel that reform is difficult and often dangerous, and put their faith in family, custom, law, and traditional institutions.

    Robert says: "Not a lite listen"
    "Should be required reading"
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    Excellent book. This was my first Sowell book and I will definitely be reading more of his works. Unique, objective way to look at the fundamental differences between core visions that helps explain the polarization of political and social philosophies throughout the ages. I think this book will be as relevant a hundred years from now as it is today. This book should be required reading for anyone to be able to vote.

    Only problem with the audio version might be that it made me think so much as I was listening that I frequently lost focus on listening and was constantly rewinding. Made it through the audio version and am now reading a hard copy to see what I missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound of Your Voice

    • NONE (4 hrs)
    • By Dr. Carol Fleming
    • Narrated By Dr. Carol Fleming
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    In this remarkable audio program, Dr. Fleming helps you identify your "voice image" and provides techniques for correcting any communication problem. The Sound of Your Voice takes you step-by-step through the fundamentals of good vocal technique. You will learn what your voice says about you, how to analyze your voice and diagnose its problems, how to modify regional dialects and get rid of annoying mannerisms, how to become more assertive, and much more.

    ks says: "Good, but a lot of filler"
    "Good, but a lot of filler"
    Overall

    It seems that the publisher pushed for this to be a certain minimum length. The first four and half chapters are filled with repetition and often seemed like an info-mercial - filled with teasers about what they were going to tell you later, but very little real insight. These chapters could have easily been condensed into one introduction section, maybe 15 minutes max.

    Beginning near the end of Chapter 5, the content became useful and I gained more insight than I had on a different voice training cd I listened to years ago.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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