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Reuben

Loving the time saving, knowledge gaining audiobook. There's nothing like a good listen. Currently enjoying genres of survival/adventure, economics, politics, history and religion.

Member Since 2012

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  • Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert Sirico
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    The Left has seized on our economic troubles as an excuse to “blame the rich guy” and paint a picture of capitalism and the free market as selfish, greedy, and cruel. Exactly the opposite is true, says Father Robert Sirico in his thought-provoking book Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy. Father Sirico argues that a free economy actually promotes charity, selflessness, and kindness. In Defending the Free Market, he shows why free-market capitalism is not only the best way to ensure individual success and national prosperity but also the surest route to a moral and socially just society.

    Reuben says: "Visionary, demands consideration"
    "Visionary, demands consideration"
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    A fantastic listen. Sirico not only demonstrates the flawed nature of many of the arguments advocated by socialism and other government interventionist positions, he clearly illustrates through his own transformation and many other varied interesting stories why the free market and capitalism is superior in every way. Of course Sirico argues for a true form of capitalism restricted by moral law, which proves a constant theme throughout. Apparently not content with the traditional arguments of greater prosperity for all Sirico convincingly demonstrates why a true form of capitalism (as opposed to cronyism) is the truly moral form of governance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is That Thing Diesel?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Carter
    • Narrated By Paul Carter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    At forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer toiling on offshore drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labour? Was he f**k! With his manic life left far behind and the perfect opportunity to take it easy stretched before him what else would a middle-aged, bike obsessed, man want? Yes, that's right, he'd want to be the first guy to ride around Australia on an underpowered experimental motorcycle that runs on used cooking oil, wouldn't he? Preferably without getting hit by a semi-trailer full of bridge parts.

    colleen says: "Paul Carter rocks"
    "Another entertaining Carter Tale"
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    The raw unapologetic aspect to Carter's writing is rather appealing in an age of political correctness. While this is not my favourite Carter the same familiar style continues with many more funny tales about the absurd trip down under on vegie oil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Steven Callahan
    • Narrated By Steven Callahan
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's Adrift chronicled one of the most astounding voyages of the century and one of the great sea adventures of all time. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is now an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived for more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized.

    Christopher says: "I listened all the way through"
    "To test oneself..."
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    ...to the limit cannot really be done in a training scenario no matter how serious the situation. It is only when death threatens around every corner that human ingenuity and the will to survive can be truly revealed. Callahan depicts these qualities in graphic brilliance and forces the listener to experience at least a little of what he went through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dig Tree: A True Story of Bravery, Insanity, and the Race to Discover Australia's Wild Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sarah Murgatroyd
    • Narrated By Catherine Milte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    > In 1860, an eccentric Irish police officer named Robert O'Hara Burke led a cavalcade of camels, wagons and men out of Melbourne. Accompanied by William Wills, a shy English scientist, he was prepared to risk everything to become the first European to cross the Australian continent. A few months later, an ancient coolibah tree at Cooper Creek bore a strange carving: 'Dig Under 3ft NW'. Burke, Wills and five other men were dead.

    Kent says: "The race to cross the Australian interior"
    "Entertaining History"
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    Murgatroyd has done a superb job depicting in graphic detail the disaster that was Burke and Wills. A fascinating piece of Australian history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.

    Reuben says: "Fantastic"
    "Fantastic"
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    There's little to say, listen for yourself, probably the most enjoyable book I have listened to. The book is well written, the story brilliant, and the narration excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What Has Government Done to Our Money?: and The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Murray N. Rothbard
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    The Mises Institute is pleased to present this audio edition of Rothbard's most famous monetary essay - the one that has influenced two generations of economists, investors, and business professionals. The Mises Institute has united this book with its natural complement: a detailed reform proposal for a 100 percent gold dollar. "The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar" was written a decade before the last vestiges of the gold standard were abolished.

    Reuben says: "Worth it's weight in gold"
    "Worth it's weight in gold"
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    Perhaps I come from a uneducated background but I suspect I'm typical of many middle class kids growing up who never give a thought to economics. A book or two on liberty and changed that and now I can't get enough of economics. Rothbard continues my learning curve with this book filled with a wealth of knowledge.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1819)
    Story
    (1824)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "An interesting insight"
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    One often wonders what really happens in the private lives of politicians. This book provides an excellent insight into the life and death of a rather famous one, worth the time if you're half curious about Kennedy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Down Under

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

    Ryan says: "A safe bet!"
    "A first Bill Bryson for me"
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    The story itself held little appeal to me however the viewpoint of Australia from another culture sold me. Bryson does well to make a rather boring story into a mostly entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
    • Narrated By Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (344)

    How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

    AC says: "Educational and Entertaining"
    "Why have I never heard this before?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes to be better than the print version?

    I am loving Audible's audio books, I used to love reading but over the last few years have not had time to do it. I'm back into 'reading' now with Audible and have listened to over 25 book this year, not a lot by some standards but I was struggling to get through two in the last few years.

    In this case I haven't read the print book so cannot give a definitive answer.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The whole book was great, though I would have to say the simplicity with which the story is told drew me in even more.


    What about Peter D. Schiff and Andrew J. Schiff ’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy listening to a book narrated by the author, you feel as if the story is being told firsthand and the emphasis is placed correctly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes although I started in late so had to get some sleep, plugged the headphones in first thing in the morning though.


    Any additional comments?

    Spread the word, even your kids will like this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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