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Dane

Woodburn, OR, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck, Brian Sack
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (191)

    In the words of Harvard economist Niall Ferguson, the United States is “an empire on the edge of chaos.” Why? Glenn Beck thinks the answer is pretty simple: Because we’ve turned our backs on the Constitution. Yes, our country is financially broke, but that’s just a side effect of our broken spirit, our broken faith in government, the broken promises by our leaders, and a broken political system that has centralized power at the expense of individual rights.

    Antoine says: "First Beck Book Read"
    "Finally book that has done the reasearch..."
    Overall

    I loved this book. It really spelled it all out and did it in very logical arguments. The data is there. I know data can be manipulated to suit one's purposes but it seemed rather thorough. I enjoyed how Mr Beck didn't follow party lines all the time and outlined things that both republican and democrat presidents did wrong in bringing us to the brink of financial collapse. I enjoyed hearing the pep talk about how the federal government should not be telling us much of anything yet we seem to be complacent in letting them take all the power they want. I was also delighted to finally hear someone else bring up the constitutionality of property taxes. If you think about it, you can own your home but because you can never really own the land, you by default don't/can't own your home because it can be taken by the government for failure to pay your property tax. It is a crock. Anyway, I would encourage you to all read this book. It changed my views and opinions and it might open your eyes a little wider and light a small flame under your ???

    23 of 68 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12682)
    Performance
    (5056)
    Story
    (5094)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A mediocre book with pornographic tendencies"
    Overall

    I started this book at the recommendation of a friend. The narrator is perfect. The author starts out by stating that he writes thrillers and that this book is a departure from that genre, that it took him more than 10 years to write and brags about how he wanted to write a masterpiece to paraphrase his comments. I was appalled, when, partway through the book the author starts describing in vivid detail the private parts of a woman and later that of a man. He persists in describing in detail, lustful thoughts of some characters in a way that makes you wonder what the author was doing or thinking when he wrote it. Is the author writing out his own fantasies? I was hopeful that the book would improve and since several of the characters had already had their bodies revealed to the reader in explicit depth that no more would be needed. This was not the case. It continues throughout the book including a very disturbing rape scene of one of the main characters. I was shocked, dismayed, disappointed and deeply disturbed by the manner in which the rape was described. Many a Great author can portray their thoughts and desires to the reader without stooping to the baseness that this author has chosen to entertain. The author describes how he wanted to write a great book. This book, while the plot is exciting, will forever have a place in my mind as one of the worst books I have ever read. I am ashamed to say that I have read this book. Ken Follett is a disgusting pervert and is far from being the great writer he aspires to be. Great authors don't write books like this one. They are above it.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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