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Jenkins

South Jordan, UT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 14 reviews
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  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (188)

    Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Supreme Court through personalities, from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas' well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd 19th-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.

    Stephen says: "Fascinating"
    "5 stars for leftys, 4 for others"
    Overall

    If you are interested in politics and the court, this book is pretty darn interesting. Toobin is quite liberal, and writes from that point of view. As long as you can accept that, he writes a good tale, and you learn a lot about what drives the justices, albeit from his very left-leaning view of piety.

    My biggest complaint is the author's omissions of important parts of arguments, for example, the whole Bush v Gore election. He totally glosses over the strident incompetence of the Florida Supreme Court. Only if you were a news junky at the time would you have the proper context to understand the whole story. He leaves out many details that don't comport with his liberal views; but, I guess we all do that some. Overall, very good book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • James Madison: A Life Reconsidered

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lynne Cheney
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    This majestic new biography of James Madison explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison was a true genius of the early republic. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states - so eloquently presented in The Federalist papers - helped shape the country Americans live in today.

    Jean says: "Excellent"
    "Absolutely Excellent!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to Thomas Jefferson-The Art of Power, until it started talking about Madison a lot. Because their lives were so intertwined, I started this book when is was about 1/3 of the way through TJ. Then I moved back and forth between the two books to see same events from two different angles. It was great fun.
    The narration was VERY good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Equalizer

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Sloan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector, and an investigator. People in need find him through a newspaper ad: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days), McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak.

    shelley says: "THE EQUALIZER is truly worthy of an AWARD!!"
    "So. Much. Detail."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Every Gun: make, model-including modification, caliber, number of rounds in the clip. Every woman-every one he comes in contact with is absolutely beautiful-what color her nails are, where she gets them done, how many kids the lady has who does her nails. Every painting he comes across: who painted it, what year, etc., etc. And the word "Intel" is repeated so many times, it becomes cartoonish, as if any information becomes more important if it is called "intel".
    And I really dislike narrators who think they can actually do a different voice for each character in the book. It sounds much better if they simply raise their voice a little for female, normal for a male. (best example: George Guidall).
    Really interesting story (except for the 200 subs who just happen to have physician who lives with them full time).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5536)
    Performance
    (3504)
    Story
    (3536)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "One of my very favorite books ever!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So many of these types of books never get into what life would actually be like in the event of a complete cut off of communications. I don't begin to understand the reviews calling it "right wing", etc. It was not political in that sense at all. The narrator was excellent as well. I loved it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (1233)
    Story
    (1232)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Absolutely Remarkable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent book, excellent narration. Chernow provides a great balance of the somewhat trivial with all the good meaty stuff. Every time I start thinking he is getting just a little too detailed, he wraps it up and moves on. This book, and the Hamilton book, demonstrate just how fantastic a biographer Ron Chernow is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Falcon Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    A U.S. Navy F/A-18 flying over Afghanistan is suddenly diverted and ordered to bomb a building in Pakistan, where a meeting between al Qaeda and the Taliban is taking place. After destroying their target, the fighter jet is immediately hit by Stinger missiles and the pilots eject over Pakistan. They are captured, assaulted, and dragged through the streets of Peshawar. The world is on edge.

    David says: "Simply Excellent"
    "Recommended, with reservations"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I totally agree with Jerry's comment that the narrator sounds like he is shouting. I imagine some guy standing at a microphone for a press conference, you know about how loud and deliberate one would tend to speak in that situation; the whole book is read like that. Fun story, not perfect, but interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3312)
    Performance
    (2470)
    Story
    (2456)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Not sure about first-person style?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It may be just me, but i really don't like the style of the book being told in the first person. All the characters seem so hollow and incomplete, and the lead character, the one telling the story, comes off as too self important. Oh well, maybe just a personal preference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3187)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1549)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Vince Flynn is the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent story, excellent story teller. This is the best narrator out of about 30 I have listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karl Rove
    • Narrated By Karl Rove
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    From the moment he set foot on it, Karl Rove has rocked Americas political stage. He ran the national College Republicans at 22, and turned a Texas dominated by Democrats into a bastion for Republicans. He launched George W. Bush to national renown by unseating a popular Democratic governor, and then orchestrated a GOP White House win at a time when voters had little reason to throw out the incumbent party.

    Deborah T. says: "Wow! Karl Can Read & Write"
    "Interesting Inside Insight"
    Overall

    If you like the back-story in politics, this book is excellent. Of course it has a point of view. Who doesn't in politics. If you can't stand to read anything positive about Republicans, then read something else. If you want an excellent book from the left, read The Nine by Jeffery Toobin.
    I agree that the author, while certainly a fantastic strategist, is only a fair narrator. (can you say "monotone" without emphasizing a syllable?)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (273)

    In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

    Robert says: "As raw as it gets"
    "Great book, extremely rough language"
    Overall

    Once I got started, I couldn't stop; but if I had known how profane the language was going to be, I would have never started. Gripping story. The language was probably real, not just put in for the story, but still very, very rough.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Consent to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3876)
    Performance
    (1877)
    Story
    (1890)

    For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

    Timothy says: "One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard"
    "would give it 4.5 if I could"
    Overall

    Love the narrator, and I have loved all three Vince Flynn books so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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