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Michael

Pittston, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Hitch-22: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    Overall
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    (554)
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    Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

    Laura says: "Truth, the whole truth and nothing but."
    "Engaging and edifying"
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    Well written and read by the author. Hitchens is certainly one of the most gifted writers of recent times and it turns out that he is also an excellent narrator. I am not a fan of autobiography however being a fan of Hitchens I found his book to be as engaging and entertaining as any work of fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Slobbering Love Affair: The Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bernard Goldberg
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    According to Bernard Goldberg, the media crossed an important line in the 2008 presidential race, moving from their usual unthinking liberal bias to crass partisanship of the crudest kind, practically acting as spin doctors for the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. In A Slobbering Love Affair, his most provocative book yet, Goldberg demonstrates how the media launched an unparalleled effort to ensure the election of the man they regarded as the One.

    Eunice says: "spot on!"
    "Greatest Narration on Audible"
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    Attention Audible: this is the way books need to be narrated. Alan Sklar is the best narrator I have heard. In all the right places, he uses his voice to deliver jubilation, disbelief, snark, dryness, wit, sarcasm, outrage, excitement, somberness, and on and on, bringing the written word to life! This is what every narrator should do, as appropriate to the tone of the text, of course.

    I now have about 200 audible books, I have listened to this one 4 times already because I just enjoy the narration, it's actually entertaining in and of itself, and just pulls you through the whole book before you know it.

    As far as the content of the book and the author, anyone who knows Bernard Goldberg knows he is conservative who worked in the liberal news rooms for decades and is well accustomed to the left-wing bias. He left the news side and since has written a couple books, and does conservative media analysis. He is smart, funny, and most importantly a seasoned journalist who knows how to do research, so....
    ....the chapters are organized in thought and content, making the case, USING EVIDENCE FROM THE PRESS, that the main stream media vacated their roll in vetting and challenging Barack Obama in his 2008 BECAUSE THEY WANTED HIM TO WIN.

    Goldberg makes the case that the 2008 election was the first time the American liberal news media en masse actually moved from a position of passive bias favoring one candidate over the other, to actively downplaying negative stories of one candidate and then attacking the candidates critics ... remember the national news media investigating and then reporting on the credentials of Joe the plumber, a private citizen who asked Obama a tough question at one of the debates ?

    I highly recommend everyone interested in politics read this book because the way most Americans get their political and world news is from the main stream press, and they are subject to shockingly deep bias and not above manipulating the stories to the betterment of their own world view and desires. It really is a shame. They are supposed to be "Objective".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Right Turns: Unconventional Lessons From a Controversial Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Medved
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (12)
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    Michael Medved is an orthodox Jew whose popular radio show is a favorite with evangelical Christians. As a nationally syndicated movie reviewer he made headlines with a controversial book titled Hollywood vs. America. He is a fervent and committed conservative who once worked 18-hour days in Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign. And he counts among his friends both Rush Limbaugh and Hillary Clinton. He is a unique man, with a unique story to tell.

    Christopher says: "One man's quirky journey through life"
    "Very interesting biography"
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    I am not a fan of biographies generally, but I have listened to Medved on the radio and he is an interesting and knowledgeable story teller, so I figured, 'what the heck'. I listened over a week or two and it was a witty and enjoyable listen from a guy with a unique story to tell.

    I gave it 4/5 stars overall because like I said, I'm not the biggest fan of biographies, they aren't going to really change your life, but Medved, as a professional broadcaster, did a lively job narrating the book.

    The book as I recall talks about his politics only as it applies to his bio, but is not a preachy political book, so liberals or conservatives who like contemporary biographies would like it and not be put off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Steyn
    • Narrated By Mark Steyn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
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    (336)
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    In his giant New York Times best seller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction. No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.

    Peter says: "Facts"
    "Steyn's reading makes this a 5 star audiobook"
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    For those who don't know, Mark Steyn is a conservative commentator, columnist and humorist orignially from Canada. He has a great British accent and thank God he narrated this book. He has a wonderful lively delivery that makes the reading come alive: information and grave commentary are read seriously, and humorous or sardonic commentary are read with the appropriate tongue-in-cheek. He has to be one of the wittiest men to walk the planet. He is like a conservative version of John Stewart, but with alot more insight and facts to back up his targeting of the particular PC sacred cows that he skewers.

    I would call this a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining book if the subject wasn't the prediction of the catastrophic end of America and the birth of a post-American world where looney dictators with nukes and totalitarian communist regimes are going to have far more influence on international politics than the bankrupt and impotent US and the rest of rest of the civilized Western world.

    It's not all hopeless for Steyn though, for if enough of us can tap into that ruggedly individualist, subversive American spirit now we just might be able to breath new life into this radical experient in self-government as the rest of the Western welfare states sink below the waterline. If your under 40 don't forget, you're the one getting stuck with this collossal big-government nanny-state bar tab, so you might as well forget about retirement, you got five lifetimes of Chinese debt to pay back!

    I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in politics and enjoys excellent political humor. No one other than looney dictators and big-government technocrats will be offended, and no animals were harmed in the making of this audiobook. Get it!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Mamet
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (108)
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    For the past 30 years, David Mamet has been a controversial and defining force in theater and film, championing the most cherished liberal values along the way. In some of the great movies and plays of our time, his characters have explored the ethics of the business world, embodied the struggles of the oppressed, and faced the flaws of the capitalist system. But in recent years Mamet has had a change of heart.

    Michael says: "A Consevative Milestone"
    "A Consevative Milestone"
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    First, Johnny Heller has to be my favorite Audible narrators... a great gravely voice and an engaging reading. So the book has that going for it right out of the gate. Mamet's writing is smooth and flows like a stream of consciousness in essay after essay. His sentences are constructed informally, or conversationally, yet always with erudition. You get the sense that this is writer who lives what he speaks. Thomas Sowell's prose is in the same category of delivering dense nuggets of wisdom while crafting a clever and quotable sentence. I would love to say this book holds something for everyone, but I don't know whether liberals will read this book. I would hope they do, this book presents truth and wisdom and life experience wrapped in expert prose, it is a joy to listen to. But I don't think liberals like to challenge their innate sense of moral superiority by opening up their philosophy and egos to criticism, no matter how savory. We conservatives are fortunate to be living in a time when great thinkers and wordsmiths are now fleshing out the philosophy of our movement, recapturing and retooling the old wisdom of our great culture, and to be able to hear all these ideas brought to life in well-crafted works both written and spoken. This book is a notable milestone on the road to rediscovery of our American identity, who we are and what we envision for our future and our children's future. I dare say it is the "Common Sense" of our generation. In this battle of visions for America's future they have Krugman, we have Sowell; they have Maddow, Olberman and Sharpton, and we have Prager, Bennett, and Medved. They have most of Hollywood and we now have Mamet.. I'll take those odds all day long.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Decade: Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Bruce Turk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
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    (156)
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    In The Next Decade, George Friedman offers readers a pro­vocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immedi­ate future. Using Machiavelli’s The Prince as a model, Friedman focuses on the world’s leaders - particularly the American president - and with his trusted geopolitical insight analyzes the complex chess game they will all have to play.

    Michael says: "Jaw-dropping apolitical analysis"
    "Jaw-dropping apolitical analysis"
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    Friedman's analysis in this book is neither left nor right, neither liberal nor conservative. As a conservative myself, his cynical view of the American "empire" and practical Machiavellian insights into sound foreign policy contradict my idealistic higher moral calling toward "liberty and justice for all mankind". In fact, now that I think of it, it could be argued that Obama's soft call towards the Middle East may be just what we need to restore stalemate-stability in a region that would be devastating to US prosperity and security were it to unite under a common banner. This and other cold, hard insights on the unintended American hegemony make this the must-read book of the year, if not the decade. I have not read his previous books, so those of who know Friedman may be like, "yeah, we know he's good", but this is my first (and definitely not last) read from this author. You high-minded Tea-Party moralists and Left-wing ivy league idealogues would be foolish not to get a second opinion on how the world really operates from an internationally recognized expert on geopolitical analysis. Get it, read it, let your jaws hit the floor. Mine did.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
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    You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).

    James says: "Take in the Meat and spit out the bones."
    "All meat, no filler"
    Overall

    Considering the controversial and politically sensitive subject of this book, the author's strategy was clearly to combat the expected charge of bigotry by almost exclusively quoting the Koran, the news media, history books, and Islamic religious and political leaders such that the bulk of the material is not the author's interpretation, but rather the words of the Koran and the interpretation of its Muslim leaders. Given this almost legalistic style, I will say the redundancy of Koranic scripture can be a bit grinding. After 4 hours of chapter after chapter of quotations calling for violence, intolerance, bigotry, killing, oppression, conquest, torture and jihad I couldn’t believe I was only halfway through the book! However, the book did start looking at historical and current events related to Islam about then, so my interest was renewed. The realistic look at the Crusades was really a gem, having been educated in the liberal tradition, I believed the Crusades to be spontaneous, unjustified acts of European aggression. However, it is interesting to realize that the Crusades were chronologically a response to Muslim aggression, not a cause of it. It is also interesting to think that without the distraction that Crusades created against aggressive Islamic designs on Europe, European civilization may never have had the opportunity to progress securely, and then to flourish to create the culture we live in today... otherwise, no Galileo, Boticelli, Mozart, Shakespeare, Newton, Faraday, Dickens, Curie or Einstein. Overall the book is very informative, if anxiety-provoking. It seems we are facing a single-minded intolerant adversary of militant religionists committed to conquest and subjugation of nonbelievers, and our politically correct tendencies may be a great detriment in assessing this threat and its ability to be negotiated with. The book gives a perspective on the current terroristic and jihadist crisis one will not find in the news. Get it!

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Soldiers of Reason: The Rand Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alex Abella
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (11)
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    The first-ever popular history of the RAND Corporation, written with full access to its archives, Soldiers of Reason is a page-turning chronicle of the rise of the secretive think tank that has been the driving force behind American government for 60 years

    Doug says: "The Alliance of Geniuses and Generals"
    "An interesting history of a remarkable institution"
    Overall

    A history of the RAND corporation would normally not be at the top of my reading list, but the book title and editor's summaries made it appealing enough to try it, plus all the other audiobooks I had been listening to were political commentary, so I wanted a change to something more factual, as opposed to opinionated and agenda-driven. Fortunately this book was perfect, and I do not have buyers remorse in the least. The author really does an excellent job (and the narrator also) of creating an interesting history of the RAND corporation.
    RAND stands for Research and Developement, which is the American civilian think-tank which influenced military technology and planning, Cold War diplomacy, wartime strategy, and many other topics, even branching into social science, medical science and educational areas of research as well. This book covers the contributions and careers of the most interesting "RAND-ites" as well as the growth, change, and significant historical events RAND corp was involved in since its inception in the mid 20th century. RAND had a big impact on major parts of American history in the 20th century. I would describe Soldiers of Reason as a history book that is well researched and written in a very interesting and readable way. As a non-history buff, I found it a light, enjoyable (but still solid, authorative, well-researched) listen over about a week during my daily commutes in my car. A true history buff may find it even more intense and enthralling. Definitely worth a listen if you have an interest in either RAND or American military and political stragety in the modern age.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wiker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

    Aaron says: "Some merit, but more religious masquerade"
    "Amazing book"
    Overall

    This book is social and political commentary elevated to the level of art. Each chapter moves quickly and draws you in, Wiker's prose is sophicated, witty and clear, and the narrator was excellent. You learn alot with each chapter, a short history of the author and summary of each book, then an analysis of the book, focusing on the major themes, and learning how each book/author "twists" moral and ethical concepts of truth, history, ethics, morality, society, humanity, individualism,religion, science etc etc, and ultimately what the bad outcomes were for followers or society in general, as applicable. I went through 4 hours in one afternoon, then finished up the next 2 hours the following day. Just awesome. Finally, I can say as a conservative agnostic I didn't find anything evangelical in Wiker's writing, though clearly it seems he is a Christian with his morality firmly set in the Judeo-Christian tradition (most conservatives do, regardless of faith)... but this is hardly a reason to be insulted or disgusted by this book, unless you despise religion above all else. The writing and narration alone merits at least 3 stars, and if you like the content too, then it's 5 stars, easy! Get it!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read: Plus Four Not to Miss and One Imposter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wiker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (34)
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    Offering a “CliffsNotes guide” to some of the most important literary works of our time, Benjamin Wiker, author of 10 Books That Screwed Up the World, turns his discerning eye from the great texts that have done damage to Western civilization to the great texts that could help rebuild it.

    Michael says: "A Great Place to Get Started"
    "A Great Place to Get Started"
    Overall

    If you are looking for an overview of conservative philosophy this book would be the best place to start. A well-written and comprehensive overview of the most important conservative books (at least according to the author), this book has eye opening and rich content for anyone who thinks that conservative philosophy is just "free markets" and "small government". There is much much more than that to conservative thought and values; this book really gives an interesting overview. Who would have thought conservativism goes back over 2000 years! Nicely recorded and pleasant to listen to as well. 5 stars, get it!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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