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Joseph

I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.

APO, AE, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Lost Civilization Enigma: A New Inquiry into the Existence of Ancient Cities, Cultures, and Peoples Who Pre-Date Recorded History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Philip Coppens
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (81)
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    (83)

    Are history books giving us the whole story? Or is civilization far more complex and for older than we have been taught? Our school textbooks barely mention the 6,000-year-old Sumerian civilization, yet the latest archaeological findings at sites such as Jericho, and most recently, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, have been dated to 10,000 BC. Civilization goes back at least another 10,000 years, if we are willing to believe what our ancestors themselves claimed.

    Joseph says: "Large parts of history are still unknown"
    "Large parts of history are still unknown"
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    Ok this is an odd book. Its one of the odd books about odd subjects that if you tried to just go out and tell others about they would give you a blank look and then slowly back away while checking your hat for tinfoil linings. That or they might think your incredibly dull and say 'that's nice dear' and ignore you.

    The author brings up good points and states odd mysteries about the world we don't have good answers for.The problem comes in when he gives tentative answers for those problems we have no good answers for. He has a very well worked out chain of logic for his views but it seems a bit mythical.

    I love the facts he digs up. He even is pretty good at telling you when he runs off on speculation and when he has a chain of proof but the entire book and a lot of the books the author writes are about the slightly strange areas of science.

    This book specifically is about civilizations that didn't leave any useful written language carved into stone blocks buried in the desert. So the only traces we have of them are some really big rock formations, stories about how or what they were like from the civilizations that came after them, and religious texts that maybe up for interpretation.

    This books tells how there are still things that are out there about our history that we don't know or may never know.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jonathan Wells
    • Narrated By Barry Campbell
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
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    (22)

    Everything you were taught about evolution is wrong. In this shocking book, Berkeley-educated doctor of biology Jonathan Wells lets you in on scientific discoveries you won't learn about from college and high-school textbooks - and reveals a dirty little secret known only to some of his fellow biologists.

    Joseph says: "This book isn't about creationism"
    "This book isn't about creationism"
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    This is one is that the books that you are a probably guess what's inside of it before you buy, but if the titles not quite clear enough. This isn't whether God created the world or anything. This is a bout the actual scientific pictures and icons that are taught in school about evolution are factually incorrect. It doesn't give you an alternative, well if they're wrong then it clearly means the other side's right. It's just saying what's wrong. It tries to remain as objective as it can on such a charge subject as evolution. So even if you're for evolution and against creationism or whatever. I suggest at least looking at this one because the facts in it are pretty sound well-documented and verifiable. It doesn't say one view is right over the other. It just says the straight facts.
    Be warned, however it is slightly politically charged as the subject naturally will be and the author has had some bad experiences and has stories about other people's bad experiences when they were ostracized because of it.

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
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    (51)

    For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

    Charles says: "Expand the coalition"
    "Machiavelli's Grandson"
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    This is an objective view on a political theory. This is why people rule or how to rule. This isn't whether a specific government is good or a specific government is bad. This is how all government generally works. And it doesn't matter whether it's a monarchy a democracy or theocracy or anything. It's a very comprehensive political theory and he gives exact examples of this is how it works. Ranging from small town mayor ships or small groups of people up into large countries both capitalist or communist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mormonizing of America: How the Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Mansfield
    • Narrated By John McLain
    Overall
    (12)
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    Stephen Mansfield, the acclaimed New York Times best-selling author, has highlighted the growing popularity of Mormonism—a belief system with cultic roots—and the implications of its critical rise. Mormons are moving into the spotlight in pop culture, politics, sports, and entertainment via presidential candidates like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, media personality Glenn Beck, mega-bestselling Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, and The Book of Mormon, the hottest show on Broadway.

    Jacobus says: "A book about Mormons, but not by a Mormon"
    "Its pretty objective."
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    As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. I probably shouldn't comment on this book, but on the other hand, it's a free country. My initial reason for buying this book was morbid curiosity I originally had thought this book was going to be about politics. However, for the most part it's actually an overlook of the church itself. It does delve into a little bit of here's why the church is good. Here's why church the church is bad, etc. but it takes a pretty objective view and it brings up points I had never thought of. Or even heard of before. I highly recommend this book for anybody who just wants to know about the church without being preached to about the church. Kind of like a text book overview of the entire church that you'd find for a religious college course. On the technical note the author is incredibly engaging and it's fairly easy to just listen to it from start to finish in one go it is pretty entertaining honestly, even when it's brutal.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (222)

    As we approach the most important presidential election in America’s history, something has been lost among all of the debates, attack ads, and super- PACs - something that Americans used to hold in very high regard: THE TRUTH. The truth can no longer be something we hope for; it must be something we live. When courage prevails, cowards do not - and this book was written to ensure that’s exactly what happens.

    Joseph says: "Guess what... Its by Glenn Beck!!"
    "Guess what... Its by Glenn Beck!!"
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    Here is the obvious two cents for anybody. This book is incredibly conservative or politically to the right. I've always enjoyed the author and have always enjoyed the subject matter. He covers quite a bit of politics but some fun science stuff towards the end. If you don't like Glenn Beck and if you're not politically conservative or libertarian then you probably won't like this book very much. However I suggest you read it anyway because he does make some really good points and the authors for the most part is very entertaining.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (832)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "Chill down your spine and no joke"
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    This book. When you read it will leave you with chills it's one of the few stories that I'm never totally certain whether or not the author wrote it as fiction because he couldn't get it published as nonfiction, i.e. he actually had the stuff happened to him and he just couldn't publish it in the newspaper without people calling him a liar, or he's excellent author with a really good idea on how to draw people in.
    It's quite frankly one of those odd stories that I suggest you reading it with an Internet browser open so you can Google whether or not the facts are correct and most the time, they are , which is incredibly creepy.
    On a technical note, the narrator does an excellent job and the book is very well read. I had no problems listening to it straight through in one go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonah Goldberg
    • Narrated By Jonah Goldberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (222)
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    (219)

    According to Goldberg, if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick liberals ever pulled was convincing themselves they’re not ideological. Today “objective” journalists and academics and “moderate” politicians peddle some of the most radical arguments by hiding them in homespun aphorisms.

    Christopher says: "Thought provoking and funny"
    "You can judge this one by its cover"
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    This book is a good discussion on background clichés that form most of our life and culture. However I must warn you it is pretty politically conservative or American right. It tends to toward a preach to the choir style of book.
    is a good, clean romp through what we take for granted. It discusses the background ideas that build everything that "we know" or talk about or all the small details that make up arguments that nobody actually makes.
    The author is an excellent reader and makes the book a lot more interesting. It is however one of those books that you already know whether you like it or not. If you enjoy political conversations or talk radio or anything like that then you probably will like it. If you don't then you probably won't however it is good data that anybody can use. So I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (75)
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    (75)

    In this audiobook, the brain behind the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the Kurzweil synthesizer, advanced speech recognition, and other technologies devises a framework for envisioning the next century. Kurzweil guides us through the inexorable advances that will result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain.

    Ryan says: "An optimistic map to technological transcendence"
    "This one is worth a look..."
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    Ok this is not a new book. However this book is still about both this time period and the near future. I was drawn to this book becuse of a friend showing me first telling me that the predictions made in this book (roughly 240 or so) that were made about this day and age are thus far about 80% correct or roughly correct
    He draws how how he formulated the pridictions and what they mean for our day and age. Its partly technical but its important and is still mostly understandable by a lay person (like me).
    Only small note is the person reading it grates on my nerves but you get used to him and the data is intresting enough that I tend to forget about it.
    (Update) the author has created a free PDF avabile on his website (just google the author) showing what pridictions were right, and why they were right or wrong. I recommand looking it up it make predictions made in this book mean alot more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warlock in Spite of Himself: Warlock of Gramarye, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Stasheff
    • Narrated By Dennis F. Regan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Welcome to Gramayre - where witches, warlocks, elves, and gnomes are real; where a spoiled girl-queen and an army of teenage witches, and ragtag beggars battle an overwhelming force of rebel knights and time-travelling anarchists for the future of the most unique, and perhaps most important, planet in the galaxy.

    Shari says: "Production: disappointing Story: good"
    "Good Old School Sci Fi Fantasy"
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    I love the subject matter. Its a view of Old School Idealism that are in some ways noble (for there time) and complete tripe. But just remember while reading it, that the hero and heroins do "grow up" eventually in the series. But in this story they're very cookie cutter. The men are "MEN" heroic, smart, stoic, etc,,,, and the women are "women" Submissive and emotional, despite how much I like the series and its kinda blunt that the author thinks that men should be dominate and the women submissive. It gets kind of rubbed in your face a lot. I would note that the series is a long one that follows Rod Gallowglass and family for at least the next 2 generations and all the characters grow and flesh out into believable and likeable people and with a lot less male chauvinism.

    But as for comparing it to say The Game of Thrones or the like... Its about a fifth of the length. Of course the characters are shallow in comparison. Its more or less a romance novel for young adults with odd bits of political activism thrown in. (Or more accurately a young adult political novel with bits of romance thrown in)

    But in the end if your looking for a good swashbuckling hero with snarky wit who is chivalrous and 'manly'. Where the good guy wins and the bad guy loses. The damsel may not be in distress but shes worth rescuing anyway. The goals are noble. The villains are evil . The futuristic Science is some times old school. The philosophizing is thick. The inside jokes are in Iambic Pentameter, and you don't mind that this was written as in the mindset of typical non-hippie male in the late 1960's. This Is a good book for you.

    And if you don't like this book don't give up on the author altogether he has a couple of other series that are all really good and less confusing. And to top it off you can normally find a used amazon copy for most of them for less then a dollar.
    They are quite frankly Dime store paperbacks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (542)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Ben says: "Finally on Audible!!"
    "Very Well Done Bravo"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to everyone! Its a great book! I've seen it a couple of time in book stores but never read it thinking it might be boring but I was dead wrong Its really well done and entertaining. The action is excellent and the autor highlights nicely how many of the things we take for granted up to our very safty and indivuality were completely radical ideas in those dark times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Jeff. He's a D&D player and tabletop gamer that has a ferm idea of tatics (at least as far as such games teach) and a is a nice guy but for all that not a pushover. And shows that the being a good guy dosn't make you and idiot or being a geek dosen't make you weak.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love the action sceens and the parts where the author shows just how good a life we have compared to what the world used to be like.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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