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David T.

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  • The Real Romney

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Kranish, Scott Helman
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Mitt Romney has masterfully positioned himself as the front-runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Even though he's become a household name, the former Massachusetts governor remains an enigma to many in America, his character and core convictions elusive, his record little known. Who is the man behind that high-wattage smile? In this definitive, unflinching biography by Boston Globe investigative reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, listeners will finally discover the real Romney.

    David says: "Three dimensional biography entertainly told"
    "Okay"
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    Any additional comments?

    I don't see any long term interest in this book and with Romney's loss it likely will be forgotten. Anyways, I listened to this before the November 12 election to get a better idea of Romney. You can sort of tell its written by two authors, the first is smitten with Romney and thinks he's the greatest guy in the world. It almost seems disingenuous and written to show how great Romeny is, the other author seems more honest, but at the same time wants to show Romney's greed and questionable leadership at Bain. Overall it was okay, but a very generic non interesting biography of someone who perhaps might be more interesting than this book lead on.

    The reader though did a superb job, too bad it was for such a lackluster book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Voyage of the Beagle

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    The Voyage of the Beagle - or, to give it its full title, Journal of researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries visited during the Voyage round the World of H.M.S. Beagle under command of Captain FitzRoy, R.N. - is much more than merely an account of Darwin's scientific observations in his 1831 - 36 travels across the globe: it is fine travel writing in its own right.

    Margaret says: "Glimpses of a great mind at 22"
    "Excellent book from a young Darwin"
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    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dawkin's is one of the best audio book readers out there and his British ascent works perfectly with both Darwin books.


    Any additional comments?

    This concise book is easier to read than the full version and Dawkin's does an excellent job reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free Will

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (423)

    A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

    Ellen says: "LIFE/ WORLD Altering sophisticated thinking!"
    "Decent"
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    Any additional comments?

    Harris is a decent reader. This book explores free will, but honestly is too simplistic and short to really be worth anything more than a dollar or two.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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