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Matt McKillip

I read a lot and on most any subject!

Kokomo, IN USA | Listener Since 2009

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  • 15 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 78 titles in library
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  • Greedy Bastards: Corporate Communists, Banksters, and the Other Vampires Who Suck America Dry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dylan Ratigan
    • Narrated By Dylan Ratigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.

    Cathy says: "Very eye opening and engaging!"
    "Nice Read"
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    Ratigan gets most of it right and says things my much less educated gradfather said and predicted in the early 80s.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Barron
    • Narrated By Robert Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    Fr. Robert Barron's comprehensive work goes straight to the core of the Catholic faith. He first examines the foundations of Christ's incarnation, life and ministry, and then works through the essentials of the Catholic tradition: from sacraments, worship and prayer, to Mary and the saints, and on to salvation, heaven and hell. Throughout this epic journey, Fr. Barron uses art, literature, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy and history to present a complete picture of the Church to the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wide as a lake, but only an inch deep"
    "A must read to understand Catholicism"
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    Would you listen to Catholicism again? Why?

    Yes I will; probably every lent. It really taough me a lot about the history and beauty of the Catholic faith.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jesus - for the innovator and savior he is


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

    Made me think and talk about my faith with others


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Joel Fuhrman
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (445)

    When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

    Joseph says: "The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us"
    "Good book and great message"
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    If you could sum up Eat to Live in three words, what would they be?

    High-Nutrition, Low-Calorie, Low-Fat


    What did you like best about this story?

    The common sense diet backed up by medical facts


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

    Yes - we are now following his life style 6-week plan


    Any additional comments?

    In 5 weeks I lost 18 pounds and was already in pretty good shape. Was never hungry and have felt so much better. Did it to live longer not because I needed to medically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Aili McConnon, Andres McConnon
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Based on nearly 10 years of research in Italy, France, and Israel, including interviews with Gino Bartali's family, former teammates, a Holocaust survivor Bartali saved, and many others, Road to Valor is the first book ever written about the Italian cycling legend in English and the only book written in any language to fully explore the scope of Bartali's wartime work. An epic tale of courage, comeback, and redemption, it is the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century.

    fred says: "Uplifting story told with a different view point"
    "Great story and read"
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    Would you listen to Road to Valor again? Why?

    Yes - I loved the story and this man's life


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

    Hoye did an ok job on most characters but I hated when he tried to insert an Italian accent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Man Is an Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Montaldo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    >No Man Is an Island is a collection of 16 essays in which Thomas Merton plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton treats the “basic verities on which the spiritual life depends”. Essay themes include hope, conscience, sacrifice, charity, sincerity, mercy, and silence. The work is threaded through with Merton’s deep awareness that we are all called to “live not for ourselves but for others”.

    Neil Babcox says: "A Gem of a Book"
    "Ok story with bad, very bad narration"
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    What did you like best about No Man Is an Island? What did you like least?

    A few of his examples of holiness - 3 chapters maybe


    Would you recommend No Man Is an Island to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The narration was terrible and it pulled too much info from other books. Had a few great chapters but mostly just ok chapters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible - hard to stay awake.


    Do you think No Man Is an Island needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brad Feld
    • Narrated By David Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    "Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small-business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of one another's talent, creativity, and support.

    Jordan says: "Great content, horrible narrator"
    "Good on creating a startup ecosystem"
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    Would you try another book from Brad Feld and/or David Kaplan?

    Yes for Mr. Feld but did not care for Mr. Kaplan's reading style.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Startup Communities?

    All the pieces of the puzzel Mr. Feld points out.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Kaplan’s performances?

    Did not care for his style of reading


    Do you think Startup Communities needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No it covers all the basics just fine


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend for those interested in creating a startup ecosystem to read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tony Hendra
    • Narrated By Tony Hendra
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    This runaway New York Times best seller is a book to savor and treasure. Author Tony Hendra, a National Lampoon and Spy magazine veteran and one of the world's greatest satirists, delivers a beautifully written, humorous, and profoundly moving memoir reminiscent of Tuesdays with Morrie.

    Alco says: "Rivetting Read"
    "Good diversion from normal reading"
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    What made the experience of listening to Father Joe the most enjoyable?

    This is not the type of book I'd normally read but I thoroughly enjoyed "Father Joe." Anyone that has ever had or needed a spiritual advisor and friend like Father Joe will relate to the stories Mr. Hedra tells.


    What about Tony Hendra’s performance did you like?

    The detail of his story and the way I could relate to the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The power of true loving friendship


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (244)

    For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

    alexis says: "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
    "A must rad book about the Kennedy family"
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    A delightful book that provides new insights into the true nature and humanity of Jacqueline and JFK. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aleph

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny. his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him. Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion.

    Matt McKillip says: "Not what I expected"
    "Not what I expected"
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    I was disappointed in Aleph. Having loved the Alchemist, I thought Aleph might be as captivating but it was not. I do not recommend this one by Coelho.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dan Senor, Saul Singer
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK?

    morton says: "A Remarkable Audio!"
    "Good information but drags on at times"
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    This book provides useful information to help individuals, companies and nations be more innovative. However at times the book drags a bit especially when the author's drift away from talking about Israel and start talking about other nations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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