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Chet

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Prairie Village, KS, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Larry Schweikart
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Every schoolchild is taught the great turning points in American history, such as Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11. But other, equally significant events have altered our destiny without being understood---or even widely noticed. Acclaimed conservative historian Larry Schweikart now takes an in-depth look at seven such episodes and reveals the profound ways they have shaped America.

    Russell says: "WOW!! an eye opener"
    "A Reader's Digest of unrevionist American History"
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    Would you listen to Seven Events That Made America America again? Why?

    These are events that are key to understanding where we are, how we got here and how terribly easy it would be to lose what we consider to be the most valuable aspect of our ability to create the lives we want for our families.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The clear defining of the reality that what we now have is an absolute abnormality in the experience of humans. 2-5% of human kind have had the freedom we have had and that only in the last couple of centuries - but we seem to somehow think this is the norm. It is not, nor is it likely to continue untended by energetic human endeavor.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    It should make anyone cry if they love individual freedom.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be required reading in order to get a GED or better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Me Twice: Obama's Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Aaron Klein, Brenda J. Elliott
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    This game-changing book reveals the blueprint for a second term that President Obama and his progressive backers don’t want you to know. Months of painstaking research into thousands of documents have enabled investigative journalists and New York Times best-selling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott to expose the secret template for Obama’s next four years - the one actually created by Obama’s own top advisors and strategists.

    Chet says: "Everyone should read - but few will"
    "Everyone should read - but few will"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most people have no idea who our current president is. The media has been in awe and they have kept us in the dark. Let us hope that a sufficient number of citizens figure it out before they vote.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Breitbart
    • Narrated By Jeremy Guskin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (281)

    Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the "liberally biased" major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way. In Righteous Indignation, Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on.

    Larry says: "Very insightful!"
    "If you are smart enough to love America ..."
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    Would you listen to Righteous Indignation again? Why?

    You will greatly appreciate a guided tour of how we are being taken over. Would I listen again? Absolutely, in fact I am buying a hard copy to keep in the library. Andrew Breitbart has a passion for America that came late in life, but he is extraordinarily bright and his passion drove him to be a tireless student of reality. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a clue about this generation's responsibility to pass America on, in tact, to the next generation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author himself


    What does Jeremy Guskin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It would take a reader with a vivid imagination to maintain the level of passion that he breathes into the work


    If you could give Righteous Indignation a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A must!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (363)

    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "Big Government Crushes the spirit of Individuals"
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    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    No, but then I have read it earlier and I have the salient points by now. The value of this book is the intrinsic insight of someone who is intelligent and lived under Socialism. Ayn Rand brings to the table an understanding of why Socialism does not work. You cannot remove individual incentive and personal responsibility from the equation and have the better things that man is capable of creating.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting is that man does have a self-interested nature and to deny it is to deny a reality, that if lost, will crush the whole. Least interesting is how she flows from this keen perception of the self destructing mechanisms of collectivism to the conclusion that one must also deny God.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    I felt it was excellent.


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

    Picking up the tab for a free lunch


    Any additional comments?

    This is a true modern classic and should be encouraged as part of an over all view of man's journey

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (319)

    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
    "WW II - a British view - cutting & insightful"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Citizens of London to be better than the print version?

    Audio version are superior for a survey approach to a subject. It is not, however, possible to continuously stay tuned in for things such things as dates and names - print is better for this. But to have the freedom to incorporate exercise into the same time slot is a a great gift. It would be my suggestion as a business model that the buyer have the option for another modest fee ($1 or +$2) to also have a downloadable version for reference - especially for non-fiction.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lynne Olson? Why or why not?

    Lynne Olson sees the world through the eyes of a committed Liberal (in the current political, not in the classical sense). This of course colors the work. I do not share this, none the less it is good to know what the heart of an opposing view is. I see the world more like Churchill than the authors favorite- John Gilbert Wynant. I would not seek out nor count out any other work by Olson.


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His sense of timing is quite good. His rhythms seem in sink with the intent of the author.


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

    America's strengths and weaknesses as seen by our greatest ally.


    Any additional comments?

    In spite of the authors Liberal political bent there is great revelation about the follies of the FDR administration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2128)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1217)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "Read only if you are a parent, manager or person"
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    What did you love best about Talent Is Overrated?

    The manner in which it documents the paths of those we have considered geniuses incapable of experiencing any life other than what they had.


    What other book might you compare Talent Is Overrated to and why?

    Good to Great


    Which character – as performed by David Drummond – was your favorite?

    This was non fiction and the characters not defined except as for their practices and experiences


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

    It just made me say,


    Any additional comments?

    Parents owe it to themselves to read this as early on as possible. Had my father read this I might have been a totally different man. Had I read it while in puberty the same may have been true. As a teen I would have been exceedingly wealthy. As a young man, much more accomplished. It is the Chinese mother on steroids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Goldman
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    Past and present civilizations failed and fail for many reasons, but the number-one predictor of a civilization’s survival is its sense of religion—or lack thereof. So argues David Goldman in How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too). The strength of a civilization’s religion affects its purpose, its fertility rate, and ultimately, its fate, says Goldman—who then argues that, contrary to popular belief, Islamic countries are in the last throes of death while Christian America is in a position to flourish.

    Darcy says: "Is this really the future?"
    "Want to know how the world really works? A must"
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    If you could sum up How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too) in three words, what would they be?

    Humans abandon truth


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too)?

    The realization that we can't ignore fundamental truths


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


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

    Guaranteed to make you sick


    Any additional comments?

    History can be interpreted many ways, but few if any interpretations make as much sense as this work.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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