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Bruce M. Babbitt

Dudley, MA USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Narrated By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there? When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return. In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.

    Jonnie says: "Great book"
    "Listen to this judge!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lies the Government Told You the most enjoyable?

    For someone who didn't do very well in history during high school, I liked the way that Judge Napolitano kept my attention throughout the book. Much of this is not the history that is taught these days, but it certainly should be more widely known, and probably would be if the government wasn't setting the education agenda.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lies the Government Told You?

    It's difficult to pick just one, but I was very surprised to learn of Lincoln's desire for separation of the races.


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

    No, I usually go walking and listen during that time.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book, both for the information that it contains, as well as for the experience of listening to a speaker who will hold your attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Kengor
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    In his memoir, Barack Obama omits the full name of his mentor, simply calling him "Frank." Now, the truth is out: Never has a figure as deeply troubling and controversial as Frank Marshall Davis had such an impact on the development of an American president. Although other radical influences on Obama - from Jeremiah Wright to Bill Ayers-have been scrutinized, the public knows little about Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, cited by the Associated Press as an "important influence" on Obama....

    Mike says: "So that's where Obama got many of his ideas!"
    "A story every American should know"
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    Any additional comments?

    The Communists/Progressives set an agenda at the beginning of the 20th Century. Bit by bit they set the stage for dismantling America. Now all of their dreams are being realized with the election of Obama. This is the story of those who he has been associated with, and who he has brought to Washington to "fundamentally transform" this country.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3540)
    Performance
    (2466)
    Story
    (2467)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "I thought that this was a novel-surprise!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This turned out to be a political diatribe within a novel. The author kept making derogatory comments about President Reagan. This had absolutely nothing to do with anything else in the story. The rest of the book was OK for a while, but along with the Reagan distraction, it seemed to lose focus--I had to quit. No more John Irving for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Sinatra, Jonny Bowden
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

    Z. Karpinski says: "Easy to understand, helpful in practice"
    "Excellent in-depth information"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to other books that, altogether, contained much of the information that was in this book, but non were nearly as comprehensive. It was obvious that much in-depth research and analysis was done by the author. While I was already following some of his recommendations, this gave me a more complete plan, and was much more concise than the other books that I have read on this subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Howard Jacobson
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (308)

    In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

    Sara says: "Not what you think it is"
    "More political statement than nutritrion"
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    Any additional comments?

    While there is some information to be gleaned from this book, it is more a screed than a thoughtful treatise on nutrition. Dr. Campbell seems to believe that anyone that doesn't agree with his findings is misguided. While there may be some people who are helped by his diet, I, for one, have been helped more by going to a diet based more on fats, vegetables and fruits and away from many grains (especially wheat) and sugars. This approach has been documented by a number of doctors whose books are widely available.

    Dr. Campbell espouses a diet based primarily on vegetables, high in carbs and low in fats. No real problem at this point, although it may not necessarily be right for everyone. But where he really started losing me was when he started talking about our eating of meat contributing to global warming, attributing the beliefs of anyone who disagrees with him to the evil corporate influence and, in general, ranting about the evils of capitalism. While I may be misreading him, he sounds like he thinks that he is a lonely crusader fighting to expose the grand conspiracy to keep us from a healthy diet.

    If Dr. Campbell had just presented his findings so that you could decide whether his diet was something that might be worthwhile to try, I would have given it a higher rating. By making it such a political statement, he made much of it a waste of my time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3804)
    Performance
    (3387)
    Story
    (3402)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Well done, except for pronunciation of many words."
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    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    We usually learn about events like this without much context. This book filled in a lot of information that I never knew. While I didn't do very well in History class, I now read a lot of historical books. The information and the storyline in Killing Lincoln were much more fascinating than the dry textbooks from my school days.


    What aspect of Bill O'Reilly???s performance would you have changed?

    The pacing was very good, but I was very distracted by many words being mispronounced. The worst was cavalry, which he kept pronouncing as Calvary. It was so distracting that I kept losing track of what was going on. Doesn't he have anyone edit these recordings? I don't know whether any of the offending words were correct in print, but I would expect that they would have been caught by a good editor.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to many books while I'm out walking or working in the yard. I would have given 5 stars for the content and the reading, but the mispronunciations were happening so frequently in the middle of the book that I was greatly agitated, and sometimes had to stop it and listen to music instead. Knowing what I know now, I would buy the book, but not the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (409)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Must read (or listen)!"
    Overall

    This is very relevant today for understanding the motives of the political class and their enablers. Very thought provoking, even for those who may not agree with the author's viewpoint, if they're willing to listen objectively. While I thought that the reader was excellent, there was occasional background noise that made me think that someone was talking near me, although there was nobody around.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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