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Tim Hibbetts

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  • Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tom Vanderbilt
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    Driving is a fact of life. We are all spending more and more time on the road, and traffic is an issue we face everyday. This audiobook will make you think about it in a whole new light.

    Joshua Kim says: "Driving Towards Traffic"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    This is a book about human nature wrapped in the bacon strips of purposeful motion. You do need to be interested in how and why things work, but if you are, this book is chock full of delicious tidbits that make you really want to send it to your local DoT. Regardless, there are a multitude of those moments when you either see yourself or someone you know (or if you're listening on the road, someone you're watching). This book should be mandatory reading in every drivers' ed class.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wiker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

    Aaron says: "Some merit, but more religious masquerade"
    "Flawed Premise"
    Overall

    While Dr. Wiker (Ph.D. in Theological Ethics) does a fair job in detailing why these ten books had some bad ideas, he is more interested in demonizing all things that have been influenced by these books. Now, many of them are based on non- and pseudo-science and deserve a good thrashing, but he is really launching his judgments from a traditional Judeo-Christian platform, which is also based on a non-science book (albeit one with a richer and thicker sheen of cultural strength).
    This is far more an attack on liberal ideas (some of which deserve attacking), than a serious intellectual treatise. And while I agree with many of the concepts, the premise is flawed and I feel disappointed by what I thought was going to be some serious logical thinking and all I kept hearing was, "this is bad because God says so".

    This book should be moved to the Religious section.

    38 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • The Peloponnesian War, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thucydides
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Historians universally agree that Thucydides was the greatest historian who has ever lived, and that his story of the Peloponnesian conflict is a marvel of forensic science and fine literature. That such an historical work would be simultaneously acknowledged as a work of great literature and a penetrating ethical evaluation of humanity is one of the miracles of ancient history.

    Michael says: "Come prepared"
    "Important, but not great"
    Overall

    I'll admit it: I read this for my academic vanity. I convinced myself that reading this version was important due to its place among historic tomes. I should have gone for another version, though, as my real interest was in what happened and why it was important. I'm certain the translation was good, but the story still meandered a great deal through various speeches (that may or may not have actually occurred).

    Bottom line: the narrative lends itself better to capturing the smell of the era more so than the actual taste of the events.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • FairTax: The Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Neal Boortz, John Linder
    • Narrated By Neal Boortz
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    Offering stunning new insights not covered in the original book, FairTax: The Truth debunks the negative myths and gross misrepresentations of this groundbreaking idea. The FairTax plan is simple, brilliant, and it will work - enabling you to keep all the money in your paycheck; eliminating the fraud, hassle, and waste of our current system; and revolutionizing the way America pays for itself.

    Tim Hibbetts says: "Sound, well-researched plan"
    "Sound, well-researched plan"
    Overall

    After reading the last FairTax book, I still had some questions. This book answered them and strengthened my belief in this version of a consumption tax. It sites in-depth research and includes supporting statements from well-respected economic minds. It also made me realize that criticism generally comes from three sources: those invested in the current system, those who do not understand the FairTax, and those who don't believe the research behind it. The first group is essentially several thousand individuals holding hundreds of millions in thrall. The second group is the largest and will glean the most from the book. The last group is using either someone else's word or their own intuition to counter over $20 million in research. The fact is that the research is out there and open to scrutiny while the counter sources generally are either not open, or use entirely different math (usually based on some questionable assumptions).

    Final word: this could be the most important change to our government in our or the next generation.

    It was also read well by one of the authors.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful

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