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Ted

Menifee, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall and the Battle for the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Cliff Sloan, David McKean
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (149)
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    (151)

    The Great Decision tells the riveting story of Marshall and of the landmark court case, Marbury v. Madison, through which he empowered the Supreme Court and transformed the idea of the separation of powers into a working blueprint for our modern state.

    Tim says: "Brings to life the early days of the USA"
    "The original "activist judge""
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    John Marshall is widely viewed as the man who established judicial review in the United States. This is an engaging account of the circumstances and politics surrounding Marbury v Madison. Judicial review and the independence of the judiciary are fundamental to the American system; here are the details of how that came to be.

    Chief Justice Marshall had a clear grasp of the issues and understood that only a strong supreme court could defend American democracy. We can all be thankful that this strong leader was able to bring the court up to equality with the other two branches of government.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bandy X. Lee - editor M.D.
    • Narrated By Nanette Gartrell, Luba Kessler, Bandy X. Lee, and others
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (421)
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    The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump describes the consensus view held by two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

    Ted says: "Experts discuss the world's biggest problem"
    "Experts discuss the world's biggest problem"
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    This important book consists of stand-alone articles written by 27 mental health professionals. The articles necessarily differ in style and overall quality, but the majority are very informative.

    Almost every discussion of psychiatric symptoms is right on target, with abundant examples in each case. If you think our president might suffer from narcissism, sociopathy, bipolar disorder, or cognitive decline, you are right- these authors make an excellent case for a combination of those dangerous conditions.

    The most important conclusion of every article is that we are faced with a leader who is unfit to lead, and who could easily drag the world into a nuclear war in the service of his fragile ego. Solving the problem is more difficult than diagnosing it, but one chapter even discusses the application of the 25th amendment.

    31 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bill Browder
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4988)
    Performance
    (4577)
    Story
    (4584)

    Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

    Amazon Customer says: "This is an absolute "YES" as your next read/listen"
    "Some perspective on the Russian story"
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    I picked up this book to look for background on the ever-expanding story of Russian interference in our own government. It was quite helpful in providing context and background information for understanding Russia under Putin and the oligarchs.

    I would say that this book was more like an adventure novel than a history. Writing style and performance both contributed to that sense, and the feeling of a work of fiction detracted from the authority of the book and its author. In spite of that, I find the story line convincing and an important basis for understanding the apparently close relationship between our nation's main foreign rival and our current chaotic and authoritarian executive branch.

    A minimum of searching on the Internet brought up important connections that followed the book's publication. For example, I now have a better understanding of Natalia Veselnitskaya- where she came from and where she fits in the fishy goings-on at the White House.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Katy Tur
    • Narrated By Katy Tur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2002)
    Performance
    (1835)
    Story
    (1825)

    The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

    v2o777 says: "ENLIGHTENING WITH MUCH HUMOR -LIKE YOU WERE THERE"
    "An excellent account of this historic election"
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    This audio book concerns the very strange course of American politics that we all just lived through. Ms Tur has delivered a fascinating account for those of us who were bewildered by the recent campaign. Look here for a detailed and reliable record, enhanced by the background events that only a reported could have seen. We can be sure this book will become an important part of the historical record.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Malcolm Nance
    • Narrated By Gregory Itzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
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    (488)
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    In April 2016, computer technicians at the Democratic National Committee discovered that someone had accessed the organization's computer servers and conducted a theft that is best described as Watergate 2.0. In the weeks that followed, the nation's top computer security experts discovered that the cyber thieves had helped themselves to everything: sensitive documents, emails, donor information, even voice mails.

    Jag3 says: "Interesting"
    "An insiders revelation of election 2016"
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    If you like spy stories and want to know how espionage is really done these days, it is all here. Mr. Nance applies his depth of knowledge and experience to big questions surrounding the 2016 election.

    The book was written before the election, but information that has come out since publication has just reinforced the story. Prepare to learn terms and concepts that are now infiltrating our lives at almost every level. No conspiracy theories here- you can verify all of this from trusted sourced, but Nance has put it all in one place and has shown how the pieces fit together. Every American needs to know how we got into our current fix, and this book is where you can find it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14370)
    Performance
    (13275)
    Story
    (13134)

    Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

    TerryPotter says: "Fabulous book; history, hard politics and lots of laughs"
    "Senator Franken does both his jobs brilliantly"
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    As always, Al Franken has given us a brilliant and entertaining presentation of the core issues of our divided country. From this book you can learn a great deal about the way our elected officials do business and who they really work for. We can hope that Mr. Franken keeps doing both his jobs: trying to fix our broken government and keeping us entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (986)
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    (974)

    The fiery US senator from Massachusetts and best-selling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.

    rune says: "Warren's topic and narration is amazing"
    "A thorough presentation of Ms. Warren's issues"
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    In this book you will hear all the issues that matter deeply to Elizabeth Warren. She does a good job of presenting her topics and would be quite convincing to anyone new to the subjects. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she is clearly a person who is giving everything she has to all of us.

    I do not think there are surprises here; most who read this will already know the issues and her positions on them. Do not expect entertainment- this book is about information.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Trevor Noah
    • Narrated By Trevor Noah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69747)
    Performance
    (64773)
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    (64471)

    One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

    Marilyn Armstrong says: "Great book and perfect narration"
    "A story of life on the streets in South Africa"
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    An entertaining introduction to life in South Africa. It was surprising to find that our Trevor was a kid who got into a lot of trouble at home, at school, and on the streets. It was not so surprising to find that this man, who speaks several languages, was able to outsmart (and outrun!) just about everybody.

    I would say the only disappointment was the lack of information about how he landed in America and how his comedy career developed. Maybe there will be another book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael V. Hayden
    • Narrated By Michael V. Hayden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (857)

    An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars from the only person ever to helm both the CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change. For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America.

    ES says: "excellent"
    "The other side of the story"
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    General Hayden was in the middle of the controversies that have thrashed our intelligence agencies over the past few decades. He witnessed congressional pressure in the 1970s, accelerated clandestine activities in the 1980s, the failure to anticipate 9/11, and renewed criticism with possible maltreatment of prisoners and the release of classified material by Edward Snowden. This book is his response to criticisms that he considers unfair.

    Whether you accept the general's position will probably depend on the opinion you had when you picked up the book. The NSA was my client as a SIGINT operator in the late 60s, so I went into this with a fairly charitable viewpoint. Their work is important and it requires public support, thus it is probably for the better that he undertook this project.

    I cannot claim that this is a captivating spy story, which I would have preferred. What you will get is the government's defense of a community that has been criticized from all sides. As long as that is what you are hoping to hear, you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nevertheless: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alec Baldwin
    • Narrated By Alec Baldwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1607)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1509)

    One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir.

    Kristin says: "Who knew Alec could write?"
    "Love his comedy; not so much his approach to life"
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    I am without question a Baldwin fan- that opinion is based on 30 Rock and SNL far more than his more serious work. Having said that, I was disappointed in some of his personal shortcomings as confessed in this book. His early life was dark and depressing, with plenty more such moments salted into his middle years. Don't expect rollicking fun like Tina Fey delivered in her book.

    Baldwin provides a truly great performance; if only more audiobook narrators could offer the delivery and portrayals of characters like his.

    You will learn a lot about the man and a lot about his interactions with other notables in the entertainment world. If you are a fan you will probably enjoy the book overall, but don't expect entertainment on the scale that Baldwin delivers in his comedy skits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ronald Miscavige, Dan Koon
    • Narrated By Harvey Betancourt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (540)

    The only book to examine the origins of Scientology's current leader, Ruthless tells the revealing story of David Miscavige's childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology, told through the eyes of his father. Ron Miscavige's personal, heartfelt story is a riveting insider's look at life within the world of Scientology.

    susan rios says: "Ruthlessly Honest ~ An Engrossing Read!"
    "Insights from the father of Scientology's leader"
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    I began reading about Scientology when a life-long friend became thoroughly sold on the cult. In reading Church of fear, Inside Scientology, Going clear, beyond belief, and Troublemaker, I was looking for information that might explain why anyone possessed of free will would choose to stay with Scientology. With the same stories told over and over by defectors, the senior Mr. Miscavage (Ron) has backed up the worst of the previous reports. Many, but not all, of the shortcomings of the "church" are blamed on the younger Mr. Miscavage (David) by all the books I have read, including this one written by his father.

    While Ron does not hesitate to flatter himself, he admitted to character flaws of his own. Some readers may lose interest once they realize that the author is not necessarily likable. I managed to stick with it for details not provided by earlier works: David's upbringing and insight into recent deterioration of church finances and membership. Again, credit for the latest setbacks is laid at David's door.

    The author stated clearly that the impetus for writing his book was the strange and inhumane practice of "disconnection." The Miscavage offspring who remain in Scientology have been forbidden to communicate with their father. Although the church denies having any such policy, every book I have read reports that disconnection is real, and Ron was hammered with that policy at least as hard as any of the earlier authors. There is a distinct sense throughout the book that we are eavesdropping on Ron's letter to his estranged son and other family members.

    I would not present this as the best of the available books; I did not care to be dragged into the author's fight. If you listen to this book, do so for Ron's detailed knowledge of his son and for confirmation of the strange practices of this church with no god.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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