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Jim

Salisbury, nh, United States

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  • We the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (206)

    We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

    Geoffrey says: "Emotionally intense, historically authentic"
    "Explains so much!!"
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    I did not like the narrator at all at first, but i got used to it, she did well, It must be hard for a female to impersonate 25 different burly Russian men without sounding silly. By the end though, i felt like (especially during the narration parts) in was Rand herself reading it to me.

    I had read the other three Ayn Rand book prior to this, and it helped make sense out of the other three a little more. You can totally see the roots for Fountainhead, Anthem, and Atlas in this book. I agree with the other commenter who stated that of the three main characters, only the Filthy Commie had my respect by the end. The other two really pissed me off in the third part of the book. Lastly, i suddenly now have a great interest in the plight of the everyday Russain during/after the revolution. It was fascinating learning the details about how they were forced to live, and Rand does a great job of illustrating a backwardness/hypocrisy of communism without explicitly saying it like in other works of hers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5361)
    Performance
    (3321)
    Story
    (3340)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Life changing"
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    I'll say what everyone else says first: it's too darned long! Get on with the bloody story Ayn!! I listened to this in my car (1 hour each way to work) and a few times there were literally days where "nothing" happens. Very frustrating.

    Next, what not-everyone says: This book changed my life, i wont get into the philosophy and politics of it, but it sure helped set in concrete and organize the views i have had for a long time. If you read it with an open mind (meaning you cant be a total commie/leftist/socialist), you will surely get something out of it. ITS WORTH IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (3004)
    Story
    (3013)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Loved it!"
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    This book was great, I've listened to it a few times. At times it seems as though Mitnick is trying to still make a case for himself like he's worried the feds are going to come after him again, but it was still excellent. He gets a little too techie for me, regurgitating every god forsaken phone number or code he ever punched in, while repeatedly bragging about his penchant for remembering numbers, (we get it already!!!). I still give 5 stars though, and security IT types out there would do well to read a page (all of the actually) from Mitnick's manual.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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