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Victor

Apple Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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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
    (278)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (225)

    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"
    "Truth Told by a Champion of freedom and liberty"
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    If you could sum up Lies the Government Told You in three words, what would they be?

    I have to say that Judge Napolitano is fearless in his works here. In an ere where speaking your mind and telling uncomfortable truth that exposes lies and liars in the all powerful and omnipotent "Federal Government", it takes courage. Judge Napolitano shows how many areas of Federal and State powers are enhanced by lies especially during stressful times in our history


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I so enjoyed the narration because Judge Napolitano actually narrates his book and he does it with the passion only he can give as the author. He gets into it and that really draws you in and gives the audio book superb accuracy when delivering the points. Judge Napolitano is exceptionally gifted as a reader, orator and writer. All I can say is he did the job better then anyone probably could.


    Which character – as performed by Andrew P Napolitano – was your favorite?

    When he is flabbergasted by the outrageous lies and results! Judge Napolitano puts some spank on it!


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

    This book informs the listener, it can't be helped that you will become disgusted with many of the examples of outright horror perpetrated on the American People by their own government. I think there is plenty of emotion provided by Judge Napolitano's own voice and it expresses exactly how you will feel when you're listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is especially honest. Judge Napolitano is just that, a "Judge" and that is something I think is learned by experience at the job. It means you are not siding with anyone except the law. This enables Judge Napolitano to be incredibly clear and fair when telling this story. He shines a light on over reach, racism, fascism, socialism, communism and all forms of tyrannical power. He shows how even those who are good men have lied and those lies could have been avoided and saved thousands of lives. This is the politically incorrect guid to the history we were fed in school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (241)

    Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

    Tony says: "Re-Imaginings in the Holmes Universe"
    "Very edge of your seat, gear narration"
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    If you like Holmes and the stories told by Doyle, then prepare yourself for none of that. This is a spin off from Doyle but done so well with plenty of familiar characters you won't feel like you're in the wrong place. Horowitz plays out his narrative with his style placed in a familiar setting and all the Doyle ground work is well used to build his story on. This should prove an excellent listen as the narration was nothing short of totally brilliant. Top shelf production. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Bass Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cotton Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    President of the Western Writers of America, Cotton Smith is critically lauded for his resurrection of the classic Western. A bit long in the tooth, Bass Tillman has given up the guns and gone respectable. But then his son and daughter-in-law are murdered in cold blood, and he swears on their graves he will bring their killers to justice.

    Victor says: "Great book, very entertaining and well performed"
    "Great book, very entertaining and well performed"
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    Excellent stray and outstanding performance by Henry Strozier. Strozier really shines, he does amazing Scottish And German characters. While he does these characters he jumps in and out of multiple American characters which I realized was very difficult but his outstanding artistry makes it seem easy. The book was superb and the narration was exactly what was needed to bring it to life. The protagonist has many things to sort out while the plot builds and the details and mystery that unfold builds as the book goes on. Bass Tillman gives the listener insight into his mind, while unraveling the mystery and developing a terrific ending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Incidents Among the Savages

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    The year was 1803. It was a time when the West was not only frontier, it was the undiscovered country. It was the time of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, before the trains of Prairie Schooners and settlers, before cowboys or cattle drives, before Colonel Colt and the six-shooter, and nearly a three quarters of a century before George Armstrong Custer and his men were killed at Little Big Horn. It was a time when the western fur trade was new, and only the first of the mountain men had left the Mississippi behind on their journey into the wilderness.

    Michael says: "Great book"
    "Engrossing and brilliantly written"
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    The performance was exactly as expected, outstanding. Lewis was superb and did relate the joy, sadness, anger and sorrow with only what a brilliant narrator could do. He is actually an excellent actor as well as a writer. The story was well done and the details were superb, very well done so that as to paint exacting pictures. The characters in the story fit perfectly as do the time line and the details.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ogallala Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Once again, Marshal Marion Daniels calls on Ruben Beeler for help in righting a terrible wrong. Cecil Man-Bear, one of Marion's old friends, has been crippled, his wife killed, and his daughter stolen by a half-breed. Marion and Ruben take to a trail that leads them far into the Sioux reservation of the Dakota Territory in pursuit of a man called Kills-Many and his band of renegades.

    Etienne says: "Deeper than it seems... onto something grand"
    "Excellent trail story, great performance"
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    Once again, Lewis hits it out of the ball park with a great story and some good emotion woven in and out of the story. Lewis takes you far up into the Indian country and shares some real historic scenarios that one could expect at that time. The performance Lewis gives is as expected, excellent and well read with plenty of character feel in his voice. Great book in the trail series and looking forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    When old money and older entitlement invade Missouri, Ruben Beeler is dispatched by the Federal Marshals Service to investigate complaints from small farmers and ranchers that a wealthy Englishman is taking over an entire county. Rube leaves his wife and their baby at home, and enters into a conflict where might is right, and Sir Merrit Treadstone is prepared to do whatever is necessary to establish the Calico Cattle Company and his new American kingdom.

    Dale says: "Profoundly hilarious"
    "Great story, Superb performance"
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    Highly recommend if you like great cowboy stories. Lewis writes with excellent detail and delivers his works himself as a seasoned actor. When a good writer has the talent to deliver his works in a performance, that usually works out really well as he knows all the details of the characters and delivers an excellent performance. Not many authors are good readers but Lewis actually is outstanding at both.

    The story gives the listener a picture of the westward life and the lexicon used is authentic with great attention to details that paint a really great picture throught the the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nodaway Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Comfortable in his new life in Deer Run, young Ruben Beeler is called away by Marshal Marion Daniels to help in an investigation of murder and mutilation north of St. Joe. That begins a search for killers and leads the men northward into unfamiliar territory, pitting them against a family of outlaws who have ruled Nodaway County since before the Civil War.

    Joe Swann says: "As good as it gets"
    "Teeeerific"
    Overall
    Performance

    Just what I expected. Another great piece of work from David Lewis. Not only does he tie the story together from Deer Run but he adds some excellent emotion to the list of great work. His performance for the list of characters was really great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deer Run Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    The year was 1881, an' young Ruben Beeler was makin' his way along near the Missouri River, findin' work when he could an' livin' the only life he knew. When he come on ol' Arliss Hyatt, beat to hell an' near shot to death, Rube done what he could for him. He didn't know that act of kindness was gonna wind up changin' his whole life, but it did.

    Mark A Gibson says: "Excellent book and excellent narration."
    "Very enjoyable, excellent performance"
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    Great story. Refreshing to go back to a simpler time where people are real and words were different yet full of meaning. Yarn for yours or see'd for seen etc, the Missouri draw and folksy ways about the characters brings a real feeling of Americana to the story. There is no confusing tough from good and bad. David uses an amazing assortment of voice and dictate to create his characters personalities. Great story, moments of genuine emotion. Highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (437)

    This, the first in the series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging.

    Lisa says: "Surprised that I loved it!"
    "Excellent book"
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    Outstanding descriptions throughout the book. Simon Vance was brilliant. Highly recommend if you like adventure from the past on the seas

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nomi Prins
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Nomi Prins ushers us into the intimate world of exclusive clubs, vacation spots, and Ivy League universities that binds presidents and financiers. She unravels the multi-generational blood, intermarriage, and protégé relationships that have confined national influence to a privileged cluster of people. This unprecedented history of American power illuminates how financiers have retained their authoritative position through history, swaying presidents regardless of party affiliation.

    PHIL says: "Good big-picture view, not spoiled by the biases"
    "You better like history about the elite and rich"
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    Shew! I made it through. Good God I thought I would collapse from listening to these guys telling their own stories via the documented notes and diaries Nomi used. She does a thorough job but it took a while to make it through 100 years of obscene banksterism and collusion between the government and banks. If you don't know this stuff then you need to hear this. If you're like me and know the topic well it's a bit trying to hear but still has good parts.
    In the end, prepare yourself for a major collapse of the economic system as we know it. Thank you to big to fail.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (2190)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1845)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey Crummie says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "WOW, he proves this is not your grandmas wheat."
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    Where does Wheat Belly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent Science to back his works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The diversity of the effects wheat has on our bodies. His works are superbly spelled out so you completely understand. He uses some good humor as well. Not at all dry, great book. Loved it.


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

    He is a great reader. He has good all around reader qualities. He does hard to digest material well. Legal, political and this book which is medical. All well delivered without feeling like you're watching paint dry.


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

    I gave it space, I also re listened to some chapters as there are points that are technical but not complicated.


    Any additional comments?

    After this book. I eat NOTHING wheat at all. Nor have the rest of our family. All seeing improvements. Great recipes in the download. That alone is worth the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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