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Victor

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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (973)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Excellent writer, story and narration"
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    What did you love best about Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    This book was far more honest and realistic then I anticipated. The truth and clarity is outstanding. I have learned many fascinating details not to mention a great deal of guidance which I believe can be extracted from this book. If there were ever a time to read a book on Jefferson, it would be in these modern times. It was fascinating to learn what went on inside this mans head. I feel small knowing his immense mental power and craft. I cannot see such a mind fashioned as he was, and as were so many of his contemporaries coming to pass in these ages. Are we ever to know another great mind such as Jefferson again? Listen to this book I never once shut it off for any other reason then I had to. I promise, it is absolutely engulfing and frankly, one of the most interesting books I've bought in a long time.

    Edward Hermann was the perfect narrator. It truly is a top of the line book and Edward Hermann makes it incredibly pleasant to listen to for hours at a time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jefferson no doubt


    What about Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham ’s performance did you like?

    This is one of the best Narrators of our time. No doubt on historical topics as he is the man for the History Channel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Thomas Jefferson, the man America needed then and now.


    Any additional comments?

    A democratic Republic is not a spectators sport, it requires participation all the time.

    1 of 1 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
    (51)
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    (49)
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    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.

    Victor says: "Very enjoyable, excellent performance"
    "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
    (735)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (356)

    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
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
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    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
    (2083)
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    (1773)
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    (1752)

    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.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "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
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
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    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "A journey into your mind!"
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    If you could sum up Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry in three words, what would they be?

    The writer paints the picture in exquisite detail. You will see all of it and follow the narrators caricature wonderfully


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All were great!


    Have you listened to any of Tim Curry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he is superb. I picked the book in great part due to his narration.


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

    I was wanting to listen to the whole book marathon but made it a point to divide it up as necessary. Great listen, you will not want to stop if you like mental adventure. The science was superb.


    Any additional comments?

    Great classic writer, great narrator, excellent material. Not dated in the least. FAR FAR better then the modern day movies. No wonder they keep trying to create this story in film. Just not as good as the read (Listen)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16943)
    Performance
    (12231)
    Story
    (12301)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "OUTSTANDING BOOK, STRONGLY RECOMMEND."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    Edward Hermann is an actor so it's delivered with the right feel.


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    This one is it's own book but Endurance, the Shackleton story would be one.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    He's one of my favorite readers.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, to many to list.


    Any additional comments?

    The Atomic Bomb,Should we have used it? Could it have been prevented? Was it hubris?

    If you ever doubted why and how that war was prosecuted by our elders, this book makes you realize, we haven't the right to second guess how that generation prosecuted the war. They paid so dearly and what ever the results, I am reassured they did their best. Use of an Atomic Bomb question? Not after this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aliens in the Backyard: UFOs, Abductions, and Synchronicity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rob MacGregor, Trish MacGregor
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
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    In 2003, a Roper Organization survey revealed that 33 million Americans may be abductees. Aliens in the Backyard is their story. One evening in 1981, Connie J Cannon was on I-75 with her young son, en route to their new home in Florida, when they suddenly found themselves on a military base, with a man in uniform holding a gun to her head as three Grays stood nearby. In 1979, Diane Fine was on her way from upstate New York to Vermont to see an obstetrics specialist for her high risk pregnancy, and experienced two hours of missing time. When she was finally examined at the clinic, she was told wasn't pregnant.

    Mike N. Clelland says: "very well written"
    "Very Credible Book on this topic"
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    If you could sum up Aliens in the Backyard in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, revealing and honest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Aliens in the Backyard?

    Without writing a spoiler, using a psychic, asking why the abduction took place and hearing, "For Entertainment". Not so hard to believe. We're not dealing with good here, it's way past "Take me to your leader". More like realizing there are really bad things going on and some of them are for no purpose, others tie into the Shadow government that are so much the hidden hand. If you see one of these things, RUN, don't walk into the light and get the hell out.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No and he was slowly read, not in a bad way. It was paced well. Hi did a good job and I enjoyed it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    We are defiantly prey and not predator here.


    Any additional comments?

    Its refreshing not to relive 1947 Roswell or so many "Boriong" Nuts and bolts stories about crafts and the objects. This deals with an examination of what and who are inside those things, but what they are doing to us and asks the question, why. Several cases are presented and many clearly written accounts where your in their shoes. What would you do? It can't bring it home better. Well done and very interesting

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2895)
    Performance
    (2167)
    Story
    (2174)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "OUTSTANDING BOOK, STRONGLY RECOMMEND."
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    What did you love best about Endurance?

    So well written, so well read. The story is true and you can picture everything Simon Prebble reads in vivid detail as Simon switches accents and paints the picture with exactly the right tone. The writer is superb. This book so perfectly done, I'm having a hard time describing it.


    What other book might you compare Endurance to and why?

    None off hand. It's better then fiction because it's a true story and that is a knock out punch to the vast majority of contenders.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The writer laid out the characters so well, Simon could easily communicate their personalities and breath life into them with his amazing talent, it made the book a magnet. I felt drawn in, wanted to take every word in as I found it so fascination.


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

    I was moved by the details of these men and their absolute and stunning resolution. You learn not only that a positive mind and cohesive unit can over come the darkest of things, but also how easy life is for us now.


    Any additional comments?

    I bothered to write this review because I wanted to be sure to share some enthusiasm with you, the one interested to know if its worth buying. I must elect to say yes, I am hard pressed to like a book and this is one of my top 5 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (274)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (221)

    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

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