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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
    (913)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (775)

    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
  • 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
    (1737)
    Performance
    (1482)
    Story
    (1461)

    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 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
  • 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
    (1110)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (914)

    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
    (10799)
    Performance
    (6827)
    Story
    (6858)

    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.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "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
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    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
    (1832)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1196)

    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.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "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
    (248)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (203)

    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
  • Our Occulted History: Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jim Marrs
    • Narrated By Dave Courvoisier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (103)

    Best-selling author and legendary conspiracy researcher Jim Marrs, who has investigated the recent financial crisis, the JFK assassination, and the national socialist takeover of America, now takes on his biggest subject: the history of mankind. Offering mind-blowing information that will radically alter the way we think about the world and our place in it, Marrs goes beyond the revelations of his classic Alien Agenda, interweaving science and authentic archaeological finds with provocative speculation to show how human civilization may have originated with nonhumans who visited earth eons ago.

    Amazon Customer says: "Embarrassing performace"
    "Great book"
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    If you could sum up Our Occulted History in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding work, recommend. Jim's book is excellent. The end is so dark. I had to play it in spurts as the stuff being said was irritating to me in the least. The reader was trying to use goofy accents and changed his voice some-what which was annoying. The reader also continually miss pronounced names or people. Other then that, the main topic was outstanding and accurate. Jim tells the truth and it is not always what we like to hear. I found a lot of what he said to be "Eyes Wide Open" and not for those who want to hear a happy story because there is not a lot of happiness in the book. Strongly recommend if you like to know what really goes on and how we are basically kept in the dark.


    What other book might you compare Our Occulted History to and why?

    Future esoteric by Brad Olson, same theme but more ET


    What three words best describe Dave Courvoisier’s voice?

    Ok, knock off the nonsense with the accents unless you can do them correctly. Stop lowering your voice to try and portray cerebral thinkers.Wrong pronunciation of the names of people. That was something that needed to be crossed checked.


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

    No, I liked that it was longer and I could listen to it in two or three days


    Any additional comments?

    good book, long was good. Please offer Future Esoteric by Brad Olson.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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