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Michael Stephenson

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (498)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Forty-one hours well-spent"
    Overall

    "Let us not delude ourselves by thinking that there is any substitute for victory."

    I began this with little knowledge of Churchill's life; having finished, I think he's an indispensable figure for our times.

    Our current president recently returned the bust of Churchill that Great Britain had given the US after 9/11. That's unfortunate... Churchill's resolve and principled will are as valuable now as they were seventy years ago.

    Great book, great writer, great man.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kevin D. Williamson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Liberals scoff when conservatives denounce Obama and his policies as socialist. After all, they argue, Obama isn’t Stalin and America is nothing like the Soviet Union. But socialism doesn’t always resemble the Berlin Wall or the Iron Curtain, as National Review editor Kevin Williamson proves in his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism.

    Janie says: "Book is Excellent, Audio version ... not so much.."
    "Concise Takedown of Liberals Mythologies"
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    What did you love best about The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism?

    Kevin Williamson is not fond of socialists and their friends. He makes it plain just why that is in this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By J. Christian Adams
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Justice is supposed to be blind, especially to race and politics. Yet as Department of Justice (DOJ) whistleblower J. Christian Adams divulges in his shocking exposé, Injustice, justice under the Obama administration is anything but blind. Here, Adams reveals the never-before-published truth about the corrupt, racist, and politicized inner workings of the Obama Justice Department, as well as the untold story of the DOJ’s corrupt handling of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.

    Bret says: "Disturbing Revelations"
    "Eric Holder belongs in a jail cell."
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    Eric Holder and the Justice Deparment -- and by extension the whole Obama administration -- have a stealth agenda, and racial grievance is at the heart of it. It has to be stealthy because the American public would not stand for it if they knew.

    J. Christian Adams has the goods on Holder and Co. and he lays out his case in a convincing fashion. As galling at as it is to say it, it all comes down to skin color. (Four more years of this and we could be headed for our own verson of Zimbabwe.)

    If you have any interest in the topic -- and you should -- Injustice is a gripping listen. Highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2258)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (874)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Lose the clumsy politics, Mr. Burke"
    Overall

    Burke has developed interesting and sympathetic characters and can tell a story. I just wish he could overcome his urge to inject politics. Tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JR

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William Gaddis
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Absurdly logical, mercilessly real, gathering it's own tumultuous momentum for the ultimate brush with commodity training, JR captures the listener in the cacophony of voices that revolves around this young captive of his own myths. The disturbing clarity with which this finished writer captures the ways in which we deal, dissemble, and stumble through our words - through our lives - while the real plans are being made elsewhere makes JR the extraordinary novel that it is.

    Peregrine says: "Possibly superior as an audio book"
    "Hell of a book, hell of a reader."
    Overall

    I read this thirty years ago and liked it enough to read every succesessive Gaddis book. Hearing it was even better.

    This is a very funny book, especially if you like giving some thought to language and speech. Gaddis was a genius; he may ask a little more of the reader than usual, but it's worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1684)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1130)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "About as good as it gets...."
    Overall

    I've listened to about 300 Audible titles in the past 8 years and this one is in my Top Ten. Superbly written and superbly read.

    From what I can tell, most of Audible's best sellers are junk -- endless vampire drivel, bargeloads of witless thrillers and so forth -- but a few downloads like "Alice" can redeem the whole enterprise.

    42 of 49 people found this review helpful

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