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Steve

Ocala, FL, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times best-selling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam -- perhaps the first such portrait in half a century -- unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect our world today.

    David Ewing says: "Eye Opening"
    "Biographies of Muhammad are not too exciting"
    Overall

    I am guessing I have purchased better than 60 audible books to date. I should review more of them on this site. Robert Spencer is one of Audible's invaluable authors. Before I got hooked up with Audible, I bought and listened to the cassette tape edition of Spencer's "Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith." It is excellent. I notice with Islam Unveiled, as with these reviews here on "The Truth About Muhammad," there are some one or two starred reviews from people that either did not appear to have listened to the audio book or from people who only reviewed "one" audio book on the Audible web-site:

    "Robert Spencer."

    I've got three good biographies of Muhammad including Audible's "Muhammad" by Martin Lings. I recommend it, though unlike Spencer, Lings' biography is more of an apologetic of the prophet's life. Suffice it to say, Muhammad, unlike Jesus and Moses, was a warrior-king along the order of King David, though perhaps more violent than David. There may be those who will dispute this point. A Biography that details the violent exploits of a warrior-king is not necessarily an exciting read or listen, yet in the case of Muhammad it is a must read; because he was and still is such an important historical figure. Robert Spencer is a scholar on Islam whether you agree with his conclusions or not. I cannot recommend Spencer's books enough to audible subscribers; all of them.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Walker Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (262)

    In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "Well worth listening to."
    Overall

    I am a political conservative who likes honest, even critical history. If you are partial toward historians that are apologists for and who white wash past mistakes and wrongs, I would not recommend this book.

    Though in many ways the American experiment may be exceptional, America's history of conquest, expropriation and displacement of natives, of chattel slavery, etc., is in no way exceptional nor remarkable. It is the history of the world.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam Is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Most terrorism experts agree: it is not "if" we are attacked again, but "when." Yet the assault has already happened. A silent battle is being waged on our nation every day. Not with guns and bombs, but via covert sources: Islamic charities, the ACLU, even presidential candidates.

    Richard says: "Intro to the Radical Islamic Agenda for America"
    "Another great book by Spencer"
    Overall

    This is a must-listen to book for every thinking American citizen.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Zionism Today is the Real Enemy of the Jews: An Intelligence Squared Debate

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Intelligence Squared Limited
    • Narrated By Various
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Professor Jacqueline Rose, author of The Question of Zion; Professor Avi Shlaim, author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World; and Amira Hass, author of Reporting from Ramallah, spoke for the motion.

    Dr. Jonathan Newman says: "Ambiguous terms"
    "Who chose this audience?"
    Overall

    I've been an audible subscriber for some time now. This is the darnedest debate I have yet to hear on Audible. The expert witnesses were impressive enough but who chose this audience that ultimately voted on the question at hand? What were the parameters that made up the selection of this audience? Essentially, the question was, "Is Israel a criminal enterprise or not?" The majority voted that "yes" indeed Israel is a criminal enterprise. It does not deserve to exist. Again, who chose this audience?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Theda Perdue, Michael Green
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Acclaimed historians Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green paint a moving portrait of the infamous Trail of Tears. Despite protests from statesmen like Davy Crockett, Daniel Webster, and Henry Clay, a dubious 1838 treaty drove 17,000 mostly Christian Cherokee from their lush Appalachian homeland to barren plains beyond the Mississippi. For 4,000, this brutal forced march lead only to their deaths.

    Steve says: "Great audio book"
    "Great audio book"
    Overall

    Next to Robert V. Remini's, "Andrew Jackson And His Indian Wars," this book has got to be a classic.

    Essentially great American leaders, from Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Jackson, pursued policies of land acquisition from Native Americans; whether by forcing tribes to relinquish land by threats, intimidation and bribery or by forcible removal, European immigrants overspread the continent, dispossessing the natives as we went, until we became a great and a mighty nation.

    The book is not always easy listening due to the heart-rending historic narrative. This side of American history, though not new in terms of the history of great empires, is a must for anyone interested in this nation's expansionist history; its pursuit of foreign affairs today which continues to seek what is perceived to be in America's material, security and prosperity interests.

    I highly recommend this book. I hope audible acquires other books in the genre.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brigitte Gabriel
    • Narrated By Brigitte Gabriel
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    Because They Hate is a political wake-up call. Brigitte Gabriel, who lost her childhood to militant Islam, warns that the United States is threatened by fundamentalist Islamic theology in the same way that Lebanon was - that radical Islam will stop at nothing short of domination of all non-Muslim countries. Fiercely articulate and committed, Gabriel both tells her own story and outlines the history, social movements, and religious divisions that have led to this critical historical conflict.

    Troy says: "eye-opening"
    "Best audio book I've listened to, do date!"
    Overall

    I've listened to well over two dozen audio books from Audible. I'd have to say the Middle East, Israel, Islam, etc., are at the top of my reading and listening list.

    I have read and listened to such great scholars, historians and writers as Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, Dore Gold, Kenneth Timmerman, Bernard Lewis, Martin Gilbert, Paul Johnson, etc.

    Brigitte Gabriel --- "Because They Hate" --- has got to be amongst the most riveting and captivating of all!

    Why do I say this? Because unlike many of our great scholars and writers, Brigitte Gabriel lived it. She knows the Arab world and the Muslim-Arab mind on an intimate and a personal level. Her life's story in southern Lebanon is compelling, shocking, gripping and at times heartrending.

    She speaks with passion and authority. I am not putting down scholarship and I will continue to study our many fine scholars and experts, yet this book is a must for anyone interested in the threat we face here in the west. It's superb!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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