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Willis McLaughlin

NORTH HILLS, CA, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (254)

    The demon is a mob, and the mob is demonic. The Democratic Party activates mobs, depends on mobs, coddles mobs, publicizes and celebrate mobs - it is the mob. Sweeping in its scope and relentless in its argument, Demonic explains the peculiarities of liberals as standard groupthink behavior. To understand mobs is to understand liberals.

    Willis McLaughlin says: "Read your own book"
    "Read your own book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Ann Coulter is worth reading. She is a public figure and her voice inflections are well known. She should read her own books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a book of commentary. There is no character but the mob.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice was too soft and too light to read Ann Coulter. She could not get the sardonic inflection in her voice to put over the stark sarcasm of the author.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I haven't yet fiish the book. Ann Coulter, read your own books.


    Any additional comments?

    I probably will not buy another audible book by Ann Coulter until she reads it herself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Known and Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Narrated By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (208)

    With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Donald Rumsfeld's memoir is filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also features Rumsfeld's unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history.

    Brooks says: "Inside view of five decades in politics"
    "Well Done Mr. Secretary"
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    What made the experience of listening to Known and Unknown the most enjoyable?

    His personal perspective in his own voiceI enjoyed his account of his grow


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed his account of his growing up years, giving us enough information to observe the development of his character without self aggrandizement. I experienced the same years and his account of familiar events gave me a better perspective since he viewed them close up.


    What about Donald Rumsfeld’s performance did you like?

    His voice. It is well known, so his experiences must be heard in that public voice. Also his "matter-of-fact" tone.


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

    No. It was a personal history, not meant to move, but to inform.


    Any additional comments?

    No. I did not always agree with the policies he espoused, but overall he was a good public servant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6906)
    Performance
    (5272)
    Story
    (5354)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "The unfinished story"
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    What disappointed you about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    The beginning of the story promised a different outcome.


    Has Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. The author is a good writer and it was well read but the author has to stick to his story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was a good reader, no complaint there. It was the story construction that was bad. If the introduction phase had been introduced as a prologue the listener would have known that it was not part of the narrative, but as it was written, I was always of an expectation to return to the original scene. The story about Linclon's early encounters with vampires was good and found the allegory most fascinating. The story peters out at the end. It was a very weak ending and the writers silly attempt at humor(?) of bringing Lincoln back from the dead fell flat. If one is going to write fiction about a known historical figure, don't flay too fast and loose with the known facts.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    I probably would not have had printed the book at all because of its bad ending. The whole stry weakens and falls apart when Lincoln becomes president. The story departs from its own reality and becomes a tired old political allegory.


    Any additional comments?

    The writer is a good writer but his fantasy fell apart at the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck, Pat Gray
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre-Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Times bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers.

    Willis McLaughlin says: "Publius made simple"
    "Publius made simple"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I tried years ago to read "The Federalist Papers" and was discouraged because they wrote "above my pay grade". I recommend this listen to to anyone at my pay geade or below.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Original Argument?

    Sorry, this is not a thriller story. I listened to the arguments and duly noted them. It did, however make clear the original intent of the constitution.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none


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

    No. It takes more than one listen to absorb all the information


    Any additional comments?

    Odd preview questions for a nonfiction classic like the Federalist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mitt Romney
    • Narrated By Mitt Romney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    In No Apology, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world’s. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded.

    michael says: "You can like this book without being a Republican."
    "Romney in his own words"
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    If you could sum up No Apology in three words, what would they be?

    It is important to me that that the writer whose voice I know read his own words. It seems more authentic to me. I am always surprised when people say that Romney is not clear on his position: he is not against gays, he is against gays stealing the definition of marriage; he is not against health care, he is against Obamacare etc... This book is plainly spoken and easy to listen to and understand. A good listen.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I was impressed on how solid his opinions are on all the political issues. I don't understand this "flip-flop" business, he may have flipped ( I hope to high heaven an intelligent being can change his opinion) but he never "flopped"


    What about Mitt Romney’s performance did you like?

    .I like it when the author reads his own words. He knows what he is saying and knows how to say it, particularly puvlic figures. My mother in law wrote poetry and could hardly stand haveing someone else read her her own poetry because they did not know how to read. I think that is the difference between the spoken word and the written.


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

    The last chapter was particularly moving. You could hear , not only in his words but also in his voice, how much he truly loves this country. I think he loves it almost as much as he does his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    Get other authors to read their own words, it is far more personal and intimate -- like listening to an old friend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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