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Jonnie

Panama City, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3540)
    Performance
    (2574)
    Story
    (2583)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes"
    Overall

    I always buy a long volume with trepidation wondering how many "dry spots" or "dry epochs" will be contained therein. This volume was amazing in that I was fascinated and interested every minute. The story focused on the characters while the overall picture was interwoven in their interactions and lives, particulary Hitler of course. The details added to the interest rather than extend it unnecessarily. This is a book that I will very probably savor again.
    I enjoy history and military history and this is probably the best I have read.

    82 of 88 people found this review helpful
  • Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rick Perlstein
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (201)

    From one of America's most talented historians and winner of a LA Times Book Prize comes a brilliant new account of Richard Nixon that reveals the riveting backstory to the red state/blue state resentments that divide our nation today. Told with urgency and sharp political insight, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

    Frank says: "A 5-Star Book Injured by the Narrator"
    "Great book, Great Narrator...Yes it's true!"
    Overall

    This was overall a great book and a great listen. I was put off initially by all of the negative reviews about the narration. They were true in that the narrator mispronounced a lot of words. Yes, I agree it is distracting and yes, where is the editing that should have caught these gaffs. If you can set aside the mispronunciations the narrator did an outstanding job. My favorite was the pronunciation for pseudo. He pronounced it sway-doe. It took me just a bit to figure that one out. Just see it as a game and get beyond the mistakes. Otherwise the writing is very engrossing and the narration is one of the best I have experienced (with the caveat about mispronounced words). Definitely 5 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for a Creator

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Lee Strobel
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded. Today science is supports the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. Darwinism has faltered in the face of facts and hard reason. Science definitely gives faith a boost as new findings emerge about the complexity of our universe. Strobel re-examines the theories that once led him away from God. You'll encounter discoveries from cosmology, DNA research, and human consciousness that present evidence in The Case for a Creator.

    Alan Rither says: "Excellent Summary of Apologetics"
    "Good in a few places, average to boring in most"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this book but overall it was a disappointment.
    My title says it all for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1760)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1231)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Good book, great character"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the character of Alexander Hamilton better in a previous book by Chernow but this book on Washington was a better and more interesting read/listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck, Brian Sack
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    In the words of Harvard economist Niall Ferguson, the United States is “an empire on the edge of chaos.” Why? Glenn Beck thinks the answer is pretty simple: Because we’ve turned our backs on the Constitution. Yes, our country is financially broke, but that’s just a side effect of our broken spirit, our broken faith in government, the broken promises by our leaders, and a broken political system that has centralized power at the expense of individual rights.

    Antoine says: "First Beck Book Read"
    "Throw the politicians out before it's too late!"
    Overall

    Oops we already tried that.
    Great history and great recommendations about what to do from here.
    This is a very worthwhile read/listen. Given our political landscape and the calibre of our politicians and electorate I believe we have ten to twenty years before our currency collapses and/or we default. Our nation is on an unstoppable downward spiral. Nice job on the book though.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mohandas (Mahatma) K. Gandhi
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring figure of the 20th century, a man whose quest to live in accord with God’s highest truth led him to initiate massive campaigns against racism, violence, and colonialism.

    Srinivasa says: "Great book, Good enough narration."
    "4 stars if you like Gandhi, 2 stars if you don't"
    Overall

    If you enjoyed the movie Gandhi you will probably enjoy this book. It adds more interesting details on a personal level. If Gandhi is not your thing the the book will not be a page turner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Reza Kahlili
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (216)

    A true story as exhilarating as a great spy thriller, as turbulent as today's headlines from the Middle East, A Time to Betray reveals what no other previous CIA operative's memoir possibly could: the inner workings of the notorious Revolutionary Guards of Iran, as witnessed by an Iranian man inside their ranks who spied for the American government.

    Walter says: "Absorbing throughout. Questionable at times."
    "Worth the listen"
    Overall

    Good insight on the inner workings of a Moslem led government. This proves the value to me the value of a separation of church and state.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (411)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Too much swearing for me"
    Overall

    I love war history but have had to give up on this genre of books. Try Unbroken for a fantastic read and story. Unbroken has a very bare-bones minimum of foul language.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a 20-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this compelling memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities.

    John S. says: "Think carefully before buying"
    "Good story"
    Overall

    It was amazing to me how little these art treasures were valued by the FBI hierarchy and how few resources were allocated for their recovery.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Trickle Up Poverty: Stopping Obama's Attack on Our Borders, Economy, and Security

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Savage
    • Narrated By Robert Louis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Trickle Up Poverty is your best defense against the Obamanomics that are dragging the middle class, and everyone else, into a Marxist-Socialist death spiral. The Savage manifesto you hold in your hands shows how Obama is circumventing the Constitution to push through his radical agenda - and, most important, how we can restore our country to the power and prestige that Barack Obama and his corrupt and degenerate "czars" are trying to destroy.

    Jonnie says: "The book is much better than the radio show"
    "The book is much better than the radio show"
    Overall

    I gave up listening to Savage and Hannity on the radio years ago because of the caustic and disrespectful way they treat their call-in listeners who dare to have an alternative point of view. I myself am very conservative and have given up on the Republican Party also. The Republicans are so close to the Democrats in philosophy and actions that there is realistically no major political options for the average American. I believe Ron Paul is the only current politician who offers any viable political alternatives to our current economic and political mess. I also believe Ron Paul is unelectable and is just a voice in the wilderness. The American politicians from both parties are taking a course of action that will sooner or later lead us to an economic crisis that will lead America into chaos. Just how soon is the real issue.

    11 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Time of My Life

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi
    • Narrated By Patrick Swayze
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    In a career spanning more than 30 years, the late Patrick Swayze made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television. Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he became one of our most beloved actors.

    Brenda says: "The Time of My Life"
    "A real guy with some Hollywood episodes"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. Patrick and his wife came off as real people who, despite living and working in Hollywood, maintained their marriage and perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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