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Bob

Duarte, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Scott Miller
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (122)
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    (105)
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    (102)

    In 1901, as America tallied its gains from a period of unprecedented imperial expansion, an assassin's bullet shattered the nation's confidence. The shocking murder of President William McKinley threw into stark relief the emerging new world order of what would come to be known as the American Century.

    Nelson Alexander says: "An Ideal History Book for the Audio Format"
    "Excellent!"
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    A very interesting treatment of a great president and an important time in American history. The author made history come alive, and the narrator made it even more interesting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jung Chang
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (242)

    Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

    Ann Elizabeth Korte says: "Wonderful book and great audio-book!"
    "Gripping story - I couldn't put it down"
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    Amazing account of life under Mao. I have many Chinese friends, both in the U.S. and in China. This gave me an understanding of what some of them (the older ones) went through during the Mao years.

    This is an important work to help Westerners understand recent history, and to help understand that China today is far different and much more free than it was then.

    The story is fascinating; Jung Chang is a master at telling it; the reader was superb at helping me feel what the author and her family were going through. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1812: The Navy's War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George C. Daughan
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (254)

    At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war.

    K. Winters says: "Fantastic, if complicated, account of the war"
    "Fascinating account of a forgotten war"
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    This is the fascinating story of "the little nation that could." The U.S. with a fledgling navy of a few ships took on one of the greatest naval powers the world had seen up until that time. This book shows how the U.S. overcame the overwhelming odds against it and changed U.S.-British relations forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Hart, Tom A. Coburn
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
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    (17)
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    Long before America's recent economic downturn, beltway politicians knew the U.S. was going bankrupt. Yet even after several so-called "change" elections, the government has continued its wasteful ways in the face of imminent danger. With passion and clarity, Coburn explains why Washington resists change so fiercely and offers controversial yet common-sense solutions to secure the nation's future. At a time when millions of Americans are speculating about what is broken in Washington, The Debt Bomb is a candid, thoughtful, nonpartisan exposé of the real problems inside our government.

    Erik Burga says: "Good message; much rambling to get point across"
    "Listen to this Book Before You Vote"
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    This book is the alarming account of how politicians of both parties are putting their own career interests above the fiscal soundness of our country. Senator Coburn is an insider who watched and tried to stop the madness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
    • Narrated By Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (378)
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    (373)

    How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

    AC says: "Educational and Entertaining"
    "Should Be Required Reading for Every Voter"
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    This book is a very understandable description of the way our government is committing suicide by gross overspending and borrowing with no thought of tomorrow. Listen to it before you vote.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man on Mao's Right: From Harvard Yard to Tiananmen Square, My Life Inside China's Foreign Ministry

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ji Chaozhu
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
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    (32)
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    No other narrative from within the corridors of power has offered as frank and intimate an account of the making of the modern Chinese nation as Ji Chaozhu's The Man on Mao's Right. Having served Chairman Mao Zedong and the Communist leadership for two decades, and having become a key figure in China's foreign policy, Ji now provides an honest, detailed account of the personalities and events that shaped today's People's Republic.

    Adam says: "Very enlightening"
    "Fascinating history of modern China from inside"
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    A fascinating account of the rise and reform of the communist movement in China from the inside. It is written from the point of view of a Chinese official who became more and more concerned about the direction Mao was taking the country. As an American, I don't agree with everything in the book. Any westerner who wants to understand modern China should get this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harry S. Truman: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert H. Ferrell
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (23)
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    (10)
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    Few U.S. presidents have captured the imagination of the American people as has Harry S. Truman. In this new biography, Robert H. Ferrell, widely regarded as an authority on the 33rd president, challenges the popular characterization of Truman as a man who rarely sought the offices he received, revealing instead a man who - with modesty, commitment to service, and basic honesty - moved with method and system toward the presidency.

    Greg says: "Academic, occasionally dry but worth the listen"
    "Very good but too long"
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    A good book about a good president. There are times in the book where there seems to be too much detail - for me, at least.

    0 of 0 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)
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    (102)
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    (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"
    "Warning! This book is hazardous to your doubts!"
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    This book is the result of the author's thorough investigation of evolution and the alternatives. It also chronicles his journey from atheism to becoming a born again Christian. By interviewing a number of leading scientists, he exposes the impossibilities of evolution as taught in public schools and universities. He uncovers the cover up attempts of evolutionary science. Listen to this book with an open mind. It is packed with information and evidence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2104)
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    (1833)
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    (1834)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "I love it!"
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    I learned a lot about a good president, the age in which he lived and how Alexander Graham Bell tried to save his life after he was shot. For anyone who is interested in US history and the lives of the presidents, this book is a "must listen."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roy Porter
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    In this boldly drawn portrait of 18th-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.

    Amazon Customer says: "A ton of information"
    "Too much detail"
    Overall

    Although I'm interested in the subject, it went into too much detail for me as a layman historian. It might be good for the scholars who thrive on the details that most of us aren't interested in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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