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Peter

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  • Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (149)

    Glen Beck, the number-one New York Times best-selling author and popular radio and television host, revisits Thomas Paine's Common Sense with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government's easy solutions, two-part monopoly, and illogical methods, and take back our great country.

    Jason says: "Conditionality"
    "Simple Minded"
    Overall

    I consider myself a conservative so I thought I'd enjoy this book but found it overly simplistic and overly focused on what was percieved as big government asserting itself. It came across as paranoia rather than an objective view of ever expanding executive powers. Beck sees big government everywhere!

    34 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (878)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Great Adventure"
    Overall

    Teddy Roosevelt is an amazing historical figure and this story shows yet another dimension to his greatness and his character. A well read and well written book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1882)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (509)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Great Adventure"
    Overall

    Teddy Roosevelt is an amazing historical figure and this story shows yet another dimension to his greatness and his character. A well read and well written book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (170)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "Just a great Story"
    Overall

    Lost Boys is very different than Card's sci-fi works; it shows the breadth he has a a story teller. I thought the story was gripping because as a parent it was easy to identify with the characters and all they were going through as a family - then everything that was just kind of going on in the background of the story erupts and the ending hits like a ton of bricks. Great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memorial Day

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    Fearless counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is called upon to fight against the world's most deadly terrorists in this harrowing political thriller by New York Times best-selling author Vince Flynn.

    Marian says: "Too bad it was abridged"
    "Good book but why is it abridged???"
    Overall

    I'm a fan of Vince Flynn's books and I really like Memorial day but would greatly prefer them to be unabridged as they tend to lose a lot in the abridgement and make the plot sound too simple. Better off reading the full book.

    30 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22312)
    Performance
    (13709)
    Story
    (13852)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "A Must Read"
    Overall

    This was my first Sci-Fi book in a long time and I was not disappointed. Enders Game is full of compelling characters, has a great story line and is fast paced. I highly recommend it - even to people who do not traditionally go for the Sci-Fi genre. This book earns its high rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL
    • By The Wall Street Journal
    • Narrated By The Wall Street Journal
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The Editors of The Wall Street Journal select the most popular columns and briefings from the Marketplace, Money & Investing, and Front Sections of the Journal. You'll hear the top stories read to you verbatim and be able to easily skip from story to story. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    CB says: "Good coverage of business and news"
    "A real time saver"
    Overall

    I've been listening to the morning read of WSJ for three weeks now. I've never been able to read it at work given the hectic environment but was always getting asked questions about various articles. The synopsis format is very effective in keeping me up to speed on most important items. One improvement however might be to include all of the front page bullets so listeners know to follow up on items not gone over in detail if needed.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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