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John

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  • For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Murray N. Rothbard
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    In For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, Rothbard proposes a once-and-for-all escape from the two major political parties, the ideologies they embrace, and their central plans for using state power against people. Libertarianism is Rothbard's radical alternative that says state power is unworkable and immoral, and ought to be curbed and finally overthrown.

    Monte says: "I'm a Ron Paul Libertarian but this is a good"
    "A must read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book that I wish all students (high school) had to read before graduating. It offers truths that most do not realize about our society and economy and for that matter SHOULD know. The only downside is toward the end of the book where the author starts to loose most people. Its as if he turns the book into a rant where the first half is unquestionable, informative and intriguing. My in-laws read it after me and said the same thing...


    Would you recommend For a New Liberty to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely! I can not believe that most of us have no idea how our founding fathers thought and how far we've come away from the ideas that our founders had in mind.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeff Riggenbach?

    I would, but I'm not sure I would rate Riggenbach as a good narrator. He is pretty dry.


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

    How inflation is actually manipulated now. Not in the printing of money anymore which is what most believe (I included) prior to reading this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am convinced after the reading of this book that I am a true Libertarian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1194)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Another great by O'Reilly"
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    What did you love best about Killing Jesus?

    The amount of research done on a topic of little know truths. Comes across as thorough and unbiased.


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln for obvious reasons.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a great story teller with a keen sense of delivery.


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

    All of it. Considering I am an atheist, I think that says a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Technology Projects to Mainstream Customers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Geoffrey A. Moore
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Here is the best-selling guide that created a new game plan for marketing in high-tech industries. Crossing the Chasm has become the bible for bringing cutting-edge products to progressively larger markets. This edition provides new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing, with special emphasis on the Internet. It's essential reading for anyone with a stake in the world's most exciting marketplace.

    Sadok says: "Must read for anyone in Marketing"
    "Still trying to get through it..."
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    What disappointed you about Crossing the Chasm?

    I have had some problems with the download so its not entirely the authors or narrators fault, but I am struggling to really get into this book. The content is important to me and so I keep trying, but I keep thinking about how those that cant do teach... Its just what keeps going through my head while listening.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It all seems to be based on "looking back" on successes and failures. I think it is easy to look backwards and make judgments, but why not take a stance and make some predictions about companies in the now and future? If you really know your stuff than put it out there for all to judge.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mike Chamberlain?

    Bill O'Reilly


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sure it did/does. Still trying to get through it and maybe I will have some groundbreaking insights once I'm finished.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1737)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (720)

    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "Great content, narration a bit underwhelming..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Drive the most enjoyable?

    The content is enlightening. Helps me think about my company and the individuals within it and how to motivate them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The simple statement:
    " if you ever want your child to never take out the trash again, pay them to do it once..."


    What aspect of Daniel H. Pink’s performance would you have changed?

    Just the narration. He comes across as a "football jock" trying to sound intelligent. Not the best combination.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Surprise!- your doing it wrong...


    Any additional comments?

    I mean no disrespect to Pink with my feedback. I hope it is taken as constructive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4224)
    Performance
    (3733)
    Story
    (3748)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Best book of the year 2013!!!"
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    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite recommendation of all the books I read in 2013


    What other book might you compare David and Goliath to and why?

    Gladwell's other book, Outliers. (My favorite until this one)


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have read all of his publications. Many more than once. Id say this was his best.


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

    Many moments movd me. One in particular was the big fish in a small pond analysis of our collegiate system.


    Any additional comments?

    My only whish is that Gladwell write faster so I could have more of his work to read and listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (502)

    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

    Ryan says: "A catalog of positive innovations on the horizon"
    "Inspiring story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Abundance to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but I always prefer audio over text.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The X-Prise challenges and how they always outperform the well funded groups made up of "the smartest people".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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