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Ron

Woodland Hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Bill Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit Comedy Central and ABC-TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a hilarious provocateur.

    Scott says: "Funny and true but also Annoying"
    "Hysterical!"
    Overall

    Cynical, mean, vicious and... hilarious! Humorless, rightwing, gun-toting, narrow-minded Bible-thumpers will not enjoy. Everyone else - buy this audiobook and laugh - it's all we have left.

    71 of 88 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Straits

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. E. McDermott
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he's not about to take it lying down. Falsely implicated in a hijacking, he's offered a chance to clear himself by helping the CIA snare their real prey, Dugan's best friend, London ship owner Alex Kairouz. Reluctantly, Dugan agrees to go undercover in Alex's company, despite doubts about his friend's guilt. Once undercover, Dugan's steadfast refusal to accept Alex's guilt puts him at odds not only with his CIA superiors, but also with a beautiful British agent with whom he's romantically involved.

    Robin says: "A must read Suspense Thriller!"
    "Good Writer - Needs Editor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a wonderful story that really needs an editor. I read and listen to dozens of books a year and I had a hard time keeping track of the veritable army of characters performing in myriad scenarios. This work demonstrates, as nothing else I've read does, the job of the literary editor. With an editor and another couple of rewrites this could be a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal Circuit: A Michael Chase Spy Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lars Guignard
    • Narrated By Ben Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth. It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city. 
And that's the good news.... 
Michael Chase is a 26-year-old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese secret police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too.

    G says: "A wonderful start to a new spy thriller series"
    "Narration Recorded on a Dell in a Bathroom"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This might be a competently crafted book. It's hard to tell. The amateurish narration and nightmarishly bad audio quality completely overwhelm the author's words. I applaud the fact that the author was able to get this do-it-yourself project on Audible. It does, however, make you appreciate the expensive professional actors, sound engineers, and editors that publishers provide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1235)

    Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.

    Sean says: "More More"
    "RIGHT WING PROPAGANDA!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't believe I paid money for this rightwing tripe. I only listened to ten minutes and it was like I'd been locked-up for a year in Gitmo forced to listen to Glenn Beck. What a piece of crap.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ambler Warning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    On Parrish Island, a restricted island off the coast of Virginia, is a little-known and never-visited psychiatric facility. There, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric states make them a danger to their own government, people whose ramblings might endanger ongoing operations or prove dangerously inconvenient. One of these employees, agent Hal Ambler, is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's one difference between Hal and the other patients, Hal isn't crazy.

    Patsy Bailey says: "What Were They Thinking?"
    "The Ambler Warning"
    Overall

    First Rate! Well crafted mystery, murder, spy novel. Ludlum at his best. I'll miss him.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2844)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1050)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "The Camel Club"
    Overall

    GREAT! Uncompromising, pulse-pounding action. Fascinating, well-defined characters. Unexpected twists and turns at every corner. Literate yet cinematic. Attention, Film Development Executives. option this book, immediately - seven figure deal - huge hit movie follows - you end up running major movie studio.

    12 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert B. Reich
    • Narrated By Robert B. Reich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    From Robert B. Reich, passionate believer in American democracy and public servant, Reason is a guide to confronting and derailing what he sees as the mounting threat to American liberty, prosperity, and security posed by the radical conservatives, Radcons as he calls them.

    Ron says: "Reason"
    "Reason"
    Overall

    "Reason" by Robert Reich changed my life. I am a Liberal. I was raised Southern Baptist, but, even as a child, conservative views didn't make sense to me. The conservative agenda is now and has always been counterintuitive to everything The United States of America stands for: freedom, justice, democracy, security, a decent quality of life and the rule of law for all. Consequently, I've always been baffled how a few rich, powerful, corporate-backed conservative demagogs can so easily con massive numbers of Americans, whose lives would obviously be better served by Liberal programs, into embracing the virulent Far-Right's radical views and do their bidding. Robert Reich explains how we arrived at this historical low-point with such thoughtfulness and clarity that I am forever altered and eternally grateful to him.

    53 of 69 people found this review helpful

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