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Darrell

Moundridge, KS, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Hugh Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (136)

    This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

    J. Johnston says: "Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title"
    "Sowell An American Treasure"
    Overall

    This book is an extraordinary example of clear, honest, and insightful thinking about people, culture, and history. Although the title would indicate that the book is entirely about some specific segments of American black culture and the white liberals who promote and seek to perpetuate such ills, it is actually broader in overall subject matter. Dr. Sowell, however, sticks close to his purpose as he ranges across time and geography, history and ideas. And his purpose is to draw a bead on the terrible damage done by the dishonesty and revisionism of self-serving and self-proclaimed moral and intellectual thinkers, teachers, demagogues, and other voices who are reported in the media. These, who Sowell sometimes refers to as the Anointed, seek to set those of us who they believe are not so blessed on the path of true moral perception and right thinking, and by their position in academia or politics have largely achieved their objective.

    Thomas Sowell's ideas may be novel to many who have not looked beyond the classroom, the newspaper, or the television. If any would read this book, they will find reason and understanding supported by a world of facts, not selected facts. His presentation is clear, understandable, and easily absorbed by any people who care to think for themselves. This book is not a dry discourse or dissertation written expressly for scholars, but a lively and entertaining education. The narrator is excellent. Give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robopocalypse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1102)

    In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

    Raxxillion says: "OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!"
    "Tiresome"
    Overall

    Plenty of profanity-boosted egos in this novel which sends the message that the characters won't ever achieve interesting and unique personalities. In fact, by the second half of the book most of the characters were indistinguishable from each other, the plot had lost it's momentum, and it became tiresome and unrewarding to continue. Spend your money on a better book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Life after Death: The Evidence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dinesh D’Souza
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Is there life beyond the grave? Is it reasonable to believe in the afterlife? If so, how should we act on those beliefs? Best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza undertakes an unprecedented voyage of intellectual discovery to reveal the truth about life, death and beyond.

    Darrell says: "My Favorite of the Year"
    "My Favorite of the Year"
    Overall

    Don't wait until you are on your deathbed to read this terrific book. It will be too late. You won't feel up to reading anything. In this work, the author argues persuasively that science and philosophy actually support the premise of life after death - in contrast to common belief. This book is an entertaining, thought-provoking, eye-opening, and thorough exploration of a topic long thought the sole domain of religion. You'll learn much about things you've only superficially encountered before and will find yourself richly rewarded. The narration is excellent. There's nothing dull or stuffy about this book, and you'll find yourself racing to finish. Highly recommended for all listeners.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In Churchill, Johnson applies a wide lens and an unconventional approach to illuminate the various phases of Churchill's career. From his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the Empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War, Johnson shows how Churchill's immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century.

    Dee L. Barrow says: "well written"
    "Superlative Account of Churchill"
    Overall

    This book is excellent in all respects. It is well-written by the great Paul Johnson, who does a magnificent job of distilling the life of Churchill into such a brief volume. Simon Prebble brings it to audio life with skill, professionalism, and nary an off note. The combined effect is a very entertaining audio book. Highest recommendations.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (279)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Flop From Favorite Author"
    Overall

    Blasphemy, from a favorite popular author of mine, is a very hackneyed work. If you have read (or watched movies) very widely, you'll find this a warmed-over caricature - even shallow by comparison - of better books. I suspect Preston erroneously believes that in targeting Christianity he has displayed considerable courage. But the result is very trite and juvenile: good Navajos, good scientists, bad Christians. That's about it. Stick with his other stuff.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Simone Weil

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine du Plessix Gray
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    A patriot and a mystic, an unruly activist plagued by self-doubt, a pampered intellectual with a credo of manual labor, and an ascetic who craved sensuous beauty, Simone Weil died at the age of 34 after a long struggle with anorexia. But her tremendous intellectual legacy foresaw many of the 20th century's great changes and continues to influence philosophy today.

    Sarah R says: "Like none other"
    "Excellent Biography of Weil"
    Overall

    This work is a very well written bio of a staggeringly unusual and complex person, Simone Weil. One cannot emphasize enough how strange and determined was this subject. And being such, what a difficult job it was for the author to convey the essence of Weil in these pages. But the author suceeded wonderfully in beautiful, literary prose. Also, the narrator excels in bringing the tale to life. I can't say enough about her, either. A wonderful job all round.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Scandal of Father Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By G.K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By John Graham
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Father Brown, Chesterton's lovable little Norfolk priest, has an uncanny knack of unraveling mysteries that leave lesser mortals floundering. Father Brown's cherubic face and apparent simplicity, his seemingly dull eyes behind thick glasses, his outward confusion, and his huge, shabby umbrella all combine to disguise amazing perspicacity and an uncanny understanding of the criminal mind at work.

    Darrell says: "Excellent Narrator"
    "Excellent Narrator"
    Overall

    The Father Brown stories have long been among the best mysteries, but with John Graham as the narrator of this particular collection we have found a new summit of excellence. I don't know this Graham, but he brings Chesterton to life. The other Father Brown collections here at Audible are very good with their own narrators, but this reader is the finest. Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4625)
    Performance
    (2079)
    Story
    (2094)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Some Caution Required"
    Overall

    Though not one of DK's best novels, it would be best for the prospective purchaser to listen carefully to the sample to hear the narrator. I did not do so, relying on DK's previous work as my guide, and later found Baker's narration to be very difficult to stick with. In his hands, the protagonist (the novel is written in first person) comes across with a sing-song preachy perfection. This is not enhanced by the author's determination to have his hero never make a wrong move. Odd Thomas, the character, was just too cute and perfect for me, and the narrator went to lengths to simply make it worse. This novel may be better read than heard.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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