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Washington State | Member Since 2013

  • 7 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 691 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2015

  • Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles P. Pierce
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

    Vargas says: "You Get What You Paid For"
    "A Pretty Good Start"
    What made the experience of listening to Idiot America the most enjoyable?

    To me the examples resonated and were things that some of my more right leaning friends haven't thought through. I think there are many many more examples that make this "Idiot America"

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Nothing was really "compelling" but is pressed I would have to say the narrators tone at times.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations behind the 2012 Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Wilcock
    • Narrated By David Wilcock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A stunning synthesis of hidden science and lost prophecies, The Source Field Investigations exposes many great secrets: DNA transformation, consciousness science, wormholes, stargate travel, sacred geometry, ancient conspiracies, multidimensional time, the Maya calendar, and a stunning new model of galactic energy fields triggering mental, biological, and spiritual evolution.More than two million people have seen David Wilcock’s incredible tour of the 2012 prophecies in his Internet documentary, The 2012 Enigma.

    guidry says: "A masterfull read"
    "RUBBISH pure and simple"
    What disappointed you about The Source Field Investigations?

    Appears to be nothing but stories told by the author like a little kid around the camp fire. No testing, nothing repeated in a controlled manner, nothing but stories. And the author seems to think this is proof of some sort of cosmic "source field". BS

    Would you ever listen to anything by David Wilcock again?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He presents wild anecdotal tales as if they were true and as if they were science. Using supposed known “credible” names and government agencies to give them the sound of credibility. But anyone with an ounce of common sense can see these are no more than the urban myths found a million places on the internet and told by little boys around the camp file to impress each other. In the form of “ I know this guy who knew this guy that saw this guy hypnotize this other guy to be able to see through his own daughter and read a watch on the other side.”

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


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money. If I can turn this book back in I will. I think the write up in Audible was miss leading. This belongs in fantasy and is not something I would expect any thinking person to even be able to get half way through

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbow Six

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark is the newly named head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, he must stop a terrorist group of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

    Nathan says: "Rainbow Six review"
    "Another Outstanding Clancy Story"

    I have to disagree with a couple of the other reviewers. I thought that after you got into Michael Pritchard it became quite enjoyable. He helped make the characters stand out in my mind.

    I also love the detail the Clancy goes into, unlike some of the others.

    Overall I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Hedges, Eunice Wong
    • Narrated By Chris Hedges, Eunice Wong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other televangelists first spoke of the United States being a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedoms and our way of life.

    gerald says: "A thoughtful analysis"
    "What drivel"

    I'm 3 hours and 28 minutes into this book and am so sorry I will not ever get those 3 hours back. This book, thus far, is at best ambiguous, anecdotal and totally without fact. It is a recitation (most by Eunice Wong) of babel and poor story reading(not even telling just reading). While I fully agree with the premise, or what passes for the premise of the book, I was looking for something more substantive that this. Hedges writes the book like a failed preacher\ televangelist wannabe, that now that he couldn't make it even in that even in that slimy profession has decided to try to take them on. Once again where it isn't anecdotal drivel it is ambiguous statements backed up with NO facts, examples or historical content.

    Save your money but mostly save your time. This book is simply too poorly written to bother with.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of God

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"
    "Could have been less about Islam"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While the book does a fair job of trying to develop a coherent story of the evolution of god or God, it dwells way too much on Islam and how we (not of the Islamic faith) can better get along with them. The author wants us to understand not only the evolution of Islam but to buy into his theory of why they (some) are terrorists, why they do what they do and how we can appease them, and thus move society forward. And while I may buy into this notion it really deserves to be in another book with a different title (“Why Islam Will Always Be In A Non-Zero Sum Game With The World”).

    Over all the book seemed very well researched and I especially liked where the author took the trouble to rebut some of his own arguments, toward the end of the book. I was just disappointed that the author tried to include is justification of Islam and Muslim’s in a book that purported to be about the evolution of God.

    I also agree with one of the reviewers that the narrator sounded like he fell asleep a couple of times. AND I know he knows how to pronounce the word specific but in a couple of instances it came out Pacific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"

    Awful, simply awful! The plot line was ponderous, some of the narrations void of any pretext that this isn’t how people, let alone scientists speak and the descriptions often times incomprehensible. Some of the dialog was far far from unbelievable, but I’m willing to concede that this may be the translation, but if not it was as if written by a 6th grade student for an English essay. I want to believe the Audible recommended it because it was some sort of new translation and the 50th anniversary and not because they believed it to be “one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it” I am very disappointed in Audible and will look at their recommendations with more of a jaded eye in the future. This is not a good book and certainly not a good audio book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrew Keen
    • Narrated By Andrew Keen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a hard-hitting and provocative polemic, Silicon Valley insider and pundit Andrew Keen exposes the grave consequences of today's new participatory Web 2.0 and reveals how it threatens our values, economy, and ultimately the very innovation and creativity that forms the fabric of American achievement.

    Michael Fielden says: "A painful voyage from a single perspective"
    "Dull, Awful, Insulting and Boring"

    From the very beginning to the last word Keen spits out his diatribe as if it were acid in his mouth. He offers no solutions and repeats himself over and over and over again. Six hours and 22 minutes of his insulting and whiny tripe is about 6 hours too long. I bought this audio book because I was and am interested in the subject, but Keen’s presentation completely turned me off, he is almost completely unlistenable. Please save your money or credits and pass on this book. I wish I had something to offer as an alternative but I am just at the beginning of that search. I wish I could give this a 0 stars rating but it doesn't appear I can.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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