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Hugh

MYRTLE BEACH, SC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Breitbart
    • Narrated By Jeremy Guskin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (279)

    Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the "liberally biased" major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way. In Righteous Indignation, Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on.

    Larry says: "Very insightful!"
    "Better than I expected!"
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    I see politicos put up crappy books all the time, and honestly I didn't figure this would be any different. I was wrong, I learned a lot from this book. If you read it, I think you'll like it. Keep them coming Andy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home 1945-2000

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joshua Freeman
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    In this landmark work, acclaimed historian Joshua Freeman has created an epic portrait of a nation both galvanized by change and driven by conflict. Beginning in 1945, the economic juggernaut awakened by World War II transformed a country once defined by its regional character into a uniform and cohesive power and set the stage for the United States’ rise to global dominance. Meanwhile, Freeman locates the profound tragedy that has shaped the path of American civic life.

    A User says: "zdisjointed approach"
    "Partisan Drivel"
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    Would you try another book from Joshua Freeman and/or Don Hagen?

    This book was not very informative and the production quality was low. For a reader with a basic knowledge of U.S. History in the 20th Century, you will not learn much from this book. The narrator is not very compelling (the sound quality is low) and there are several apx. 10 second breaks in the recording. So, no and no.


    What was most disappointing about Joshua Freeman’s story?

    This book is like a high school history textbook with cliche liberal talking points mixed in. Buy this book if you want to hear 100x how "manichean" Republicans are, and hear a whole chapter on how "paternalistic" Walmart is. I learned very little from listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to many history books from Audible. Recent favorites are 1493 by Charles Mann and Civilization from Niall Ferguson. Those books taught me things I never knew. THIS BOOK does not. If you took high school US History, and occasionally watch the news, you will not learn anything from this book. You'll just hear things you already know as described by a committed partisan with the same old stale talking points you've heard a 100 times.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (561)

    More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

    Amazon Customer says: "fasinating new perspective on history"
    "The top history book of the decade"
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    Where does 1493 rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is the best book I've read all year. I've recomended it to friends and family and re-listened several times. We live in exciting times, and the fields of history and anthropology are constantly being challenged and changed as new discoveries are made. IMHO, Guns Germs and Steel set the gold standard for world history books. However, for the reasons I just mentioned, its important to keep up with emerging discoveries and new knowledge. I loved Mann's last book, 1491, for this reason. This book dramatically exceeds the previous work, no mean feat. For anyone interested in history, this is a MUST READ. Couldn't recomend more.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The chapters about colonial U.S. history were real eye-openers.


    Any additional comments?

    Not one to miss!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Holidays in Heck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P.J. O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    P. J. O’Rourke is one of his generation’s most celebrated political humorists, hailed as “the funniest writer in America” by both Time and The Wall Street Journal. Twenty-three years ago he published the classic travelogue Holidays in Hell, in which he trotted the globe as a “trouble tourist,” a chaos rubberneck, sight-seeing at wars, rebellions, riots, political crises, and other monuments of human folly. After the Iraq War - “too old to keep being scared stiff and too stiff to keep sleeping on the ground” - he retired from what foreign correspondents call “being a s**thole specialist.”

    Roger says: "Holidays in Boredom."
    "P.J. is the funniest author writing today"
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    If you could sum up Holidays in Heck in three words, what would they be?

    Sharp, Enlightening, Engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    While O'Rourke never fails to amuse, there's a lot to learn in this book. I really like the chapter about China. The chapter on cancer treatments is a good read as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming, P.J.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (402)

    A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.

    Amanda says: "Audio isn't the right format for this sort of book"
    "Bill Maher, you're a tired old man"
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    Would you try another book from Bill Maher and/or Bill Maher?

    I watch the show, so yes. Having watched the last few years of the show, there's not a lot new here. IMHO, I enjoy the show, but when you hear the new rules back to back, you start to pick up on the them pretty quickly. Maher is a relentlessly negative, cranky old man. This book is supposed to be comedy, but it's really just a marathon b*tch and moan about everything under the sun. The


    Any additional comments?

    Refund, please?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (664)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "Worth Reading"
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    Where does Civilization rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I like this book much better than Ferguson's last book the Ascent of Money, it is much more readable and engaging. Well researched and full of history I'd never heard. Definately worth the read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought this book would be more of the same as previous books in this genre such as Guns Germs and Steel and 1493. The theme is the same, but this book brings a lot of new information to the table.


    Any additional comments?

    I like apples

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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