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Jeffrey

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  • Political Suicide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (157)

    Lou Welcome, from Palmer's bestselling Oath of Office, is back in this heart stopping medical thriller. A desperate phone call embroils Lou in scandal and murder involving Dr. Gary McHugh, known around the Capital as the "society doc." Lou has been supervising McHugh, formerly a black-out drinker, through his work with the Physician Wellness Office. McHugh has been very cavalier about his recovery, barely attending AA and refusing a sponsor. But Lou sees progress, and the two men are becoming friends.

    Kitty says: "Unusual story line..."
    "Big Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like comic books, might appreciate this book.


    Has Political Suicide turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've very much enjoyed other Michael Palmer books.


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's very good at making the different characters stand out distinctly.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was just too much like a comic book. The characters are, at best, two dimensional. The protagonists are way too competent and successful, given their respective backgrounds. Though Palmer is a physician, the scanty medical elements are poorly handled. One key element is the death of someone from having their spinal cord transected by a quick head movement; it's never explained what could cause this. He also gives the impression that Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia is a quickly fatal disease, when, in fact, it has a greater than 90% 5 year survival rate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2757)
    Performance
    (2439)
    Story
    (2442)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Attack on all things "big""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Entertaining adventure of a laid-off Wall St. Attorney, still young enough to find her inner idealism. But credibility stretches thin as big law, big coal, and all big corporations are relentlessly evil and have unlimited access to the power of the Feds. Just a little over the top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper, Mark R. Levin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (528)

    #1 New York Times best-selling author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that faces government today.

    Virginia says: "Man's basic nature : Liberty"
    "An important book; not great as audiobook"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Ameritopia?

    There were many important excepts from The Republic, Utopia, The Communist Manifesto, Second Treatise on Government and The Spirit of the Laws. It provided a nice review of the essence of these works.


    Would you recommend Ameritopia to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend the audio version. I don't think that anyone could have read these classic excerpts in an attention grabbing way. Having said that, I think the reader (Grupper) could have done a better job of letting us know when a quote was being read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Capitol Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    President Franklin Blake survives a terrorist attack at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. The First Lady isn't so lucky.

    Robert says: "A Timely Subject"
    "Capitol Conspiracy"
    Overall

    I enjoyed both Capitol Murder and Capital Threat, but this book was a huge disappointment. The plot is ridiculously unbelievable, and the book is laced with Democrat "talking points" and "big lies." The book revolves around a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would allow a committee to suspend the Bill of Rights if it (that same committee) declared a state of emergency. The arguments in the book about the amendment were shallow, to say the least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joyce Appleby
    • Narrated By Ira Calffey
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Jefferson described his election to the presidency as a second American Revolution. Historian Joyce Appleby, rigorously explores this claim. She argues that he did, in fact, transform the political landscape of the US by limiting the power of the government and eradicating the elitist practices inherited from the colonial era. His struggle to transfer influence from the upper class to the common citizen while limiting the power of the American government created a powerful vision of liberty and democracy.

    reggie p says: "Good introduction to Jefferson"
    "Short, yet long"
    Overall

    For such a short book, it was remarkably repetitive. The contradiction between Jefferson's advocacy of individual rights and ownership of slaves was dealt with ad nauseum; yet there were no new insights. The author acknowledged that there was criticism of the view that Jefferson fathered Sally Heming's kids, but, without examining the arguments, seemed to assume that he did.

    The reader should know that this book deals almost exclusively with the presidential years (perhaps that's the intent of this series of books; I've only read this one).

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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