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Kyle

WANTAGH, NY, United States

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  • The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck, Pat Gray
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (163)

    Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre-Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Times bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers.

    Willis McLaughlin says: "Publius made simple"
    "Informative but BORING!!"
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    What did you like best about The Original Argument? What did you like least?

    As a history buff, I loved hearing the stories behind the writing of the Federalist Papers. These papers are something everyone one should read at least once in their lives, but there has to be a better way to go about it. The book was just plain boring most of the time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very monotone. The parts read by Beck were good, but the other narrator was just plain boring.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6840)
    Performance
    (5214)
    Story
    (5294)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Good But Not Great"
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    Would you listen to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter again? Why?

    I would not listen to the story again as the plot was not deep enough where I think I would get anything else out of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was good, but not great. It was interesting enough to keep my attention, but it wasn't one of those books I couldn't put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    Overall
    (1709)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (254)

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Drayton says: "Less than I expected"
    "Humanizing to say the least"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. Any chance we get to really connect with a president is one we should sieze, but the way this book was written and the story Clinton tells is something that in some way we can all relate to. It makes you shine an inward light on yourself without even realizing you are doing it.


    Any additional comments?

    As a staunch Republican, I thought I was going to hate this book, or at least be arguing with the author through most of it. I was delightfully surprised!! The book was less about politics and more about a man and his journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Narrated By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (123)

    Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status...and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader.

    Pamela says: "Absolutely riveting!!!"
    "Truely Awesome! One of my new favorites!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Son of Hamas the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the story in the authors own words helped me to understand the passion and the pain that went into the authors words.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the time in the Isreali camp was breath taking. Learning of his transformation from a radical terrorist, the Son of Hamas, to someone willing to stand up for what they believed was right was truly inspirational.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Food Nation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (1300)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (168)

    To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

    Bruce says: "Should be required reading for all"
    "Ok But Not Great"
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    What did you love best about Fast Food Nation?

    A very interesting look into the world of fast food, beef and potatos. The author gave me some things to think about and confirmed why I try to have as few processed foods as possible.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rick Adamson?

    Most likely not. His way over the top style made me tune out sometimes. It became very hard to discern between important parts and filler.


    Any additional comments?

    The information was interesting and it shed light on an area that needs it; however, his blatent politics did not belong in the book. There was no need for the Republican Party bashing that seemed to be in every chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By George W. Bush
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (380)

    In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for numerous historic and controversial decisions.

    shirley K. Bigham says: "straight forward"
    "An interesting look behind the scene."
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    Any additional comments?

    This is an interesting account and behind the scenes look at a Presidency that not only shaped the county, but the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (486)

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

    Ronald says: "Barack Obama is an inspirng speaker"
    "Surprisingly relatable, even for me, a Republican"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Audacity of Hope to be better than the print version?

    Yes; it is interesting to hear the story told by the one who worte it. It makes even more of an impact now that he is president.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His reference to his children really makes his story a human one, not just the story of some far off politician you can't relate to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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