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  • Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Andrew C. McCarthy
    • Narrated By Andrew C. McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The first fundamental truth about the "Arab Spring" is that there never was one. The salient fact of the Middle East, the only one, is Islam. The Islam that shapes the Middle East inculcates in Muslims the self-perception that they are members of a civilization implacably hostile to the West. The United States is a competitor to be overcome, not the herald of a culture to be embraced.

    Steve says: "A must read."
    "Thorough"
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    Well, I do not want to disparage this book, or the author . I learned what I needed to know in the first few chapters.
    As usual , when the Far Left jumps on a Bandwagon, there is a very good reason why.
    The rest of the book lays out , in detail, what most do not know. Me included.
    I know now.
    To a causal listener , one who prefers to keep their head buried firmly in the sand , I would say pass. This book will scare you .
    To the Far Left , my review , if I become any more specific, , well, I don't want them treating me, or my family, to the treatment the IRS got from the crazies at the " Church of Scientology " gave them, to the point where the IRS surrendered.
    Don't know about that ? Hummm.
    Laid out from a legal jurists point of view , it's excellent. For the other 99.9% of us , after the first few chapters , it's , well , long.
    There is much here that needs to be known, for the general public, but it could , I think , be put much more succulently. Shorter, in other words.
    As for the conclusion , , well, it dances around . Granted , it's a book. Current events may put it in a perspective for you, but only if you truly understand what Islam really is , and the history of the Far Left.
    Otherwise, you're wasting your time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (922)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "26 hours is a lot , but mostly worth it"
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    Gates is deffinately the Hero in his book. He does , indeed , have much to brag about. And he does. That said , I wonder if he would change anything now, given what we know. I doubt it.
    He seems a consumant politician. The difference is , if he is to believed , one who gets things done, and , as usual , without stepping on too many of the wrong toes, at the wrong time.
    Nonetheless , it is a good listen, even the parts I , personally, do not care for. That would be the kudos to those who kept him on. And a certain SOS.
    Like they had any choice. If they had had anyone better than him , they would have invited him to take a long walk off a short plank. And, if he screwed up , well, you know what the response would have been.
    All in all, it's a good listen. I believe he did care deeply about our men in combat , and that's rare these days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Krauthammer
    • Narrated By Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (497)

    A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

    Alan says: "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
    "A man I respect"
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    I listened to this some time ago. As usual, I disagreed with some things he opines . He stands by most of them.
    If you enjoy a great mind at work, it is well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1826)
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    (1827)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "A misplaced faith in doctors"
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    Whew ! WHAT a story. The headline for this book could be " Idiot Doctor Kills President ". And, it would be true . I won't spoil the rest of the story , which is , at times , heartbreaking , other than to say what a great man he was , and President he could have been.
    It is an engrossing story , which at times , brought me to tears , mingled with Disgust , for the petty fool who shot , but did not kill him.
    My Real disgust was for the fool who was supposed to save him.
    The narrator does an excellent job , and , if your interest is history , as mine is , you cannot go wrong , with this selection. I learned much. I remember the assassination of both Kennedy's , as well as MLK. This story brings them to mind, as the public angst was even greater then , if the book is to believed , as ours was during the '60s.
    Well worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pilgrim's Regress

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (116)

    The first book written by C.S. Lewis after his conversion, The Pilgrim's Regress is, in a sense, a record of Lewis's own search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction that eventually led him to Christianity.

    Shawn says: "Profound and Life Changing"
    "Surprised"
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    Well, it was a decent story. A take-off on the Pilgrims Progress, which I've listened to several times.
    I don't really understand why Mr. Lewis chose to do this book, in this way. Perhaps I did not listen closely enough, but I found it a poor companion to the original .
    The ending seemed hurried , as if the author had suddenly realized he was almost out of paper.
    If a different take on the Pilgrim's Progress is what you're looking for , or perhaps an updated account of the original , which may be what Mr. Lewis was aiming for , then by all means, give it a listen.
    But try the original first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (262)
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    (234)
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    (231)

    For decades, the Left has been putting on a play with themselves as heroes in an ongoing civil rights move­ment - which they were mostly absent from at the time. Long after pervasive racial discrimination ended, they kept pretending America was being run by the Klan and that liberals were black America’s only protectors. It took the O. J. Simpson verdict - the race-based acquittal of a spectacularly guilty black celebrity as blacks across America erupted in cheers - to shut down the white guilt bank.

    Paul Luthi says: "Eyeopening and frank look at race relations"
    "More Truth about the Democrat Party"
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    Well, first, most people can't handle the Truth. If that's you, you're not going to like this book. On the other hand, if you find an unvarnished , fact-filled narrative of the past 40 years refreshing, it is a book well worth listening to.
    Ms. Coulter hammers away relentlessly, as is her style, and presents fact after fact, irrefutably.
    I very much enjoy Coulter's work, and I believe I have every one of her audiobooks.
    If you have your head buried in the sand , or refuse to believe reality when it slaps you in the face, this is not the book for you.
    On the other hand , if you want to face reality, and confront our social and fiscal problems head-on, I suggest you start with her first book, and work your way up from there.
    For those so inclined , another , quite different viewpoint , can be found in an excellent
    audio book , by Alfonzo Rachel.
    Enjoy !

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for worldwide Islamic supremacy. How can one book lead to such dramatically different conclusions?

    Todd says: "Not exactly what I was looking for"
    "Scary"
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    I generally am a skeptic. An author must Prove his points ,in a book such as this. For that matter, in any non-fiction. I expect a bias , towards the particular author's point of view. As long as I know where he's coming from, that bias is OK. I can , and will , seek out other points of view, and make up my own mind.
    When it comes to Islam , however, my mind is made up, and was, before this book. The author gave me many new insights , that I previously didn't have, , but only confirmed what I already knew to be true.
    His opinion , in the last few minutes of the book, on what we Infidels can do , here in the U.S. , are well thought out, and reasoned. I believe them, however , to be wholly inadequate.
    They are, however, much more realistic , than our "Leaders" , here and abroad, running around , proclaiming Islam a "Religion of Peace".
    That is akin to proclaiming L. Ron Hubbard's " Scientology ", a real Religion, when, in fact, Hubbard set that whole farce up to escape the 90% Tax Rate, back when he was writing well.
    Forgive the analogy. Though Islam is akin.
    My only real complaint , is due to my advanced age, and , therefor, my forgetting what certain terms mean. The author refers to them, without reminding us , late in the book , as to what they mean. As I listened to the book over many days, I hope to be forgiven for forgetting what those Arab terms meant.
    To sum it up , if you think 9/11 was a fluck, think again. My eyes were opened that day. If yours were not , this book will open them, if you dare .
    God help us , if it doesn't.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11947)
    Performance
    (10347)
    Story
    (10325)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Interesting ,somewhat repetitive"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. If they owned an Apple product , or were thinking of purchasing one.


    If you’ve listened to books by Walter Isaacson before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Given that it is an unabridged reading, I'm not certain the narrator could have any more than he did.


    Did Steve Jobs inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Watch more carefully how I voice my opinions, and keep in mind other people have feelings also.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is , I think, overly long. I have never owned , or , really, cared to own , an Apple product. I don't quite understand the hoopla surrounding Jobs, or Apples products. Still don't. I thought listening to this book, might inspire me to purchase an Apple product. If anything, it ensures I won't.
    I'm the type that likes to work on things, learn how they are put together, and why. I like customizing things, adding to , and updating them. Or, if they are not suitable for me, getting rid of them.
    The high cost of Apple products, and the contempt Jobs had for his customers, argues against purchasing them.
    While I like Jobs passion for making his products intuitive, i.e. easy to use , I don't like much else.
    The method Jobs used to motivate people, while it worked for him, sucks,to use his own words.
    As for him saving the music business, I find that unbelievable.
    Oh,one more thing. I own Kodak cameras. They take movies,in the MOV format. Try burning them onto a disc, and getting a DVD player to play them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Wealth of Nations: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P.J. O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    As one of the first titles in Atlantic Monthly Press' "Books That Changed the World" series, America's most provocative satirist, P.J. O'Rourke, reads from Adam Smith's revolutionary The Wealth of Nations - so you don't have to. Recognized almost instantly on its publication in 1776 as the fundamental work of economics, The Wealth of Nations was also recognized as really long: the original edition totaled over 900 pages in two volumes.

    David 5 says: "Good, but missing PJ"
    "Essence of the second greatest book ever written"
    Overall

    I have not read "the Wealth Of Nations". However , if it is half as good as P.J.'s interption of it , it is a wonderful book,indeed. Were I Dictator for a Day , I would Command that every person in America listen to it.
    I find myself going back to it , time and time again.
    Frankly, P.J.'s book opened a whole world to me , of logical thought , and I have pursued that world , of understanding the logical processes , and the emotional feelings , of many great thinkers, and see as well , the context of the present , and the hope and fear of the future.
    Adam Smith should never be forgotten, and , if P.J.'s book is as faithful to the origional as I believe it to be , statues of Adam Smith should dot every town square in America.
    Perhaps then , we will remain the Land of the Free.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Democracy in America (Excerpts)

    • HIGHLIGHTS (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alexis de Tocqueville
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (18)
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    (19)

    Michael says: "Democracy in America"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I haven't read the book , but after all I have heard , I expected Greatness.Instead , I am forced to endure a biography of the author first , which , while perhaps may be interesting , though not to me , consumes much time , on this abridged edition.
    The sound quality is poor , especially at 75 MPH , in a class 8 semi , no matter how good the sound system is.And mine is Premium.
    The emphasis on certain passages of the book , to the exclusion of other , and , perhaps, more important passages , is unfortunate.
    What those passages are , I haven't a clue , as this is , again , an abridged edition.
    Would that there were an unabridged edition available , on audio , that I might judge for myself.
    On the whole ,therefore , did I gain , from this listen , for the sum required ? Only if I had never been exposed , even remotely , to the conclusions the author expressed. I , unfortunately ,have , and therefore , while I might give this edition away , I cannot recommend it's purchase.
    Perhaps others will be more fortunate.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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