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Matthew

Brookfield, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Jason Culp, Mark R. Levin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (339)

    Mark R. Levin has made the case, in numerous New York Times best-selling books - Men in Black, Liberty and Tyranny, and Ameritopia - that the principles undergirding our society and governmental system are unravelling. In The Liberty Amendments, he turns to the founding fathers and the constitution itself for guidance in restoring the American republic.

    Herb says: "We need to enhance the Constitution"
    "Eye-opening plan on how to fix America's problems"
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    Great book. The info in this book will open up your eyes to a lot of things, and give you all the ammo you need to debate any big-government progressive/statist/communist/etc. on a variety of important topics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1291)

    Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

    Dave says: "It's a must."
    "A must-read book about many of the secrets of life"
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    The positive reviews are right-on... This is a must-read book for those interested in how life works. You'll learn about how people work, and keys to a better life.

    My only minor-complaint is that some of the scientific data is out-of-date, such as the suggested "scientifically supported" existence of Telepathy, and Ether, which have since both been proven to not exist. But if you can look past those errors, this is an amazing book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3883)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1818)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "A good book, but could have been better"
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    I did enjoy this book thoroughly, but I wish it spent more time on Science and less time on Einstein's personal and romantic relationships. Sometimes in the book I felt myself wanting to skip forward to topics that interested me more.

    Also, I wish the book would have expanded further upon Einstein's views on politics. The book says that Einstein considered himself a Socialist, but that he valued Individual Freedom over anything else. Those two political philosophies are very much as odds with each other, and I would have liked an explanation on how Einstein married the two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Way of the Wolf: The Vampire Earth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, E. E. Knight
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (340)

    Louisiana, 2065. A lot has changed in the 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural and legendary hunger, the bloodthirsty Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of enslaved human souls. They rule the planet. They thrive on the scent of fear. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come.

    On this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of mankind still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine.

    Kevin says: "Its what you expect, and thats not a bad thing."
    "No plot"
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    This book sounded great on the surface: A post-apocalyptic civilization battling the forces of evil. Sadly, it greatly disappointed.

    The book is pretty much devoid of any plot; it simply follows an emotionless character around on his mostly random, boring journey. The author must certainly be from the Midwest farming communities, because he spends so much time talking about livestock and horses. The dialog feels forced and not how real people would speak.

    I found the narration irritating, mostly because the narrator is not suited for this genre. He sounds too nice and "goodie", and takes away any creepiness or suspense this book might otherwise have.

    If you are looking for a modern vampire/horror type of series to get into, I highly suggest the Joe Pitt Casebooks over this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3395)
    Performance
    (2172)
    Story
    (2189)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Uninspired story, poor performance."
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    The simple story spends most of its time bashing men, making most of the male characters so ignorant that their characters are not realistic or believable. The character of the father in the story is particularly laughable. Also, the performance is done by a nasally, crabby sounding woman, which enhances the male-bashing atmosphere of the book.

    The only reason I gave the book two stars and not one, is that historical aspects covering the history of the Congo was interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Duncan Carse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is a classic of American and world literature. Written in 1851, this is the incredible story of the crazed captain Ahab who, consumed by his desire for revenge, drives his crew to scour the oceans of the world for the fearsome white whale, Moby Dick. It soon becomes clear that Ahab will stop at nothing and is prepared to risk everything, his ship, his crew members, and his own life. Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) was an American novelist short story writer, essayist and poet.

    JAY says: "THANK YOU..."
    "Painfull"
    Overall

    I wanted to read this since it's considered a classic. However, I ignored the reviews that recommended the abridged version over the unabridged. I wish I have chosen the abridged. There was so much of this book that detracted from the story, that it made much of the book very boring and painful to get through. Also, this version is terribly narrated. He does a god job with Ishmael, and Ahab. But nearly all the other characters are read like nails on a chalkboard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    Joe Pitt's life sucks. He hasn't had a case or a job in God knows how long, and his stashes are running on empty. What stashes? The only ones that count to a guy like Joe: blood and money. The money he uses to buy blood; the blood he drinks. Hey, it's that or your neck, buddy.

    crazybatcow says: "Even better than the first!"
    "Great story"
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    I liked the original a little better, but it's still great and I can't wait for the next installment on audible.com.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Already Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (246)

    From the Battery to the Bronx, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe Pitt is one of them, and he's not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that's eating at him isn't his idea of a good time.

    Flavius says: "A Pleasant Surprise"
    "original"
    Overall

    Some of the best vampire stories I've heard in a long time.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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