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OREM, UT, United States

  • 6 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 89 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea-Bagging of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dana Milbank
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman

    Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank takes a fair and balanced look at the unsettling rise of the silly Fox News host Glenn Beck. Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that the tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. In America in 2010, Glenn Beck provides the very refreshment Jefferson had in mind: Whether he's the patriot or the tyrant, he's definitely full of manure.

    Carol Grosser says: "Who is more of a clown the author or Beck?"
    "Good book points out obvious, Beck is a A-- Clown"

    This was a fun listen. It will leave the listener with a good knowledge on why Beck is not only inconsistent in his statements, but also downright disingenuous. The question we are all left with is whether Beck is laughing all the way to the bank knowingly duping those looking for their daily "the world is ending" fix, or is he touched in the head. Either conclusion seems viable and this book gives great evidence about his ideologies and where they come from.

    This book makes the assumption that most of his craziness comes from his conversion to the Mormon faith. But is brings up an interesting point that he was not unanimously accepted into the faith when put to a vote. Very telling on how he must have been for those that knew him.

    Overall this book stays with Beck and gives good background information on his rise to fame and riches. Fan or not I think you'll find this book entertaining.

    11 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    Guilherme says: "Stoic Wisdom at it's best"
    "Solid stoic classic"
    Would you listen to Meditations again? Why?

    Because even though I have more Epicurean tendencies as opposed to stoic, this book is full of wisdom that could inspire the reader to cultivate his or her character.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The idea of being more thoughtful than passionate when dealing with others.

    Any additional comments?

    While the average listener will not have the same context the great author Marcus Aurelias did when writing about roman Gods the listener will still get a feel for how the great leader processed his world and made decisions.

    Overall a good listen with a good reader.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Amazing story I enjoyed from a safe distance"
    Where does Into Thin Air rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10

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

    First hand experience in living the story. You feel like you were there

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

    The story of the man who got up with reptilian strength and survived for his family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Joel Fuhrman

    When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

    Joseph says: "The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us"
    "Beware this book is life changing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book makes all fad diets seem silly and educates the listener about some hard scientific truths about what we eat. I grew up eating meat pretty much for every meal. This book will make you challenge widely held beliefs about how to eat healthy.

    What other book might you compare Eat to Live to and why?

    The China Study

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

    He runs a practice and all of this information is based on clinica
    And research medicine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Makes you appreciate modern times"

    This book was exceptional overall. I never gave much thought on why some things in our homes are they way they are. A few chapters had a little too much background on architects but overall a very enjoyable listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The March of the Ten Thousand

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Xenophon
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

    Darwin8u says: "One of the great adventures in human history"
    "Excellent insight on leadership"

    I found this book on accident when I found out it was the inspiration for "The Warriors". I debated on whether to download it but it has become one of my favorite books. The reader who wants an engaging story will not be dissapointed. However the true brilliance of this book lies in how Xenophon shows great use of reason and leadership in the face of extreme trials. If anyone is a project manager or has any interest in being a good leader this book is more useful than The Art of War.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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