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Rob

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  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1153)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "I was there..."
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    My story is long but in short I was in the Sea Org for about 8 years.

    I was 20 yrs old. I read Dianetics and it made so much sense to me. A few months later I was on staff on a Church and a few weeks after that I joined the Sea Org. I then ended up in the RPF as well and eventually left. I wanted to make a difference and truly felt that this was the way to do it. Scientology was making a positive change in my life and my family as well.

    I ended up in middle management. I got to work with pretty much all the celebs in Scientology, i.e. Tom Cruise, John Travolta, etc. The pressure to perform was immense. I knew Tommy Davis and worked with him as well.

    The audio book delves into the earlier life of LRH. Things I didn't know about him were shocking but then again isn't the life of people who want to change the world weird or shocking as well?

    "Because The People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do.” - Steve Jobs.

    I never met David Miscavige or worked with him directly so I can't confirm him beating up people. Do I believe it? Yes, I do. The pressure where I was working was so intense I can only imagine what it must have been like for those in upper management or those that worked with Miscavige directly. Evidence of course is also the fact that many high level executives have since left the church and their stories match as well.

    Many things in the audiobook rang true for me and took me back. For the most part I think the author captured what it's really like in Scientology especially in the Sea Org.

    I was captivated by the overall story and the narrator did an excellent job as well.

    To this day I truly believe Scientology works. I believe it has been ruined by bad management and an arrogant leader which is why I left. It's really sad. I think the author described this perfectly. He gives many examples of how Scientology has had positive changes in people's lives. But like I said, it comes down to the management which has to change.

    Scientology works. I have see it first hand many times. Too bad people are being turned away from it because of the Church's arrogance and bad publicity it creates.

    Listen to this audiobook. You will not be disappointed. Just keep in mind that Scientologists are some of the most honest, caring and hard working people ever. I met some great people there and think of them all the time.








    56 of 63 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (611)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Unforgettable and very moving..."
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    It's a book like this that reminds me of why I love Audible so much. The book was well written but what really puts it at the top of my top Audible books of all time was the narration.

    If I had just read this book it would not have been the same. The narrator did an OUTSTANDING job. He brought the characters to life and the narration made the story so much more meaningful to me.

    No audio book has ever brought tears to my eyes except this one. This book is not to be missed!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9281)
    Performance
    (8360)
    Story
    (8368)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Really enjoyable.. Grisham never lets you down."
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    I've been reading Grisham since the days of "The Firm" and this is one of his best. If you like court room thrillers this is a must to read. Lots of twist and turns that keeps you guessing until the end.

    The narrator did a great job as well. His southern accent was a good fit for this story.

    Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (428)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "Dark and brutal...Not for the timid."
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    Nevertheless I could not stop listening. There is a lot of sex, torture, murder and betrayal but aren't those the consequences of being involved in the drug business? In the end, I think it's an honest portrayal of the so called "war on drugs." Certain scenes in the book I could not get out of my head for days. There are no good guys here and no one to really root for but I learned a lot. I grew up near the San Diego/Mexico border and so I'm familiar with a lot of the locations mentioned in the book. This was my first Don Winslow book and he's an excellent writer.

    Again, Ray Porter does an excellent job in the narration. I just love this guy. He brings the book and characters to life.

    The ending is depressing but just like in life, not every ending is a happy one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4856)
    Performance
    (4286)
    Story
    (4311)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Gladwell is the teacher I wished I had..."
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    A Gladwell book to me is like a Christmas present. Needless to say, I always look forward to his books. This one is no different. He has a unique perspective when looking at certain things and he communicates them very well. I always end up learning something.

    The section on parental loss really stood out for me. My wife lost her dad many years ago and I immediately connected with his points.

    I am also glad he narrates his book as he does a wonderful job. Great book, get it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10060)
    Performance
    (5713)
    Story
    (5791)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "I am in awe of this book!"
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    So over the years I've read the book at least 6 times. This is my 3rd time listening to the audio version. The audio version is nothing short of superb.

    In my opinion this book is the greatest science fiction book of all time and my favorite book period!. It stands the test of time. The ideas this book puts forth is amazing and Frank Herbert was a genius.

    What I love about Dune is that Frank Herbert was able to communicate complicated ideas for anyone to understand. I am a huge sci-fi geek and sometimes I have a hard time understanding all the ideas and plots the author is trying to communicate. Not so with this book.

    I envy those who are about to read it for the first time. It gets better with each reading.

    Now we need a decent movie!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (645)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "The circle is complete..."
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    So how many times have I seen the movie? Too many to count. I never felt the need to read the book. I'm glad I didn't and instead listened to it via the words of Mr. Mantegna. Wow.

    It's amazing how close the book is to the movie. Almost scene by scene and the dialogue as well. I always loved the movie and this makes me appreciate it even more because of the superb job Copolla did to bring it to life.

    Mr. Mantegna did an excellent job as well. Can't think of anyone else to tell us this story.

    Even though you've seen the movie hundreds of times just get this book. It's going to be a new experience.

    I'm now off to order the Blu-Ray edition of "The Godfather"... I just can't get enough.

    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
    (2075)
    Performance
    (1807)
    Story
    (1808)

    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 great education on Garfield"
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    I had heard of Garfield but didn't know anything about him until this audio book. His tale is tragic and I found the back story of his assassin fascinating. Overall a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2597)
    Performance
    (1901)
    Story
    (1909)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "The ultimate in human endurance"
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    I saw the documentary many years ago and thought I would give the audio book a try. I was not disappointed. The level of details is astounding. I felt I was really there with all the men. The narrator was great. A story not to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11940)
    Performance
    (10850)
    Story
    (10874)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Ray Porter is the man!!!"
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    I really liked "Ghost in the Wires" read by Mr. Porter. After this book, he is by far my favorite.

    The story grabs you from the beginning and he brings to life all the different characters. It's amazing how he makes each character unique through his different voices.

    Just get this. You will not be disappointed!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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