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Ron

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  • The World, 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (51 mins)
    • By Marco Werman
    • Narrated By Marco Werman
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The World is a US-based international news and analysis program co-produced by the BBC, PRI, and WGBH. It is hosted by Marco Werman.

    Mikey says: "OK news marred by sloppy recording"
    "News from the Left"
    Overall

    If you enjoy your news with a heavy dose of political correctness this is the program for you. Ms. Mullins is biased in favor of women, minorities and any country but America. But this is the reason I am finding an alternative to Audible reads. Too many of the programs like "The World" think they have the definitive answers and must inflict their leftist spin on everyone.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Age

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gore Vidal
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    The Golden Age is a vibrant tapestry of American political and cultural life from 1939 to 1954, when the epochal events of World War II and the Cold War transformed America, once and for all, for good or ill, from a republic into an empire.

    Also available abridged.

    connie says: "remarkable novel, remarkable history"
    "Political gossip"
    Overall

    I only continued to listen to this disjointed series of anecdotes because they were well stated - and the narrator is superb. Vidal is a good essayist but superb novelist he is not. Taken as a whole this work amounts to a confusing collection of gossip columns about the wartime White House.

    The book is typical of Vidal's self-promotion. He includes himself in the story to continue the myth that he was somehow well connected and to the manor born. In fact, born the son of a low paid military instructor at West Point, his only connection to old money and White House politics was his divorced mother's second marriage to Hugh Auchincloss, who was later the stepfather of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Always the self promoter, Vidal has milked this connection for all its worth. This book reflects that spirit. For example, the author would have you believe that his knowledge of the intimate habits of FDR (such as how he mixes his cocktails)come from Vidal's first hand experience in the day-to-day activity in the wartime White House. All of it is pure fabrication. During the war period, Vidal had no connection with politics and was a lowly enlisted man in a isolated post in Alaska. But his books always try to give the appearance that he is depicting first hand knowledge.

    And much like an early version of the aged rock star Madonna, Vidal throws in irrelevant comments to shock his readers such as the inane reference to his housekeeper's vibrator.

    Once you finish this book you are left asking yourself why you wasted so many hours listening to manufactured gossip about mid-century American political figures.

    2 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5049)
    Performance
    (3054)
    Story
    (3079)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Boring to put it nicely"
    Overall

    This is an incredible waste of time. I gave up after getting halfway through the thing as it got no where.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    Fatima, Portugal, 1917: The Virgin Mary appears to three peasant children, sharing with them three secrets, two of which are soon revealed to the world. The third secret is sealed away in the Vatican, read only by popes, and not disclosed until the year 2000. When revealed, its quizzical tone and anticlimactic nature leave many faithful wondering if the Church has truly unveiled all of the Virgin Mary's words, or if a message far more important has been left in the shadows.

    Jim says: "What a waste!!"
    "Dismal let down"
    Overall

    I listened to this book for hours anticipating a earth shattering revelation from no less than the mother of God herself only to learn to my great shock that the Virgin Mary supports gay marriage and abortion rights. What a dismal let down to what could have been a decent read notwithstanding it's constant Catholic bashing.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Sigma Protocol

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (103)

    Do you think you know what really happened after World War II? You don't. Sigma made sure of that. "Ludlum's trademark skills of intricate plotting, breakneck pacing, and high-wire drama are all on display in this gripping thriller," writes Amazon.com.

    Dan says: "Good story until the far fetched ending"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    This book has to be the longest, most cliche ridden piece of propaganda about the evil, diabolical Germans, Austrians, and Swiss (whites and Christian); and the wonderful, always heroic, brave and ever-so-honest Jews. I wasted lot of time on a very long piece of propaganda which seemed to have been written in 1944 by some hack pulp fiction writer.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jimmy Carter
    • Narrated By Jimmy Carter
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    In Our Endangered Values, Carter offers a personal consideration of "moral values" as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred.

    Vicki says: "Very interesting"
    "Pronouncements of Mr. Peanut"
    Overall

    To hear Carter pontificate about moral values is irritating to the extreme. Here we have a lecture from the very man who brought us the Islamic revolution and betrayed the Shah of Iran -- who was a firm ally of America. This is the man who enabled the creation of the fundamentalist Islamic state which is now bent on America's destruction. Carter displays a complete lack of common sense as he criticizes a sitting American president both publicly and in his untimely book. This man is a menace to every American. If Carter was still president we would all be praising Allah.

    15 of 111 people found this review helpful
  • My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Louis J. Freeh
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Louis Freeh led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1993 to 2001, through some of the most tumultuous times in its long history. This is the story of a life in law enforcement and of one man's determined struggle to strengthen and reform the FBI while ensuring its freedom from political interference.

    David says: "Detailed, drags at times, but overall very good."
    "Refreshingly Honest and Open"
    Overall

    Finally an honest report about Clinton's Reign of Terror. Freeh goes the extra mile to show how Clinton used and abused his power and the system to further his personal ambitions at the expense of America. Every voter should read just how the Clinton's manipulated racial and economic groups to remain in power. Freeh also reveals how Clinton engaged in the worst crimes against Americans from the slaugher in Wacho to the appointment of leftist extremists to the Supreme Court. The work also shows how both Clintons presented a false and dishonest face to the general public while mired in domestic strife over Bill's sexual misconduct. Hopefully this book will go a long way to help avoid the same mistake again in 2008. Hurrah for Mr. Freeh - a man of integrity and guts who fought for each and every American.

    37 of 58 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2953)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (190)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Not fiction - Religious Bigotry"
    Overall

    After listening to this I certainly saw why it was given a prominent place in all the liberal media and promoted endlessly.

    Such a masterpiece of Catholic bashing that I am sure the anti-Christian left were in seventh heaven promoting this nonsense. And the author was so obvious in his ploy to convince the public this slop was factual. What a laugh. What does this guy have against the Catholic Church? Or is just the 30 pieces of silver he is after?

    I really have to contrast this book and the reaction to it with Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ".

    Who did we hear complaining like a stuck pig in that case? And the film didn't even come close to this slanderous fiction.

    I have to give this book one star for literature and four stars for religious bigotry and intolerance. And remember --- the sword of bigotry cuts both ways.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (341)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Mary says: "Terrifying"
    "Dumb is the word for it"
    Overall

    "Jack, it's eating me" So states the wife of Jack, the main character, when she is inhabited by a swarm of nanotech molecules who slowly take control of her mind and body. If you think this is some dialog from a cheesy science fiction from the 50's you would be wrong. It's from Michael Crichton's new novel "Prey".

    Perhaps Crichton's reputation gets his works on the best seller lists. That, or American literary tastes have descended to new lows. "Prey" is a tedious waste of time.

    A boring story line with amateur dialog about nanotech molecules attacking some Silicon Valley "scientists". Characters who are simply unbelieveable. After witnessing their fellow employees being butchered to death they calmly discusss the merits of frozen foods over dinner. And the "F" word is constantly over used and repeated ad nauseum by some of the characters. An occassional damn or sh*t would have been a relief.

    Don't waste your time and money on this dog. I had to force myself to listen to the second half of it just to see how ludicrous he would get.

    Crichton's main character aptly sums up this story......."It was so dumb it was breathtaking".

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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