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MacGregor

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  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Breitbart
    • Narrated By Jeremy Guskin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (293)

    Known for his network of conservative websites that draws millions of readers everyday, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the "liberally biased" major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly. Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way. In Righteous Indignation, Breitbart talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the liberal news world head on.

    Larry says: "Very insightful!"
    "Please get this book!"
    Overall

    I wish I could write as clearly and concisely as the author, Andrew Breitbart. Nothing I can scribble here today will do justice to this book. Whether you’re a veteran Tea Party member, or just plain confused by the ongoing media culture wars, you must read or listen to this thoroughly entertaining and informative writer’s work. Jeremy Guskin narrates the audio version flawlessly and with passion which makes, at least for me, the audio version the most important book I’ve purchased in a number of years.

    As other reviewers have noted, chapter 6 is a concise yet amazingly complete synopsis of both the structure, development, and operational methods of the left. Listen to it more than once and take notes. This is important stuff. You will discover there are immediate benefits to be gained from a clear understanding of this chapter. This is not to say the earlier chapters are less important, just more developmental in their structure.

    I’ve been fascinated by the left since my college days in the early 60's, and have spent much of my time since on a quest to understand their motivations. They’ve paraded before us a seemingly endless conga line of victims. They’ve characterized those of us objecting to their intrusions into our lives as bigots, haters and worse. They invented PC - the closest thing to an anti-free speech doctrine yet devised. They’ve invaded our schools, our universities, our governments and our daily lives with little or no resistance - till now.

    Breitbart helped summarize my observations and studies of the past 40 years and filled in a number of missing elements. I now know one thing for certain - the left can and must be engaged! This book will tell you how.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Enchanter

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Enchanter is the Ur-Lolita, the precursor to Nabokov’s classic novel. At once hilarious and chilling, it tells the story of an outwardly respectable man and his fatal obsession with certain pubescent girls, whose coltish grace and subconscious coquetry reveal, to his mind, a special bud on the verge of bloom.

    Darwin8u says: "Nabokov's black salad devouring a green rabbit"
    "A great introduction to Nabokov"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Enchanter in three words, what would they be?

    Grim, poetic, fatalistic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Enchanter?

    The final few minutes of The Enchanter is so visual, so movie-like, that to appreciate them fully you should close your eyes and listen in a quiet room.


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

    For some reason a British accent is required - in my mind - for the proper evocation of Nabokov's style. Mr. Lane does the reading justice.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with Darryl - an earlier reviewer. The Enchanter is a perfect introduction to Nabokov. Not only is this audio version nicely done, but the commentary, both before and after, add insight and will urge the listener to sample this wonderful writer's other works. As with all his stories, Nabokov's The Enchanter demands your attention. Don't try listening and chewing gum at the same time!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Steyn
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    Talibanic enforcers burning books? The Supreme Court deciding that sharia law doesn't violate the "separation of church and state"? The Hollywood Left embracing polygamy? If you think these things can't happen, you haven't been paying attention, as the hilarious and provocative columnist Mark Steyn shows to devastating effect in this, his first book on American and global politics.

    A User says: "Got to read more from Mark Steyn"
    "Try it again"
    Overall

    To all of you "head in the sand", "PC", "multi-culturalists" that panned the book in the early days after its release, I suggest re-reading it today! If you're still of the same opinion, you're hopeless.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Julian Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    The year 2012. The country is under the absolute rule of the Warden. Then by chance, Theo Faron meets a young woman who seeks to challenge the power of the Warden's regime.

    Marc says: "A subtle tale of dystopia"
    "A Wonderful Writer"
    Overall

    Unlike the first reviewer, I found the early chapters of this book fascinating. While listening, I kept thinking I'd seen the movie many years ago. I'll have to check it out on Netflix to be sure.

    Anyway, it's a wonderfully written book, rich with imagery and emotion. I've tried to compare it with "1984" and "Brave New World" but somehow it's different in a way I can't quite describe.

    If you've enjoyed reading or listening to either of these books you'll most likely enjoy "The Children of Men".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Communist Manifesto and Social Contract (Knowledge Products) Giants of Political Thought Series

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ralph Raico
    • Narrated By Craig Deitschman
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Communist Manifesto examines the theory and goals expounded by Karl Marx. Marx argues that history flows inevitably toward a social revolution, which will result in a society without economic classes. The influence on Marx of Hegel, Feuerbach, and other philosophers is examined, as is his friendship and collaboration with Engels.

    steve says: "Both books are were good"
    "Well done"
    Overall

    I enjoyed these, both, very much. The producers -- Knowledge Products -- employ both quotes and analysis of the title works, along with the author's life experiences. This offers the listener an overview of the works, not simply a dry reading.

    If you're at all interested in 18th-19th century political philosophy, give this a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of Edgar Allan Poe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    This magnificent audio collection showcases the many sides of Poe's writing personality. The gothic macabre tales are well represented, including "The Tell Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Fall of the House of Usher". Supernatural adventure also appears, in "M.S. Found in a Bottle" and "A Descent into the Maelstrom". The science-fiction side of mesmerism is demonstrated in "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar".

    MacGregor says: "A Most Enjoyable Experience"
    "A Most Enjoyable Experience"
    Overall

    I must say, when I downloaded this Poe collection, I had rather low expections. I enjoyed Poe's writings as a young man but haven't re-read them for nearly 40 years. However, B. J. Harrison's narration of these wonderful stories and poems proved most enjoyable.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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