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ThoraLee A. Johnson

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  • A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Michael Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
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    (53)
    Story
    (50)

    In this book, which the author calls a "culmination of 30 years of work in the history of ideas", Sowell attempts to explain the ideological difference between liberals and conservatives as a disagreement over the moral potential inherent in nature. Those who see that potential as limited prefer to constrain governmental authority, he argues. They feel that reform is difficult and often dangerous, and put their faith in family, custom, law, and traditional institutions.

    Sierra Bravo says: "Not a lite listen"
    "Thought provoking"
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    Thomas Sowell's writings are always intelligent and thought provoking. His grasp of economics surpasses all other current authors on this topic, and his understanding of current society comes from his understanding of history and human nature. His books are never boring even when discussing economics.

    That said, "A Conflict of Visions" isn't about right or left; just as there are big-government Democrats, there are big government Republicans. This book is about the constrained and unconstrained visions of how the world works.

    Listen to it, and you may just gain some insights into yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (605)

    The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduces Hercule Poirot, mystery fiction's greatest detective. Dapper, brilliant Monsieur Poirot, retired as the Chief of Belgian Police, is summoned to a magnificent English country estate to solve a murder. The victim: a wealthy heiress. The suspects: her fortune-hunting husband, her jealous relatives, even her hired companion. The solution: a deadly scheme that is revealed by the master detective himself.

    Adrian says: "Fantastic - Suchet is the best"
    "Agatha Christie - always a great "read"!"
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    Have you listened to any of David Suchet???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    While I haven't listened to any other David Suchet vocal performances, listening to him as Hercule Poirot is nearly as good as watching him on television. He does all the other character's voices so well you might think that more than one performer is reading the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading Agatha Christie books since grade school. This was my first Christie audio book, and I will be purchasing more, especially those read by Mr. Suchet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (798)

    It's a sad and eerie harbinger of our times that the Oprah-watching, crystal-rubbing, Whole Foods-shopping moms and their whipped attorney husbands have taken the ability to reason away from the poor schlub who makes the Bloody Marys. What we used to settle with common sense or a fist, we now settle with hand sanitizer and lawyers. Adam Carolla has had enough of this insanity and he's here to help us get our collective balls back.

    Brett says: "Hilarious Book"
    "Very strong language but has good points & laughs"
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who don't mind very strong language will enjoy this audible book, especially real guys.


    Have you listened to any of Adam Carolla???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't heard of Adam Carolla until recently when I heard him interviewed on a radio show. I decided to give this a try because I did get some laughs during the interview.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I agree with many of his points and enjoy the ranting. I also enjoy Mr. Carolla's reading his own work, except for the language; his voice is well-suited to rants.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like the very strong language used. Other words could be substituted to get the message across just as forcefully. That being said, I still listened to the entire book because I liked the subject, got some laughs and enjoyed his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Chaser: Chronicles of Siala, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexey Pehov
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    Saddened because they have left one of their number in a grave in the wilderness, Harold and his band of outcasts continue their journey toward the dreaded underground palace of Hrad Spein. But before they can reach their goal, they must overcome all manner of obstacles, fight many battles...and evade the frightful enemies on their trail.Once they have breached Hrad Spein, a task entire armies of warriors and wizards have failed to achieve, Harold must venture, alone, into the secret heart of the most dangerous place in his world.

    David says: "Way more entertaining than it has any right to be"
    "Book 2 - Even better than Book 1"
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    If you could sum up Shadow Chaser in three words, what would they be?

    Mesmerizing, fantastic, spellbinding


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Chaser?

    The last battle


    What about MacLeod Andrews???s performance did you like?

    The voices he uses for the different characters. They are consistent and added greatly to my listening experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Book 3 won't be out until April 2012! I'll be on tenterhooks until then to find out how the story ends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prowler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alexey Pehov
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one, black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.

    francisco says: "New twist on the old "quest" genre."
    "One of the best books I've "read""
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    If you could sum up Shadow Prowler in three words, what would they be?

    riveting spellbinding splendid


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Prowler?

    Shadow Harold's meeting with the king


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His excellent (and consistent) voices for the characters, whether a human, gnome, elf or dwarf. His reading really brought the story to life and greatly added to my imagination of the characters.


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

    No


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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