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  • 6 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 499 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Greatest Speeches of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Joan of Arc, Winston Churchill, Susan B. Anthony, and others
    • Narrated By David Birney, Loretta Swit

    More than 40 speeches - considered among the greatest of all time - comprise this marvelous collection. All the works you'll hear are unabridged, and the most contemporary are live recordings. Included are speeches by Susan B. Anthony, Joan of Arc, Winston Churchill, Jefferson Davis, Amelia Earhart, and John F. Kennedy.

    A User says: "Choices and Reality"
    "Surprisingly Good"

    Many of these speeches will be familiar to the listener. However, some of the most interesting ones for me were the speeches I had never even heard about, such as the one given by the first female in the British Parliment.

    Also, the Washington speeches are very timely (or perhaps they are so timeless that they will always seem timely).

    122 of 137 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Subtle as a sledgehammer"

    No subtlety here. The author makes her points by creating a world of characitures that fall into two general categories: (1) idiots who only live their lives to gain the approval of others, and (2) idiots who have no care whatsoever about the approval of others. The first set of idiots despise everyone, including themselves, but most especially those in the second category. Those in the second category are like amoral, high-functioning autistics, having super-human skills but unable to establish normal bonds with other humans. The book had so many "there is no way a real person would have responded that way" moments that I was repeatedly tempted to quit reading it, but the author is a good storyteller, so I stuck it out. All major characters are supposed to be high-IQ types, but they repeatedly make decisions so foolish that it stretches credulity. Bottom line: follow your dreams, not someone else's, and don't enter a service industry if you don't care anything for your customer's opinions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Job: A Comedy of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia

    After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same. Now called Alec Graham, he was in the middle of an affair with his stewardess, Margrethe, and natural disasters kept following them. First, there was an impossible iceberg that wrecked the ship in the tropics; then, after being rescued by a Royal Mexican plane, they were hit by a double earthquake. To Alex, the signs were clear that Armageddon and the Day of Judgment were near.

    Will says: "Audio Quality Issues"
    "Great Story - Bad Message"

    Robert Heinlein is a master story-teller. Unfortunately, he uses his skills to propound sexual immorality and to make Christianity look ridiculous. He does so in such in an entertaining manner that even the most morally-inclined reader/listener is likely to continue reading. In this book, he builds up his anti-chastity arguments slowly so as not to overly offend the reader's sensibilities early on. For example, topless dancers show up fairly early in the book. The magnitude of the immoral acts gradually increase until near the end of the book the reader is not shocked by a conversation in which the mother of a teenage daughter urges her husband to have sex with their daughter. "She'll cry a little, then give in, and then you will both have the time of your lives." If you have bought in to Heinlein's philosophy by this point in the book, that suggestion will seem perfectly reasonable. I recommend that you avoid this book, and that you encourage others to do the same.

    6 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Profanity Galore"

    I do not recommend this to anybody who is not completely desensitized to profanity. Perhaps when read, it is easier to skim over the dense population of explitives contained in this book. However, when listening to an audio book, they hit with full offensive force. While the story line showed promise, it wasn't engaging enough to convince me to continue to subject myself to the barrage. No story line is that good.

    26 of 124 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Richard Brown

    This fabulous account of Sir Ernest Shackelton's epic adventure recreates one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In August, 1914, the 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 Shackelton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world...

    Timothy C S says: "A wonderfull treatment of a complex story"
    "Hard to believe"

    So well written that you share in the adventure. So amazing a story that I am encouraging everyone I know to read/listen to it.

    Even though it is a true story, most people will not have heard of it, so the suspense at not knowing the outcome will be intense.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edwin A. Abbott
    • Narrated By Patrick Frederic
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the rare novels about math and philosophy with almost universal appeal, Flatland is simultaneously a brilliant parody of Victorian society and a fictional guide to the concepts of relativity and the multiple dimensions of space.

    Brian says: "Loved all the concepts of this book"

    I was amazed that anyone could write a story about a square that would have the same level of suspense as the greatest dramas.

    I was more amazed at all of the implicit social and religious commentary that could be crammed into a story without diverting attention from the plot.

    Finally, I was supremely amazed that all of this was written over a century ago, while it reads like it was written yesterday... or tomorrow.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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