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  • Death Rides a Pale Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    The doctors told him he had only a few months to live and there was nothing they could do. But death wasn't what scared T.J. Littlejohn; he had a wife and three children, and nothing to leave them but a tiny slice of East Texas prairie and a handful of cows. He needed money and he needed it fast. A wanted poster in the sheriff's office gave him the answer - he became a bounty hunter.

    Jean says: "Death Rides a Pale Horse"
    "just could not finish this book"
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    Would you try another book from Dusty Rhodes and/or Gene Engene?

    I have read a couple of other books from this author, and he has a couple more that I will try, but this one was a terrible disappointment.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will probably return this book and pick up one of the author's "Longhorn" books that I have not yet read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Death Rides a Pale Horse?

    There wouldn’t be much of the book left if you cut out everything that should be cut, but I'd start with the whiney, crying, bosom clutching wife character.


    Any additional comments?

    There's almost no action in the book, mostly people whining and crying about their problems. I can get that in real life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Quintus Tullius Cicero, Philip Freeman
    • Narrated By Doug Kaye
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    How to Win an Election is an ancient Roman guide for campaigning that is as up-to-date as tomorrow's headlines. In 64 BC when idealist Marcus Cicero, Rome's greatest orator, ran for consul (the highest office in the Republic), his practical brother Quintus decided he needed some no-nonsense advice on running a successful campaign.

    Benedict says: "How to be a politician ..."
    "not "The Prince" by any means"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have seen this book compared to "The Prince." I suppose that is a fair comparison in some ways. But, this is basically a short "letter," and without the depth of "The Prince." But, I enjoyed the opportunity of a glimpse into the daily lives of the ancient Roman.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (152)

    One of the bestselling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written."

    BJ says: "Purchase the Kindle book for free"
    "Dated, so horribly dated"
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    Any additional comments?

    I often enjoy these old, dated stories. But I found that I could not in this case. In general its not a bad story for its genre. In fact the story seemed to me in some ways better than many that came along to copy it decades later, but the characters are so much the stereotypical arrogant British colonials and the superstitious, humbled, grovelling, childish African "natives" that I could not get through the entire book. If you can tolerate these stereotypes, by all means give the book a chance.



    15 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (583)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    Rolando says: "Is amorality bad?"
    "A "must read classic" waste of time"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I often wonder when I read some of these “must read classics” if it’s just me? This book struck me as the literary equivalent of Warhol’s soup can. You’re supposed to praise it because it’s “great” art. But, reality is, it’s just a ten cent can of soup. Maybe a “classic” but I found it was uninteresting, empty characters, stumbling along through a story that doesn’t have a story; a hodgepodge of the antics of characters living on the fringes of the social order. I could get all that from modern “reality tv,” but you wouldn’t call it classic. I am terribly disappointed that I could find nothing of value to me in this book. Even in the worst of books you can generally take away something, but not this time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cracked.com
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (239)

    You're going to wish you never got this audiobook. Some facts are too terrifying to teach in school. Unfortunately, Cracked.com is more than happy to fill you in. Think you're going to choose whether or not to buy this book? Scientists say your brain secretly makes all your decisions 10 seconds before you even know what they are.

    bookouri says: "just plain funny"
    "just plain funny"
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    Any additional comments?

    Facts presented in this book may not be "exactly" accurate, but its from "Cracked" so what did you expect. You won't find anything new and extraordinary that you have not heard before. But, it IS an entertaining presentation that the narrator delivers like a stand up routine.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Outposts

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Max Brand
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Lew's skill with firearms gets him a job as a hunter with a trader heading onto the prairies to barter with the Indians. There he meets young Chuck Morris, and together they take on a Cheyenne attack party. Finding shelter in a Sioux village, they absorb the native culture. Lew comes to know the great Sioux chieftains, becoming blood brothers with Sitting Wolf, while Chuck marries the beautiful maiden Zintcallasappa.

    Michael says: "Sweeping Adventure"
    "above average old western"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beyond the Outposts the most enjoyable?

    Many of the old stories from the early 1900's are too dated even for fans revisiting an old book. This story was not like that. Of course, it is over 80 years since it was published I think. It is dated, simplistic and predictable like any of those old westerns, but not to the point that you can not enjoy it still.


    What did you like best about this story?

    No glaring errors in historical space, time, physics or gun lore.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator succeeded in making the story painful to listen to. Way over the top dramatization that had more the flavor of an actor reading for a part in a play rather than a narrator reading a book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (373)

    James Wesley Rawles, founder of survivalblog.com, shares with you everything you need to know to be ready for the worst. The book includes information on proper food storage and sanitation, gardening and livestock basics, investment strategies to protect your assets, medical advice, communication techniques, home security, and how to get "outta Dodge" when, in the parlance of the movement, "the shit hits the fan".

    skyrat says: "Unsurprising"
    "a lot of general hints and suggestions"
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    Any additional comments?

    I picked this up on the daily deal or some other sale and decided it was worth the risk of a couple of dollars. I think any book has to be worth a couple of dollars, but even at that, this one was pretty borderline. The author provides a lot of general hints and everyday "common sense" but mostly unrealistic suggestions about things like buy bulk grain and store your bulk grain so that rodents can't get to it. Be careful with guns and sharp objects, and try not to get hurt. I had hoped for some tidbits of interesting information about water or power systems or something, but there seemed to be little of that in this book. If you just won the powerball and want to use your new found millions to buy a retreat and become the new Howard Hughes then this book might be for you. Otherwise, unless you really do not know where corn and wheat and eggs come from or that its a good idea to have as much Red Cross training as possible for emergencies, I don't think most people are going to get much of interest out of it. I just did not get a lot of real information/content out of this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Happy Atheist

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By P. Z. Myers
    • Narrated By Aron Ra
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (95)

    On his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of fans with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. This funny and fearless book collects and expands on some of his most popular writings, giving the religious fanaticism of our times the gleeful disrespect it deserves by skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical thinking, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories advanced by religious fundamentalists of all stripes.

    Chad says: "PZ plus Aron Ra equals AWESOME"
    "Enjoyable read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Happy Atheist the most enjoyable?

    I don't always agree with PZ but I do respect and enjoy his work. This book is no exception.


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

    I really prefer books that are read by the author. But if PZ wasn't going to read it, you couldn't do any better than Aaron Ra.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much about the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Bringing to life the world of the Old and New Testaments, the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Don’t Know Much About® series transforms dry, difficult reading into colorful and realistic accounts. Relying on new research and improved translations, Kenneth C. Davis uncovers some amazing questions and contradictions about what the Bible really says: Jericho’s walls may have tumbled down because the city lies on a fault line; Moses never parted the Red Sea; There was a Jesus, but he wasn’t born on Christmas and he probably wasn't an only child....

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Listened for several hours"
    "decent survey of the topic"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is a good place to start if you are interested in an overview of the topic. If you are already familiar with the historical setting surrounding the rise of the Judeo-Christian-Muslim movements you might want to jump straight over to someone like Bart Ehrman for a more detailed, more scholarly experience. One thing i did not like about this book was that in several places the author gives historical timelines to give the reader historical context, but he mixes historical and legendary persons and events without giving the reader any disclaimers, and making no effort to differentiate between fact and fiction. All in all the author seems to bend over backwards to not offend believers, and has produced a book about a potentially "hot" topic that believers, non-believers, and interested bystanders can all read without becoming either offended or intellectually insulted. But, this book is definitely a primer, not for the reader already well versed in the subject unless you're looking for a convenient review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (483)

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "Enjoyed this book"
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    Would you listen to American Nations again? Why?

    The author submits some interesting ideas that give you lots of things to ponder. I'll read it again some time just to see if I missed anything.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Nations?

    No one "memorable" moment. The book was a good consistent read from front o back.


    Have you listened to any of Walter Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't really pay attention to who the readers are. I prefer books that are read by the authors themselves.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The concept of thinking of North America in more logical terms rather than the rather random political borders.


    Any additional comments?

    Toward the end of the book, I thought the author's arguments did not keep up with a changing world. To me the author's "regions" make more sense in a 19th century context than in the 21st century.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2862)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1586)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Must read"
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    Where does God Is Not Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If I had heroes Mr. Hitchens would be one of them. This is one of my favorite books, and I have read and re-read it. I buy copies of this book and give them to friends, family and acquaintances.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Mr. Hitchens will say what others think but are afraid to say, or are not capable of saying, or are to "polite" to say. He pulls no punches and does not pander to the "you must respect my beliefs just because" crowd. No "get out of jail free" faith cards allowed here.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Reading this book was the first time I realized that it was not necessary to shut up when people said stupid things just because they were "religious" stupid things. People who have irrational, crazy ideas and air them publicly should be subject to being "called" on it, especially when we live in a world where theocracy seems to have been welcomed back into the political realm, especially where those kinds of beliefs could now endanger the entire planet rather than isolated peoples or nations.


    Any additional comments?

    For most of human existence, most humans lived under the power of one theocracy or another. They endured torture, burning, murder, mayhem, crusades and genocide of all kinds. Mr. Hitchens book reminds us of the dangers of history repeating itself. To me this book was a wake up call that made me realize that "live and let live" was not appropriate at this time, because the theocrats do not intend to live side by side, but to enforce their beliefs on the rest of us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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