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America the Beautiful Audiobook
America the Beautiful
Written by: 
Ben Carson MD, Candy Carson
Narrated by: 
Dion Graham
America the Beautiful Audiobook

America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great

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Publisher's Summary

What is America becoming? Or, more importantly, what can she be if we reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place? In America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future.

From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Carson shares experiential insights that help us understand what is good about America, where we have gone astray, and which fundamental beliefs have guided America from her founding into preeminence among nations.

Written by a man who has experienced America's best and worst firsthand, America the Beautiful is at once alarming, convicting, and inspiring. You'll gain new perspectives on our nation's origins, our Judeo-Christian heritage, our educational system, capitalism versus socialism, our moral fabric, health care, and much more. An incisive manifesto of the values that shaped America's past and must shape her future, America the Beautiful calls us all to use our God-given talents to improve our lives, our communities, our nation, and our world.

©2011 Ben Carson, Candy Carson (P)2011 Zondervan

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    3mountains 04-10-13
    3mountains 04-10-13
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - great food for thought. Engaging enough for keeping us awake on long car rides.


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

    no - this was our first


    Any additional comments?

    This is not only a thought-provoking book, but also a great listen because the book is read with exceptionally good expression.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Roseland campbell, TX 04-02-13
    Linda Roseland campbell, TX 04-02-13
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    "Common Sense Rationale"
    Would you listen to America the Beautiful again? Why?

    Yes, I plan to put it on CD's to listen over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of America the Beautiful?

    I remember vividly the expression of Dr.Carson's decision not to blame the current generation of white people for the sins of the past generations of slave owners. He admits that perhaps reparations should be made but asked pointedly, "From whom should we get them?" explaining that no one living today had anythng to do with the past deeds of their forebears.


    Which character – as performed by Dion Graham – was your favorite?

    Since this book is non-fiction, no characers are present. However, Dion Graham is very articulate and easy to understand in his reading, just as Dr. Carson is in his speeches.


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

    Injustice and prejudice are everywhere but can be overcome. Things in our current government administration which seem irrational to me are just as irrational to all people who seek truth for truth's sake, not for personal gain or fulfillment of revenge in some vendetta against a segment of our population. Dr. Carson was treated to miserable unkindness by his teacher, who should have been very proud of and thankful for him in her class. (I would have been!) But he CHOSE not to let that stop him and moved on in our American Dream society. I admire this man more than I could ever tell him or show anyone. He is unafraid of speaking up for his faith in Christ and his reliance on the Bible. He is a true hero to people of every shade of the skin color rainbow (whether they acknoweldge that fact or not) because he seeks truth and does not tolerate the "shades of gray" that modern progressives want to foist on our population. And as he says, "Let the media try to dig some dirt on him - he as NOTHING to hide!" All the leftist/statists can do is twist his words and foment anger with that twisting. However, he shows in this book that he's a really smart man with a great sense of humor, so he'll be very word-crafting careful in what he says.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Dr. Carson well and pray for his strength and courge as God taps him on the shoulder to run for President of the United States in 2016. American needs this kind of common sense rationale.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee DeForest 03-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "An incredible history lesson and encouragement."
    If you could sum up America the Beautiful in three words, what would they be?

    Ben Carson's life story from the inner city of Detroit to becoming a neurosurgeon and head of John Hopkins is inspiring and educational. His outlook on life and what ails this country is an educational we all should respect.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of America the Beautiful?

    The fact that Ben's mother could neither read or write, yet was able to instill such tenacity and character in him is monumental.


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    Dion Graham's performance was top notch. You tended to forget it wasn't Ben Carson narrating.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Guy with An Opinion Someplace in US 03-18-13
    Guy with An Opinion Someplace in US 03-18-13 Member Since 2016

    Nick Danger

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    "Just learned of Benjamin Carson and his story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of America the Beautiful to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I often both read and listen. In this case I like the audio better. I prefer when the author narates his or her own.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of America the Beautiful?

    When Dr Carson details the current political problems


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

    I laughed several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I only heard of the Dr last month. I learned how close his views reflect mine by watching utub, watching the movie Helping Hands and readinf this book. I now hope he is on the 2016 presidental ticket

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rosanna Greenlawn, NY, United States 03-18-13
    Rosanna Greenlawn, NY, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Dr. Ben Carson is a genius"
    What made the experience of listening to America the Beautiful the most enjoyable?

    All his understanding and so many different subjects.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of America the Beautiful?

    Hearing that he wasn't the smartest kid his in elementary school.


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

    No I haven't, but his performance in this one was really good.


    If you could give America the Beautiful a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How America can remain a super power.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a must read for all children in high school.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lance Maryland, United States 06-23-13
    Lance Maryland, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Smart people with substance... who needs em?"

    Our country gravitates to all the wrong types of people. Among other statistics, divorce rates show we have no idea what we're doing when it comes to judging who is good people and who is not. Ben Carson is good people. My kids had to read and write about Ben Carson's life so I thought I would read about another blowhard liberal like Obama. I am shocked to see the teachers recommending Ben Carson as a person to be read about frankly. But when you read about Ben Carson you read about a guy who worked hard got a little lucky but really seems to be a guy you want to root for because he was probably almost always doing the right thing. Guy is not oriented toward politics, yet and if you read this book and understand a little bout economics, business, and politics you'll see he is naive.

    I'd like to see a smart hard working accomplished person who hasn't thought about political office get thrown into a high political office. As this book shows he hasn't thought deeply about all the issues, but he certainly is a good person for a representative democracy. Remember the days when you were supposed to pick someone you trusted? No longer. We have smart unaccomplished people who are professional politicians because they constantly know how a vote or stance on a political issue will impact their next election. Instead of figuring out what the right thing to do is they just conduct a poll.

    Anyway, Ben Carson lays it bear for all to read. What motivates him, what he thinks makes this country great, what should be done to get us headed in the right direction, etc. It is a good book and he is a great guy. However, don't get this book thinking it is a book written by a slick politician. Some of his answers strike me as wrong and some as non-starters politically. I'd hire this guy as my representative tomorrow as he is earnest, honest and accomplished. Unfortunately, books like this will make him politically untenable. Above all else our country want politically tenable people because we are weak people who lack good judgment.

    So get this book if you find his life story interesting and want to know more about his philosophies, beliefs, etc. Don't get it thinking this guy is the answer to our country's problems. He's too good a man for that.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Book Lover 04-01-13
    Book Lover 04-01-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Great success story & reasonable ideas for America"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the Dr Carson's refusal to become a victim because of his early circumstances.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael J Foley 03-18-13

    Avid listener...100+ per year for many years. Very few reviews seems I only say something when I am disappointed or elated!

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    "A Breadth of fresh air Dr Ben Carson."
    Would you consider the audio edition of America the Beautiful to be better than the print version?

    Only heard the audio addition but would definitely consider the written version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dr Carson maintain focus on America while telling his story. This is something all politicians lose very soon after being elected. Dr Carson although not a politician should run for office at the national level. We need him and more people like him to lead this country.


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

    Dion brings the infliction of reading something I find not all people do well - he does.


    Any additional comments?

    Agood book worth spending the time to read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer IVINS, UTAH, United States 03-11-13
    Amazon Customer IVINS, UTAH, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great insight and suggestions to today's morals"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Ben presents why our country has succeeded in the past and suggest not straying from our proven method of success.


    Any additional comments?

    Ben is no stranger to hardships and his ability to overcome challenges and adapt to the environment is motivating. I was surprised with the openness and blatant challenge to the leadership of our country that he displays, but I could not deny the logic and well placed suggestions to restore greatness to my country.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Noxen, PA, United States 03-11-13
    James Noxen, PA, United States 03-11-13
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    "A great American."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Conservative readers will Love this book. Liberal readers will find fault, but may still be impressed by this man.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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