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Frank H.

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  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l

  • The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion
  • By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764

In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the feint of heart

  • By joseph on 11-19-12

MIND NUMBING Never Ending Horror!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

The Greatest Horror of all is that a majority of our miseducated/indoctrinated 15 to 30 year olds belive that Socialism/Communism is a better, more humane form of Government then ours!

  • Knowledge and Decisions

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

This reissue of Thomas Sowell’s classic study of decision making, which includes a preface by the author, updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Anointed. Sowell, one of America’s most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making—a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency but our very freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas Sowell's Greatest Work

  • By Doug on 12-08-12

An essent explanation for the causes of unrest.

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Reviewed: 12-03-17

This book, though somewhat dated, explains many of the root causes of the unrest brought on by the progressive intellectuals and their never ending quests to impose their "Visions" upon Society, weather Society wants it or not!

  • The Smear

  • How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote
  • By: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Narrated by: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda - an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear. Every day, Americans are influenced by the Smear without knowing it. Paid forces cleverly shape virtually every image you cross. Maybe you read that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist or saw someone on the news mocking the Bernie Sanders campaign. The trick of the Smear is that it is often based on some shred of truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cancer metastasizing...

  • By MJ on 08-05-17

A most timely book.

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Reviewed: 10-26-17

This is as good as her first book, if not better. A must for understanding the sorry state of today's Main Streem Media, and how it got that way.

  • Iron Dawn

  • The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle That Changed History
  • By: Richard Snow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

No single sea battle has had more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbor at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in March 1862. The Confederacy, with no fleet of its own, built an iron fort containing 10 heavy guns on the hull of a captured Union frigate named the Merrimack. The North got word of the project when it was already well along, and, in desperation, commissioned an eccentric inventor named John Ericsson to build the Monitor, an entirely revolutionary iron warship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book about an underreported area of the civil war

  • By Brian on 11-09-16

A Very Good Book, It reminds me of my first book.

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Reviewed: 07-09-17

The first real book that I read was, as I recall, "John Erickson, and The Monitor and Marimac". My mother gave it to me when I was 7 or 8, I loved it, it is no longer in print, but this wonderful book brought back all my fond memories of it. I have all ways been a Civil War "Buff", especially of the "IronClads" and of course the Monitor. I closely followed the discovery of her resting place and the salvage of her "Cheese Box" and Daulgren Guns. This Very Good listen!

  • The Big Oyster

  • History on the Half Shell
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Now award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants, the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok, but not as good as his "Salt", or "Cod".

  • By Frank H. on 03-22-17

Ok, but not as good as his "Salt", or "Cod".

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-17

A different take on the history of NewYork city. I found ot informative and interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Undocumented Mark Steyn

  • Don't Say You Weren't Warned
  • By: Mark Steyn
  • Narrated by: Mark Steyn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
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    5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

He's brash, brilliant, and drawn to controversy like a moth to a flame. For decades, Mark Steyn has dazzled audiences around the world with his raucous wit and brutal honesty. Whether he's sounding off on the tyranny of political correctness, the existential threat of Islamic extremism, the "nationalization" of the family, or the "near suicidal stupidity" of America's immigration regime, Steyn is always provocative - and often laugh-out-loud hilarious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The great Steyn

  • By J. Olson on 07-12-16

Vintage Steyn

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Reviewed: 03-05-17

A great listen, sadly most of his dire projections are, Alarmingly coming to pass today!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Christianity

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    4 out of 5 stars 28

First published in 1976, Paul Johnson's exceptional study of Christianity has been loved and widely hailed for its intensive research, writing, and magnitude. Weaving a great range of material, the scholar and author Johnson creates an ambitious panoramic overview of the evolution of the Western world since the founding of a little-known "Jesus sect".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting and nuanced study of the topic.

  • By Frank H. on 02-22-17

An interesting and nuanced study of the topic.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-17

I found new insights on the influences of the Bishop of Rome, l liked it.

  • Intellectuals

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Since the time of Voltaire and Rousseau, the secular intellectual has increasingly filled the vacuum left by the decline of the cleric and assumed the functions of moral mentor and critic of mankind. This fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world examines the moral credentials of those whose thoughts have influenced humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Well read (audible)

  • By EJ on 08-25-17

An examination of the roots of so many Bad Ideas.

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Reviewed: 09-19-16

I learned a great deal about where creatures, such as Hillary Clinton, get their ideas and notions. Rousseau's madness lives on in the ever expanding Government school (indoctrination) system; from 12 years to 16 with the addition of: mandatory "Preschool" and Kindergarten for 4 and 5 years old to 2 years of High School "Post graduate study" at Community Colleges.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of the Goths

  • By: Henry Bradley
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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    4 out of 5 stars 54

The Goths are the most enigmatic of all the ancient German tribes. Their name today is still widely in use for a variety of cultural and artistic movements. But unlike other famous German tribes whose names are still descriptive of nations they founded - the Franks, the Lombards, the Angles, the Saxons and the Alemanni - the Goths simply disappeared. The subject of Henry Bradley's splendid short history is tracing the rise, the migrations, and the impact of the Goths on European history along with their spectacular fall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Book about a little understood people

  • By Mark on 07-29-15

It is an OK Listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-12-16

An exhaustive study of the 400 years of The Gothic prominence and their interactions with The Romans, both East, and West. It fill in some "holes" in my knowledge of those times. The narration, I found a bit tedious because because of the plethora a similar sounding Gothic surnames.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stonewalled

  • My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington
  • By: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 368

Seasoned CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson reveals how she has been electronically surveilled while digging deep into the Obama Administration and its scandals, and offers an incisive critique of her industry and the shrinking role of investigative journalism in today's media.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Reporting

  • By Michael G. Boyd on 12-30-14

A good listen

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Reviewed: 07-12-16

A good story told in, what I believed to be, just the right tone of voice to fit the narrative. Well worth the time spent, very enlightening.