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  • American Dialogue

  • The Founders and Us
  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

The story of history is a ceaseless conversation between past and present, and in American Dialogue, Joseph J. Ellis focuses the conversation on the often-asked question "What would the Founding Fathers think?" He examines four of our most seminal historical figures through the prism of particular topics, using the perspective of the present to shed light on their views and, in turn, to make clear how their now centuries-old ideas illuminate the disturbing impasse of today's political conflicts. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fine work, even with the editorializing

  • By Casey Kerrick on 11-24-18

Very Informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-05-19

Mr Ellis, first of all, exceptional! I enjoyed it thoroughly and found it to be incredibly revealing that 240 odd years has not elevated human nature very much. The founders faced many of the same social issues and political brinksmanship that we are confronted with today. I especially appreciated the section on George Washington and the partisan treachery he faced during his presidency.

My only complaint is the language used and the style of writing. Not the founders but yours. I felt like I was listening to work intended for academic peer review. I reversed the audio often just so I could translate a sentence back to myself in a more common form of speech. Sadly you may leave a portion of your audience behind and some great insights might be lost. I hope that is not the case, because I think you need to send a complementary case of this book up to the Caoital Hill and it should be mandatory reading for the house, senate and judiciary . Thanks

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  • The Red and the Blue

  • The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
  • By: Steve Kornacki
  • Narrated by: Steve Kornacki, Ron Butler
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him speaker.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and informative

  • By Karen on 10-10-18

Excellent Retelling of Our Modern History

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Reviewed: 01-09-19

This is book is a extremely well dissection of our modern American political history. Kornacki has done his research and in his retailing has shown a vivid light on the circumstances that have polarized us as a country. Well presented, well read and definitely worth listening to.

  • The Sympathizer

  • A Novel
  • By: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Narrated by: Francois Chau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,785

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2016. It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Vietnamese Novel(Port)Nguyen's Complaint

  • By Joe Kraus on 03-31-16

Eloquent Perspective

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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: 04-27-17

A provocatively view of war from the Vietnamese perspective. An incredible dissection of human tendency and perspective when faced with the powerful choices required for survival.

Some parts are heavily descriptive with dialogue. But, the author is pouring out the soul of his protagonist in this treaties, and it is wonderfully written.

  • The Fourth Turning

  • An American Prophecy
  • By: William Strauss, Neil Howe
  • Narrated by: William Strauss, Neil Howe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920

This provocative book has found renewed popularity in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks: Is this the onset of the Crisis - the Fourth Turning - of which the authors predict? Hear it and decide for yourself. An audible.com audio exclusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Aldous on 04-17-10

Interesting idea, but filled with generalizations

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-17

As much as I would like to allow myself to fantasize about the clear cut predictability of this concept, it's hard to imagine its accuracy due to the complexity of modern global politics. I mean what if the east is on a completely different turning and messes up our desires to kill ourselves here in the west. Or maybe it's a northern vs southern hemisphere thing. What more frightening about books like this is they potentially put ideas in impressionable world leaders head's to activate a time frame based on what they found fashionable reading. Kind of like those Texas farmers reading scripture and then sending red cows to Israel in hopes of bringing on the second coming. Sorry that's another story.

  • How to Have an Out of Body Experience

  • Transcend the Limits of Physical Form and Accelerate Your Spritual Evolution
  • By: William Buhlman
  • Narrated by: William Buhlman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
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    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

For the thousands of explorers that William Buhlman has taught to enter the out-of-body state, verification often comes in a breathtaking flash-the undeniable first-hand experience of lucid awareness beyong the limits of time and space in a realm of vast spiritual potential. With How to Have an Out of Body Experience, you will learn to safely explore this astonishing territory for yourself, to awaken untapped possibilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buhlman fan

  • By Laura on 06-21-11

Wishing for Out of Body

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-15-16

Wishing I was out of body so I didn't have to hear this drivel.

OK obviously I give the possibility of an out of body experience credibility, because I bought this book.

The subject matter itself I have no conflict with. It's these guys who present their experiences and theories In a "I just got off the spaceship" fashion.

I do not doubt that Bulhman has experienced something. But much of his presentation of the subject matter is like a "Carni" sideshow hypnosis routine. And if I'm going to be hypnotized into believing that I'm leaving my body, am my actually leaving my body, or am I just being given a suggestion of that?

For once I'd like to hear a theory in a scientific format, as to what is possibly happening during this mind state that allows for this perceived out of body experience.

Bulhman uses terminology without any definition. He repeats himself continuously, over, and over, and over again to the point where you want to pull your hair out.

There are a lot of books that I really want to hear on Audible that Audible does not have. This kind of book,
I would gladly ask Audible to remove so that we can all hear something much more entertaining and informative.

Mr. Bulhman I'm sorry but good gosh!!

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