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  • The Party Is Over

  • How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
  • By: Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk - they are zombies, a party of the living dead. Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties - those halcyon, post-Nixonian glory days - for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Analysis

  • By Dan D on 09-04-12

He Nails My Stereotypes About Politics

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend the audio version for those who like to read a book wile they are busy doing other things, and I recommend the written book for those who like to study what a good author has to write.

What other book might you compare The Party Is Over to and why?

This book reminds me of Who Stole the American Dream by Hedrick Smith, which is another good listen. It's a gloomy diatribe of some of the things wrong with our federal government but it's not written in a typical Republican anti-government vein. To the contrary, this book is written from valid perspectives and with political balance.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final chapter was a good summary of the book. Since I had read (listened to) numerous books since first starting to Play this one, the last chapter was a kind of refresher. The author is specific enough to make his points and informed from having been there so that my impression is that he assesses issues fairly and evenly. To this listener, Mr. Lofgren is a believable author.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This was not a one-sitting kind of listen. I like to turn to other books either as a diversion or simply because I fancy different information flows at different times. This does not keep it from being a great listen.

Any additional comments?

This is the kind of audio book that reminds me why I went audio in the first place. I can stay physically busy as I like without sitting down for hours to listen. During the gym, long walks, long drives, and even while shopping the isles of the bog box stores, are examples of how I put this technology to work for me efficiently.

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  • Eat to Live

  • The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
  • By: Joel Fuhrman M.D.
  • Narrated by: Joel Fuhrman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665

When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us

  • By Joseph on 07-02-10

I am not a cow!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-13

What disappointed you about Eat to Live?

Personally, I find the Furman Diet impractical. The thought of losing 30 pounds in 30 days is appealing but why not add just meat to the diet, reduce the vegetable requirement and lose instead 30 pounds in 60 or 90 days! There was no way I could ingest his prescribed amounts of steamed and raw veggies--it simply would not go down. I believe that humans are carnivorous animals by design because we don't graze all day like cattle and we don't regurgitate our food, using multi-track digestion like they do either. So it seems to me our one-track digestive systems are for ingesting moderate amounts of food with meats as our primary protein source, just like other carnivores. My belief is that the Furman Diet would enjoy more long-term followers with a few adjustments.

What could Joel Fuhrman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have a problem with the diet itself: Too much raw and cooked vegies and too little meat. Otherwise, I personally would find it tolerable and would surely return to my highschool weight at 68.

Which character – as performed by Joel Fuhrman – was your favorite?

I purchased the book and watch the video broadcast on PBS but did not purchase the VERY EXPENSIVE DVDs that were being pushed heavily on PBS. Thankfully, I did not do that.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Some disappointment once I realized the diet's impracticality for me.

Any additional comments?

Americans, I think, are floundering in a sea of information--much of it misinformation--in their desperation to lose the fat. I believe that if Mr. Furman were not so radical in his approach to weight loss, many more could have been helped. Cutting out processed foods, low value grains, and dairy products would go a long way (possibly all the way) toward trimming the fat from Americans without fully restricting meat consumption.

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  • A History of the Middle Ages

  • By: Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 309

A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Aaron on 12-04-04

Impressed But Yet Not Totally Satisfied!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-12

What made the experience of listening to A History of the Middle Ages the most enjoyable?

The reading of this audio book is performed well but this particular reading is a little difficult for me to listen to and stay focused on the information being presented. I don't really understand why!

What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

Griffin's performace was very good but I was a little distracted by his loftiness (or something else I can't quite identify). I am actually still listening to this book and enjoying it, but I think listening to the book by someone a little more into the story would have minimized the distraction I feel listening to this work by this reader. Again, his performance was quite good technically but I think it lacks feeling or involvement with the history being told.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It would have to be a documentary and its title would be somehing like "Shining a Light on the Dark Ages."

Any additional comments?

I wish the audio (Audible) version of this book were available by various readers (unheard of, I know). This audio book listener would have preferred a reader who puts a little inflection into the reading, like Nadio May who read Paul Johnson's "A History of the American People" or David McCullough who read his own book, "1776."

And, I don't know exactly why but I feel that these two named readers do a more down to earth heart felt reading as if they were involved with the story telling rather than a disinterested lecturer who had lectured this history one too many times.

  • 1776

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,300

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Front Seat on History

  • By Mark on 10-22-05

Great Washington Insights

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-07

A funny and enlightening listen. I learned things about the father of our country that history books simply didn't reveal. And what a hoot ole George was at first, during his initiation into the American Revolution. Great!