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Arthur City, Texas, United States
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Great American Short Stories audiobook cover art

her reading would be good...for 10 minutes

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I feel like I am listening to campfire stories at a boy scout camp. That style of speaking for about 10 minutes. I am about 5 or 6 hours in to listening, and struggling to continue. I no longer listen every day, as when I was working and travelling 45 minutes to 1.5 hours each way a day. So I don't know how long it will take to finish. I do have to listen to this in shifts -- so I may forget what I heard before, because I might not listen for a couple of weeks.

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Martin Luther audiobook cover art

Metaxas does another excellent book

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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: 08-06-18

I first listened to Metaxas book on Bonhoeffer. I found that an excellent book on the German theologian. This is also an excellent work that gives the facts about Luther's life, but also gives a good view of the context. That context includes how the German's of the day thought -- and how they joked with each other. God is the psychological trap of talking about Luther trying to deal with an abusive father, but rather the strength of the way that fathers and sons related in that time and place. Listening to this book, you get a strong appreciation for the culture of the time and place, and also are given an appreciation for why Luther was able to succeed when others were not able.

Don't Know Much About the American Presidents audiobook cover art

Good until he gets to modern time

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Pretty even handed until he gets to modern time. He uses terms like "obstructionist" for Republicans in the end, whereas Democrats are conscientiously opposing...I wonder who that means he is supporting...hmmm. He is able to only go up to the 3rd year of Obama's Presidency -- because that is when the book was published. Overall though it was informative and useful -- just remember his personal slant toward the end -- he still gives Clinton high marks, but gives Bush 43 an F. If you get this book, listen for the adjectives he uses from JFK forward.

He also calls the electoral college an outdated idea. Those of us who live in less populated areas of the country do not agree -- but then he seems to think that the internet and nationally covered news would answer all that...though personally I think it would make more sense to do a splitting of the state votes (at least one state does that) with congressional districts getting 1 vote and the majority winner of each state getting the 2 given for Senators (that would not take a constitutional amendment for that to become practice.

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The Crusades audiobook cover art

Interesting to listen to...but dated perspective

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

This is a great listen on the history of the Crusades. It is a large volume of information, and at times difficult to follow because of all the detail. I wish I had noticed the copyright date when I bought the book (1966), instead of just the audio copyright (1997)...This makes a world of difference in how an academic book like this is written/heard. The difference in the discussion of crusades since 9/11 and the whole perspective of Muslim relations and views of non Muslims are very different. However, this is an academic book, and the information of how the views at the time of each of the players is very helpful for understanding how we got in the position we are today.

The Science of Natural Healing audiobook cover art

liberal political agenda

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-17

well some of the information was good there was also a very liberal political agenda as part of this

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The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness audiobook cover art

Mainly for endurance Athletes.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

What made the experience of listening to The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness the most enjoyable?

Since I had just had some issues at a competition, I found the aspect describing how older people (I am now 60) show signs of dehydration beneficial. This is what I experienced.

Any additional comments?

His focus was mainly on endurance athletes. However, one of the things that struck me was the number of recommendation he had that were very different and even contrary to what I had just hard on a Great courses class from a nutritionist.

Locke & Key audiobook cover art

good book

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

What did you love best about Locke & Key?

When I started listening to this book, my first response was "you get what you pay for"...free. But once I got through the first two chapters it started to move much better, and was an excellent fantasy story -- done in the tradition of the old time radio programs.

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The History of the United States, 2nd Edition audiobook cover art

balanced history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-16

What did you love best about The History of the United States, 2nd Edition?

balanced evaluation of our history -- with all the foibles and failings as well as the strengths of all the parts of our history. Neither a conservative nor a liberal rewrite of the history.

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The First 20 Minutes audiobook cover art
  • The First 20 Minutes
  • Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer
  • By: Gretchen Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus

good info

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-12

This was good information. However, my emphasis in fitness is on powerlifting and it is tilted toward those who are into aerobic fitness, and especially running. This meant that, except for advice on HIIT/tabata for weight loss, it wasn't as much worth to me as it might be for some others.

The Lucifer Effect audiobook cover art

His apologetic for self and attack of the Bush Adm

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

Reviewed: 01-17-12

I regret that this may be a review that seems to wander over many areas and not be very focused.
The first part of the book is a summary of the Stanford Prison Experiment. In this experiment the author admits to not having kept clear control of the people in the experiment. In fact, I would say that there were incidents that he describes where he encouraged the decadent behavior, by having the leader tell "guards" (students acting as guards) to be more guard-like.
One of my questions from this experiment is how much the preconceived ideas of the students and the professor fed in to the results. There is validity to the results, as can be seen from Andersonville and the Northern prison referenced make.

In the later half of the book he moves on to Abu Grab. I must say, if I knew that this was the real focus of this book I probably would not have bought it. I did find some of the insights helpful, however this was marred by his ignorance of the military and his desire to use this as an attack against the Bush administration.
Because it is an audible book, I cannot remember all of the inaccuracies -- but here are some that I remember:
Firstly the rendition program was created by President Clinton. It was used by Bush.
Secondly his understanding of the NCOIC and his evaluations is inaccurate. the author was highly impressed with the list of medals of this soldier. As I listened to the list, it was a "normal" list for anyone who had been enlisted for 12 years (give or take) The National Defense Service Ribbon is given simply for being part of the military during a time of war, others are regular parts of the service. That is why military people call them "candy". The NCO in question had evaluations that were not impressive. If the author would have read any of the manuals on writing NCOERs he would have been less impressed.
Thirdly, he places the lack of training on the Bush administration. I see another fault. During VietNam it was decided that all PW (prisoner of War) units would be from the reserves, as a way to keep us from being part of a war that did not have public support. The unforeseen consequences of that is a less trained...less disciplined force in those positions.

I should note that I have had some exposure to a few prisons (not major, but some exposure), having worked at the US Army Retraining Brigade, the USDB (Leavenworth), and various county jails (I am a pastor). These are places of disproportionate power, but the best of them set up systems of checks and balances. Obviously there were major problems in Abu Grab -- what I would refer to as command and control issues, as well as staffing, cleanliness, etc. I would also wonder about the wisdom of using one of the worst prisons from Sadaam.

The author's interest in using this as a forum to attack the Bush administration is easily seen from his admission that the rest of the book he would be acting as prosecutor. This was the last 1/4 of the book. Again, this is not what I bought this book for.

I wonder if he would like to turn this kind of analysis to the inhumanity of taking away the dignity of work, the slavery of the welfare system, the inhumanity of bureaucracy in government, and the results of other liberal "ideals".


Again, not the book that I thought I was getting, but I did appreciate the exposure to social psychology.

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