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  • The Devil's Due: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller

  • Out of the Dark, Book 3
  • By: Boyd Craven III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Dick is finally clean - mind and body - from his poisonous addiction, only to be sent reeling again upon awakening and discovering Steve and Jamie have startling secrets of their own. It will take every ounce of focus and resolve to shake off his new reality and make a trek to Arkansas to reunite with his wife and daughter, especially with the other challenges he faces along the way. He thought he was ready to face the world anew, until he realized the world was out to get him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Karyn Antosh on 04-05-17

Best book of the series

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

With Characters fully matured, the authored painted vivid stories that captivated ones mind and keep me wanting more.

Who is really is was a nice twist.

Would love to see a 4th good in the series as he takes on the Caliphate in Texas.

  • Victory at Yorktown

  • A Novel
  • By: Newt Gingrich, William R. Fortschen
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich's and William R. Forstchen's George Washington series continues - in a novel about faith, leadership, and the triumph of the American cause. It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. The enemy position in New York City is too strong, all approaches blocked by the Royal Navy. But at last, two crucial reports reach Washington....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If only all Americans would find their way to this History

  • By michael on 12-30-15

If only all Americans would find their way to this History

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

Thank you Both for writing history and for sharing with us characters that we have either forgotten or under appreciated.

Your history books deepen my American Pride.

And yes, appreciating the French like never before.

I am grateful for learning about the men that played on the stage of history. Their stories themselves are so remarkable, you can't make this stuff up. Thank you for teaching us about them in the manner and method in which you did.

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  • Founders

  • A Novel of the Coming Collapse
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 579

It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the first two not this one

  • By J Bailey III on 09-28-12

Great book --- horrible reader

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Great book --- horrible reader. After years of audio listening, I never heard some impersonate a male or female voice so horribly.

  • Taking a Stand

  • Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America
  • By: Rand Paul
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

In his four years since joining the Senate, Rand Paul has risen to the forefront of the national discussion. He's being called "the most interesting man in politics" by TIME magazine. When Senator Paul believes in an issue, he reaches across the aisle to collaborate with his colleagues. He's worked with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on an antiwar bill, a financial assistance for childcare bill, and a protection for women in the military bill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely AWESOME & Inspiring!!!

  • By CAndersonCloud on 06-02-15

If Rand doesn't cast the American Net wide enough, no one can.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

America can Win. Rand is very knowledgeable, classical and current. He understands the depth of domestic and foreign issues like no one else that has articulated to date.

I thought we needed an executive experience, like the hardened Scott Walker. I enjoyed Scott's recent book and was more convinced of his capability. However, Rand... wow! I've always watched and agreed on his stands, but he shows a depth of insight that I'm convinced he can beat not only the democrats but win this republican primary.

Continue to take your stand Rand, you stand for all of us and impel us to stand as well.

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  • Gaining Ground

  • A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm
  • By: Forrest Pritchard
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897

One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues-through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters-is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! I wanted it to go on further

  • By Sweetbay on 01-12-14

Forrest Fixes Things - provides Honest Food

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-15

Great book easy to listen to. Great antidotes throughout. You could tell Forrest enjoyed thinking of the right words to bring the farm and his experience to life.

It left me encouraged to think more generational family farms could be rescued.

It left me thinking about the relationship between the urban and the rural.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unintimidated

  • A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge
  • By: Scott Walker, Marc Thiessen
  • Narrated by: Scott Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

In 2010, Scott Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin with a mandate to improve its economy and restore fiscal responsibility. With the state facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, he proposed a series of reforms to limit the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, which was costing taxpayers billions in pension and health care costs. The reaction was swift and severe. Angry protesters gathered outside the capitol, teacher unions accused him of sabotaging education, and the media descended on Wisconsin to make it a national controversy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Governor had been challenged!

  • By Fredrick J Yerrick on 08-16-15

Get to know the governors faith and courage

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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: 05-18-15

I knew about the public collective bargaining agreements before this book and the subsequent protests. What I did not know, was the governor's faith and how the man responded day to day. He led the legislature through principles and courage. Wisconsin is a realistic model for other states when developing principled and fair policies.

It took perseverance to not become discouraged when the state senators did not act with courage. He weathered the storm and came out stronger. He's the type of leader we need in Washington.

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  • Bold

  • How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World
  • By: Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Steven Kotler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,602

Bold is a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By SiuMoi on 02-20-15

A must for the next generation of ethical leaders

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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: 04-12-15

If you want to change the world in a net positive way, become informed on how to bring the connected collective together and be emboldened to lead and change. Thank you for an amazing book. I will buy in print for the simple fact of highlighting, placing quotes in front of me and have the tools and websites at my finger tips to help me impact the world for good.

  • The Modern Scholar

  • The Russian Revolution: From Tsarism to Bolshevism
  • By: Jonathan D. Smele
  • Narrated by: Jonathan D. Smele
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a key turning point in the history of modern Europe and the world. For much of the 20th century, politics were defined by attitudes to what had taken place in Russia in 1917. To understand the Russian Revolution, then, is to understand a key building block of modern history and the contemporary world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • greta

  • By Matthew on 11-22-09

It gives a good political backdrop of Russia but

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

How the party's changed based on factions and ideology was interesting, just as much as the soil conditions, power over the serfs, property rights (land), war and diseases. It's amazing to see the perfect storm and a strong man that can give promises can do.

It concerns me when men want to capitalize on a crisis and to promise the world only to get to power and suppress the people that believed the promise.

It was interesting to learn about Kiev, Crimea and Donetsk during this period and how 100 years ago, Putin wants to return to (not to mention to be the 3rd and only Roman Empire

  • The Modern Scholar: Empire of Gold: A History of the Byzantine Empire

  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

In this course, Thomas F. Madden offers a history of the culture that developed out of the ancient Roman Empire throughout the Middle Ages. The story begins at the end of the Roman Empire in the third century AD and continues over the next 1000 years. Professor Madden leads a discussion covering the aftermath and influence of this extraordinary empire. Europeans now saw a world in which nothing stood between them as the last remnant of free Christendom and the ever-growing powers of Islam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Content, Great Presentation

  • By Kristopher on 01-02-09

Fall of Rome in the East, Rise of Muslims, etc.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

No doubt, Constantinople was the central theme throughout. It was important to hear its successes against multi year sieges and the riches and central power it yielded. Crusades made an important theme for several lectures as well.

The end of the lectures came too soon and I was clamoring to learn about the Russian History and its associated legacy.

I intend to learn more about the crusades and the paralleled Russian state of the 1200-1400s as it will provide context to better understand today.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ameritopia

  • The Unmaking of America
  • By: Mark R. Levin
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper, Mark R. Levin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

#1 New York Times best-selling author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that faces government today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man's basic nature : Liberty

  • By Virginia on 02-20-12

A comprehensive source to understand the individua

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Mr Levin provides us and posterity the blueprint of natural rights and the emancipation of the individual through virtue and enlightenment.

This book explains what has happened as we allowed our personal freedoms to be replaced with control from an unceasing administrative state.

When you couple this book with the Liberty Amendments, they provide both a compelling argument and practical guide of how we can save the best form of government men has ever created for itself. Let man remain free to self govern.

As for the 3 stars, it would had been nice to hear this book (and all his other books), read by Mark himself.

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