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Michael G. Boyd

San Diego, CA
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  • 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 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

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

Why I don't trust politicians and the gov

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Smear to be better than the print version?

Enjoyed hearing the author read her book

If you could give The Smear a new subtitle, what would it be?

How you know politicians and our government leaders are lying, their lips are moving.

6 of 6 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 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 396

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

Great Reporting

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

If you could sum up Stonewalled in three words, what would they be?

clear, concise, scary

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stonewalled?

As I listen to this book, I can't help but think I am listening to a story about North Korea or some other third world country controlled by a dictator instead of the United States, a supposed free and democratic society. Clearly the administration believes that the ends justifies the means even if it means breaking the law, lying, and stonewalling an interested competent reporter that just wants the truth. I am reminded of Jack Nicholsons role in A Few Good Men, when he says "YOU CAN"T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" so we aren't going to share it with you.

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

There are so many documented facts and the details so shocking, I have had to rewind many times to make sure I actually heard the audacity of our government and the complicit media that enables the fraud.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book if you want the truth instead of the spin. Just be prepared to be angry, but not angry at Mrs. Attkinsson and her excellent work. I am a fan.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Assassin

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,737

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I had to stop listening a little bit into the book

  • By Janice on 01-17-13

Maybe this is a better written story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

I have always enjoyed Meltzer, but this one was really hard to follow in audio. I almost gave up four or five times. I had to force myself to finish it.

What was most disappointing about Brad Meltzer’s story?

I can't put my finger on what was wrong with it, but I know I can't recommend it.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

It was fine.

  • The Roots of Obama’s Rage

  • By: Dinesh D’Souza
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

D’Souza explains that the reason Obama appears to be working to destroy America from within is found, as Obama himself admits, in The Dreams of My Father: a deeply hostile anticolonialism. Instilled in him by his father, this worldview has led President Obama to resent America and everything we stand for. D’Souza masterfully shows how Obama is working to weaken and punish America here and abroad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you want to understand Obama.

  • By Daryl on 02-05-15

This book answers who is and what drives Obama

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

Reviewed: 08-17-12

What other book might you compare The Roots of Obama’s Rage to and why?

Godforsaken

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

I thought it was good overall.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book is well researched and builds its explanation logically and methodically.

Any additional comments?

I first read Dinesh D’Souza's book, Godforsaken and it strengthened my faith and answered many questions for me as a Christian. I was hesitant to read a "political hit job book" on Obama, but decided D'Souza would not take that approach given my experience reading Godforsaken.I was correct. Excellent book. Dinesh D’Souza's explanation of Obama's motivations and world view explain what I thought was once unexplainable.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,584

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-26-12

What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

Enjoyed the book. It was an honest biography of a brilliant but sometimes flawed man. Refreshing and encouraging.

  • Inside the Revolution

  • Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus: Battling to Dominate the Middle East
  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Inside the Revolution takes you inside the winner-take-all battle for the hearts, minds and souls of the people of the Middle East.

It includes never-before-seen profiles of The Radicals, The Reformers and The Revivalists. It explains the implications of each movement, the importance of each leader, and does through not only through the lenses of politics and economics but through the third lens of Scripture. Today, wars and revolutions define the modern Middle East, and many believe the worst is yet to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Joyce on 05-19-09

Encouraging and Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 05-26-12

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

Absolutely, I would recommend it.

What did you like best about this story?

Rarely reported details about growing rejection of radical Islam and the encouraging progress within hard line countries. It was well researched and ended encouragingly. It gave me compassion for the people living in Iran and similar countries and restored my belief that we are more alike than different.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Godforsaken

  • Bad Things Happen. Is there a God Who Cares? Yes. Here's proof.
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

For a lot of people, the biggest question about God isn't, surprisingly enough, whether he exists. Instead, it's about whether God is truly good. Dinesh D'Souza, in his debates with leading atheists, quickly realized that many of his debates would revolve around the question of evil in this world and how God could create a world that allowed such suffering and evil. In Godforsaken, Dinesh D'Souza takes these questions head-on. Does God act like a tyrant? Is God really responsible for the evil in this world? Why is there suffering in the world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening and comforting, I highly recommend it

  • By Kevin Searcy on 03-02-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-26-12

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

I don't agree with everything D'Souza says, but it enriched my faith and made me think. It definitely answers the question of why bad things happen and is there a God who cares? Well worth the time. I highly recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful