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  • The Life of Ian Fleming

  • By: John Pearson
  • Narrated by: Peter McGowan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

It is now 50 years since the premiere of Dr No, the very first Bond film, with Sean Connery introducing 007 as the glamorous secret agent who would become the single most profitable movie character in the history of cinema. But James Bond was invented by one man, Ian Fleming, a wartime intelligence officer and Sunday Times newspaper man who lived to see only the very beginning of the Bond cult. John Pearson's famous biography remains the definitive account of how only Ian Fleming could have dreamed up James Bond, for he led a life as colourful as anything in his fiction, which in turn became a covert autobiography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration!

  • By Jill on 05-28-13

Tour de Force Performance of the Classic Biography

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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: 03-27-19

This is an excellent reading and performance of a story of life lived to the fullest. He is a fascinating case study from the Greatest Generation.

  • The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

  • The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns, 10th Anniversary Edition
  • By: John C. Bogle
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is the classic guide to getting smart about the market. Legendary mutual fund pioneer John C. Bogle reveals his key to getting more out of investing: low-cost index funds. Bogle describes the simplest and most effective investment strategy for building wealth over the long term: buy and hold, at very low cost, a mutual fund that tracks a broad stock market Index such as the S&P 500.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Indexing trumps all

  • By Anonymous User on 02-20-18

I'm Convinced

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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: 01-16-19

Excellent performance; this is the modern classic of investing books. I'm going to take his advice.

  • The Deep State

  • How an Army of Bureaucrats Protected Barack Obama and Is Working to Destroy the Trump Agenda
  • By: Jason Chaffetz
  • Narrated by: Jason Chaffetz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 647

Former congressman and current Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz explains how we ended up with a politicized federal bureaucracy that actively works to promote the Democratic Party's agenda and undermine Donald Trump. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By mary Trotter on 11-04-18

Corruption in the Capital and at the Capitol

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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: 12-21-18

This is a fascinating and unsettling must listen for all who love the United States of America.

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  • Sea Power

  • The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans
  • By: Admiral James Stavridis USN (Ret.)
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

From the time of the Greeks and the Persians clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power. To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. No one understands this better than Admiral Jim Stavridis. In Sea Power, Admiral Stavridis takes us with him on a tour of the world's oceans from the admiral's chair, showing us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destinies of nations and how naval power has in a real sense made the world we live in today and will shape the world we live in tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend. Brilliant, engaging & thoughtful

  • By Francis Claro on 06-22-17

Fascinating

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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: 12-10-18

I highly recommend this explanation of the state of the high seas. Global warming nonsense aside, I wholeheartedly agree with Admiral Stavridis' assessment of our need to strengthen and renew focus on American sea power in each of the cardinal directions from our shores.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,551

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

Capital!

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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: 11-26-18

Fascinating, respectful, in-depth exploration of little known facts about the era; I truly enjoyed it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,209

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Why Did I Think This Would Be About Food?

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Ridiculous. It's not remotely about Twain or food. It's very much like a bad episode of "Fresh Air".

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,616
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,521

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Hilarious and Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This is a bit of the life and times of Bob Newhart. Who is one of my favorite people. I would have loved to have heard much more than a bit of his life and much less of the rest. He's a class act, Bob Newhart.

Boys Adrift
    Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
    
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    Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    1,660 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Boys Adrift

  • Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
  • By: Leonard Sax
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Startling, well-researched view...

  • By Kirt on 08-14-08

Warm and Personable Performance; Important Book

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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: 09-26-18

This is an important work for anyone to read and study. It has helped me find perspective in my own experience as a parent of three boys. It has also fueled my hope that I may be able to guide the boys and young men whom I counsel and mentor.

  • The Big Lie

  • Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,958

What is "the big lie" of the Democratic Party? That conservatives - and President Donald Trump in particular - are fascists. Nazis, even. In a typical comment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says the Trump era is reminiscent of "what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor." But in fact, this audacious lie is a complete inversion of the truth. Yes, there is a fascist threat in America - but that threat is from the Left and the Democratic Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Broken toys need a home

  • By Timeviewer on 03-12-19

Well-Documented; Excellent Performance

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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: 09-17-18

This is the definitive work proving a large scale culture war in the United States between the militant Left and the constitutional Right. It's fascism vs. the Constitution and the stakes have never been higher.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kennedy Curse

  • Why Tragedy Has Haunted America's First Family for 150 Years
  • By: Edward Klein
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Death was merciful to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, for it spared her a parent's worst nightmare: the loss of a child. But if Jackie had lived to see her son, JFK Jr., perish in a plane crash on his way to his cousin's wedding, she would have been doubly horrified by the familiar pattern in the tragedy. Once again, on a day that should have been full of joy and celebration, America's first family was struck by the Kennedy Curse.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking Family Biography

  • By alan hosch on 09-05-18

Heartbreaking Family Biography

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is a well-written and documented account. History reveals the truth of what happens when power is pursued through oppression and with abandon. We aren't allowed to abuse other people without suffering the consequences. Slavery takes on many forms and slavemasters always pay a high price for their sins.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful