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  • I Will Fear No Evil

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 529

As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Heinlein

  • By Randall on 03-02-12

More Sex Than Scifi

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

I really like Heinlein, but this is far from his OK work and even further from his good work. Read it if you must.

  • Stalin

  • New Biography of a Dictator
  • By: Oleg V. Khlevniuk, Nora Seligman Favorov - translator
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

This essential biography, by the author most deeply familiar with the vast archives of the Soviet era, offers an unprecedented, fine-grained portrait of Stalin, the man and dictator. Without mythologizing Stalin as either benevolent or an evil genius, Khlevniuk resolves numerous controversies about specific events in the dictator's life while assembling many hundreds of previously unknown letters, memos, reports, and diaries into a comprehensive, compelling narrative of a life that altered the course of world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well researched picture

  • By brian on 03-22-18

Scary Truth About Socialism

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

The scary truth about the Social Democrat Party of Russia and how they changed their name to the Communist Party as soon as they took power. This begins with Vladmir Lenin who explained that "the goal of Socialism is Communism" and "the cornerstone of Communism is socialized healthcare." Stalin grew up studying in a Seminary where he developed Marxist ideology, much like the Pope has today, he went on to idolize Vladmir Lenin and eventually the two worked together. In the end about 7M people died in their Civil War (people called the US Civil War bloody--only 618,000 died in our Civil War), another 16M died from starvation, and to suppress their political opponents they fabricated evidence such as dossiers and conducted endless investigations with special counselors and their version of the FBI and our Secret FISA Courts being the Secret Police or KGB. They envisioned a world of Global Socialism without borders wherein the Government controlled all food, transportation, resources, and housing--just like they have outlined in UN Agenda 21. There was always something to fear to keep giving the Government control and for the Russians, it was war, war was always right around the corner--In UN Agenda 21 they outlined Climate Change as something to fear and that is the rational for giving the Government more control over our lives, food, transportation, housing...

I hope you read or listen to this book and help others understand the dangers of Socialism.

If I had to complain about the book, it would be the edits. The edits were very noticeable as in a change in the audio gain changed dramatically, but there were few edits.

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  • Ethics in the Real World

  • 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
  • By: Peter Singer
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation and Practical Ethics, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting important current events in a few hundred words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful range of topics

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-16

I'm So DIsappointed I Spent Money On This

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

While the performance was really good, it was truly worthless in terms of ethics. The author was an egotistical arrogant atheist who believes it's ethically appropriate to berate, belittle, and bully Christians. The author claims to be a Utilitarian which means someone who believes in doing the most good for the most people however, Communists use this very same argument and hate God as well. If you support Communism, hate God, and believe it's ethical to berate, belittle and bully others, then this book is for you.

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  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,629

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

Very Good But Strange

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Really good audio books bring you into the story and allow you to be immersed in the subject. This audio book does that, then out of the blue the author begins speaking to you (the listener) saying "I did this" or "I did that" or "I decided to." This was strange; it was like the author felt compelled to pat himself on the back and make the subject about him rather than Leonardo. The other thing that was strange is that the audio book kept telling the listener to refer to figure 1, figure 67, or figure 132 of the PDF--I guess if you buy the audio book at a store, it comes with a PDF so you can see various pictures and drawings as the book progresses. I bought this at Audible and there was no PDF.

There were portions of the book which were repeated over and over as if from the Department of the Redundancy Department. Despite my complaints, the book overall was very good, very informative, with the exceptions of the introduction and closure, I enjoyed it very much.

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,019
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,078
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,005

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

An incredible Story of an American Patriot

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

From before his birth to well after his death we see what shsped the man who helped form a nation and the awesome woman that made it all possible.

  • Rush

  • Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father
  • By: Stephen Fried
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

In the summer of 1776, 56 men put their quills to a dangerous document they called the Declaration of Independence. Among them was a 30-year-old doctor named Benjamin Rush. One of the youngest signatories, he was also, among stiff competition, one of the most visionary. From improbable beginnings as the son of a Philadelphia blacksmith, Rush grew into an internationally renowned writer, reformer, and medical pioneer who touched virtually every page in the story of the nation's founding. He was Franklin's protégée, the editor of Common Sense, and Washington’s surgeon general.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration problem can be corrected

  • By Sandra L. on 09-27-18

I Couldn't Listen To This Book

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I listen to audio books because my work commute is an hour each way. I really wanted to hear the story about the man who did so much and got so little recognition. However, I should have listened to a sample of the book before committing to buy the audio book.

The narrator spoke S O S L O W. It was so unnatural the way the narrator slowly spoke, and there was an unnatural pause between each work; I risked falling asleep. I couldn't even hear what was being said because I focused on how it was being said. I simply couldn't listen to the book for more than two minutes and I'm sorry I paid for it.

Rex

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  • Washington

  • A Life
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,281

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

A Story of Success Always on the Brink of Failure

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This is an account of a man with good values leading a group of people being oppressed by a King into freedom and creating the great Republic we have today. A very moving account of how everything that could go wrong did go wrong and still Americans prevailed despite hunger, freezing weather, lack of supplies, and being out numbered and out gunned.

WHO SHOULD READ / HEAR THIS?

‣ This should be mandatory reading / listening for all school students. The book not only provides an exceptional account of how our nation was formed, it provides a great example for students to emulate.

‣ Anyone who calls the United States a Democracy desperately needs this book. The US is not and has never been a Democracy, the US is a Republic and the difference between a Democracy and a Republic are incredible; this book helps to elucidate this fact.

‣ Every American would benefit from this book as it establishes the foundation of knowledge to understand our system of Government.

  • Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

  • The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny
  • By: Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
  • Narrated by: Brian Kilmeade
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971

When the British fought the young United States during the War of 1812, they knew that taking the mouth of the Mississippi River was the key to crippling their former colony. Capturing the city of New Orleans and stopping trade up the river sounded like a simple task - New Orleans was far away from Washington, out of sight and out of mind for the politicians. What the British didn't count on was the power of General Andrew Jackson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was new to me War 1812

  • By Suz on 10-27-17

Very Good Listen - Learned A Lot

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

The reader was a little over the top, but it was a great book which included a lot of aspects of the war I previously didn't know about. It also left some things out which is a good reason to hear/read other books on the subject. Overall, I recommend the book; it's fast paced, and full of action.

  • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

  • The Forgotten War That Changed American History
  • By: Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
  • Narrated by: Brian Kilmeade
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896

When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history - terrible narrator

  • By School Nurse Cindy on 12-08-15

Mandatory Reading In School

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates?

The Muslim's god is money and his prophet is Muhammad.

Which scene was your favorite?

Destroying the USS Pennsylvania to keep it out of the hands of the Islamic pirates.

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

When the revealed the true face of Islam

Any additional comments?

This book should be mandatory reading in Junior High and High School.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful