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Sondra L Smith

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  • Clinton Cash

  • The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich
  • By: Peter Schweizer
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068

In his New York Times best-selling books Extortion and Throw Them All Out, Schweizer detailed patterns of official corruption in Washington that led to congressional resignations and new ethics laws. In Clinton Cash he follows the Clinton money trail, revealing the connection between their personal fortune, their close personal friends, the Clinton Foundation, foreign nations, and some of the highest ranks of government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read before you vote in Nov

  • By Maureen on 05-09-16

Eye Opening, Must Read

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

I'll never see foreign aid the same way. We've all been had. This was a real eye-opener, not just on the Clintons but 'foreign aid' in general.

  • Killing Lincoln

  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,216

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History Made Interesting

  • By Daniel on 04-11-12

Fabulous read, riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-16

I could envision every detail as if I were there. Very well organized and presented.

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  • Wealth, Poverty, and Politics

  • An International Perspective
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in the country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A paradigm shift on the subject of equality

  • By Steven Schardein on 10-02-15

Knowledge Matters

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

What did you love best about Wealth, Poverty, and Politics?

I love how Dr. Sowell methodically explained the differences in cultural advancements among people groups and demonstrated why those occur. He did it in a fascinating way. He is truly gifted both with vision and communication. I love to learn and I felt like I was taking a very advanced level Humanities course. And yet, it wasn't boring, not even for a minute. I feel I have a greater understanding of the complexity of the challenges faced by people groups in certain parts of the world. And likewise, less tolerance for groups living in the midst of abundance yet refusing to help themselves. The benefit in that is that I will no longer kowtow to any form of destructive political correctness which has the unfortunate effect of harming African Americans. This man is brilliant. I just bought another of his books.

What other book might you compare Wealth, Poverty, and Politics to and why?

I've never read any book that compares with this. He is in a league of his own.

Which scene was your favorite?

Picturing the magnificent falls of Africa and the socially isolating challenges they cause to beautiful people living there.

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

No, for me, there was a growth process. As I learned about some of the geographic challenges faced by some, my mind was challenged to view some indigenous people groups differently. I believe I was changed.

Any additional comments?

I 'read' this on audio on my commute to work. The speaker had a very pleasant voice. I was actually very happy to discover he was the one reading my next audio book as well.

  • Rising to the Challenge

  • My Leadership Journey
  • By: Carly Fiorina
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Fiorina shares the lessons she's learned from both her difficulties and triumphs. Drawing on her experience as a pioneering business and nonprofit leader, a politically active citizen, and a parent, she diagnoses the largest problem facing our country today: untapped potential. Too often American men and women are held back by systems that prevent them from working and flourishing. Too many people lose hope for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must share book!

  • By Teresa Holman on 08-20-16

Great Bio about an Amazing Woman

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

If you could sum up Rising to the Challenge in three words, what would they be?

Courage, Vision, Stamina

What did you like best about this story?

Her openness about her personal struggle through the HP debacle, death of her daughter, and her commitment to labor both for her principles and family even while undergoing chemo. The woman is a true inspiration. If more people embodied the character Mrs. Fiorina has exhibited through hardship, the world would be a better place.

Any additional comments?

Well-written, easy to follow. I 'read' it in my car on audio. Clearly enunciated, pleasant voice, easy to listen to.