• 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 1,923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,723

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
  • Most important book of our generation

  • By Anonymous User on 05-09-18

Excellent analysis of our current state of affairs

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

This is a great book! It gives a thorough history of fascism and why it is a movement of the left. It shows the roots of this ideology in Italy, Germany, and yes, in America's progressive movement and Democratic Party. It shows how Mussolini and Hitler both used squads of thugs to terrorize their opponents on the way to power, and how the left in America is using these same tactics today.

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  • Out of the Ashes

  • Rebuilding American Culture
  • By: Anthony Esolen
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

It's not your imagination: civilized human society is collapsing. Communities no longer work toward a common good; children are no longer our first priority; businesses no longer value hard work; arts and skills have been lost; and gender is decided by the individual, not biology. We cannot reverse national and global trends, says professor Anthony Esolen, but we can build communities that live up to humanity's promise and responsibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligence, manly spirit, politically incorrect

  • By Thucydides on 06-05-17

Excellent diagnosis and prescription for America

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Anthony Esolen has written another excellent book about contemporary America. He is a keen observer of our society. He has a wondrous ability to drill down into the culture and diagnose what is wrong and the he offers real actions we can take to change the direction of our country.

Dr. Esolen is very knowledgeable about both Western Civilization and the role Christianity played in building it. As an English professor he is also well versed in literature. With his broad base of knowledge he sees right through the lies of progressivism that are infecting our culture today. He easily shows how traditional Christian values are superior and more in conformity with human nature than modern progressivism. He points out how the leftist way of life has been a cancer that has spread misery and a loss of real freedom throughout our land under the guise of "liberty".

This is a sobering book, but also a hopeful book. Before we can rescue our nation we must look at the existing problems honestly, and Professor Esolen has done this well, abandoning the shackles of political correctness. Yet he has done this in a reasonable, scholarly manner, not in a scolding manner.

My heart burned while listening to this book. I am going to buy the print version as well so I can refer to the various chapters more easily in the future.

If you care about America and its Jude's-Christian foundations, you will read this book.

  • The Plains of Passage

  • Earth's Children, Book 4
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 32 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960

Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback across the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe. To the hunter gatherers of their world - who have never seen tame animals - Ayla and Jondalar appear enigmatic and frightening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part IV of a great read

  • By Thomas on 01-21-11

Great continuation of the saga!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

I really enjoyed this book. Ayla and Jondalar continue their bonding as they journey from the Lion Camp of the Mammoth Hunters to Jondalar's home. They meet some new people along the way as well as some friends Jondalar met on his first journey. I really liked the sections where they were visiting people. Jean Auel has a great way of writing dialogue and portraying the inner thoughts of the characters. Some of the journeying parts dragged a bit, so I only gave 4 stars.

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,690

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

The Classic Tale comes alive with Tim Curry!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry the most enjoyable?

I can see why this story has become a classic. Dickens really captures the spirit of Christmas. He does an excellent job showing how being a miser has really made Scrooge unhappy, and how the people he initially considers poor fools (Bob Kratchit, his nephew Fred) really are happier than he is. But it is finally when he can put a face to those in need through Tiny Tim that Scrooge's heart melts and he turns a new leaf. Hearing this in Dickens' original language, and not just a screenplay adaptation, gave the story more depth. I could actually feel the rebirth Scrooge experienced when he woke up in his room on Christmas morning.

What does Tim Curry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have seen many adaptations of this classic tale, but never actually read the book until now. Tim Curry's narration is excellent. He really makes the characters comes alive. Each character has just the right accent, and his diction and cadence are great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me cry during the part when Tiny Tim's potential death is portrayed. It made me laugh and smile when Scrooge was "reborn".

Any additional comments?

Get this book and enjoy the story again, or really for the first time.

  • Defending Marriage

  • Twelve Arguments for Sanity
  • By: Anthony Esolen
  • Narrated by: Kevin F. Spalding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35

Here, Anthony Esolen, professor at Providence College and a prolific writer, uses moral, theological, and cultural arguments to defend this holy and ancient institution, bedrock of society - and to illuminate the threats it faces from modern revolutions in law, public policy, and sexual morality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and thorough discussion on the topic

  • By Terryn on 05-24-15

Excellent and thorough discussion on the topic

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

Would you listen to Defending Marriage again? Why?

Anthony Esolen presents a very coherent case in defense of traditional marriage. This is worth listening to again and again to make sure you have mastered the material. Mr. Esolen does this with a well-reasoned book that explores the logical conclusions that one must accept if one embraces the modern variations of marriage. He explains the unintended consequences of these variations, consequences that naturally flow from the policies being pursued. This requires deep thinking about the issues, and this is sorely needed in a society where too many people base their decisions on emotional appeals. This book helps the reader to consider the many aspects of marriage and its importance to children's rights and society.

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  • The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Earth's Children, Book 1
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,917

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the books so far

  • By Heather Auer on 09-08-13

Very enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 10-03-14

What made the experience of listening to The Clan of the Cave Bear the most enjoyable?

I found this book to be very enjoyable mostly because the author spent a lot of time in the minds of the characters, going through their thoughts and inner debates. I find this very interesting in a story. For example, I enjoyed the novelization of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith much better than the movie (which still was good) because it got into Anakin's head. In this book, you can really see what Ayla and the other characters are thinking, and that makes me bond with them more. I also liked the time spent just explaining how the people of this prehistoric time lived. I found it fascinating.

Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

Ayla, of course, is the heroine, and so I liked her the best. But I also liked Creb and Brun. They were both honest and virtuous. (I don't know if I spelled the names right, because I only know them from listening.)

Any additional comments?

I definitely plan on reading the other books in this series. This was a fairly long book, and so it took me about 3 weeks driving back and forth to work to get through it. When it was over, I found I missed it.

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  • A Father Who Keeps His Promises

  • God's Covenant Love in Scripture
  • By: Scott Hahn
  • Narrated by: Paul Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 197

In A Father Who Keeps His Promises, the popular Catholic apologist Scott Hahn focuses on the “big picture” of Scripture: God’s plan in making and keeping covenants with us throughout salvation history—despite our faults and shortcomings—so that we might live as the family of God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! Explains God's Love and Mercy.

  • By Rosanna on 02-11-13

Good introduction to the Old Testament

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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: 07-19-14

What did you love best about A Father Who Keeps His Promises?

Scott Hahn introduces the Old Testament by pointing out how it is the story of God's creation of man, his promise of salvation, and how despite man constantly straying from God through sin and infidelity, God always keeps his promise to man and stays with him.

What other book might you compare A Father Who Keeps His Promises to and why?

If you like this book, you will also like Peter Kreeft's "You Too Can Read The Bible". This book (Hahn's) focuses more on the beginning of the Bible and goes deeper here. Kreeft's book gives a brief overview of just about every book in the Bible, but not in as much detail. Both reveal underlying themes that made the Bible more understandable and meaningful to me, showing how history is really "His Story", the story of God's love for man, His invitation to eternal life, and what happens when we go astray.

Any additional comments?

This book would make an excellent companion to a Bible study on Genesis, Exodus, and some of the early books of the Bible.

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  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Western civilization has given us modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of law, a sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts we take for granted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and informative

  • By Michael Kellogg on 09-29-05

Enlightening history

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

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

I would highly recommend this audiobook. It gives plenty of examples of how the Catholic Church really changed the world. I am fairly well-read on Church history, but this book went deeper than my previous studies have and I learned quite a bit. In particular, the section on how the Church in Spain built the foundations for international law in response to the exploration of the Americas was fascinating. Popular culture today can't get beyond the Inquisition, which it blows out of proportion. This book shows how the Church actually built the ideas that eventually led to the idea of inalienable rights. It also shows how the Church developed economic ideas that led to modern Western economic freedom. This is a scholarly work that educates and debunks many myths.

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  • Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide II: Ruin

  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

The alien Yuuzhan Vong have launched an attack on the worlds of the Outer Rim. They are merciless and they stand utterly outside the Force. Even the Jedi are rendered helpless by this impervious foe, and their solidarity has begun to unravel. While Luke struggles to keep the Jedi together, Knights Jacen Solo and Corran Horn set off on a reconnaissance mission to the planet Garqi. There they uncover a secret that might be used to undermine the enemy - if only they can stay alive long enough to use it!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • too short

  • By Nunya' Bisness on 06-03-17

Fairly good story

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

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

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Star Wars. It continues the NJO series and finishes the Dark Tide duology.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have changed the wrap-up after the climax of the story. The wrap-up as written was unsatisfying, and disappointing after the good ending of the climax.

Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

Corran Horn is the star of this novel.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book showed the Jedi gaining some ground. it also showed the foolishness of trying to make premature peace with a warrior culture.

Any additional comments?

SPOILER ALERT:

I thought the introduction of the spores was an ingenious way to give the New Republic an upper hand over the Vong, but this storyline just dies in this novel. I also thought it strange that Corran Horn defeats his enemy, yet instead of getting a hero's welcome he is blamed for the Vong's deceit. I found this unsatisfying.

  • Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide I: Onslaught

  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

It is a perilous time for the New Republic. Just when unity is needed most, mistrust is on the rise. Even the Jedi feel the strain, as rogue elements rebel against Luke's leadership. When alien invaders known as the Yunnan Vong strike without warning, the New Republic is thrown on the defensive. Merciless warriors, the Yunnan Vong glory in torture. Their technology is as strange as it is deadly. Most ominous of all, they are impervious to the Force.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Feel like I've been ripped off

  • By Michael E French on 03-19-17

Good continuation of the NJO series

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

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

Classic moral myth.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anakin was my favorite character. He is being shaped to be the best Jedi of his generation.

What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The inflection, tone, and exclamations bring the story to life. Anthony Heald has narrated several SW books, and I became familiar with his style. He was like an old friend telling a story.

Any additional comments?

This book brings us deeper into the world of the Yuuzhan Vong. We begin to learn more about their culture, and how different it is from that of the New Republic. They seem very powerful and cruel, verging on the sadistic. But we see signs that they are not invincible. This is part 1 of a duology within the NJO series.

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