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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 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679

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

What an eye opening book.

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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: 08-27-18

Sharyl did a great job pulling this book together. It shows that she is a very competent reporter. Doing actual research before she wrote. What a pleasant surprise compared to most of the news these days.

The subject is incredible. The degree of control that political and corporate interests control most of what we get from the news is somewhat terrifying. It is obvious that the all the news organizations are partisan today. The fine control over how that is used to both defend and protect criminal activity as well as to attack and destroy political opponents is staggering.

  • Six Frigates

  • By: Ian W. Toll
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders, particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams, debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BE ADVISED THIS BOOK IS ABRIDGED

  • By George Carpenter III on 09-11-08

My favorite history book. But one problem

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

This is my favorite history book probably because it got me restarted on reading history. The depth of the research that went into this book is outstanding. For me this has made Ian Toll my favorite history author.

But there is one problem with this book. Years ago I read this on paperback. But what that shows is how much this audio book has been abridged. There was no indication when paid a credit for the audio book that it was abridged. I expected to get an unabridged audio book. So for that reason only, I'm disappointed.

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  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,283
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,210

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

what a great story.

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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: 04-03-18

What a great story. I had not previously known much about Hamilton and this book really goes into depth. It is decidedly a pro Hamilton book. And it's what I was looking for as there is a good supply of the contrary view out there.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,758

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

This book is great fun

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

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

This book is great fun. Good guys and bad guys fighting each other, space travel, intelligent weapons, ray guns, strange aliens, attitudes and nobility. What more could you want.

Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favorite?

There are only 2 main characters. An army corporal promoted to colonel and a million year old hyper inteligent AI/beer can. Lots of fun.

  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,053

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My kinda founding father...mostly...

  • By Brad Barker on 06-08-13

The life of a truly great man.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

If you could sum up Benjamin Franklin: An American Life in three words, what would they be?

facinating, motivating, illuminating

What other book might you compare Benjamin Franklin: An American Life to and why?

None. His story is unique. He is kind of like the Zuckerberg of his age.

Any additional comments?

I've been on a roll with history books. This one is unique because "War" was a comparative sideline to Franklin's story. It really dove into his values and how he did or did not apply them throughout his life. I really recommend this book as a window into early american history.

  • Big Potential

  • How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being
  • By: Shawn Achor
  • Narrated by: Shawn Achor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

In a world that thrives on competition and individual achievement, we are measuring and pursuing potential all wrong. By pursuing success in isolation - pushing others away as we push ourselves too hard - we are not just limiting our potential, we are becoming more stressed and disconnected than ever. In his highly anticipated follow-up to The Happiness Advantage, Achor reveals a better approach. Drawing on his work in 50 countries, he shows that success and happiness are not competitive sports.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and empowering!

  • By Carolyn Wiezorek on 02-11-18

Just not my cup of tea

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-18

My sister recommended this book very highly. But... it's just not my kind of book. Seems like a statement of the obvious to me.

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  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42,427
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,607

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

best Sci Fi I've heard or read in a long time

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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: 01-23-18

best Sci Fi I've heard or read in a long time.
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  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,813
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,707

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

The best Sci Fi book I've read in a long time

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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: 01-17-18

The best Sci Fi book I've read in a long time.

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  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,470

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story all should know, not all can endure

  • By Daniel on 12-19-11

Great material and research. kind of a core dump.

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Great material and research. Kind of a core dump of very good information. There was an excess of facts to keep up with that made it less entertaining. On the other hand his research into the how and why the growth of human population progressed and why there are so many econimic disparities between the races is exemplary. This is a must read for history buffs. if you are looking for a entertaining story look elsewhere.

  • The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

The word "barbarian" quickly conjures images of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan. Yet few people realize these men belong to a succession of nomadic warriors who emerged from the Eurasian steppes to conquer civilizations. It's a part of ancient and medieval history that's often overlooked, but for an accurate view of how the world evolved, it's essential. Covering some 6,000 miles and 6,000 years, this eye-opening course illuminates how a series of groups pushed ever westward, coming into contact with the Roman Empire, Han China, and distant cultures from Iraq to India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than You Ever Wanted to Know re Steppe Nomads

  • By Christopher on 09-25-14

Awesome story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-17

great story lots of good content. Glad I went through it all.

but. It's kind of a fire hose of information. And I really would have liked to have maps to look at