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  • The Art of the Argument

  • Western Civilization's Last Stand
  • By: Stefan Molyneux
  • Narrated by: Stefan Molyneux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

The Art of the Argument shocks the dying art of rational debate back to life, giving you the essential tools you need to fight the escalating sophistry, falsehoods, and vicious personal attacks that have displaced intelligent conversations throughout the world. At a time when we need reasonable and empirical discussions more desperately than ever, The Art of the Argument smashes through the brain-eating fogs of sophistry and mental manipulation, illuminating a path to benevolent power for all who wish to take it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Verbose

  • By Bryan Schneiders on 12-21-17

Written in a manner that is cogent and piercing A+

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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: 10-13-17

The author's prose is such that it becomes easy to wrap your mind around the subject matter while building upon a strong foundation of definitions and examples. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,124

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

Great book via great 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: 10-04-17

Wonderful inflection narrated by Simon Prebble brings the emotion and thrill of Newspeak alive with vivid detail and horror.

  • Homage to Catalonia

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the P.O.U.M. militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, marred by narration

  • By Kirby on 02-02-13

Refreshing honestly about a subjective experience.

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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: 09-27-17

Orwell's frank honestly regarding his admittedly subjective experience is a refreshing read. The whirl of reality mixed with inopportune political paranoia turned everyone involved into one form of a liar or another. The humane comradery across enemy lines existed alongside the expected treachery of war.
This was an interesting glimpse into part of the forming of Orwell's life and mind.

  • 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 2,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,899

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not his best.

  • By smarmer on 02-23-18

The parallels are striking as history repeats.

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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: 09-01-17

It's no surprise that this work was produced at a time when the freedom of many 1st world nations are at their breaking point. Spread the word and inform the masses. I would also recommend the relatively short read "They Thought They Were Free."

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  • They Thought They Were Free

  • The Germans, 1933-45
  • By: Milton Mayer
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

First published in 1955, They Thought They Were Free is an eloquent and provocative examination of the development of fascism in Germany. Milton Mayer's book is a study of 10 Germans and their lives from 1933-45, based on interviews he conducted after the war when he lived in Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time might change ones behaviour pattern

  • By Robert on 07-15-17

Well put.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-17

An intriguing and eye-opening look from the "other" perspective, with familiar overtones seen especially today.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sword and the Shield

  • By: Christopher Andrew, Vasilli Mitrokhin
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 31 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

This book reveals the most complete picture ever of the KGB and its operations in the United States and Europe. It is based on an extremely top secret archive which details the full extent of its worldwide network. Christopher Andrew is professor of modern and contemporary history and chair of the history department at Cambridge University, a former visiting professor of national security at Harvard, a frequent guest lecturer at other United States universities, and a regular host of BBC radio and TV programs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book on the history of the KGB

  • By Clydene on 05-28-12

Great narration of immense information.

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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: 08-17-17

The sheer magnitude of Soviet involvement was well documented and relayed compellingly in this faithful work.

  • C.H. Spurgeon's Autobiography, Volume II

  • The Full Harvest
  • By: C. H. Spurgeon
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Throughout the autobiography, Spurgeon records those aspects of life that only an autobiography can: his family circle, the daily labor behind his public works, and the feelings which led him to resist the reformation of the Faith of the Churches. Above all, he records his experiences of God's grace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than just an autobiography

  • By Matthew on 12-03-11

A Wonderful Life

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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: 07-31-17

What an incredible life of opportunity and blessing Spurgeon experienced! His story is well crafted in narration by Robert Whitfield, whose other audio works are highly recommended.

  • Rediscovering Americanism

  • And the Tyranny of Progressivism
  • By: Mark R. Levin
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, Mark R. Levin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

In Rediscovering Americanism, Mark R. Levin revisits the founders' warnings about the perils of overreach by the federal government and concludes that the men who created our country would be outraged and disappointed to see where we've ended up. Levin returns to the impassioned question he's explored in each of his best-selling books: How do we save our exceptional country? Because our values are in such a precarious state, he argues that a restoration to the essential truths on which our country was founded has never been more urgent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good info, terrible performance

  • By David on 08-17-17

Deep and well written but lacking narration format

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Mark Levin delved deeply into the historic subject matter. Unfortunately the narration format was lacking in an important aspect: quotes.

Without a notable change in inflection or any mention of "quote / end quote" it was frequently very difficult to discern where a quote finished and the author resumed. Hope this is taken into strong consideration in future iterations by this audio publisher.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • C.H. Spurgeon's Autobiography, Vol. 1

  • The Early Years, 1834-1859
  • By: C. H. Spurgeon
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

At the age of 17, Spurgeon became pastor to a handful of believers at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, meeting in what had been a dovecote. Within five years, he had become the best-known minister in London. Two years later, following the Sepoy Mutiny, he conducted a service of national humiliation in the Crystal Palace that was attended by 24,000 people. But this volume is far from being a record of human fame and success....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just an autobiography

  • By Matthew on 12-03-11

Just wonderful.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-17

While quite lengthy a read/listen, this work was excellently compiled and written for the edification of anyone looking for information regarding CHS and the drive of his faith.

  • The Sovereignty of God

  • By: A. W. Pink
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 124

"Present day conditions," writes Pink, "call loudly for a new examination and new presentation of God's omnipotence, God's sufficiency, God's sovereignty. From every pulpit in the land it needs to be thundered forth that God still lives, that God still observes, that God still reigns. Faith is now in the crucible, it is being tested by fire, and there is no fixed and sufficient resting place for the heart and mind but in The Throne of God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic !!!

  • By Terry on 02-25-04

My brain constantly exploded due to its depth. A+

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-17

The incredible depth and clarity with which Pink communicates in this book is truly astounding.