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  • Outrage, Inc.

  • How the Liberal Mob Ruined Science, Journalism, and Hollywood
  • By: Derek Hunter
  • Narrated by: Derek Hunter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

From Derek Hunter - one of the most entertaining political writers today - comes an insightful, alarming look at how progressives have took over academia, pop culture, and journalism in order to declare everything liberal great, and everything great, liberal. Progressives love to attack conservatives as anti-science, wallowing in fake news, and culturally backwards. But who are the real denialists here? There are three institutions in American life run by gatekeepers that have stopped letting in anyone who questions their liberal script: academia, journalism, and pop culture. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spot On!

  • By Tresda on 07-28-18

Polemics as art

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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: 07-25-18

Derek does a great job dragging out, lining up, and identifying corpses in the Culture War brought by the collectivist/PC/Progressive left who claim to be some kind of political center. Given that we are a nation founded with a Constitution specifically designed to thwart their assault on humanity in the very name of humanism, and protect the economic engine that has made them so well off they can hack away at it with rhetoric and initiative with relative impunity, the left need exposing. Mr. Hunter gets it done while expressing true pathos for those left, right, and center who are, too often literally, maimed, wounded, or even killed by the lies of the left. Even moreso, he sounds alarm and invites refugees who, if they come from the indoctrination mills, can see the truths herein and come out of that regressive anti-American, anti-human, anti-anything-not-hard-left-and-leaning-further mess that is the American left.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Tycoons

  • How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
  • By: Charles R. Morris
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123

Acclaimed author Charles R. Morris vividly brings these men and their times to life. The ruthlessly competitive Carnegie, the imperial Rockefeller, and the provocateur Gould were obsessed with progress, experiment, and speed. They were balanced by Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought, instead, for a global trust in American business. Through their antagonism and verve, they built an industrial behemoth - and a country of middle-class consumers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book wrong title

  • By Hectoris on 10-06-16

Exceptional work - both writing and reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Mr. Morris' narrative style and deep research give Ida Tarbell her due while demonstrating the real miscreant's misinformation. A thoughtful visit to the titans of US industry with a thorough examination of the times. Struggling often to explain the increased productivity and lower cost of American labor, Morris would do well listening to a Larry Arnn lecture on American Exceptionalism - free people are more productive than owned "workers" in socialist and monarchist Utopias. Liberty's blessings also explain the readiness of European labor to emmigrate for worse living conditions and lower pay far better that Morris' labored explanations. A bit light on the expose of Progressivism by name; in fact and with figures, Morris shows the tragedies of the travesty and introduces us to some of the fallacious ideology's original True Believers in their element. Ending with an extensive expose of Taylorist pseudo-scientific management that is well-penned if a bit myopic, Morris misses that the true horrors of elitist management theory lives and devours men routinely even today. All told, a great page-turner and educational tome that goes on the Required Reading List for my school.

  • Washington's Immortals

  • The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution
  • By: Patrick K. O’Donnell
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

In August 1776, a little over a month after the Continental Congress had formally declared independence from Britain, the revolution was on the verge of a sudden and disastrous end. General George Washington found his troops outmanned and outmaneuvered at the Battle of Brooklyn, and it looked like there was no escape. But thanks to a series of desperate rear-guard attacks by a single heroic regiment, famously known as the Immortal 400, Washington was able to evacuate his men, and the nascent Continental Army lived to fight another day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Robert Everman on 04-26-16

Great men - and women - Great Read!

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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: 06-27-18

Well-researched and told of lives well lived. Intimately personal and tactical while sweepingly strategic and globally geo-political. Should be in any anthology of Revolutionary War literature.

  • The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn

  • An Untold Story of the American Revolution
  • By: Robert P. Watson
  • Narrated by: Bob Hess
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war, the derelict ship, the HMS Jersey, was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the British or accused of disloyalty. Crammed belowdecks - a shocking 1,000 at a time - without light or fresh air, the prisoners were scarcely fed food and water. Disease ran rampant, and human waste fouled the air as prisoners suffered mightily at the hands of brutal British and Hessian guards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Big win! Well researchedcand written

  • By David on 06-21-18

Big win! Well researchedcand written

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Mr. Hess' reading is artfully done, but whomever did the mix-down failed miserably ar transitions, making obnoxious patches and incongruent comnections in the track that distract a listener.

Mr. Watson is due praise for his reccunting of a horrific portion of our great nation"s history.

  • The Great Revolt

  • By: Salena Zito, Brad Todd
  • Narrated by: Bob Hess
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Standout syndicated columnist and CNN contributor Salena Zito, with veteran Republican strategist Brad Todd, reports across five swing states and over 27,000 miles to answer the pressing question: Was Donald Trump's election a fluke or did it represent a fundamental shift in the electorate that will have repercussions - for Republicans and Democrats - for years to come.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By Tresda on 05-20-18

Trump happened. We had to look out of our bubble.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

First, Bob Hess, yours is a masterful bit. Spot-on delivery is deadpan yet elicits pathos with simple, effective timing and artful enunciation. Bravo!

Salena and Brad get props for their far-right-wing (read: centrist or just-left-of-center viewpoint) expose of the people who dared vote against the inevitable. They rightly do demonstrate that "the populists" are different from the usual conservative voter, but their characterization of middle-America as a swaying voter mass seeking something they can believe in between a right-wing Republican party represented by the likes of corporatist/globalist Mitt Romney and Progressive John McCain as opposed to an equally-legitimate DNC in the image of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary/Bill/Barack (Progressive totalitarians all) is indicative of their deeply-ingrained indoctrination. To have gone to the Rust Belt, interviewed a few stiffs, heard their rants and concerns, and written nicely about them yet missed who they (We, The People) are is predictable. To have data sets acquired by political operatives intent on cracking the code for the next power grab is wonderful for you, I'm sure. Good. Keep trying to classify folks and enable the leftward-ratcheting of the political landscape. It is working so well for you. All that artful (really - kudos!) writing and money spent and expansion of your precious carbon footprint for the travel and production surely have enlarged your appreciation that there are really real human people out tgere. I'm glad you were welcomed in Flyover Country, and wish you well. We are not swaying wheat in the wind of the "inevitable" Darwino-Marxian societal evolution your professors taught you to bank on. We still stand right where we always have been. Right of center between Tyranny on the left and Anarchy on the right, caring for neighbors but preferring to be left alone. Third Way Progressives or US-based globalist Social Democrats fighting over who gets to be tyrant are voted against, and many if us will not show up to vote for "lesser-of-two-evil" totalitarians. Trump was elected by anti-collectivist middle-of-the-road brown-paper-bag Americans who naturally despise elite do-gooders, corporatists, and opportunists. Nice book. We know who and where you are, but for all your Herculean efforts actually visiting diversity instead of just claiming you know it because of someone you went to school with, you still do not seem to fathom those with whom you spent so much time. Moments of candor: 7 out of 10 points - losses for fully-understandable misinterpretation/misunderstanding. Stephen Keating's architecture exhibited in jounalism: 8 of 10. Thank you for not bashing the giants you interviewed and on whose shoulders we all stand.

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  • Ancient Mesopotamia

  • Life in the Cradle of Civilization
  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Amanda H. Podany PhD
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Mesopotamia is the ancient name for the region that is now Iraq, a remarkably advanced civilization that flourished for two-thirds of the time that civilization has existed on Earth. Mesopotamians mastered irrigation agriculture; built the first complex urban societies; developed writing, literature, and law; and united vast regions through warfare and diplomacy. While civilizations like Greece and Rome have an unbroken tradition of written histories, the rich history of Mesopotamia has only been recently rediscovered, thanks to the decipherment of Mesopotamia's cuneiform writing less than 200 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating, informative, an amazing experience.

  • By GNG on 06-18-18

Professor Podany Makes it Real!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Hard-evidence-based research and understanding complemented by an artful, conversational deilvery made this an entertaining as well as educational escape to the very-relevant past. Brava, Professor!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Missing Microbes

  • How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
  • By: Martin J. Blaser
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin J. Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome, where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances-antibiotics-threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening and information well supported

  • By James on 05-03-15

Shut up and talk microbes

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Dr. Blaser, your research on microbes is interesting, I'd say groundbreaking. It would be cool to listen to you speak, as you have compelling research to share. Compelling, but you yourself claim you get too many yawns. Your killing mice is sad, but not nearly as pitiful as your proudly flaunting an almost inexplicable ignorance of good scientific research being done on climatology and our origins. Almost inexplicable - except that you carry an advanced degree from and practice research at indoctrination mills, you have held a post in that bastion of corporatism and the best "science" lobbyists for the likes of Monsanto, Pfizer and other Big-Progressive one-worlders can but, the CDC. Darwinism is a problem. He was mad at his dad. and that hurt his objectivity. Drop Darwin. Drop the fantasies about this "Billions-of-Years-Old-Earth" That is not science. If someone btought the evolution myth to your lab with all of its lack of proofs and missing parts, you would rightly run them out for fear of cross-contamination, Groupthink, or guilt by association. Science is repeatable, but you've been told thar before. Stop leaning on junk "science". You have something important to say. Micribiome Alarmism is a thing. Global Warming was a hoax. Connecting your research to this power and money grabbing hyperbole explicitly AND in rhetorical style utterly deflates your baloon. Flat out. Speak about the antibiotics, the missing microbiota, the effects. Leave the lies to the media and Al Gore. Could'a been a great read. Well written. Poisoned by lazy we've-always-believed-this-way funding-friendly pop-pseudo-science. Less Stephen Keating and more the Martin Blaser who actually cares about people and science, please?

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  • The Way of the Wilderking

  • Wilderking Trilogy
  • By: Jonathan Rogers
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Rogers
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
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    5 out of 5 stars 50
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    5 out of 5 stars 50

When Aidan Errollson returns home to Corenwald after three years in the Feechiefen Swamp, he is shocked to discover a newly formed party known as the Aidanites. They believe the ancient Wilderking Chant makes reference to Aidan, and that he is destined to overthrow the tyrant, King Darrow. Aidan has no intention of leading any rebellion. However, as Corenwald weakens and the Pyrthen Empire threatens to invade, it seems that the Aidanites may be the only army the Corenwalders have left.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wishing for more

  • By K. Lynn on 11-13-17

Ended too soon!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Mr. Rogers' contribution to American literarture shoild be rewarded with Pulitzers and Best-Seller listings. Well played!

  • The Secret of the Swamp King

  • Wilderking Trilogy, Book Two
  • By: Jonathan Rogers
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Rogers
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58

Aidan is living in the court of King Darrow. He has become best friends with Darrow's son Steren, and he enjoys great favor among the courtiers. But King Darrow's suspicion is growing, and his insecurity causes him to hate the young man who saved his kingdom. Concerned about his king's spiral into ever-darker moods, Aidan asks what he can do to help. Darrow sends him on an impossible adventure to the recesses of Feechiefen Swamp, thinking he is sending Aidan to his death. After all, no Corenwalder has ever returned from Feechiefen alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great continuation of the first book!

  • By Eric Gutierrez on 08-14-18

Another outta-the-park hit!

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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: 05-27-18

Jonathan Rogers' rehash/convolution-from King David's tale continues to thrill and elicit pathos for his characters. He owns the art of story-telling without resorting to illicit props like foul language or lewd or grotesque descriptives. OK, there is just enough munching on swamp critters to keep a boy flipping pages looking for the next gem. But all with great concern for God, family, virtue, and stewardship of this amazing planet granted to us for this life. May blessings abound for writer and reader and listener alike.

  • The Bark of the Bog Owl

  • The Wilderking Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Rogers
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Rogers
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107

12-year-old Aidan Errolson, comes from a long line of adventurers. His grandparents were among the first settlers of Corenwald's Eastern Frontier. His father had been one of the kingdom's greatest warriors. Aidan, on the other hand, lives the quiet, comfortable life, of a nobleman's son. He never has any real adventures, and that, he believes, is the one great injustice of his otherwise happy life. All that will change the day he first hears the bark of the bog owl, and meets Dobro Turtlebane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By ncmomof5 on 08-20-17

A medieval kingdom in the 'Bama bayou?!!

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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: 05-24-18

A brilliant elaborative rehash of David and Goliath, with a swamp critter and massive ex... But no spoilers here. Nicely written and told. A page-turner with a plot line and wholesome thematic elements that do not rely on cheap props like foul language and "adult situations". One caution holds in that the novel depicts and celebrates a twelve-year-old boy making a rash decision to disobey.