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  • Folks, This Ain't Normal

  • A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
  • By: Joel Salatin
  • Narrated by: Joel Salatin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381

From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awakened me from my ingnorance

  • By matthew on 05-27-12

I agree with 90%.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Would you listen to Folks, This Ain't Normal again? Why?

Yes, I really like Mr. Salatin's message.

What other book might you compare Folks, This Ain't Normal to and why?

There are many, Eat, Run, Sleep by Scott Jurek, Omnivores dilemma,

Have you listened to any of Joel Salatin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Yes, my one complaint is why the heck does Mr. Salatin bash America so much? This is the country that gave him the freedom to complain. Some of Mr. Salatins fact's are fake news. He's totally clueless to the water problem here in Atlanta, Ga. Completely wrong about how Europe compares. Mr. Salatin must have never visited Paris, France. What a dump. Plus, many of the countries he fantizies about are either socialist or communist. Also, China still has brown outs from pollution. I really just don't understand why he would fantize about these countries when the facts couldn't be farther from the point he's trying to make.

I do like the way he farms. I do like all the weak points in our food system he points out, but I think he's a bit wacky as well.

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  • You Don't Lose 'Til You Quit Trying

  • Lessons on Adversity and Victory from a Vietnam Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient
  • By: Sammy Lee Davis, Caroline Lambert
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

On November 18, 1967, Private First Class Davis' artillery unit was hit by a massive enemy offensive. At 21 years old, he resolved to face the onslaught and prepared to die. Soon he would have a perforated kidney, crushed ribs, a broken vertebra, his flesh ripped by beehive darts, a bullet in his thigh, and burns all over his body. Ignoring his injuries, he manned a two-ton Howitzer by himself, crossed a canal under heavy fire to rescue three wounded American soldiers, and kept fighting until the enemy retreated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read! Awesome Man

  • By ken on 12-19-17

Great read! Awesome Man

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Would you consider the audio edition of You Don't Lose 'Til You Quit Trying to be better than the print version?

Wouldn't know?

What other book might you compare You Don't Lose 'Til You Quit Trying to and why?

Any other personal development type book.

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

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

Cry, well there was certainly dust in my car or somethings a couple of times in the book.

Any additional comments?

My only wish for the Vietnam Vet's is that I wish they would not have listened to those that asked them not to attack those in America that spit on them when they came home. It should have been a full on go! I think it back fired on the military and empowered the hippies even more. The hippies of the time even seem proud of their actions today. No combat vet should ever be spit upon or have things thrown at them, and especially they should NEVER be ordered to not defend themselves. I don't care what the T.V. cameras would have shown, these are warriors not wuss's like the people that gave them the orders to do nothing......HUGE regret, and I'm sorry when I came back from war if someone were to spit on me I wouldn't of held back like Mr. Davis and his fellow soldiers did!

  • Augmented

  • Life in the Smart Lane
  • By: Brett King, Andy Lark, Alex Lightman, and others
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

The Internet and smartphone are just the latest in a 250-year-long cycle of disruption that has continuously changed the way we live, the way we work, and the way we interact. The coming Augmented Age, however, promises a level of disruption, behavioral shifts, and changes that are unparalleled. While consumers today are camping outside of an Apple store waiting to be one of the first to score a new Apple Watch or iPhone, the next generation of wearables will be able to predict if we're likely to have a heart attack and recommend a course of action.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All Headlines

  • By Stephen D. Brown on 10-18-17

What a disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No I would not. This book was to make believe and fairy tale - ish. The book tries to quote "Moore's" law as fact and it's nothing more than an opinion that has been proven incorrect for the last several years in a row.

What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'm good with speculating what we can augment in our day to day lives with technology but I don't like scare tactic's nor false data. I also don't like how the book states what the Internet can and can't do when today the Internet is turning into a dump. Darpa should have never released so much control of the Internet. There is sooooooo much front loading of websites it pathetic. And for ISP's to falsely say we need more and more bandwidth is just irresponsible.

What aspect of Steven Jay Cohen’s performance would you have changed?

His whole conspiracy theory voice drove me nut's! Especially when he's pushing unknown facts. I wish they would have had someone narrate the book who spoke in a normal voice. His whisper just made the book sound like a make believe journey or something.

Do you think Augmented needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes absolutely. Website frontloading need's to be addressed. So many people have no idea what I'm talking about. They naively think when they type in www.whatever.com that they're going straight to that website. Sheez what a joke, today on average over 200 things get loaded down through your web-browser before you ever get to the website.

We also need to prosecute companies that get hacked. Experian is in the news currently. I'm sorry but their executive team needs to go, this is their 2nd or 3rd hack in so many years. You cannot tell me that their IT staff hasn't been warning them and they took the risk. Well they need to be held accountable.

Any additional comments?

Yes, please push for a browser that can dump front loading, data tracking, etc. Let it be easily user configurable. Explain the "dark web" to folks, explain TOR and the like.

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  • Tough as They Come

  • By: Travis Mills, Marcus Brotherton, Gary Sinise - foreword
  • Narrated by: Travis Mills
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 214

Thousands of soldiers die every year to defend their country. United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was sure that he would become another statistic when, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was caught in an IED blast four days before his 25th birthday. Against the odds, he lived, but at a severe cost - Travis became one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive a quadruple amputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Just wow.

  • By Maxwell Benn Coleman on 08-20-18

Great Book! A must read!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Where does Tough as They Come rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top! SSG Mills is awesome! This just goes to show yes the WWII generation was great, but so are the millions of soldiers who have came after them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

SSG Mills of course. SSG Mills exemplified courage, grace, dignity, leadership, parent hood, and more.

What about Travis Mills’s performance did you like?

SSG Mill's performance was just explaining what he's been through. And Wow, most folks don't survive what he has, just an incredible person.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How he handled his wife and child after his injury. And how he is moving forward with his life. Just awesome!

Any additional comments?

Yes, SSG Mills, you sir are an inspiration to us all. Drive on Soldier!

  • Cyberspies

  • The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage
  • By: Gordon Corera
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

As the digital era becomes increasingly pervasive, the intertwining forces of computers and espionage are reshaping the entire world; what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now affects us all. Corera's compelling narrative takes us from the Second World War through the Cold War and the birth of the Internet to the present era of hackers and surveillance. The book is rich with historical detail and characters as well as astonishing revelations about espionage carried out in recent times by the United Kingdom, the United States, and China.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One in a Million

  • By CJA on 10-15-16

Good Story terrible Narrator.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

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

I like how the book started with crypto from WWII, but I didn't like nor appreciate the British slant. I respect the British, I think they have done a lot of good, but I'm sorry America has done a TON of good as well. In fact if it wasn't for America there would be no England and they all would be speaking German right now.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoy the technology. And the sticky subject of handling cyber crime. In the near future we as the United States are going to have to put our BIG BOY pants on and truly address phishing, cyber crime, email privacy, etc.....

Would you listen to another book narrated by Gildart Jackson?

No.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Do you know where your data is?

Any additional comments?

Decent book, I did not appreciate the narrator trying to give Britain the credit for computing nor the Internet. Sorry guy, but the Internet was created by the U.S. Government and it started out as Arpanet. Get over it! And sorry again, Robert Metcalfe invented most of the things your also trying to steal credit over, this got very old in the book.

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  • Democracy

  • Stories from the Long Road to Freedom
  • By: Condoleezza Rice
  • Narrated by: Grace Angela Henry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans. In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Case for Democracy

  • By Jean on 05-18-17

Thought I was going to like this book, NOT!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Would you try another book from Condoleezza Rice and/or Grace Angela Henry?

No! I thought this would be an intelligent book about US Democracy and not race. Geez!

Has Democracy turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

Would you be willing to try another one of Grace Angela Henry’s performances?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Democracy?

Stick to Democracy!

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time.......

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • ISIS: The State of Terror

  • By: Jessica Stern, J. M. Berger
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

The Islamic State, known as ISIS, exploded into the public eye in 2014 with startling speed and shocking brutality. It has captured the imagination of the global jihadist movement, attracting recruits in unprecedented numbers and wreaking bloody destruction with a sadistic glee that has alienated even the hardcore terrorists of its parent organization, al Qaeda. Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger, two of America’s leading experts on terrorism, dissect the new model for violent extremism that ISIS has leveraged into an empire of death in Iraq and Syria, and an international network that is rapidly expanding in the Middle East, North Africa and around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope the current administration is reading this

  • By Jonathan Love on 04-01-15

ISIS = COWARDS!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

What did you like best about ISIS: The State of Terror? What did you like least?

The confirmation of what we've heard reported to us about the who, what, when, where, how about ISIS. It seemed to get lost the fact that these cowards always want to use armed force on unarmed people and call that terror. It's not terror, it's cowardace at it's best.

Would you recommend ISIS: The State of Terror to your friends? Why or why not?

I don't know, there wasn't anything earth shattering in the book that most people don't know already if you pay attention to the news.

Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Kinda,

Did ISIS: The State of Terror inspire you to do anything?

Inspire me to do anything? I'm already a Gulf War Vet, and I long before this book came out had to resist the urge to re-enlist to go fight these crazy people some more.

Any additional comments?

I wish the people that wrote this book, the news media, and all these scholar's would adjust their stance just alittle bit and let's work on turning the tables on all these crazy Islam people by reporting the fact's. When we capture one of their cowards, we feed them, cloth them, let them follow their religion, etc. God forbid if we make them wear funny clothes, or take funny pictures of them or don't let them get enough sleep or pray to mecca on time. However when they capture one of our soldiers/citizens they rape them, torture them and yes wait for it BEHEAD them.

We need to do better in the media about this crazy difference. Our supposedly scholars need to get a grip and correctly identify this and address it instead of giving in to them. This non-sense of "wack-a-mole" and "splintering from over whelming force" bull.

We need to hunt these coward killer's down and address them. We need to make all Islam people accountable! Period. You don't hear of any other religion beheading "non-believers" at all. And this crap about the "Crusades" ya right do your homework who were the Christian's fighting and why?? Yep you guessed it radical Islam......

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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters audiobook cover art
  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

  • 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know
  • By: Meg Meeker
  • Narrated by: Cecelia Riddett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than 20 years' experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman's relationship with her father is far more important than we've ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father's attention, protection, courage, and wisdom. Dr. Meeker shares the 10 secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life - and his own - for the better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Daughter means everything to me, now I know why

  • By Paul on 09-23-09

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

Would you listen to Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters again? Why?

Yes, in a second! I loved this book. Dr. Meeker really pours her heart and soul into this book. It is very well thought out, very well written, and hit's home very well.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that Dr. Meeker herself is a parent, a daughter, a doctor, and explained so many scenario's that us Dad's go through and gives such profound advice. And not just from an academic point of view. Dr. Meeker uses academic's, experience in real life and also experience from her Medical practice.

Have you listened to any of Cecelia Riddett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not yet, no.

What did you learn from Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters that you would use in your daily life?

I would have to say it confirmed what I believe mostly. Always put God first, then family, and to always listen and stay engaged with your children.

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  • Beyond Good Intentions

  • A Journey into the Realities of International Aid
  • By: Tori Hogan
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Young and idealistic, Tori Hogan travels to Kenya as an intern for Save the Children, intent upon doing her part to improve the lives of refugees. But the cynicism of a young African boy changes Tori’s life and sets her on a course to reconsider everything she thought she knew about helping those in need. Years later, Tori returns to Africa and embarks on a journey through Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, searching for the truth about what does and does not work in international aid.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time!

  • By ken on 05-02-14

Don't waste your time!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

Would you try another book from Tori Hogan and/or Robin Miles?

Never!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was fine, it was the content that sucked!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beyond Good Intentions?

Just too much to list.

Any additional comments?

When I bought this book I was expecting so much more than just someone whinning about America GIVING food and money to a Country much older than America and should be much much more established. America has given Billions of dollars in aid to Africa and now according to this author they(Africa) want's to DICTATE to those countries giving it aid how and what to give? Are you kidding me! Yes we should teach the less fortunate how to fish instead of just giving them the fish, but no way in heck do you have the right to tell someone or a country how and what to GIVE you. What kinda of a "special" moron are you? Geez, then to re-patriot these folks to America, WHY in the sam hill would we do that? I/We fought for what America is today and now you just want to give it away? Like heck! Author is just TOTALLY clueless to the WORLD!

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  • Face the Music

  • A Life Exposed
  • By: Paul Stanley
  • Narrated by: Paul Stanley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069

In Face the Music, Paul Stanley - the co-founder and famous "Starchild" frontman of KISS - reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize. Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest, upfront reflection - well worth your time

  • By Stephanie on 04-19-14

Great Read!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

What made the experience of listening to Face the Music the most enjoyable?

I used to listen to Kiss along time ago. Over the years I've always keep them within ear shot but never really a hard core fan. This book was awesome in explaining the band's trials and tribulations. I thought it was very respectful to all the band members and Paul doesn't brag on himself, in fact he really strived to create just the ultimate band.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Face the Music?

The common theme of just trying to make good music and be a complete band.

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