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V. Davis

Chattanooga, TN
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  • The Deep State

  • The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government
  • By: Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by: Brian O'Neill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Mike Lofgren is back with a book perfectly pitched for the frenzied circus of the primaries. His argument this time is that for all of the backstabbing and money grubbing of the campaign season, the politicians we elect have as little ability to shift policy as Communist party apparatchiks. Welcome to Mike Lofgren's Washington, DC - a This Town where the political theater that is endlessly tweeted and blogged about has nothing to do with actual decision making.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great survey of our currently dysfunction

  • By Jim D. on 02-16-16

the best book ever

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-18

this book is the cure for the twisted ideologies that the cripple modern america today.

  • Absolutely Fabulous

  • Four BBC TV soundtrack episodes
  • By: Jennifer Saunders
  • Narrated by: full cast, Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Patsy and Edina are in full swing in these four BBC TV soundtrack episodes: 'Fat'; 'Birthday'; 'Death'; and 'Happy New Year'. Starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, with Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and others. Duration: 1 hour 40 mins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love me some ab fab and that require form a word w

  • By V. Davis on 10-12-18

love me some ab fab and that require form a word w

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Reviewed: 10-12-18

it 😍 absolutely fabulous and it 😍 you Jennifer Saunders and you Joanna lumley life

  • Tailspin

  • The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall - and Those Fighting to Reverse It
  • By: Steven Brill
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America's Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change. At once a diagnosis of our national ills, a history of their development, and a prescription for a brighter future, Tailspin is a work of riveting journalism - and a welcome antidote to political despair.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shorter would have been Better

  • By Joseph on 06-12-18

compelling as hell and scary

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

in the beginning I didn't think it was going to be hard heading enough but by the end it was quite frightening an excellent read

  • America: The Farewell Tour

  • By: Chris Hedges
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

America, says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a quite good book

  • By V. Davis on 09-27-18

a quite good book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I'm not so sure though, about all the sex chapters I think the stuff he was talking about where people are cheering on, you know, women being hurt badly during sex and laughing about it I do find that to be disturbing and problematic but me and my girlfriend were raised in the era before porn was big and we were both quite kinky on our own and I don't think it's ever been a problem for us. other than that I thought the book was great and I agree with almost everything. furthermore I'm able to admit that I could be wrong about the psychic cost we may be paying for our desensitization.

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  • On the Trail of the Assassins

  • One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy
  • By: Jim Garrison
  • Narrated by: Mark Kincaid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Almost 50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his murder continues to haunt the American psyche and stands as a turning point in our nation’s history. The Warren Commission rushed out its report in 1964, but questions continue to linger: Was there a conspiracy? Was there a coup at the highest levels of government? On March 1, 1967, New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison shocked the world by arresting local businessman Clay Shaw for conspiracy to murder the president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectaculars

  • By C. Andrews on 01-05-17

one of more entertaining Kennedy books

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-18

it is read well and I think it really shows the intricacies of Garrison's investigation quite well there are other better books JFK and the Unspeakable and Destiny betrayed second edition to name just two but this is a really good coming together of circumstances good book good premise read well research well will leave you smarter

  • The Brothers

  • John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the backdrop ofAmerican culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cold war and intrigue - who could ask for more

  • By Angela on 10-26-13

amazing and perfect foil for Talbot' s devil's che

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Reviewed: 12-15-16

really an excellent book a standout performance and one of the great introspective, thought provoking final chapters ever... a brilliant AND touching call for reflection, sadly not the average American's strong point but it can and should change. "if the answer isn't to look in yourself how is it that you expect to find it anywhere else? " Immortal Technique

  • Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition

  • JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case
  • By: James DiEugenio
  • Narrated by: Paul Neal Rohrer
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

If you enjoyed the chilling experience of In Cold Blood and were at the edge of your seat while watching Oliver Stone’s JFK, you’ll love this investigative look into all the facets of one of the top conspiracies of the 20th century and beyond. DiEugenio, who has spent decades researching the Kennedy assassination, takes both an analytical and conversational approach to his fascinating exploration of the pivotal historical events and scandals surrounding that day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Essential Book but Narration Almost Ruins it

  • By Nathan D. Backlund on 09-20-16

worst narrator EVER

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

my god this is easily the best book ever written on the garrison case but this narrator's put on accents and whatnot are simply unlistenable. It is far and away the worst narration I've ever heard of the twenty plus audible titles I own, I wish I could give negative stars or at least zero... this degenerate Scumbag has ruined, absolutely, unequivocally RUINED my favorite book of the last five years. I'd sooner go to the dentist than listen for one more minute.

  • A People's History of the United States

  • 1492 to Present
  • By: Howard Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
  • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,427
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Amateur hour in the production booth

  • By Thomas on 11-09-10

one of these great nonfiction works

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

this truly is one of the great books of all time, I've read it twice but it's so! important that I want to b be able to quote pages at will so now I'm listening to it too, if you haven't experienced this book then you owe it to yourself and to society to do so. the guy reading ain't great but the recording hiccups others mentioned haze clearly been fixed as there is no banter between orator and engineer, and the level is consistent... dude just doesn't have a great voice is all... boy to hear Zinn himself read this would be nirvana...

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  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Microscopic View

  • By Sara on 10-23-14

must read... I just wish there was more about the

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Reviewed: 09-22-16

war itself. but insofar as how the mother scratching thing got started in the first place....this is THE book