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  • America

  • Imagine a World Without Her
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder? Or is America still the hope of the world? New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza says these questions are no mere academic exercise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We can think for ourselves

  • By score bags on 06-21-14

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

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Very interesting and educational, although I don’t agree with the authors views it was great to listen to the arguments and historic perspective, in some chapters D Souza goes out of his way to be thorough and even makes an attempt to present a balanced point of view. Unfortunately in others chapters he sounds too much like Donald Trump, his anti-Obamanism really gets to a point of being childish and unrealistic, chapter 14 almost discredits the whole book, bending the facts and stating things that simply aren’t true. But, after all, it kept me interested the whole time, and I do recommend the book.

  • The Next Decade

  • Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going
  • By: George Friedman
  • Narrated by: Bruce Turk
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

In The Next Decade, George Friedman offers readers a pro­vocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immedi­ate future. Using Machiavelli’s The Prince as a model, Friedman focuses on the world’s leaders - particularly the American president - and with his trusted geopolitical insight analyzes the complex chess game they will all have to play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jaw-dropping apolitical analysis

  • By Michael on 01-31-11

You'll end up smarter just by reading it.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-14

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I first read The Next One Hundred Years; I thought that the exercise of trying to look so much into the future was too speculative. The Next Decade is, in my opinion, a much better book and given that some of the predictions of the author are already happening, the Russian annexation of Crimea as an example, this book is becoming scarily accurate. More than a futurist book, the author really understands geopolitics and his premise of recognizing that the US is, for all intended purposes, an empire is dead on. He explains the appropriate strategies the US would be wise to follow and gives us a glimpse of what past administrations have done to manipulate other countries into rivalries and alliances with the objective of maintaining balance, the book is not about right and wrong but about what works for maintaining a strong position in the world.

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  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Western civilization has given us modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of law, a sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts we take for granted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and informative

  • By Michael Kellogg on 09-29-05

Only for the very devout.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-13

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The author obviously decided that enough criticism and negativity was already printed on the Catholic Church as to not waste time doing more of the same, what came out is a very well researched book aimed at proving a point, unfortunately it’s so biased and unbalanced that it’s completely ineffective. It focuses exclusively on the exceptions then aggrandizes the credit of the Church and ignores the “gorilla in the room’’ the church-monarchy-empire system of which the church was always both an accomplice and a parasite. At the end it won’t change anyone’s mind; if you’re a devout Catholic, you’ll love it; if you’re a history professor, you’ll probably hate it.

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  • The Social Animal

  • The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 944

This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!

  • By Pamela Harvey on 03-13-11

InsInsightful and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

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There is a lot of current information in this book, the author brings in the results of behavioral studies that are often surprising and sometimes contradict what one would (wrongly) assume. I learned a lot by listening to this audiobook and was entertained at the same time, what more can you ask.

  • A Life of Unlearning

  • One Man's Journey to Find the Truth
  • By: Anthony Venn-Brown
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

This is a story about living your truth, embracing who you are and living the life you were meant to live. Whether you're gay or straight, a Christian or a non believer, you'll find relevance in Anthony's tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By David on 11-24-06

Very educational and very honest.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-12

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Is Christianity more valid than mythology? Didn’t the Bible start as an oral tradition? Ignoring these and many other questions is what we westerners tend to do; we still conform to superstition and traditions as if there were facts. The author dares to show us unapologetically how he preached these beliefs vehemently and without regard to the havoc that they play in many people’s lives and, in this case, in his own life. The intimate look into the internal drama of trying to get rid of his homosexuality using any means available, natural or supernatural, even going thru an exorcism and reparative therapy without any success. The detail and the depth of the narration surprised me as the author doesn’t intend to be liked or if he does, did not achieve it, until the very end.
I finally ended up grateful to him for having written the book, it took guts to be this honest.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful