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Preston K. Rankin

BLYTHEWOOD, SC, US
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  • Ty Cobb

  • A Terrible Beauty
  • By: Charles Leerhsen
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Ty Cobb is baseball royalty, maybe even the greatest player who ever lived. His lifetime batting average is still the highest of all time, and when he retired in 1928, after twenty-one years with the Detroit Tigers and two with the Philadelphia Athletics, he held more than ninety records. But the numbers don't tell half of Cobb's tale. The Georgia Peach was by far the most thrilling player of the era: "Ty Cobb could cause more excitement with a base on balls than Babe Ruth could with a grand slam," one columnist wrote.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must for baseball fans!

  • By Ryan Silvis on 12-23-15

Absolutely Enthralling!

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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: 08-29-17

What a joy, especially in today's world, to have the truth told rather than simply perpetuating the myth. It is a wonderful experience to feel some greater passion and compassion as well as a touch of joy for getting this better glimpse into the phenomenon that was Ty Cobb. Excellent job sir!

  • Memorial Day

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,045

It's just seven days before Memorial Day, and a spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it's up to counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp to pull out all the stops. Rapp immediately leaves for Afghanistan, where he leads a special forces unit on a daring commando raid across the border into a remote Pakistani village. Their target: an al-Qaeda stronghold. Rapp and his team soon discover plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington, DC.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ditto on the High Fives!

  • By Phyllis on 03-06-11

Excellent

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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: 08-16-17

Guidall is the best and Flynn nailed it with this one. I am thoroughly enjoying the series.

  • Kill Shot

  • An American Assassin Thriller
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,530

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Early days of Mitch Rapp better than a new series

  • By OldRetiredGuy on 02-10-12

Great Story

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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: 07-29-17

I thoroughly enjoyed all of Brad Thor's work and now I'm getting a great charge from the terrific work of Mr. Flynn.

  • American Assassin

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,152

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world...and then tragedy struck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty Questions

  • By Toulon Belle on 11-22-15

Excellent!

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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: 07-25-17

I delayed a long time in getting around to Flynn's work. I can say immediately that while I'm glad there is more to read I am sad that Vince is gone.

  • 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 20,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,112

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
  • Better than the real thing

  • By Andrew George on 05-30-08

Terrifying!

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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: 07-18-17

the simple potential is utterly terrifying in every aspect. there are no words to express the horror that would come from this world.

  • The Vision of the Anointed

  • Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 368

In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes, but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've ever listened to...

  • By Dan on 07-29-14

Thomas Sowell does it again

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-17

I have said it before and I reiterate that this volume should be required reading in every high school civics or social studies class in the nation.

  • The Liberty Amendments

  • Restoring the American Republic
  • By: Mark R. Levin
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp, Mark R. Levin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

Mark R. Levin has made the case, in numerous New York Times best-selling books - Men in Black, Liberty and Tyranny, and Ameritopia - that the principles undergirding our society and governmental system are unravelling. In The Liberty Amendments, he turns to the founding fathers and the constitution itself for guidance in restoring the American republic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We need to enhance the Constitution

  • By Herb on 11-10-13

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-17

Mark Levin is both a scholar and a patriot. This roadmap for amendments in a convention of states is fantastic!

  • Anthem

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795

“It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil.” Deep issues of conscience are explored in Ayn Rand’s dystopian tale of a man who dares to fight against a system that invades his very mind and identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Anonymous User on 06-28-17

terrific story

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-13-17

Rand nailed the individual and freedom. I only lament her insistence that those with faith don't understand or embrace it.

  • All It Takes Is Guts

  • A Minority View
  • By: Walter E. Williams
  • Narrated by: Peter Kjenaas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

This is a collection of Walter Williams’ essays, drawn from his syndicated column. Williams writes with brilliant clarity––and he doesn’t mince words. He destroys a number of prevailing myths, such as economic and social disparities being the result of racism and economic sanctions punishing the South African blacks more that the whites. Williams explains why the nature of congressmen is not to act in the national interest and shows how government regulations hinder rather than help the disadvantaged.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Greg on 02-08-12

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-12-17

Mr. Williams is brilliant. We need more of this thought. What will coming generations do without this truth.

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  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,756

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fountainhead

  • By Zachary on 06-04-10

Awesome! Loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I found this to be every ounce as enjoyable as Atlas. It is perhaps strange to some that while I do not share in Rand's disdain for faith I find her insight into freedom refreshing even so many years after its publication. In my mind this is a testament to the immutable character of absolute truth.