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  • American Pravda

  • My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News
  • By: James O'Keefe
  • Narrated by: James O'Keefe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 394

The one real difference between the American press and the Soviet state newspaper Pravda was that the Russian people knew they were being lied to. To expose the lies our media tell us today, controversial journalist James O'Keefe created Project Veritas, an independent news organization whose reporters go where traditional journalists dare not. Their investigative work - equal parts James Bond, Mike Wallace, and Saul Alinsky - has had a consistent and powerful impact on its targets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ten Reason to listen this book.

  • By Ron on 01-27-18

Good Story Great Content Very Well 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: 01-19-18

As a Conservative I found the content very well done. I could see that people from a different viewpoint will have a hard time with it however. It paints the acts of Project Veritas in a very positive light (which is to be expected from the author) and paints the people they expose to be acting in bad faith at best and criminal at worst. Aside form the politics the book is a great media drama. The things the undercover reporters have to do to get people to expose themselves make for a thrilling story in there own right and James can suck you into a point it almost sounds like a Spy thriller or crime novel.

But one of the points that surprised me most is that the author reads the book himself and its Great. I wish he would narrate other books as well But it seems he has a full time job that he finds rewarding. But he would make a great Narrator.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Forging

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 2
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,789

The second captivating installment of Aleron Kong's Chaos Seeds series. "We are life takers and heartbreakers," Richter shouted. "Let's go!" Richter and Sion are at it again! Even more of what you loved in the first book. Leveling, world building, awesome items, and what's that you say? Sure! Why not? What's a little necrophilia between friends? Join your favorite Chaos Seed as he answers the call of adventure and deals with the invaders, greedy dwarves, and a wood elf that keeps telling him he has a pretty mouth. Welcome back, my friends! Welcome back...to The Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you wanting more!

  • By Truffle on 06-21-17

I love this book

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Reviewed: 09-20-17

This book is great but it had cost me a lot of sleep I just had to finish it in one go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Democracy's Right

  • Democracy's Right, Book 1
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

A tyranny stretching over thousands of worlds. The grand dreams of the founders are a joke. The Thousand Families, the rulers of the Empire, care nothing for anything save their own power. From the undercity of Earth to the new colonies at the Rim, discontent, anger, and rebellion seethe, but there is no hope of breaking the power of the Empire and freeing the trillions of enslaved humans and aliens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A highly enjoyable listen that is recommended

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 09-01-17

Hit it out of the Park again

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Reviewed: 05-07-17

As with a good number of his books Nuttall has woven another great tail that left me listening well into the night and eyeing my budget to see I could spare some credits for the next ones

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Civilization Enigma

  • A New Inquiry into the Existence of Ancient Cities, Cultures, and Peoples Who Pre-Date Recorded History
  • By: Philip Coppens
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
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    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

Are history books giving us the whole story? Or is civilization far more complex and for older than we have been taught? Our school textbooks barely mention the 6,000-year-old Sumerian civilization, yet the latest archaeological findings at sites such as Jericho, and most recently, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, have been dated to 10,000 BC. Civilization goes back at least another 10,000 years, if we are willing to believe what our ancestors themselves claimed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Large parts of history are still unknown

  • By Joseph on 11-18-12

Large parts of history are still unknown

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

Reviewed: 11-18-12

Ok this is an odd book. Its one of the odd books about odd subjects that if you tried to just go out and tell others about they would give you a blank look and then slowly back away while checking your hat for tinfoil linings. That or they might think your incredibly dull and say 'that's nice dear' and ignore you.

The author brings up good points and states odd mysteries about the world we don't have good answers for.The problem comes in when he gives tentative answers for those problems we have no good answers for. He has a very well worked out chain of logic for his views but it seems a bit mythical.

I love the facts he digs up. He even is pretty good at telling you when he runs off on speculation and when he has a chain of proof but the entire book and a lot of the books the author writes are about the slightly strange areas of science.

This book specifically is about civilizations that didn't leave any useful written language carved into stone blocks buried in the desert. So the only traces we have of them are some really big rock formations, stories about how or what they were like from the civilizations that came after them, and religious texts that maybe up for interpretation.

This books tells how there are still things that are out there about our history that we don't know or may never know.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Icons of Evolution

  • Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong
  • By: Jonathan Wells
  • Narrated by: Barry Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Everything you were taught about evolution is wrong. In this shocking book, Berkeley-educated doctor of biology Jonathan Wells lets you in on scientific discoveries you won't learn about from college and high-school textbooks - and reveals a dirty little secret known only to some of his fellow biologists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific Debate

  • By Christoph L. on 02-25-15

This book isn't about creationism

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-12

This is one is that the books that you are a probably guess what's inside of it before you buy, but if the titles not quite clear enough. This isn't whether God created the world or anything. This is a bout the actual scientific pictures and icons that are taught in school about evolution are factually incorrect. It doesn't give you an alternative, well if they're wrong then it clearly means the other side's right. It's just saying what's wrong. It tries to remain as objective as it can on such a charge subject as evolution. So even if you're for evolution and against creationism or whatever. I suggest at least looking at this one because the facts in it are pretty sound well-documented and verifiable. It doesn't say one view is right over the other. It just says the straight facts.
Be warned, however it is slightly politically charged as the subject naturally will be and the author has had some bad experiences and has stories about other people's bad experiences when they were ostracized because of it.

31 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

Machiavelli's Grandson

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Reviewed: 07-17-12

This is an objective view on a political theory. This is why people rule or how to rule. This isn't whether a specific government is good or a specific government is bad. This is how all government generally works. And it doesn't matter whether it's a monarchy a democracy or theocracy or anything. It's a very comprehensive political theory and he gives exact examples of this is how it works. Ranging from small town mayor ships or small groups of people up into large countries both capitalist or communist.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Mormonizing of America

  • How the Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture
  • By: Stephen Mansfield
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
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    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Stephen Mansfield, the acclaimed New York Times best-selling author, has highlighted the growing popularity of Mormonism—a belief system with cultic roots—and the implications of its critical rise. Mormons are moving into the spotlight in pop culture, politics, sports, and entertainment via presidential candidates like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, media personality Glenn Beck, mega-bestselling Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, and The Book of Mormon, the hottest show on Broadway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Its pretty objective.

  • By Joseph on 07-17-12

Its pretty objective.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-12

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. I probably shouldn't comment on this book, but on the other hand, it's a free country. My initial reason for buying this book was morbid curiosity I originally had thought this book was going to be about politics. However, for the most part it's actually an overlook of the church itself. It does delve into a little bit of here's why the church is good. Here's why church the church is bad, etc. but it takes a pretty objective view and it brings up points I had never thought of. Or even heard of before. I highly recommend this book for anybody who just wants to know about the church without being preached to about the church. Kind of like a text book overview of the entire church that you'd find for a religious college course. On the technical note the author is incredibly engaging and it's fairly easy to just listen to it from start to finish in one go it is pretty entertaining honestly, even when it's brutal.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Cowards

  • What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say
  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

As we approach the most important presidential election in America’s history, something has been lost among all of the debates, attack ads, and super- PACs - something that Americans used to hold in very high regard: THE TRUTH. The truth can no longer be something we hope for; it must be something we live. When courage prevails, cowards do not - and this book was written to ensure that’s exactly what happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guess what... Its by Glenn Beck!!

  • By Joseph on 07-17-12

Guess what... Its by Glenn Beck!!

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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: 07-17-12

Here is the obvious two cents for anybody. This book is incredibly conservative or politically to the right. I've always enjoyed the author and have always enjoyed the subject matter. He covers quite a bit of politics but some fun science stuff towards the end. If you don't like Glenn Beck and if you're not politically conservative or libertarian then you probably won't like this book very much. However I suggest you read it anyway because he does make some really good points and the authors for the most part is very entertaining.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Harbinger

  • The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future
  • By: Jonathan Cahn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cahn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857

Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This will make you think

  • By Aaron on 11-08-12

Chill down your spine and no joke

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-12

This book. When you read it will leave you with chills it's one of the few stories that I'm never totally certain whether or not the author wrote it as fiction because he couldn't get it published as nonfiction, i.e. he actually had the stuff happened to him and he just couldn't publish it in the newspaper without people calling him a liar, or he's excellent author with a really good idea on how to draw people in.
It's quite frankly one of those odd stories that I suggest you reading it with an Internet browser open so you can Google whether or not the facts are correct and most the time, they are , which is incredibly creepy.
On a technical note, the narrator does an excellent job and the book is very well read. I had no problems listening to it straight through in one go.

  • The Tyranny of Clichés

  • How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas
  • By: Jonah Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Jonah Goldberg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

According to Goldberg, if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick liberals ever pulled was convincing themselves they’re not ideological. Today “objective” journalists and academics and “moderate” politicians peddle some of the most radical arguments by hiding them in homespun aphorisms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking and funny

  • By Christopher on 06-13-12

You can judge this one by its cover

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-17-12

This book is a good discussion on background clichés that form most of our life and culture. However I must warn you it is pretty politically conservative or American right. It tends to toward a preach to the choir style of book.
is a good, clean romp through what we take for granted. It discusses the background ideas that build everything that "we know" or talk about or all the small details that make up arguments that nobody actually makes.
The author is an excellent reader and makes the book a lot more interesting. It is however one of those books that you already know whether you like it or not. If you enjoy political conversations or talk radio or anything like that then you probably will like it. If you don't then you probably won't however it is good data that anybody can use. So I recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful