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  • Hard Times

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Hard Times is Dickens's most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrind’s own children have been so educated and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only the travelling circus company of Sleary seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very glad I kept going!

  • By Bonny on 03-01-16

Third Time

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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: 11-01-18

Dickens best book and that's a fact. Facts are Facts and that is a Fact.

  • Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

  • By: Edward Steers Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Coon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad nor alone in his act of murder. He received the help of many, not the least of whom was Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, the Charles County physician who has been portrayed as the innocent victim of a vengeful government.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific listen.

  • By Alan on 02-07-13

Fiction/Nonfiction <br />

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I pride myself in knowing all about Lincoln and the needless Civil War he perpetrated at every junction of it. It still haunts us today and probably will die with our country, but to add untruths about him and his assassination is near sacrilege. This is the age though of changing history to make a dollar. Stick with true historians and ask yourself if he really freed blacks in this country. If your answer is yes, then you are not black.

  • The Final Mission of Extortion 17

  • Special Ops, Helicopter Support, SEAL Team Six, and the Deadliest Day of the US War in Afghanistan
  • By: Ed Darack
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

The downing of Extortion 17 spurred a number of conspiracy theories, such as the idea that the shootdown was revenge for bin Laden's death. In The Final Mission of Extortion 17, Ed Darack debunks this theory and others and uncovers the truth behind this mysterious tragedy. His account of the brave pilots, crew, and passengers of Extortion 17 and the events of that fateful day is interwoven into a rich, complex narrative that also discusses modern joint combat operations and the history of the Afghan war to that date.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great piece of literary work

  • By DPI on 02-07-18

I Ask Myself Why

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I remember being notified of this tragedy of tragedies and saddened beyond comprehension. When the country loses seasoned warriors it is a punch in the gut as combat soldiers like this takes 10-15 years to produce. We have lost so many SEALS this past ten years and other spec op personnel, but do not walk away from this book thinking the last several chapters are gospel as it has been sanitized as Americans are not privy to the truth and we no longer have journalists that follow up on tragedies such as this. The author makes it look like the Chinook is the helicopter to go with and it was in 69, but even then we would shy away from it for hot zones and still beyond belief that we still use them today. I do not like the authors insistence that it was a lucky shot that took down 17 as I believe its a relatively easy shot along with over-dependence on UV electronics. We are also using SEALS in areas they do not belong and the Pentagon might want to take a second try at a replacement for the Chinook as your first try surely flopped or get the Hueys out of mothballs. The Chinook always was for transport but surely not of souls. I listened to the book but as expected learned little, other than a whole lot of reasons we should not be in Afghanistan in any role. My condolences to the family's and what we lost is not worth 1000 Afghanistan's.

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  • The Testament of Mary

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,421

Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from a non believer...

  • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

From Mary to the World

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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: 10-02-18

I cannot say enough about Meryl but can say more about a woman that changed the world. Jesus was a true prophet and the last to walk on the earth. Through listening to this you will understand Pain of the Holy Mother and the Love of this world and will listen to it time after time, as I believe Meryl was full of the Holy Spirit when she read. A great listen for faiths that deny the Trinity.

  • No God but One: Allah or Jesus?

  • A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity
  • By: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Narrated by: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,097

On account of the superficial points of agreement between Islam and Christianity, many don't see how tremendously deep the divides between them really are, and fewer still have considered the evidence for each faith. How is jihad different from the Crusades? Can we know the life of Jesus as well as the life of Muhammad? What reason is there to believe in one faith over the other, and what difference can the Gospel really make?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a very thought out, & insightful book

  • By R.C. on 06-03-17

ONLY THROUGH HIS SON

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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: 09-10-18

Can you imagine the fear that would go through a young mans head wanting to convert from Islam to Christianity and we all know they are real bonafide fears. This book he shares his journey and points out the differences although he plays with words at times, but the cause of this is that fear still guides many facets of his life which is understandable. I give him credit for making the move and thank him for pointing out to Muslims the difference between two very different religions.

  • The First Frontier

  • The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America
  • By: Scott Weidensaul
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Frontier: the word carries the inevitable scent of the West. But before Custer or Lewis and Clark, before the first Conestoga wagons rumbled across the Plains, it was the East that marked the frontier - the boundary between complex Native cultures and the first colonizing Europeans.Here is the older, wilder, darker history of a time when the land between the Atlantic and the Appalachians was contested ground - when radically different societies adopted and adapted the ways of the other, while struggling for control of what all considered to be their land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen

  • By Acteon on 07-02-14

If Only<br />

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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: 09-04-18

What if American kids and most adults knew our history began 15,000 years ago? What if they knew that America was very active in the 1600s when the original Amish settled Pennsylvania and let the Indians slaughter them rather than lift a hand in defense. What if blacks knew long before they were slaves American Indians served that exact purpose and it was from their labors that the Plantation System started. What if American kids knew of the King Philip War? Our history is rich with barbarism 400 years before Washington and what if you were to find out that American Indians were not reasonable at all when it came to land usage. They slaughtered thousands in Pennsylvania taking advantage of a people that found even defending their families was sinful and of course that was the Amish. I have just skimmed over the first several chapters of this eye opening book but believe me when I tell you American maps might not look like they are today if it were not for gunpowder and guns and the Western philosophy of if I am standing on 300 acres then I must own it and of course I mean the Imperialistic English who always had their hands in the mud and blood.

  • The Rapture

  • Christianity's Most Preposterous Belief
  • By: Dr. Chuck Missler
  • Narrated by: Ken Miller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104

There continue to be many questions concerning the "Rapture" of the Church and its apparent contrast with the "Second Coming" of Jesus Christ. Where does this strange view come from? Is the term "rapture" even in the Bible?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-29-17

Good Hypothesis But Not True<br />

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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: 08-25-18

I listened to it twice as the rapture is Jewish dogma gone astray and the author tries to lead Christians down the wrong path using the rapture and Daniel to blaze the trail for him, but book was thought provoking but again, there is no rapture and the transition after death is instantaneous as Jesus said it on the cross and that's enough for me.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,870
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,874

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of your time. Keeps dragging

  • By Anne Banks on 11-10-18

Commentator Made the Book

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This was such a goofy story line and maybe it was the first book after the Outsiders, as anybook after that one surely would be mediocre.

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  • The Doomsday Machine

  • By: Daniel Ellsberg
  • Narrated by: Steven Cooper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising insider's account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy - and renewal under the Obama administration - threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high-level access to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Insider Story

  • By Terry Masters on 12-07-17

A Traitor In Any Country

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Elsberg in 1776 would have been executed. While serving my country he betrayed it and my brothers who were willing to die for it. The disdain and contempt has not mellowed us but in this tedious listen you still maintain the mouse of a man you surely are. History will always have your name next to Benedict Arnold's and the profits gained through this book should be donated to " Wounded Warriors." Sadly, there are folks around that believe that you are noble and I only put my opinion on record as I know and remember you as you are and one day you will be judged.

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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,140

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre

  • By erin george on 10-03-18

The First

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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: 06-21-18

I have read all of Steves books and up until this one I never really liked his books. I know the rest of the world does not agree with me, but on this book, he moves into a class of authors such as Dickens. It was that good.

0 of 11 people found this review helpful