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William R. Toddmancillas

Chico, California United States
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  • Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide

  • By: Cass R. Sunstein
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

With an eye toward the past and the future, Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide considers a host of actual and imaginable arguments for a president's removal, explaining why some cases are easy and others hard, why some arguments for impeachment have been judicious and others not. In direct and approachable terms, it dispels the fog surrounding impeachment so that Americans of all political convictions may use their ultimate civic authority wisely. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview of Impeachment

  • By William R. Toddmancillas on 02-19-19

Excellent Overview of Impeachment

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Narration: Clear and nicely paced.

Content: Clear explanations of the historical bases of impeachment, its complicated definition, and the mechanics of effecting impeachment as a constitutional check on civil servants abuse of power (with the removals by the Senate serving as the check mate).

Includes many interesting historical examples and respectfully considers all points of view.

Highly recommended.

  • The Good Nurse

  • A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
  • By: Charles Graeber
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Nurse gets it right

  • By jc on 05-28-13

Excellent Nurse Killer Expose

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

Narration:
Young, clear voice.
I think the narration would have been a bit more interesting if the voice had been deeper.
The pace and modulation are good. Overall, clearly understandable narration.

Content:
Fascinating account of nurse-killer, but one who was not killing for the sake of mercy. Very scary.
For years I used Sissela Bok's "Lying" as a text in my interpersonal communication courses. She condemns the diabolically unethical practice of hospitals pawning off with favorable recommendations incompetent physicians on other hospitals. Here is a true-life story of what happens in consequence of that misfeasance. I suppose these hospitals do this to avoid law suits. The c-s bastards. I would hope this book gives hospitals pause. In fact, after reading this book I wonder if some of the surviving loved ones can still sue. I hope so.

  • To End a Presidency

  • By: Laurence Tribe, Joshua Matz
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser, Laurence Tribe - preface
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

The history and future of our democracy's ultimate sanction, presidential impeachment, and a guide to how it should be used now. To End a Presidency addresses one of today's most urgent questions: when and whether to impeach a president. Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz provide an authoritative guide to impeachment's past and a bold argument about its proper role today. In an era of expansive presidential power and intense partisanship, we must rethink impeachment for the 21st century.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Primer on Impeachment and our Present Dilemma

  • By J.B. on 05-20-18

Impeachment Explained Objectively

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

Narration: Clear and a bit slow, but speed conducive to thoughtful reflection and full understanding.

Content: Thorough, Informative, Useful explanation of what impeachment is and what it is not. This is an objective appraisal, useful for all citizens regardless of party affiliation. I found the last chapter concerning polarization sobering and of concern to all of us.

Highly recommended.

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  • The Case for Impeaching Trump

  • By: Elizabeth Holtzman
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Elizabeth Holtzman has been a principled leader and a persistent voice for equality and accountability since she became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in 1973, which she remained for 42 years. The Case for Impeaching Trump establishes the requirements for impeachment as set out by the Constitution and proves that President Trump’s actions have already met those requirements. Holtzman makes the definitive, constitutional case that Trump can be impeached - and the process should start now. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Title says i all

  • By William R. Toddmancillas on 02-12-19

Title says i all

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Narration: Clear and well paced.

Content: Definition of impeachment clearly defined and disturbing list of Trump's possible violations is more extensive than most of us can imagine. And Trump has the temerity to assert investigation is not necessary. This man is by any definition, clinical or otherwise, a crook and a sociopath.

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  • In the Enemy's House

  • The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies
  • By: Howard Blum
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

In 1946, genius linguist and codebreaker Meredith Gardner discovered that the KGB was running an extensive network of strategically placed spies inside the United States, whose goal was to infiltrate American intelligence and steal the nation's military and atomic secrets. Over the course of the next decade, he and young FBI supervisor Bob Lamphere worked together on Venona, a top-secret mission to uncover the Soviet agents and protect the Holy Grail of Cold War espionage - the atomic bomb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thrilling nonfiction title

  • By K. Masheter Deal on 03-13-18

Narration drags

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Narration: slow, cumbersome, boring.

Story: might be good story, but the narration is uninspiring. I'm returning this book.

  • On Progress During the First Two Months (May 7, 1933)

  • By: Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Narrated by: Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Franklin D. Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, served as the 32nd president of the United States. He was a compelling orator who inspired millions with his "fireside" radio speeches during the Great Depression of the 1930s and his wartime addresses to the nation in the 1940s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Banking Crisis Interventions Explained

  • By William R. Toddmancillas on 01-30-19

Banking Crisis Interventions Explained

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Narration: Garbled. Am returning. Can't something be done to enhance quality of speech. Is an important one.

  • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

  • A True Story of Injustice in the American South
  • By: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham - foreword
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes and the legally condoned failures that allowed it to happen. Balko and Carrington will shine a light on the institutional and professional failures that allowed this tragic, astonishing story to happen, identify where it may have happened elsewhere, and show how to prevent it from happening again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book - sheds light on horrific injustice

  • By A. Mackenzie on 03-16-18

Unique, Excellent Innocence Project Accounts

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Narration: Clear, nothing fancy, just simple, clear, understandable enunciation. Hence, very good.

Story: Unbelievable travesties of justice. Shameful. How can Mississippians hold their heads up while allowing such legally sanctioned inquiquities?

I found the detailed explanation of the rife between coroners and medical examiners fascinating. Who would have thunk?

  • Rampage

  • MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila
  • By: James M. Scott
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The 29-day battle to liberate Manila resulted in the catastrophic destruction of the city and a rampage by Japanese forces that brutalized the civilian population. Landmarks were demolished, houses were torched, suspected resistance fighters were tortured and killed, countless women were raped, and their husbands and children were murdered. American troops had no choice but to battle the enemy, floor by floor and even room by room, through schools, hospitals, and even sports stadiums. In the end, an estimated 100,000 civilians lost their lives in the massacre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TRUE CRIME OF PURE HELL

  • By Steve Horwitz on 12-18-18

Manilla Massacre

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Narration: Clear, but for heaven's sake: The Japanese general's name is pronounced "yah man SHEE ta"----not 'yah mash TAH." At the very least lone can expect the narrator to pronounce the principal's name correctly.

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  • Kill the Messenger

  • How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb
  • By: Nick Schou
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Gary Webb is the former San Jose Mercury News reporter whose 1996 "Dark Alliance" series on the so-called CIA-crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and led to his resignation from the paper amid escalating attacks on his work by the mainstream media. Author and investigative journalist Nick Schou published numerous articles on the controversy and was the only reporter to significantly advance Webb's stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Veronica on 09-29-16

What happened to Gary Webb?

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Narration: clpear and slightly supercilious

Content: excellent killing the messenger example. Commendable laudation of heroic journalist.

  • In Bed with Susie Bright 595: Mayor Rob Ford and the Pussy Continuum

  • By: Susie Bright
  • Narrated by: Susie Bright
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Eating pussy, muff diving, and giving head are making headlines in Toronto recently. It's not about the sex shops; it's happening at city hall. Today, Susie talks about Mayor Rob Ford's sexual adventures up in Canada. Oh, it's not been pretty - he's in a bunch of trouble with his constituents as well as the press. Next, Susie looks at Google's decision to display warnings on some popular search terms - and there are 13,000 that qualify!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting issues, obnoxious narration

  • By William R. Toddmancillas on 01-16-19

Interesting issues, obnoxious narration

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Narration: obnoxious laughter and self-congratulatory oral smirking

Content: important issues marred by juvenile narration. Too bad.