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Eric Renderking Fisk from The Fedora Chronicles

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There Is No Doubt - The Warren Report was fiction!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-13

What made the experience of listening to LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination the most enjoyable?

The word “enjoyable” might be the wrong word to use; the book is captivating and riveting but there are moments when you do have to stop listening to this book in shock and ask yourself… “Did I hear what I really heard?”

There were so many times after hearing this book for the first three times (each time I hear something new) that I’m just in shock and had to google some of the facts that have been presented and it’s all verifiable. The biggest shock of all is the fact that nobody remembers that LBJ was on the verge of being the subject of many investigations for corruption and lying. Another shocker are the numerous ties between Johnson and organized crime and big business that had a lot to lose if JFK pulled The United States out of Vietnam.

There’s also a cast of characters who worked with LBJ who benefitted from the assignation, too numerous to mention.

There are so many facts in this books that demand to be re-examined and digested by the American people.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite "character" is the author and narrator of the book who takes us on this voyage looking for the truth.

Have you listened to any of Fred Sanders’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

There are a lot of passages of this book that is very dry and nothing but facts and figures but Mr. Sanders keeps the listener engaged.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This book could not make a good movie - it would have to be a mini-series. No tag line is needed... the Title is enough.

Any additional comments?

This is one of several books on the topic that I've read but is the most definitive so far. I'm interested to see how this book will match up with Roger Stone's book; The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ

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The Shack audiobook cover art

I would return this book back in an instant!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-13

What would have made The Shack better?

I take issue with the question: That question implies that this book is actually worth saving.

What could Wm. Paul Young have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

As an avid reader since I was in the 6th Grade (I turn 44 this summer, do the math) I kept finding myself saying - "Daja Vu" again and again. There were too many times I felt as if I've read specific passages before.

The Shack is a blatant rip-off of books like "Communion: A True Story" by Whitley Strieber and Carl Sagan's "Contact." Just two to name a few. I've read other reviews by other readers who claim that they've read other "New Age" books that Wm. Paul Young must have borrowed material from, too.

"The Shack" seems to be a quilt of plagiarism.

What does Roger Mueller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There are some moments when I felt as if Roger Mueller is not reading a book to adults, but to children.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I had to read this book for a “Book Club” in a local church and this novel and other events made me rethink my participation in that organization and modern Christianity in general.

First, I have a serious problem with “God” being a stereotype for Aunt Jemima. The way this book depicted “God” as “Papa Elouis” and as a back home deep-south Black Cook and house keeper were both insulting, or that description was a “Two For One” insult. There was something so inherently racist about that depiction that I’ll leave for the reader to discover… to their own shock and horror.

Second, there’s serious problems with the Theology of this book that directly conflicts with the Bible. The Shack makes the case that God loves everyone, from the man who kidnapped, raped and murdered the main character’s daughter, to the main character himself… and everyone else who has lived and will ever live on Earth. God is “quite fond” of all of His Creation.

Fact is, “God” doesn’t love everyone of “His/Her” children as the bible clearly states. Right off the bat, in the Book of Genesis; God does not respect Cain’s tithe or donation. Why? Only God knows.

In Romans 9:13 – “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” Why? Literally only God knows the real reason despite some theories that state that Jacob in fact represents the nation of Israel and Esau might represent the nation of Edom… regardless it says that God simply hates some people simply because he does since he knows that person’s true heart.

So according to "The Shack" the bible is wrong? God also loves unrepentant child molesters, unrepentant murders, unrepentant rapists, unrepentant thieves and liars, and unrepentant tyrannical leaders responsible for Genocide?

Three: God can’t do anything for these unrepentant sinners until we, their victims forgive them. God can’t do anything for the killer and rapist of the main characters daughter until the main character “releases” the aforementioned degenerate.

Fourth – The main character of this book is Mackenzie Allen Philips and the name God goes by is “Papa.” This book was published around the same time as the actress Mackenzie Phillips admitted that she had consensual and incestuous sex with her father, Papa John Phillips of the “Mamas and Papas” – you mean to tell me that’s some kind of coincidence? I think it’s a sick joke by the author played on the reader...

Any additional comments?

If Audible would simple delete this book from my library and give me a credit for another book I would be delighted.

Also, I noticed that the "version" I bought back in May 2011 is not for sale anymore while there's a newer version that was released 07/09/2013 - Why?

The version in my library is "8 hrs and 31 mins" long. The new version is "9 hrs and 14 mins" - What's with the 43 minute difference?

I can't help but feel a little ripped off and cheated - not by Audible but by the people who released this audio book. Is there new material that says, "Yep, this is all bunk?" Is there an interview with the author who explains the serious issues with this book?

Never before have I wanted a refund this badly.

So funny, it kept us up all night!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-12

What did you love best about Not Taco Bell Material?

If you grew up during the 1970???s and 1980???s and you also come from a dysfunctional family, you???re going to relate to this book. While this book is about Mr. Carolla???s personal experience it???s really about us; our crazy friends who could be certifiable and institutionalized, under-achievers in high school or college and wake up realizing that we deserve more out of life and work harder and smarter to get it, not letting setbacks get the best of us.

Adam Carolla???s ???Mandate ??? GET IT ON??? mantra and this book has done more for people like us than any motivational speaker ever could because he???s been there and done ???it;??? he made something of himself after starting with literally nothing. Obviously he had some laughs along the way ??? but at times this is a genuinely serious book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Not Taco Bell Material?

One of the most memorable moments of ???Not Taco Bell Material???? For me personally it was staying up all night with my wife listening it. I like to actually listen to audio books while I try and fall asleep, but this kept waking me up laughing. I suppressed a laugh that was so intense, I bruised a rib and almost dislocated my shoulder. My wife asked me; ???What???s so funny.??? Now??? that???s not actually part of the book ??? that???s a memorable moment of me reading it. Does that count?

An actual memorable moment of the book itself? The descriptions of Adam???s life while growing up in the 1970???s and 1980???s that brought back a few memories of my own.

Which scene was your favorite?

Oh, Geezus ??? any portion of the book when Mr. Carolla chronicles his misadventures with his friend, Ray. Literally laugh out loud funny. Other than that, it???s hard to pick out a favorite ???scene.??? The entire tone of the book ??? while being perfectly immature, sophomoric, justifiably misogynistic, and often genuinely disgusting during small stretches ??? is consistent. While it???s based on the true misadventures of his life, it???s the perfect masculine version of ???summer reading.???

Any additional comments?

There are rants that Mr. Carolla indulges in that aren't included in "the book book." If you're a genuine fan of the hard-copy of this book, you need to also listen to this version to get the whole "Not Taco Bell Material" experience.