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  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents

  • From Wilson to Obama
  • By: Steven F. Hayward
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Academics, journalists, and popular historians agree: our greatest presidents are the ones who confronted a national crisis and mobilized the entire nation to face it. That’s the conventional wisdom. The chief executives who are celebrated in textbooks and placed in the top echelon of presidents in surveys of experts are the bold leaders - the Woodrow Wilsons and Franklin Roosevelts - who reshaped the United States in line with their grand “vision” for America. Unfortunately, along the way, these “great” presidents inevitably expanded government - and shrank our liberties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it

  • By Jkc-007 on 02-15-17

INOT BAD BUT I TAKE POINTS OFF FOR LYING ABOUT

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I take some stars off for lying about the constitutionality of Bush ..
can you believe this author gave Bush a B plus for his constitutionality rating?!?!
BUSH THE GUY WHO RAISED REGULATIONS AND TAXES. BUSH WHO GAVE US A MEDICAID EXPANSION ...MEDICAID D I BELIEVE ...BUSH THAT LITERALLY BROUGH US BAILOUTS OF BIG CORPORATIONS LEADING TO THE TOO BIG TO FAIL DOCTRINE OBAMA JUST EXPANDED AND USED TO URINATE OVER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, SMALL BUSINESS AND COMPETITION IN GENERAL.
BUSH THE NATION BUILDER...THE CONSTITUTION S FOUNDERS ... WASHINGTON BELIEVED THAT THE NATION SHOULD ALLOW OTHER NATIONS TO GOVERN THEIR OWN AS THEY WOULD...THAT AMERICAN BLOOD WAS TO BE SHED ONLY IN THE MOST RARE CONDITIONS AS TO DEFEND AMERICAN INTERESTS. WE COULD HAVE SIMPLY DROPPED BOMBS, KILLED HUSSEIN AND LEFT THAT PLACE... YES THE VACUUM WOULD HAVE BEEN FILLED BY SOMEONE UNSAVORY BUT AT LEAST THEY WOULD RESPECT OUR POWER WHI CH IS ALL ANY LEADER IN THAT REGION IS CAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING.... AND THEY'D REMEMBER...BOMB THE US AND LOSE 1000 TIMES THE SOLDIERS AND UR OWN LIVES AS THE LEADERSHIP AS WELL...AS REAGAN DID WITH IRAN. THE WAR IN IRAQ IN FACT SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST INCLUDED SAUDI ARABIA, SEEING THAT THE FUNDING FOR 911 CAME FROM SAUDI ARABIA AND MOST OF THE HIJACKERS WERE FROM SAUDI ARABIA....OH WE COULDNT DO THAT BUT FOR THE BUSH OIL INTERESTS AND A VENDETTA AGAINST HUSSEIN FOR DADDY BUSH.
I BELIEVE IRAQ // AFGHANISTAN WAS A BUSH ATTEMPT AT MAKING AN EXAMPLE FOR THE SAUDIS TO SEE ... AND IT FAILED... THE WAR WASNT THE BAD CALL AS THE WAR BILL PASSED BOTH HOUSES... THE BAD CALL WAS NOT ADDRESSING THE TRUE PROBLEM...RADICAL / ORTHODOX ISLAM, SAUDI ARABIA, AND STAYING AFTERWARDS WITHOUT EVEN TAKING PROPER COMPENSATION FOR OUR AMERICAN BLOOD SHED ... EACH FAMILY THAT LOST A SOLDIER SHOULD HAVR RECEIVED AT LEAST 10 MILLION DOLLARS AND NOT HAVING TO PAY TAXES FOR LIFE, EXTENDED TO THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY.
INSTEAD, WE STILL DO BUSINESS WITH THE HATEFUL SHAHS , MULLAHS AND HATEFUL LEADERSHIP IN SAUDI ARABIA, IRAN, ETC ...
BUSHBAMA WERE SHAMEFUL PRESIDENTS...THE MOST ELITIST, FECKLESS ONES OF THEIR OWN...
BARBARA BUSH SAID IT BEST WHEN SHE ACCIDENTALLY TOLD JEB.." WEVE HAD ENOUGH BUSHES IN THE WHITE HOUSE..." BASICALLY CONCEDING THAT HE SHOULDNT RUN.
AT LEAST ONE BUSH ISNT COMPLETELY FULL OF SHHHHHIIIIITTTT

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  • Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump

  • By: Dan Bongino, D.C. McAllister, Matt Palumbo
  • Narrated by: Dan Bongino
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 848

The comprehensive story of how the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton campaign, and foreign entities tried to sabotage the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeptical at Second #1 but a Believer at Second #2

  • By Darryl on 10-09-18

amazing the truths that you need to find in a book

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

this book is def not fake news
congrats dan
and btw Leo is a dbag

  • The Most Dangerous Branch

  • Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution
  • By: David A. Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and dozens of their law clerks, Kaplan provides fresh details about life behind the scenes at the Court. Kaplan also presents a sweeping narrative of the justices’ aggrandizement of power over the decades - from Roe v. Wade to Bush v. Gore to Citizens United, to rulings during the 2017-18 term. But the arrogance of the Court isn’t partisan: Conservative and liberal justices alike are guilty of overreach. Challenging conventional wisdom about the Court’s transcendent power, The Most Dangerous Branch is sure to rile both sides of the political aisle. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking!

  • By carol utsunomiya on 02-25-19

FOOLISH /

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

This man knows both much and little of the constitution. Kaplan knows plenty of quasi facts but also has no common sense For instance, he claims that textualism and originalism/constructionism are antiquated ways of observing the constitution / Bill of Rights, and would keep us as a society in the '18th century' … This on face value may seem reasonable but upon deeper rendering it would be foolish to ignore that the founders have a constitutional amendment process --which was reserved in order to allow THE SOCIETY AS A WHOLE to bring the constitution and Bill into the modern era at THE SOCIETY'S PACE. The Society's pace may be a disagreeable one in the eyes of Kaplan but I prefer the people to have a collective say in whether the country should change and not a group of elitist bureaucrats so separated from the average American that they no longer have the floor upon which they both stand in common. Kaplan does a good job at trying to sound 'centrist' or reasonable, likely because most individuals interested in this sort of book are likely more right of center. Perhaps hes trying to change minds...simple minds he may indeed change. Originalism and constructionism are simply keeping the constitutional language as the framers intended it, BECAUSE the framers were avoiding this society becoming like the ones they escaped from ….LIKELY England, Spain, France, the middle east, etc... AND why change the intent of our framers if not for nefarious purposes?? Changing the original meaning of anything including language is definitely a suspicious way to teach law or any subject. Once again the framers established an amendment process for modernization of the constitution--- to then inclusively create rifts in the intelligibility of the language is to have quicksand underneath you rather than a solid and structured understanding of where things began---so that potential recurring perhaps errors could be avoided in the future. The law is like mathematics and Arabic in the sense that it is language of sorts...with rules one must follow to understand. Why would one have you read Arabic text and explain that you should use different rules to determine the meanings of this text?? Insidious purposes, indeed.

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  • Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Raphael Sbarge, Sean Astin, Roy Dotrice, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Let the secret history of the world be told - of the alien virus that struck Earth after World War II and of the handful of the survivors who found they now possessed superhuman powers. Some were called Aces, endowed with powerful mental and physical prowess. The others were Jokers, tormented by bizarre mind or body disfigurements. Some served humanity. Others caused terror. And now, 40 years later, as a gang war between the Shadow Fists and the Mafia rages out of control in the streets of Jokertown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid gritty story of a superhero fiction

  • By Jeremiah Mccoy on 09-17-16

fun read awesome price

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

keeps you fully engaged..too bad theres such general ill favored views of some politics here

  • Liars

  • How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control
  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, Glenn Beck - introduction
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 616

Politics is no longer about pointing to a shining city on the hill; it's about promising you a shiny new car for your driveway. The candidate who tells the people what they want to hear is usually the one who wins - facts be damned. Politicians may be sleazy and spineless, but they're not stupid. They see that the way to win is by first telling people everything that is wrong with the world and then painting a vision of the life they want - a Utopian vision that they'll create right here on earth, one where no one is ever sick or hungry, jobless, or homeless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Presented within an excellent historical context.

  • By amy stark on 08-29-16

v interesting...almost unbelievable..until you go

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

and research his words. all true.
pretty amazing how they dont teach this history in school

  • Wild Cards I

  • By: George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,985

In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Classic!

  • By Joseph Rispoli Jr on 11-15-11

George Martin ...good story , terrible politics

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

This books political undertones were very disturbing and offensive...
The ONLY reason im NO longer buying any more Martin literature....its a shame because hes rather as gifted literature wise as he is absolutely moronic politically.
Examples ABOUND!!

This book kept referring to Mccarthy and his types as " facists" ..
If one were to except this premise... and group McCartney then with the likes of Mussolini and Hitler then
the self avowed communists / socialists(non violent communists) that the president was seeking to arrest or oust are actually NO different from those facists in the McCarthy administration. Socialists and communists are in essence Nazis themselves. The greatest commonality between Facists, Nazis and Socialists are ;
1) Centralized government authority
2) No freedoms for the individual above that of the movement(which pretty much means no rights..like freedom of speech, being secure regarding your own items, some measure or privacy, land owner ship, life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness not in common with the needs of the movement)

IN fact the Nazi party was actually and truly named the " National Socialist German Workers Party". Google it. So if Martin was trying to be remotely genuine, he would have at least stated that the McCarthy administration (which really only sought to remove communists from our American Constitutional Republican GOVERNMENT...

The reasoning behind Mccarthys actions, although extreme, are founded in solid logic.

ONE CANNOT be communist and simultaneously or legitimately raise their right hand and honestly pledge to abide by and protect the constitution as all legal officers must do as part of a conditional oath to serve.

In other words .. a legal agent of our American style constitutional Republic CANNOT in good faith both support and pledge to defend a constitution that gurantees God-given unalienable rights to its citizens, when
NO Communist, Socialist, or Fascist (once again all pretty much the same government centric systems) society know to history or mankind has ever held to any set of rules or rights for its citizens... as unremovable or unalienable.
In fact by definition a constitutional republic is as diametrically opposed to central government as you can pretty much get.
If you dont believe me research Maos China, Stalins Russia, Mussolinis Italy, and see where you find rights for any of its citizens, or any sort of barrier protecting citizens against government.
Youll find NO checks, No balances, No order, lawlessness, starvation, butchery, poverty,
and all around death.
Youll find dictators who ; legislate, execute the laws, create the laws, enrich and empower only themselves and their select few friends and family.... screwing everyone else in turn. Real republics (of which their are few in practice and many in name) have real representation based on population, and other factors ... as well as often not allowing concentration of power in any one person or branch of government...
since men are not angels, government is needed. Yet government is full of men...they also need to be policed themselves with rules and structures that promote decentralization of power.

George RR Martin please get yourself some philosophical education... Burke, Locke, Baron D' montesquieu ...

Please understand..as interesting as your books are ... they are only so because the ideologies that you are elaborate are so repulsive(fire and ice)...

That they highlight the ironic fact that good things can come from bad...
good characters such as Jon Snow can come from and are often created by institutions and terrible aristocratic societies as the game of thrones world.

ALL THAT YOUR MORE INTELLIGENT READERS ASK FOR IS ALITTLE INTELLECTUAL HONESTY ON YOUR PART
regarding your historical rendering of the past when you deem to engage in the elucidation of such.

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FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1
    
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    3,034 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,034
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,703

Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEER BATTERED BULL SH@@

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-31-14

worth a try

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

interesting so far ...
Well acted...worth a listen at least ....well see about the rest in episode 2

  • It IS About Islam

  • Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate
  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, Glenn Beck - introduction
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402

Number-one best-selling author and radio host Glenn Beck exposes the real truth behind the roots of Islamic extremism in Muslim teaching in this sharply insightful audiobook that debunks commonly held assumptions about Islam and the dream of a renewed caliphate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Clear and Concise

  • By Mike Swims on 08-31-15

INTENSE AND INTERESTING---EVERY SECOND

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I THOUGHT THIS BOOK MIGHT BE BORING -- I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WOULD BE REDUNDANT I WAS COMPLETELY INCORRECT THIS BOOK INTERESTINGLY DESCRIBES THE HISTORY FROM THE BEGINNING AND BRINGS IT FORWARD QUICKLY AND IN AN INTERESTING WAY

  • Men in Black

  • How the Supreme Court is Destroying America
  • By: Mark R. Levin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

The Supreme Court endorses terrorists' rights, flag burning, and importing foreign law. Is that in the Constitution? You're right: it's not. But these days the Constitution is no restraint on our out-of-control Supreme Court. The Court imperiously strikes down laws and imposes new ones purely on its own arbitrary whims. Even though liberals like John Kerry are repeatedly defeated at the polls, the majority on the allegedly "conservative" Supreme Court reflects their views and wields absolute power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended reading.

  • By Jay Kuykendall on 11-16-07

full of context and truth.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

I've never read / heard such an obviously true book concerning the constitution and those that have unjustly altered it

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,616

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

Pretty funny

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

If you were to consider this book from a comedic perspective, I'd rate this book a 4.5. I actually started to see this as less a comedy and more an actual hero / marvel / DC sort of novel with many elements of a comedy but not exactly a comedy.
This was my first book of this genre but I really enjoyed the read, which was a pretty quick read as you progressed beyond the 2/3rd chapter. I'm def looking up more Jeff Hays audio