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  • Red Famine

  • Stalin's War on Ukraine
  • By: Anne Applebaum
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization - in effect a second Russian Revolution - which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief, the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking inhumanity

  • By Ensignbay on 11-21-17

The USSR or Russia, it means the same thing: Evil

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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: 12-25-18

Whether you call it the USSR or Russia, it means the same thing: Evil. General Patton was correct. We should have armed the German military and turned on the USSR. With our 4 engine long range bombers we could have taken Moscow and destroyed the communists once and for all. If you read this book you'll know why I feel that way. Excellent book.

  • Three Days in Moscow

  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire
  • By: Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney
  • Narrated by: Bret Baier
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 479

In Three Days in Moscow, Baier explores the dramatic endgame of America’s long struggle with the Soviet Union and President Ronald Reagan’s central role in shaping the world we live in today. On May 31, 1988, Reagan stood on Russian soil and addressed a packed audience at Moscow State University, delivering a remarkable - yet now largely forgotten - speech that capped his first visit to the Soviet capital. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Brian W. Barton on 05-20-18

Bringing Down Communism

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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: 06-25-18

Another good look at how President Ronald Reagan brought communism to it's knees. A very interesting insight into how the president's speeches were prepared and how much time he spent battling his own staff.

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  • The Crusader

  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism
  • By: Paul Kengor
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 64

God and Ronald Reagan made presidential historian Paul Kengor's name as one of the premier chroniclers of the life and career of the 40th president. With The Crusader, Kengor returns with the one book about Reagan that has not been written: the story of his lifelong crusade against communism and of his dogged and ultimately triumphant effort to overthrow the Soviet Union.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whether you like Reagan or not....

  • By Daryl on 10-20-13

We Know The Ending

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

We know how this story ends. New unclassified documents give new insight. Narration is substandard.

  • Hellhound on His Trail

  • The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
  • By: Hampton Sides
  • Narrated by: Hampton Sides
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History Comes Alive

  • By L. Lyter on 06-29-10

Good Listen

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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: 04-22-18

Fascinating story. I'm glad the truth about Jesse Jackson is in print. That man is very difficult to stomach. It's still fascinates me that the Democratic Party worked so damn hard to keep the minorites "down". I don't understand how they keep supporting Democrats after the likes of LBJ, George Wallace, John McClellan, Orville Faubus (Bill Clinton's mentor), etc. etc. etc.

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  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,630

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the best of all times

  • By Neuron on 02-25-18

Great Information, Poor Conclusions

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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: 04-14-18

The first half of this book is chock full of great Information and shows "we have come a long way" and progressed forward not backward. The proof is in the numbers and Mr. Pinker gives you those numbers. Religion and your Faith will be attacked, but after listening to his presentation it's understandable why the author does it. He believes that the more social welfare and government spending undertaken, the better off society will become. Unfortunately Mr. Pinker never comes close to explaining how all his wishful spending would be paid for. I'm sure he doesn't spend his personal income in the way he expects government to spend "our" wealth and if he does, I clearly want to move in with his family. It is very apparent he has absolutely no "love" for President Trump, though the recent revelations regarding the Trump "Dossier", invalidates much of his discussion. Knowing what we know now, that portion of this book should have been eliminated, but I'm guessing it was included because of wishful thinking. Mr. Pinker, as I interpreted it, attempts to tie Trump to Nietzsche using Steve Bannon as the link. Unfortunately, I believe his argument went up in smoke when Mr. Bannon was fired. Mr. Pinker discusses Tribalism, unfortunately for him the second half of this book shows he is strongly anchored to the anti-Trump "tribe" while at the same time trying to make the point we should refrain from membership in a "tribe". It's my belief this presentation would have been far superior if the author kept politics out of it. To be fair, he does "attack" liberals/progressives in addition to the "right wing Republicans" but you always know where he anchors his heart. He discusses how science & reason must be used more than it is used today, but at the same time I get the impression he believes "Climate Change" is settled science. I have difficulty with that because "science" is never settled simply because it's science. Lastly, Mr. Morey does a superb job with the presentation. Mr. Morey's presentations will never be a reason a book "fails", in fact I believe Mr. Morey, by his reading, can make a bad story a masterpiece. Thank you Mr. Morey.

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  • Control

  • Exposing the Truth About Guns
  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, Glenn Beck
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

When our founding fathers secured the Constitutional “right of the people to keep and bear arms”, they also added the admonition that this right shall not be infringed. It is the only time this phrase appears in the Bill of Rights. So why aren’t more people listening? History has proven that guns are essential to self-defense and liberty - but tragedy is a powerful force and has led many to believe that guns are the enemy, that the Second Amendment is outdated, and that more restrictions or outright bans on firearms will somehow solve everything. They are wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Understand who is behind gun contol

  • By Beth on 05-07-13

Very Good Fact-Filled Book

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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: 03-10-18

A must have book for your 2nd Amendment toolbox. I've always believed that the best way to refute incorrect information is with facts. This book contains those facts. As time goes on I am beginning to believe that the anti-second crowd just doesn't care about the facts, but it's still a good idea to have them in your pocket.

  • The War on Guns

  • Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies
  • By: John R. Lott Jr. PhD
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

When it comes to the gun control debate, there are two kinds of data: data that's accurate and data that left-wing billionaires, politicians, and media want you to believe is accurate. In The War on Guns, economist and gun rights advocate John Lott turns a skeptical eye to well-funded antigun studies and stories that perpetuate false statistics to frighten Americans into giving up their guns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real facts on guns.

  • By Vanessa Tran on 11-18-16

Just The Facts, Ma'am!

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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: 03-03-18

Definitely a great resource. This book along with Mr. Lott's "More Guns, Less Crime" are two resources that must be in every gun rights advocates library.

  • Munich

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911

Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving at 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Hartmann travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 01-29-18

A Good Story, A Failed Attempt To Rebuild An Image

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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: 02-24-18

This is a very good story and very well worth the listen. If this was an attempt by the author to rebuild the image of Chamberlain, I believe he failed. I agree the actions of Chamberlain bought some time to rebuild militarily, but the overall appeasement policy allowed Hitler to get the initial upper hand. England and France should never have allowed themselves to get into this situation.

  • A History of the Jews

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 28 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent History

  • By David on 06-06-09

Great Story Difficult Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

This was a great story. I find all of Paul Johnson's work very well done. Unfortunately, I could not listen to this thru the stereo system in my truck as it was difficult to understand the narration. I was forced to listen thru my LG BT headset which I prefer not to do. I believe it had something to do with the recording. That was disappointing.

  • The Light and the Glory

  • By: Peter Marshall, David Manuel
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Did Columbus believe that God called him west to undiscovered lands? Does American democracy owe its inception to the handful of Pilgrims that settled at Plymouth? If, indeed, there was a specific, divine call upon this nation, is it still valid today?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!!

  • By DMHVetSurveyor on 04-05-06

The Proof Does Exist

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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: 11-08-17

People refuse to believe the truth. America IS a special place and will remain so unless we Americans destroy it.