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D. Lubin

Gainesville, Ga USA
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  • If You Can Keep It

  • The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Eric Metaxas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America's uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be. The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the "noble experiment in ordered liberty" that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for America!!!

  • By Deborah on 10-07-17

A Timely Reminder

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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: 10-07-18

I think every American should read this book. It is a reminder of how good we have it here. And it is a reminder that all Americans have more in common than they may realize.

  • Fata Morgana

  • By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,739

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one I have heard in some time!

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 10-10-17

A perfect blend

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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: 12-16-17

This book is a perfect blend of historical fiction and science fiction. The narrators are excellent. The characters are interesting and the plot believable. I enjoyed my time with it and recommend it.

  • Midnight in the Pacific

  • Guadalcanal - The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War
  • By: Joseph Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Published on the 75th anniversary of the battle and utilizing vivid accounts written by the combatants at Guadalcanal, along with marine corps and army archives and oral histories, Midnight in the Pacific is both a sweeping narrative and a compelling drama of individual marines, soldiers, and sailors caught in the crosshairs of history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't start here or you'll be confused.

  • By Doctor Bob on 08-13-17

Excellent account

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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: 10-30-17

This book is well researched and well supported by eyewitness accounts from both sides. It fully presents what the five month campaign was like. A prior knowledge of Guadalcanal’s battles would be helpful to get the most out of this book.

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  • Playing Hurt

  • My Journey from Despair to Hope
  • By: John Saunders, John U. Bacon
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

In Playing Hurt, a leading figure in the sports world - the quintessential "man's man" who seems to have it all - confesses his constant battle with depression. John Saunders welcomes listeners into the heart of his desperate struggle through insights into the root causes of depression and explanations of modern medical and homeopathic treatments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story That Can Save Lives!

  • By Mike on 02-16-18

From the heart

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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: 09-28-17

This book was well worth the time and I recommend it. It will provide deep insight into the type of turmoil that people with depression have to deal with and how difficult it is to remain productive. Saunders really opens up his life for the reader to view and I was glad to see that he was able to remain grateful for all of the good things that happened to him.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,245

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believable Multiverse

  • By Michael L. Moore on 02-18-17

Exciting

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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: 08-15-17

Fast paced, unpredictable, innovative true science fiction novel. Well written, good characters and a bam bam finish. Narrator is excellent. Enjoy it.

  • What Doesn't Kill Us

  • How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
  • By: Scott Carney
  • Narrated by: Scott Carney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439

Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forbears? Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By C. Toering on 02-22-17

Fascinating

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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: 07-20-17

This book is a fascinating study of human physiology and how it relates to survival mechanisms in man. It is also a good story about a man learn something new and then uses it to achieve new goals. Though I strongly urge the reader "not to try this at home" I still think it's a worthwhile read.

  • House of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, a terrorist plot leaves a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of one of the richest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion, Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know the true source of Martel's enormous wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YES! This is what I want and expect!

  • By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 08-27-17

The saga continues

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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: 07-17-17

What made the experience of listening to House of Spies the most enjoyable?

I know all the characters, the narrator is excellent, the plot is intriguing and the action realistic.

What other book might you compare House of Spies to and why?

The last few books in this series are all quite consistent.

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

He gets it right. Every character. Every time.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Occasionally laughed but no tears.

  • Hurry Up and Meditate

  • By: David Michie
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 588

In his thought-provoking and entertaining book, David Michie explains the nuts and bolts of meditation. As a busy professional, as well as long-term meditator, he also gives a first-hand account of how to integrate this transformational practice into everyday life. Combining leading edge science with timeless wisdom, Hurry Up and Meditate provides all the motivation and tools you need to achieve greater balance, better health and a more panoramic perspective on life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why meditate?

  • By Jenny on 02-26-14

Excellent introduction

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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: 07-11-17

For those thinking about meditation, this is a good way to start. He keeps it real for the most part. The advice is sound. The book is well written and easy to understand. Recommended

  • Cork Dork

  • A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
  • By: Bianca Bosker
  • Narrated by: Bianca Bosker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

Amateur drinker and professional tech reporter Bianca Bosker didn't know much about wine - until she stumbled on an alternate universe where taste reigned supreme, a world of master sommeliers who could, after a single sip, identify the grape a bottle was made from, in what year, and where it was produced, within acres. Where she tasted wine, they detected not only complex flavor profiles but entire histories and geographies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not educational

  • By Blake Brasher on 10-14-17
  • Cork Dork
  • A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
  • By: Bianca Bosker
  • Narrated by: Bianca Bosker

A wonderful learning experience.

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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: 06-11-17

Narrator is the author and she is perfect. Though there is a lot of academic information in this book, it reads easily and goes down like a fine wine should. My wife started reading it first but once I got started, I couldn't stop listening. Recommended without reservation. Enjoy.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,337

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Worthwhile

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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: 05-16-17

Well written. Interesting characters. Excellent narrative by a great narrator. Plot is complicated but believable. Enjoyed listening to this book very much.