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  • Common Sense

  • By: Thomas Paine
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

Thomas Paine published Common Sense in 1776, a time when America was a hotbed of revolution. The pamphlet, which called for America's political freedom, sold more than 150,000 copies in three months. Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution itself. His persuasive pieces, written so elegantly, spoke to the hearts and minds of all those fighting for freedom from England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone interested in history

  • By Johan on 05-18-15

an excellent read are all historians and students

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

clearly spells out the choices before the colonists when deciding or the to make peace with the king or act separately and independently.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,338
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,319

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Greeny on 05-29-18

overzealous entrepreneur lies cheats steals.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

was a good story but after awhile you just get sick and tired of hearing all the lies and the corruption that is in silicon valley. this woman should be in jail for a long time and where are the leaders who would stand up and put her there? The amount of sellouts is ponderous? at least in the end the honest folk cleaned up the problem. let this be another example for us to learn from.

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,069

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

a story about Massachusetts politics

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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: 11-03-18

a great classic probably should be red by all of our citizens to see what socialism and communism are

  • The Blessings of Liberty

  • A Concise History of the Constitution of the United States
  • By: Michael Les Benedict
  • Narrated by: Larry Wayne
  • Length: 24 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

This concise, accessible text provides students with a history of American constitutional development in the context of political, economic, and social change. Constitutional historian Michael Benedict stresses the role that the American people have played over time in defining the powers of government and the rights of individuals and minorities. He covers important trends and events in US constitutional history, encompassing key Supreme Court and lower-court cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listing of Supreme Court cases

  • By Anonymous User on 10-25-18

great listing of Supreme Court cases

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

the story provides a good historical summary of all the key Supreme Court cases affecting both the Constitution and our politics. The Story Goes a little off the rails in some really fictitious one sided crap about President Trump but other than that it was fairly factual

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

  • By: Kevin R.C. Gutzman
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Instead of the system that the Constitution intended, judges have created a system in which bureaucrats and appointed officials make most of the important policies. While the government claims to be a representative republic, somehow hot-button topics from gay marriage to the allocation of Florida's presidential electors always seem to be decided by unelected judges. What gives them the right to decide such issues? The judges say it's the Constitution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best PIG to date

  • By Matthew Groom on 05-16-08

when will the people wake up to the tyranny?

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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: 09-20-18

excellent summary of most of the controversial cases over the last two centuries which judicial review skewed current law.

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,528

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

another post apocalyptic futuristic story

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-18

overall decent diversion from reality but felt like it was trying to develop into a movie with time and scene changes frequent.

  • Animal Farm

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,091

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last.

  • By Dusty on 02-18-11

great fictional story about totalitarian socialism

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

the various voices that the narrator uses is excellent the story is fairly indicative of a totalitarian socialist movements evolution initiated by animals on a farm

  • Death of a Nation

  • Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 550

Who is killing America? Is it really Donald Trump and a GOP filled with white supremacists? In this audiobook, Dinesh D’Souza makes the provocative case that Democrats are the ones killing America by turning it into a massive nanny state modeled on the Southern plantation system. Death of a Nation's bracing alternative vision of American history explains the Democratic Party's dark past, reinterprets the roles of figures like Van Buren, FDR, and LBJ, and exposes the hidden truth that racism comes not from Trump or the conservative right but rather from Democrats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative.

  • By Amahra on 08-11-18

great historical summation of hidden facts

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

all U.S. high schools should be required to read this book when discussing the Civil War and contemporary politics. it explains the twisted lies and manipulations told to American citizens. it's a shame that several of these facts aren't told in our Public Schools.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,300

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

good psychology with Christian slant

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

author is interesting and engaging and provides valuable time-tested advice. stories and examples for heartfelt And Timely. as far as self-help books go probably better than most.

  • Fed Up

  • An Insider's Take on Why the Federal Reserve Is Bad for America
  • By: Danielle DiMartino Booth
  • Narrated by: Danielle DiMartino Booth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

In the early 2000s, as a Wall Street escapee writing a financial column for the Dallas Morning News, Booth attracted attention for her bold criticism of the Fed's low interest rate policies and her cautionary warnings about the bubbly housing market. Nobody was more surprised than she when the folks at the Dallas Federal Reserve invited her aboard. Figuring she could have more of an impact on Fed policies from the inside, she accepted the call to duty and rose to be one of Dallas Fed president Richard Fisher's closest advisors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • straight forward brilliant

  • By casey on 02-20-17

good analysis of fed dysfunction. but.....

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

the author surely has an experienced and insightful knowledge of the inner workings of the Fed, and concisely boils down the problems at the end of the book. since she is technically an Insider it's not surprising that she does not identify the much larger systemic and mechanical failings which cause the FED to be conflicted and deficient in serving the U. S. citizenry.

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