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  • Working Class Republican

  • Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism
  • By: Henry Olsen
  • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Conventional political wisdom views the two most consequential presidents of the 20th century - FDR and Ronald Reagan - as ideological opposites. FDR is hailed as the champion of big-government progressivism manifested in the New Deal. Reagan is seen as the crusader for conservatism dedicated to small government and free markets. But Henry Olsen argues that this assumption is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very informative

  • By Hank on 11-01-2019

very informative

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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: 11-01-2019

not knowing much about why Ronald Reagan is esteemed so highly among conservatives and libertarians I decided to read/listen to find out why so. it was very informative and I would recommend that as you read you keep a watchful eye on what's happening atm between Trump conservatism, never Trump conservatives (Mitt Romney) and liberals/progressives (Pelosi) and left wing/socialists (Alexander Cortez). Ronald Reagan touched on most of these, some more so than others, but steered a political and economic path guided by his love for his fellow man, his belief in the dignity of every person, personal responsibility of citizens to fulfil civic duty, supporting those in need (elderly, disabled, poor), providing a hand up for the disadvantaged (affirmative action) and staunch opposition to institutions that deny freedom (communism). Great read because at the end is a comparison of Reagan's philosophy to the presidents who followed him, including Trump. Highly recommend.

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

  • By: Kevin R.C. Gutzman
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

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
  • good read though hard to follow at times

  • By Hank on 23-12-2018

good read though hard to follow at times

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-2018

this was a very informative. was hard to digest and follow as it was being narrated and I had to continually back track to catch the point(s). otherwise having known nothing about the constitution and being a non-American this was very illuminating. the basic guts of the book is that before the USA came into being there existed 13 colonies that considered themselves sovereign nations and that the constitution was created for trade and military purposes should another war erupt as it just did with British (in which the colonies prevailed). the constitution was created to ensue this sovereignty while allowing the colonies to come together for trade and war allies purposes. thereafter however the constitution has strayed from this to being the final judicial authority of even the most menial matter, overruling the states sovereignty in such matters. the evolution of this process is what this book is all about. the author is an advocate of the constitution's original purpose. highly recommend for an understanding of the Jeffersonian perspective of the constitution.

  • 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 3
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    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

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
  • Russia collusion myth ... it's all in here

  • By Hank on 12-12-2018

Russia collusion myth ... it's all in here

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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: 12-12-2018

What a great read. A bit cumbersome at times with lots of dates, names, acronyms continually flowing over the pages, but such is it's nature because Dan does an awesome job of using references and quotes from heaps of public sources (media, Senate hearing transcripts etc...) to back his argument. This is definitely not an opinion read ... the references and quotes are unending and thorough. All of his conclusions are based on public source references. One interesting point to come out of the book is that the whole Russia collusion myth is not a diabolical plot orchestrated by a single evil mastermind dude (so to speak), more rather an organic fusion and intersection of various players with their own selfish interests at heart, continually morphing and evolving the false narrative of an alleged Russian collusion. Many of these players (most of them top heavy) including former President Barack Obama have s lot to answer for once Mueller's investigation is finished, because then President Trump will have a freer hand to investigate potential indictments on these players, e.g. the Hillary Clinton email scandal left uninvestigated (an obvious example). Should Trump win the House in 2020 there will be others. Mueller's investigation is likely to come up empty handed with at best charges of perjury laid at anyone who falls for one of the perjury traps ... so if you wanna get your head around the Russia collusion myth. Read this book and follow Dan on Twitter. He continually updates and interprets what's really going on as the whole false narrative evolves ... ( you won't get that from MSM) ... HIGHLY RECOMMEND !

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  • Johnathan Thurston

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Johnathan Thurston, James Phelps
  • Narrated by: James Phelps
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Johnathan Thurston is widely regarded as rugby league's greatest player. This autobiography will follow Thurston's journey from a Brisbane kid who was written off as too skinny, too slow, and too wild to play professionally to his debut with the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2003 to State of Origin star to Dally M and Clive Churchill Medal winner, and the fairytale premierships. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A JT absolute must read 👍😊

  • By Hank on 20-11-2018

A JT absolute must read 👍😊

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2018

great insight into the man as a footballer, father, husband, son, nephew etc ... the good and the bad ... there'll never be another JT 👍😊 .'.. narration was average nothing to rave about ... some expletives in parts which doesn't really suit an audio book ... those bits would have been better received in the hardcopy ... otherwise captivating read from start to finish ... I actually finished it in one read ... so yes recommend !👍😊

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  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 436

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reading of a gorgeous book

  • By Belinda on 23-08-2016

Great Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-2018

Having read the book and seen the BCC screenplay production this audio book was a great compliment to enjoying this classic. Thoroughly enjoyed the impersonations especially that of Mr Collins ... captured the character beautifully and I couldn't but help chuckle through much of it. The other impersonation I enjoyed was that of Lady Catherine, although I was expecting her to be a bit more severe in some parts. Otherwise was enjoyable regardless. The style of language used as expected is aristocratic with some words I had not heard before and the frequent use of double negatives. Hard work trying to decipher if this is your first encounter with this classic. But it's an delight to hear it and admire it's propriety. Highly recommend.

  • Decision Points

  • By: George Bush
  • Narrated by: George Bush
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America’s 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Hank on 12-10-2018

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: 12-10-2018

Great to hear the Former President narrate this book and was good to hear his side of his time in office particularly 911 but also the economic and fiscal challenges he faced while in office. The latter I was not aware of so was good to hear it from him personally. Loved the accent though his narration was a monotone throughout. Would have been good if he unpacked many of the issues he faced a bit more because he really just touched on them. Highly recommend.

  • The Operator

  • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
  • By: Robert O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 260

Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing

  • By Anonymous User on 09-05-2017

Great read ... however

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

Reviewed: 12-10-2018

Great read I couldn't stop once I started on this title. Finished it pretty quickly in record time. Full of stories, a narrative and a chronology of his time in the Seals from Buds through to retiring from the Navy, not to mention taking down Osama Bin Laden. One thing though ... I thought the expletive language didn't really suit his voice and maybe emphasising expletives (at times) in the narration was not necessary. Otherwise great story.

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  • 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 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

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
  • Democrats - the real fascists and racists

  • By Paul F. Herring on 15-10-2018

Important read

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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: 19-09-2018

All Americans whether politically minded or not needs to read this book. Too much important content here to comment on but the continued theme of the Democrat party being the party of lies, deception, racism, socialism, greed etc ... is damning. Some Republicans have and continue to be a part of this too. Great work again by Dinesh. Well done. What an American treasure you are. When are you coming to visit Australia? :)

  • Liars, Leakers, and Liberals

  • By: Jeanine Pirro
  • Narrated by: Jeanine Pirro
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

As host of her own show on Fox for many years, Judge Jeanine Pirro has seen firsthand how narratives take form, whether they are based in truth or not. In her explosive new book, she talks about some of the most egregious lies she's seen and takes on the Liars, Leakers, and Liberals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liars,Leakers and Liberals

  • By Anonymous User on 28-12-2018

Good Read

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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: 19-09-2018

Big fan of the judge and enjoyed reading this. If you want an unabashed blast from Judge Jeanette this is the book for you. She's a great supportter of Donald Trump (and his family) and book is about her diehard belief in his presidency. She has a crack at Comey, Sessions, Mueller, the Clintons etc ... she narrates the book and her style and tone consistently put a smile on my face. Highly recommend.

  • God and Donald Trump

  • By: Stephen E. Strang
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

With pundits asking, "How did he win?" this book explores whether there was a supernatural element involved. Christian leaders prophesied before the election that God had raised up Donald Trump to lead the nation through a time of crisis. But could this billionaire reality-TV star actually convince the voters he was for real? If so, what is God doing now, not only in Donald's Trump's life, but also in the life of the nation?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating reading !

  • By Hank on 19-09-2018

Fascinating reading !

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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: 19-09-2018

God is on the move in the US ! Donald Trump (whether he's a Christian or not) has without a doubt been anointed by God for a time like this. The parallels with Cyrus The Great in the book of Daniel are striking. An important read if you want to find out about the spiritual and ecclesiastical machinations behind the Trump 2016 campaign. Highly recommended.

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