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Susie

Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States Member Since 2012

I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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  • "Iraq & Afghanistan Vets Tell It Lik..."

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    You will NEVER hear these stories on the front page of the family newspaper— they're certainly not on the broadcast TV news.

    These important, often tragic stories from the front tell not only of the war crimes and tresspasses in the combat zones, but of the institutionalized military culture that changes every outcome, often at great personal expense.

    In matter-of-fact, un-sensationalized voices, we get the view from the Front and from within.

    The studio team at Audible did a terrific job casting this audiobook— it comes alive with multiple voices that sound like the amazing diversity of the book: every region of America, every race and class, men and women, young and old.

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    Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations

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    • By Aaron Glantz (editor), Iraq Veterans Against the War, Anthony Swofford (Foreword)
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland, Julia Farhat, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
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    In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans to expose war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words, images, and documents of this historic gathering, which show the reality of life in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Susie says: "Iraq & Afghanistan Vets Tell It Like It Is"
  • "Fifty-Two Reasons to Listen to Chomsky"

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    Grasping the data, and using uncompromising logic, Chomsky offers a counter-narrative to the rah-rah mock distress of mainstream reportage on U.S. foreign policy--"We had no choice but to go in there, we have to support these dictators to spread freedom."

    Afghanistan, Israel, global melting, the recession-- you'll recognize every current headline as well as less-talked-about conflicts in Somalia, and Georgia.

    One of the reasons Chomsky's writing is so meaningful to his readers is that he never fails to relish the alternative. He has his eyes set on those who are trying— and winning— their battle against corporate hegemony. He groks the daily triumphs and insights, not the ceremonies and awards.

    If you FEEL the dissonance between what you hear in the news vs. what you see in front of you— start here to find out why.

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    Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
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    Making the Future presents more than 50 concise and persuasively argued commentaries on U.S. politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2011. Taken together, Chomsky's essays present a powerful counter-narrative to official accounts of the major political events of the past four years: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the U.S. presidential race; the ascendancy of China; Latin America's leftward turn; the threat of nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea; Israel's invasion of Gaza and more.

    Susie says: "Fifty-Two Reasons to Listen to Chomsky"
  • "The True Cost of Youth Sports"

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    Mark Hyman tallys the price of youth sports in the USA in dollars and lives. From equipment to private lessons, from tournament trips to MRIs, parents are bleeding themselves dry for their children’s activities.

    Some parents try to live their dreams through their children. They believe they're investing in their children’s future, led astray by the many corporate youth programs who tell them their kids are the next Venus & Serena Williams— they just need more lessons, more workshops, more camps.

    This fine investigative journalism might make you think twice before you send your kid across the country to Lacrosse summer camp.

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    The Most Expensive Game in Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today’s Families

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Hyman
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
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    A look at how commercialization has transformed youth sports from fun into a heavily commercialized and profitable venture. Examining the youth sports economy from many sides - the major corporations, the small entrepreneurs, the coaches, the parents, and, of course, the kids - Hyman probes the reasons for rapid changes in what gets bought and sold in this lucrative marketplace. He reveals the effects on kids and profiles the individuals and communities bucking this destructive trend of commercialization.

    Susie says: "The True Cost of Youth Sports"
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