Repubs, get thru the early part of the book, and you will be rewarded with how Wall Street has corrupted the commodities markets. That knowledge is golden.
Letta Mego .. fighting electric utility companies & their military-like tactics forcing wireless transmitter "smart" meters into US homes
The real truth ... not on TV.
The very best political writer + a very good narrator... I didn't know what the Tea Party was. I didn't know what Obama care was ...not really...
This book gave me some clues as to what those things are....
I've been through about 12 or so books on politics...I haven't been reading commentators ... I've been reading great authors.... I've tried to read both sides... Gosh is sad Republicans .and people in government have no defense for their horrible behaviors ( murder and robbery).....Geitner tried, and failed with his book.. Anyway, Griftopea finally has driven home all I need to know and in a way I'll remember... Still, I'll probably listen to this one many times... That says a lot for the book ..because I never listen to books more than once...
Yes, he's the best of the best political writers.
No.. The narrator was very good.
I don't think the majority of the population know what was done and what is being done in America.. The only have the time and energy to watch TV.... Who knows how long it'll be that we'll be allowed to read books like this.. Before long Amazon will dictate what is allowed to be published and how it is marketed...and so not only will the media and the internet be censored...so will books...
I wouldn't read anything by this author.
Maltese Falcon, Biography of a recent political or business figure.
narator was below average somewhat dull so I gave a 2 out of 5.
It is not that the "characters" should be cut. The author talks about events and people that are real but is so painfully biased in what he describes and his argumenst so inherently unsupported and caustic that it is like listening to finger nails on a chalk board.
I could not finish the book. It contained two elements that grated on me in the extreme.There were some occasional bits of interesting informtion, but the blow-hard demagoging and biased, unsupported arguments were insulting-- not because of their particular political leanings; but because of their weak,hole-filed contradictory logic.Also I felt like I was listeneing to a junior high kid who just learned to swear and insult people graphically for the first time and is so proud of his new "talent" that he adds new meaning to the phrase inanely inmature.If it hadn't been so caustic, I would have probably finished the book at least to understand the thinking pattern of the author, under the assumption there must be some group of people (however small), who have similar outlook, and though sequences or approach; but it was just too tedious and painful.This is the worst book I have read on Audible or elsewhere.
“As you know, madness is like gravity...all it takes is a little push.” The Joker
Listening to this kind of book now makes you wonder what would have happened if people back then understood all the lobbying, greediness, manipulating and pure corruption that were playing all along for years. Great listen!
People that already agree w/ thesis (and I do) but want only anecdotes that support it and petty insults rather than a thoughtful and objective analysis of the situation.
Probably not. I've enjoyed his articles, but this novel was more like a poorly written op-ed by a student protester than a well thought out product of research.
Disappointment - it's an important topic, and we need a balanced, objective debate. Instead, Taibbi presents his readers with weak arguments and silly anecdotes. As someone that generally agrees with the thesis, I'm worried that "my side" of the argument is now being watered down with idiots using books like this as their sole source of information.
The whole story. I enjoyed how Matt just tells the story no holds barred.
Wish that the average man on the street could read this book and then do something to change the system.
No I have not but I enjoyed his narration very much.
The entire book was very informative.
Matt Taibbi is an excellent journalist IMHO
Well researched, and it really put the complex housing bubble burst into perspective. Taibbi's humor and analogies keep it interesting, while delivering a great view of the people and practices involved.
I will now only purchase audio books read by the author. I read the paper copy of Griftopia and I highly recommend it. The tones of shock, frustration and humor flow out of the pages of the paper book and I was looking forward to a more vivid telling of the story. Egan's tone is detached, but I hesitate to blame him. Only the author knows his work and experience intimately. I am sad that I am out $22, but infinitely more sad to see such a great disservice done to this important book. Please get Taibbi to narrate his own work. I will happily pay another $22. Cheers.
I recommend this book for anyone seeking to understand the debacle of Fall 2008.
The excoriating deconstruction of "guru" Alan Greenspan
Alan Greenspan signing the declaration "excommunicating" Nathanial from the Ayn Rand "Objectiveists Group".
The Wall Street Casino game and how it is rigged."