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mary kennedy

swanville, ME, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (313)

    Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

    Matt says: "Listen To This Immediately!"
    "great tutorial on causes of inequality in US"
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    What made the experience of listening to Twilight of the Elites the most enjoyable?

    Well organized, many faceted and clearly presented lecture on
    the history and quite recent development of a smaller and smaller
    group of rich Americans running away with a huge percentage of American
    wealth. Meanwhile, the effort to climb to a middle class standard of living or
    to remain in this middle class is becoming far more difficult to realize. One
    reviewer mentioned that Hayes should have hired a professional reader. I
    felt he did a perfectly fine job of articulating his findings and holding my
    interest. Mary K


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
    Overall
    (1919)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (975)

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "Definitely not the best of Jon Stewart."
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    What disappointed you about The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)?

    I loved his first book; laughed at every page. This one left me waiting for something to strike my funny bone. Don't know if it was format, story or lack of, but nothing grabbed me at all. Disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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