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Kelly

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  • The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Barry Glassner
    • Narrated By Barry Glassner, Michael Moore
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    America is a country gripped by fear. In this widely-acclaimed book, Barry Glassner exposes the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our anxieties. These peddlers of fear (politicians, advocacy groups, and the media) cost Americans dearly, weighing us down with needless worries and causing us to squander billions of dollars to fix mythological problems.

    Steve says: "Well documented critique"
    "Left Wing Agenda"
    Overall

    I like books of facts and statistics like this and was really looking forward to learning the truth about a great many topics. That's why I was stunned when I heard the voice of Michael "it's okay to lie if you think your cause is just" Moore, who wrote the introduction. I almost deleted the book right then, assuming that if Moore was associated with it then 1) you couldn't trust what was said and 2) there would be a far left slant to everything. But I held my nose and got through the intro.

    The book itself does have a lot of interesting statistics and I will admit that I have no reason to doubt its veracity. But there is a heavy helping of left wing agenda mixed in, especially when it comes to guns and blaming conservatives for all that is wrong with the world. I believe anyone buying this book should know that going in and judge it accordingly.

    29 of 108 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5517)
    Performance
    (3771)
    Story
    (3780)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Ruined By Politics"
    Overall

    I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was. This was very cool at first. Good performances, great concept, I was impressed. But my suspension of disbelief was shattered by the author's riduculous, unncessary political agenda. You find out in part 2 that, like everything else in the world, the zombies are Bush's fault.

    To be more specific, the reason the United States wasn't able to handle the zombie outbreak is because the population was so "war weary" and felt so betrayed that they weren't willing to do what was necessary to fight off the undead.

    In other words even though flesh-eating monsters were wandering the streets, when the government asked for volunteers people said, "No, sorry, I'm still too upset about Iraq."

    This could have been a great story. But the author chose to deliberately cut his potential audience in half by trying to force his politics on us. Very sad.

    53 of 223 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Audible is pleased to present the first chapter of Michael Crichton's State of Fear. Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    Dennison says: "Read after MC's death"
    "The best way to learn!"
    Overall

    Crichton used to believe in global warming, but a chance encounter with an article that seemed subtly skeptical started him on a research effort that ended with him convinced it's all psuedo science. He presents his evidence in this great thriller by putting his central character in situations where knowledgable individuals need to explain things to him. The exposition/lectures are never heavy and in the actual book there is a huge list of actual references to various papers and studies, backing up the statements made in the book. Excellent and insightful!

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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