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Thaddeus Guldbrandsen

Member Since 2015

  • 2 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 76 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian

    A compelling new set of interviews on our changing and turbulent times with Noam Chomsky, one of the world's foremost thinkers...

    In this new collection of conversations, conducted from 2010 to 2012, Noam Chomsky explores the most immediate and urgent concerns: the future of democracy in the Arab world, the implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the European financial crisis, the breakdown of American mainstream political institutions, and the rise of the Occupy movement. As always, Chomsky presents his ideas vividly and accessibly, with uncompromising principle and clarifying insight.

    John says: "Nice update from Chomsky"
    "Insightful interviews, not a book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a series of insightful interviews with Noam Chomsky, providing comment on the meaning and significance of contemporary social, political, and economic trends and events. I should have read the description more carefully before buying. I was expecting something that would more closely approximate a book, which this is not. I was also expect fresh perspectives and new analysis of contemporary concerns. This is a good reflection of Noam Chomsky's ideas. Chomsky speaks off the cuff to questions presented to him. Smart, articulate, well stated. Not particularly novel.

    Has Power Systems turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'll pay more attention to the description in the future.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian ’s performances?

    Probably not.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Reflection on contemporary challenges.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The River

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for 54 days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived. Now the government wants him to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive. Soon the project backfires, though, leaving Brian with a wounded partner and a long river to navigate. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport the injured man a hundred miles downstream to a trading post - if the map he has is accurate.

    Wayne & Donna Hall says: "love it!"
    "Kids loved it. Great for three hour road trip."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommended for kids age 8-14. Compelling story. I had a car load of boys who spend more time with video games than books, and they really enjoyed the story. Couldn't wait to get back in the car for more.

    What other book might you compare The River to and why?

    Classic Gary Paulsen

    What about Peter Coyote’s performance did you like?

    A pace and presence that the kids found compelling. Kept their attention well.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I did a post-story survey in the car, and each kid had a different moment they liked best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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