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Eric

I'm an idealistic, 30 something year old, urban philosopher that lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace With Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (29)
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    (28)

    At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe - a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both survivors of difficult divorces. Enough said.) But providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government.

    Natasha says: "The Author Let us all down with this one -A WASTE!"
    "Profoundly Simple"
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    Being on the precipice of marriage myself, I bought Committed hoping it would discuss marriage from a few different sociological perspectives, which it did, albeit lightly. What surprised me is that this book is primarily a story, a story about Elizabeth Gilbert's attempt at coming to terms with the whole idea of marriage after having been through an intensely painful one already.

    And being a guy I was hesitant to read an emotional account of her experience, but having just finished the book, I'm pleased to say that I have grown by reading this book. Without really expecting it to, it has addressed some of my own concerns, doubts and questions about marriage. And now, going into marriage, I think that I will approach it with a better appreciation for what women have given up for marriage in the past, and hopefully I'll use this knowledge to help redefine marriage within the privacy of my own union, and in doing so, within my community.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • End the Fed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Paul
    • Narrated By Bob Craig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    Over 4,000 students gathered at the University of Michigan to hear Republican Party candidate Ron Paul speak. As he began to address the topics of monetary policy and the coming depression, a chant rose from the crowd, "End the Fed! End the Fed!" As dollar bills were lit on fire and thrown into the night skies, it became clear that the real problem, one that nobody in the media was talking about, was the central bank-an unconstitutional entity and a political, economic, and moral disaster.

    Jonnie says: "Very clear and understandable"
    "Very bias, but with some worthwhile content"
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    End the Fed is an excellent book to read if you've already made up your mind on the issue of the Fed, and you're looking for someone to agree with you and reinforce your opinion.

    Having said that, as someone that didn't know an awful lot about the Fed, it was somewhat informative. It's just that I feel the content is partially political propaganda, and it doesn't deliver on what I wanted, which was a really comprehensive descriptions of the mechanism and effects of controlling the supply of money. He does go into this, but I just didn't find it all that comprehensive.

    Despite the arguments being coherently structured, the content of this book is *extremely* emotive. The whole movement to end the Fed is called something like 'the Movement for Freedom'. The word 'tyrannical' is used a lot, with lots of calling to fight the fight for freedom etc.

    Look Ron, I get your point, hell I might even agree with you if I found it more academically satisfying, but you lost me with all this "fight for your country" stuff.

    In all fairness, I'm pretty confident George Bush could not string together as coherent an argument. And the topic isn't exactly exhilarating, so all-in-all, it's not a bad job.

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