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Rich Shields

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abuja, Nigeria | Member Since 2012

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  • Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated By Ryan Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (266)

    "You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."

    Book Mogul says: "Trust me, it's worth the listen, and I'm not lying"
    "The Ministry of Truth is here"
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    Would you listen to Trust Me, I'm Lying again? Why?

    Probably not because the central theme of Don't Trust Anything the media tells you is clear enough the first time.


    What other book might you compare Trust Me, I'm Lying to and why?

    Confessions of an Ecomonic Hitman


    What does Ryan Holiday bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is telling his story with all the emotional inflections added to his words that would never transfer via print.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was saddened to have many suspicions validated.


    Any additional comments?

    A worth while read...perhaps a little over the top here and there but if it peaks your skepticism and makes you question the media it has served its purpose.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Stockman
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (87)

    David Stockman was the architect of the Reagan Revolution that was meant to restore sound money principles to the U.S. government. It failed, derailed by politics, special interests, welfare, and warfare. Stockman describes how the working of free markets and democracy has long been under threat in America and provides a surprising, nonpartisan catalog of the corrupters and defenders. His analysis shows how both liberal and neoconservative interference in markets has proved damaging and often dangerous.

    Michael says: "Loads of Information but problematic writing"
    "It's all here"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Deformation to be better than the print version?

    Not read print version so no basis for comparison.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Efficient and comprehensive coverage of a vast topic.


    Have you listened to any of William Hughes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


    If you could give The Great Deformation a new subtitle, what would it be?

    It's all in here!


    Any additional comments?

    Superb work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    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.

    Christine says: "This is not a book, it's an interview"
    "Total Waste"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Never knowing of its existence.


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

    I hope there are no other books in this genre.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian ?

    A mute.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Power Systems?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    The download made my i-Pod throw up.

    0 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (600)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    PHIL says: "Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks"
    "Somebody is really thinking"
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    What would have made Antifragile better?

    That would not be possible.


    Has Antifragile turned you off from other books in this genre?

    There are no other books in this genre.


    What didn’t you like about Joe Ochman’s performance?

    Nothing


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

    Hope.


    Any additional comments?

    There is more original thinking on each page of this book than can be found in most libraries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (512)

    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

    Ryan says: "A catalog of positive innovations on the horizon"
    "Hope Springs Eternal"
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    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    Quantifiable reasons for hope for the future.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Techinal research supporting the thesis.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    Done so well I never noticed it.


    If you could give Abundance a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Rational optimism for a world drowing in despaire.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read for those tired of hearing from those who make a living predicting 19 of the next three disasters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sandel
    • Narrated By Michael J. Sandel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities? Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

    Kristopher says: "Great introduction to the world of ethics"
    "I want my Money back on this Waste of Time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Peter Pan


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael J. Sandel again?

    Not a chance.


    What about Michael J. Sandel’s performance did you like?

    He tried to be intellectually honest...but failed.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What Money Can't Buy?

    Page 1 to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a painful waste of time.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Brooks
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, and upward mobility: These traditions are at the heart of the free enterprise system, and have long been central to America's exceptional culture. In recent years, however, policymakers have dramatically weakened these traditions - by exploding the size of government, propping up their corporate cronies, and trying to reorient our system from rewarding merit to redistributing wealth. Arthur C. Brooks shows that this trend cannot be reversed through materialistic appeals.

    Bruce says: "Returning Our Country to a Sound and Solid Footing"
    "Thanks...I needed this!"
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    What did you love best about The Road to Freedom?

    Liberty is an intellectual concept that takes effort to fully appreciate, but Brooks makes the moral case for freedom easy to understand.


    What other book might you compare The Road to Freedom to and why?

    While obviously baselined on F.A. Hayek's brilliant "Road to Serfdom", Brooks masterfully replaces academic arguments with moral justifications for free markets and free people.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Capitalism is obvioulsy morally superior to socialism.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a superb piece of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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