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Christopher

Hermosa Beach, CA, USA

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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"
    "Mostly forgettable"
    Overall

    The weird thing about this book is that the author explains how "fear mongers" use the media to mislead the public and thus promote their alarmingly conservative agenda. He then does an about-face and uses the EXACT SAME TECHNIQUES to explain why we should fear those things that liberals find scary.

    As someone who isn't overly political, I found this book to be more silly (insofar as it contradicts itself) than intolerable.

    16 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steven Bochco
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In his sizzling first novel, the creator of L.A. Law and NYPD Blue plunges a down-on-his-luck Hollywood writer into the thick of a murder investigation, which he uses to get better material for his screenplay. When Bobby Newman spies upon his neighbors one day through his $4,000 telescope, he sees a beautiful woman making love to a handsome actor named Ramon. But when their pillow talk turns sour, Bobby watches as she bludgeons her lover to death with his own acting trophy.

    Christopher says: "There's a better version..."
    "There's a better version..."
    Overall

    This is a fun book and a okay reading, but there's a version on CD read by Dennis Franz that's a lot better. He's much more expressive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Theory of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Hawking
    • Narrated By Stephen W. Hawking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The Theory of Everything is a unique opportunity to explore the cosmos with the greatest mind since Einstein. Based on a series of lectures given at Cambridge University, Professor Hawking introduces "the history of ideas about the universe" as well as today's most important scientific theories about time, space, and the cosmos in a clear, easy-to-understand way.

    Christopher says: "Recycled"
    "Recycled"
    Overall

    According to Stephen Hawking's web site, he wrote the text many years ago, but the material it covers has already been published in his other books (such as 'A Brief History of Time'). He didn't have anything to do with the publishing of this book and anyone interested in his work would do better to get the books he actually intended to write. This one is largely unoriginal (and that's according to the so-called author -- who is still alive by the way).

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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