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Princeton, NJ, United States | Member Since 2005

  • 3 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 323 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Great Recession that began in 2007 is now more than four years old - and counting. Some 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and at recent rates of job creation we won’t be back to normal levels of employment until late this decade. This is a tragedy. Do we have to accept it? "No!" is the resounding answer given by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in this call to arms. We have seen this situation before and we know how to fix it; all we lack is the political will to take action.

    Michael says: "Listen to this before you vote!"
    "Great book for a scientist"
    Would you listen to End This Depression Now! again? Why?

    I never appreciated how well a real economist can explain economics in scientific terms. I am so used to hearing it from the POV of "traders" and "talking heads". It gives me hope there is a solution to this "depression". However, don't expect this book to make you feel good. It is rather sobering.

    What does Rob Shapiro and Paul Krugman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Due to the immensity of the topic, I tried to read it from the library but it would have taken too long to read. The audio version allowed me to get through it easily.

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

    The nature of liquidity and how important it is. Also, it is sobering to think our legislators are so determined to go the austerity route that has failed in every instance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Break No Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Dorothee Berryman

    The inspiration for the hit Fox series Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-stakes crime from today's headlines, in a case that lands forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme.

    Meridith says: "Unbearable Narrator"
    "Narration fine, story not..."

    I found the writing tedious. The main character's musings and details of unnecessary minutiae were maddening. I will not be continuing with this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska

    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    Taranthis says: "Great"
    "He sounds like Churchil!"
    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    Great voice all the way.

    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think there was anything I didn't know about World War II, but this book was so personal and real. It is well worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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