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Alex Friedman

Walnut Creek, CA United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richard A. Muller
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    The near-meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil rig explosion, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply of and demand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more than any other factor. But the "energy question" is more confusing, contentious, and complicated than ever before.

    Neuron says: "Excellent overview over current and future energy"
    "Clarity & clear thinking"
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    What made the experience of listening to Energy for Future Presidents the most enjoyable?

    Muller presents a scientist's view about a broad range of energy topics. He backs up his conclusions with data and reasoning. The narration is fine but not exceptional.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a fresh view, on a topic that seems to confuse many.

    Some of the conclusions are surprising, e.g., about plug-in hybrids; but Muller explains his assumptions, and the conclusions seem to derive rather solidly from them. Perhaps some of those assumptions are mistaken, but at least they are clearly called out; Muller himself admits that shale resources are far greater than he had realized just a few years ago.

    The overall organization is well thought out - so, even though there is an accompanying PDF, the narrative is clear from the audio alone.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (411)

    President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, energy, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and financial responsibility, and offering a plan to get us "back in the future business".

    Christine A. Haimann says: "Great and it all makes sense"
    "Thorough, engaging, and well thought out"
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    Story
    What did you love best about Back to Work?

    The depth and breadth of the narrative, and the careful thinking that went into it, are noteworthy. The narration was superb.


    What about Bill Clinton’s performance did you like?

    The clarity of the exposition, the emphasis where appropriate, and most especially the fact that the author was the narrator. Of course, President Clinton brings a lot of credibility to the discussion.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best treatment of the current situation and the path forward that I've heard, of the 6 or so that I've heard from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (190)

    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!"
    "Excellent explanation of the economy & how to fix"
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    If you could sum up End This Depression Now! in three words, what would they be?

    clear, correct, and compelling


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook is perhaps the best I've heard on economics and related topics. The writing is clear and the arguments are compelling. The only downside is that Krugman makes the emotional anguish of living through a depression worse by showing how it is self-inflicted (or more accurately, inflicted by ideological leaders and misguided economists who have not thought clearly about what a depression really is). The performance is also excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (1306)
    Story
    (1298)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "An excellent history, and a cautionary tale"
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    Where does Drift rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    90th percentile, maybe a bit higher.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drift?

    I found the discussion of the growth of our mercenary army the most enlightening, and the most disturbing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The quality is pretty uniform throughout. Maddow is passionate about the material -- she can sometimes have a sarcastic tone, but that is excusable in view of the cynical actions and decisions on which she is reporting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The audiobook is far too heavy to listen to in a singe session.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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