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Gregory

Greg

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  • The Hollywood Studios: House Style in the Golden Age of the Movies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ethan Mordden
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made its distinctive contribution. But how did the studios, "growing up" in the same time and place, develop so differently? What combinations of talents and temperaments gave them their signature styles?

    Eleanor says: "The reader falls quite short of the book"
    "Not what you'd expect from the title"
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    I purchased this with the idea that the topic would focus on the on how each studio developed its unique visual style, but much of the time is spent in reviews of specific films. The "style" issue is clouded by the author's rather negative, and sometimes sarcastic comments on most films he critiques.

    "Style" is discussed more in the sense of "management style" rather than artistic style.
    The art directors, the creators of the visual style, e.g. Cedric Gibbons, Van Nest Polglase, so identified with their studios, were ignored.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Charles R. Morris
    • Narrated By Nick Summers
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    (154)
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    (17)
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    (17)

    The sub-prime mortgage crisis is only the beginning; a more profound economic and political restructuring is on its way. According to Charles R. Morris, the astronomical leverage at investment banks, with their hedge-fund and private-equity clients, virtually guarantees massive disruption in global markets.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Very Illuminating"
    "Where is all the money?"
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    Not an easy "read" if you don't have a good knowledge of Wall Street lingo. Full of acronyms, a person may have to replay several times to get the meaning. Concise, but not reading for a financial "newbee".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy Unabridged: How the New World Order, Man-Made Diseases, and Zombie Banks Are Destroying America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jim Marrs
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
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    (169)
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    The New World Order. Hitler referred to it in his diaries. President George H. W. Bush foretold of it in his speeches. Formed by a secretive global elite, the group seeking this new order has taken hold of the nation and perhaps the world. Its influence pervades every reach of American society, from the products we buy at the grocery store to the topics of evening news programs.

    John says: "True or not, he does connect the dots"
    "A conspiracy theorist's view of today's problems"
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    Jim Marrs continuing effort to reveal conspiracies continues in this volume about today's financial crises. He deals with a broader scope, which includes fluoridation, and other conspiratorial theories he has already proposed. His thoughts are clearly presented and liberally supported by his sources, which cannot be reviewed in a audio version of his work. The stuff real nightmares are made of if it's true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jim Marrs
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
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    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    Throw out everything you think you know about history. Close the approved textbooks, turn off the corporate mass media, and whatever you do, don't believe anything you hear from the government---The Rise of the Fourth Reich reveals the truth about American power.

    James says: "The Rise of the Fourth Reich"
    "Paranoia or reality...your guess"
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    Jim Marrs appeals to the paranoia which is rampant in today's economic and societal upheaval. Do some of the problems which plague us date back to the days when ex(?)-Nazis came to the US during Operation Paperclip? Did these scientists bring with them the ideals of the Third Reich and do these ideals find themselves imbedded in the scientific and medical communities today?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sebastian Mallaby
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
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    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    The Paul Volker Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington Post journalist Sebastian Mallaby has garnered New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable Book honors for his enthralling nonfiction. Bolstered by Mallaby’s unprecedented access to the industry, More Money Than God tells the inside story of hedge funds, from their origins in the 1960s and 1970s to their role in the financial crisis of 2007–2009.

    ND says: "Valiant effort but lacking analytic horsepower..."
    "Are hedge funds inherently bad?"
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    The history and tactics of the major hedge fund innovators and managers is presented in a clearly written book. Is the hedge fund an invention of Wall Street "bad boys", or a legitimate investment strategy which is useful? The economic meltdown is not a direct result of these funds according to the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Do You Kill Eleven Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
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    (233)
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    (233)

    If the truth is what sets us free, what does it mean to live in a society where truth is absent? How do truth and lies in the past shape our destiny today? Through the lens of the Holocaust, best-selling author Andy Andrews examines the critical need for truth in our relationships, our communities, and our government.

    Ella says: "Quick and Powerful"
    "A well crafted lie will always win out"
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    If people are lied to enough, they will believe as evidenced by the manner in which the Third Reich was able to conduct systematic and industrial genocide.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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