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Cliff

Garland, TX, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (82)

    Cavanaugh, a former member of Delta Force, is hired by a brilliant scientist named Prescott who needs protection from a drug lord seeking the highly addictive drug he has invented. At least that is what Cavanaugh is led to believe. After Cavanaugh trains the scientist in escape and evasion, the unthinkable occurs: Cavanaugh's team is viciously attacked and entirely wiped out - and Prescott seems to be in collusion with the attackers.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Excellent story, not a dull moment."
    "Good plot, poorly told"
    Overall

    One star for the plot and one because I did want to see how it ended. However, the story was melodramatic w/ too much detail about common sense activity. Many inaccuracies esp. in the medical area.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (284)

    The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

    Grant says: "Dense, but important."
    "More Uncompromised Attitudes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Price of Inequality?

    While I support the overall view of the book, I found the absolutes and many examples of stretching the facts disappointing. There are enough facts to make the case for closing the economic gaps that create inequality and you will find those in this book. However, the simple facts must not have dramatic enough for Stiglitz. This book will fan the flames of the far right and give them more reasons to do the same with their own slanted interpretations of facts and partial truths. It certainly will not help them understand and is not likely to move a person in the center to agree. It will simply cause those of a common attitude to dig in deeper thus further preventing us from reaching resolution.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spartan Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (641)

    Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar." Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found.

    C. Johnson says: "A little bit National Treasure..."
    "Avoid unless you are in high school"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story was fairly good but the dialogue was weak. I think someone in high school or middle school might enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Clive Cussler’s story?

    The writing. I finished the book because the story was engaging but the writing was very poor. It seemed it was written over a long weekend with little thought. This was a poor man's "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown which was not written that well compared with the classics.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Absolutely. He is very good. However, the poor dialogue did not help his struggle with a French or Italian female accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spartan Gold?

    I would tell him to start over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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