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rob

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  • 12 ratings
  • 804 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ha-Joon Chang
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (492)

    If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

    Sean says: "A shallow and destructive book"
    "Nothing to Say"
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    What would have made 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism better?

    If the author didn't hide behind his understanding of the issue in order to promote his agenda. There are brief snippets that we see the author stating that we do not have capitalism, but rather than addressing that fact he is constantly setting up strawmen in order to push a story. His interpretation of history like his definition of capitalism is questionable, but he never stops to discuss, each section is a sprint in order to get to the point he can shout about how bad free exchange is. Nothing new, interesting, or true here.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of What Was Lost: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Islington
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2035)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1811)

    It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

    Justin says: "The book of a thousand names!"
    "Tricked again by a Wheel of Time reference"
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    What would have made The Shadow of What Was Lost better?

    *** Important note for future reviewers ***Please stop writing this person writes like someone else in your reviews... Yes, I read Robert Jordan because it had the same quote about him as this book did about Tolkien, and otherwise would not have. Looking back it is why I read Jordan. However, if you use that high praise, you need to have the 'bones' that the other author was about. Four things you need to be Robert Jordan:1) Characters with compassion. Characters with attitude. A story not filled with unnecessary dialogue between characters - "consider this young Rabbitt," "yes, I see that now Master Owl" - rather, we see the Characters smacked in the face with a realization. 2) You need to tame your nerdiness. Don't put some new word, definition, whatever, into every sentence and think you are telling a story. Don't create a society that only includes Wizards or Demons. The world needs to be far more interesting. It needs a little humanity, compassion, reality. 3) A story I care about. I sleep to my books. I'll listen for a while, wake up, find a plot point, and listen. This one puts me to sleep. I'll wake up and hear it, and find nothing to latch onto. I have no idea what the story is, who the characters are, etc. 4) A great narrator. Well... this book gets 1/4. However, as much as I loved hearing Michael Kramer's voice and how it pulled me in initially... without the 3 points above, he is wasted. I lose the story with all of the male voices and males who just talk like one another, and the males who need to talk back and forth all of the time. Give me some emotion man, some drive, something different. And give us some women with personalities and their own motivations. Reviewers, please accept Jordan is gone. Please stop making me excited to buy something that does not have any aspect of Jordan. Every time I do I have less for the future Kickstarters to fund the Wheel of Time video game, movie, TV series, etc. You may like this book for other reasons, but it does not remind you of Jordan because some people can do magical things with powers that run out.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5748)
    Performance
    (3461)
    Story
    (3486)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Best one yet"
    Overall

    Haven't read a fantasy book in years; can't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (177)

    Everything, well, almost everything, you know about American history is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academic historians who treat their biases as fact. But fear not; Professor Thomas Woods refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

    Gary says: "Informative, thoughtful, eye opening and funny."
    "Must read"
    Overall

    If you are interested in learning what you didn't learn, rather than wanting to read something that simply fits with your belief of history, get this book. If you're not willing to learn where your history textbooks didn't tell the whole story (or any part of the story at all), then don't listen to this book because as you can see it is very bothersome to some that don't want to have their views questioned.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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