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Scott M. Nash

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  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    For more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing, as in the Cuban missile crisis, to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. Now the Bush administration is intensifying this process, driving us toward the final frontiers of imperial control, toward a choice between the prerogatives of power and a livable Earth.

    Jazz Listener says: "Great book, lousy reader"
    "Flawed but important"
    Overall

    I'm probably giving this book a higher rating than it deserves, but I think there are enough important facts in it that we can forgive some of the more paranoid rantings. (He sees 'vast, long standing conspiracy' where there is likely only crass insider profiteering). It does provide exceptional reference as to some of the more outrageous crimes zeroing in on the Reagan, Bush crowd. The style is irritatingly smug and pseudo-intellectual and is filled with Noam's usual assertion that the US has never had a leader who wasn't evil and most of the worlds problems are the fault of the US. Very annoying but please drag though it anyway.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    After 12,000 years, the once-supreme Galactic Empire was plunging into a future of barbarism and warfare. All knowledge previously created by mankind faced destruction. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, foresaw the dark age of ignorance that was to come, and set out to preserve knowledge and mankind itself.

    Colin says: "Stop read"
    "Not as bad as other reviews state"
    Overall

    I gave it five stars... IT DOES NOT DESERVE THEM! However, I feel many of the reviews are so off base that I want to bring the total up.

    Criticisms that are correct: It's abridged, the music and sound was disconcerting till I got used to it.

    Criticisms that are NOT correct: It's a bad read -- it's actually an outstanding, character rich reading; the music is distracting -- the music is odd, but in no way diminishes the work, and in a couple of places really added to the tension; the abridgment cuts out the 'meat' of the stories -- I hate abridgments, but this is no worse than others. The flow of the story remains intact and all the major points are still intact.

    I don't give it my highest recommendation, but if you love the stories, or have not read them and want to get the taste of them, this is a good, though not perfect selection.

    1 of 4 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
    (445)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    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."
    "Worst Book Ever"
    Overall

    I'm giving this book a one star rating, but only because the computer won't allow me to enter a NO STAR rating. As a history lover, I was completly mislead by the title of this book and want my money back.

    "Historian" Woods makes the classic mistake of coming to his conclusions first, then finding his facts. Of the many outright falsehoods in this book, the easiest to pick apart is the statement that the Indians willing gave away ALL their land to America. Hello? He could at least make his lies plausible

    24 of 62 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (149)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "Virtually Unreadable"
    Overall

    I have never yet made it all the way through this book, which is a shame, because Ayn Rand is a pretty good writer. It's way to long, way to involved, way too convoluted, and way too busy pushing its belief system to be entertaining. If you are interested in the 'philosophy' of the book, then read 'The Fountainhead.' It's a much better, less pretentious book (though it, too, is way too long).

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • George W. Bush Second Inauguration (1/20/05)

    • NONE (38 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    On January 20, 2005, George W. Bush took the oath of office to become the nation's 16th second-term president. The President's 17-minute speech focused on themes of hope and freedom. Near freezing temperatures did not discourage the more than a half million spectators who gathered to see the swearing in at the West Front of the Capital and the traditional parade. In the first presidential inauguration ceremony since 9/11, the security in Washington, D.C. was extremely tight.

    Steven M Stallings says: "Vision for future and understanding of obstacles"
    "Terrifying, myopic and retrograde to history"
    Overall

    A horrific vision of a foolish and dangerous man's plans to wind back the clock of America to the 50's or earlier. Unfortunately, while the rest of the world (even China!) is moving forward, Bush intends to drag the US, half of it kicking and screaming, as far backward as he possibly can. Possibly the most chilling speech since Wallace's segregation forever presentation. Disturbing to the thinking man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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