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  • Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steve Coll
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (108)

    Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power. ExxonMobil’s annual revenues are larger than the economic activity in the great majority of countries. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the United States embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than almost any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.

    Zak says: "Please no more accents!"
    "Informative and Concise"
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    What made the experience of listening to Private Empire the most enjoyable?

    My personal interest in the energy industry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The creator of Exxon due to his eccentric behavior to conquer and control with his corporation at all costs.


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

    No. Eat this elephant in small bites.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're already interested in how corporate america controls government policy and how such corporations are born, then this is the book for you. To the average citizen, this may put them to sleep because of the depth of detail it goes into regarding Exxon Mobil's vast history.

    Personally, this filled in a lot of holes with respect to a lot of other historical nonfiction books I've read on similar subjects so it was definitely worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gregg Braden
    • Narrated By Gregg Braden
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Between 1993 and 2000, a series of groundbreaking experiments revealed dramatic evidence of a web of energy that connects everything in our lives and our world - the Divine Matrix. From the healing of our bodies, to the success of our careers, relationships, and the peace between nations, this new evidence demonstrates that we each hold the power to speak directly to the force that links all of creation.

    John says: "Ties up the loose ends"
    "The Secret with science jargon poured in."
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    Would you try another book from Gregg Braden and/or Gregg Braden?

    Not without reading some reviews first.


    What could Gregg Braden have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Actually provide some literal research accounts and not just personal anecdotes and opinions.


    Which character – as performed by Gregg Braden – was your favorite?

    Not a single account really rises to the top for me on this one. All of their fantastic accounts seem to blend together.


    Did The Divine Matrix inspire you to do anything?

    Yup. Read all the reviews on his other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm scientifically trained in physics and mathematics but open-minded when it comes to new material of this kind. The Divine Matrix is really just a harmless and shallow read on the topic of our daily and personal interaction with Quantum Mechanics. Braden does put forth many enlightening ideas in this book; however, his grasping logic and 'long-bow' rational left me feeling too critical of his work. If you were one of those who enjoyed reading The Secret but wanted more "science" pulled into it, then this short listen is for you.

    3 of 5 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
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1277)

    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?"
    "Ever asked how the military industry got so BIG?"
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    If you could sum up Drift in three words, what would they be?

    Concisely deserved hubris.


    What other book might you compare Drift to and why?

    Drift is like a History of the CIA meets a People's History of the United States of America because it covers the history of government policy with respect to defense; however, it's main demographic is would be the concerned average U.S. citizen.


    Have you listened to any of Rachel Maddow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do listen to the Rachel Maddow Show from time to time. Here narrative voice is similar to the show sans the side commentary and humor (unless it's written into the text).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was a point when the author made me realize that I'm a citizen of a nation at war, and yet, my life hasn't really changed one way or another as compared with wars in the past.


    Any additional comments?

    Rachel Maddow tackles subject with grace and informative humor. Drift is swift and fun if you want thoroughly answer the question in my headline stated above in about a day.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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