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  • Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (245)

    The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class - made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding - has been growing in power for a generation.

    Jerome says: "News In America"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This book added to my understanding of what is happening to America, like Todo pulling back the curtain in the Wizard of Oz, but it also organized and expressed many of the thoughts that have been dancing around at the back of my head about our political system in a irreverent, witty, and coherent fashion. Thank you, Mr. Taibbi for saying f***k you, when I can not.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ghostly Gay Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michel Russell
    • Narrated By Peregrine Muir
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Life and fate have dealt Ashley Wynter a series of cruel blows. He is bereft of the job that fulfilled him and the lover who sustained him. Summoned by a sinister anonymous message, he's lured into a twilight world of deceit, depravity, and degradation as he struggles to find out how his lover died - and why.

    Rodney says: "Very bad reader"
    "A bridged too far (and unintentionally)"
    Overall

    The reader sounded like he was drunk or about to fall asleep. Maybe he was. Maybe he did. That would explain why there are big pieces of the story missing. Purhaps he just woke up, opened the book, and started reading where the empty Jack Daniels bottle had propped the pages open. It doesn't really matter. Frail Ashley, the main character, was so maddeningly passive and ineffective at every turn of the plot that I came to loathe him. He did everything but have the vapors. There were times when the book came quite close to seeming like an expression of internalized homophobia and gay stereotypes. It is unfortunate that while there are a lot of good gay mystery and suspense books written, somehow Here and Audible offered this to us. By the way, what does the word trilogy in the title refer to?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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