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Michael Friedman

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Delmar, NY USA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Mallon (foreword)
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa's reputation be judged by her actions - not the other way around. With characteristic élan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative.

    Michael Friedman says: "Another View of our Saint"
    "Another View of our Saint"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Missionary Position the most enjoyable?

    An excellent polemic on many levels of a woman who is to the outside world a humble savior of the poor, but in reality is a woman who shills for the Catholic prohibitions against contraception and takes millions from the worst and richest elements of society and delivers unrelenting pain in the name of Jesus Christ.


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

    Yes. Excellent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mother Pain.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2147)
    Performance
    (2002)
    Story
    (2011)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "A Terrific Story"
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    This is a very good book. The story is thrilling and Mr. Luttrell and Mr. Robinson actually write in kind of a Texas drawl that is well spoken in the audio. While one can wonder about the opinions of Texas and American exceptionalism, the role of the “liberal media” in causing battlefield deaths, the hand of the Christian God saving a rifle time and time again and other strange observations, they are all understandable given the remarkable experiences of Mr. Luttrell. One can even forgive Mr. Luttrell’s peculiar views of the Rules of Engagement, the Geneva Convention, Jimmy Carter who ruined his daddy’s horse farm, and comments like, “Sorry lefties.” He believes that the murder, torture and rape at Abu Ghraib are just fine with him as the Taliban are worse. The Navy Seals could win the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in about two weeks if they were not hamstrung by the Rules of War not to kill civilians. He revers George W. Bush, his fellow Texan, without wondering why his “good friends’ in Pakistan took billions from the United States, opened the borders with Afghanistan to the Taliban and hid Osama Bin Laden for years. He honestly believes that liberals and particularly the liberal media in the United States hate the military. I forgive him all of this. He and his fellow soldiers are heroes, albeit unlucky and under served by their commanders who sent them into battle unprepared (think improper communications and reconnaissance) and without a plan to deal with the inevitable contact with the local sheepherders who caused their deaths. I forgive him all of this, as it is a very well written book about a terrific saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18042)
    Performance
    (13886)
    Story
    (13829)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Pretty Empty"
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    OK, I'm a guy. I don't watch 30 Rock or Saturday Night Live. This is a book about a very nice woman with a nice life. It has little imagination or perspective. It is not very funny. I really could care less about her child's fingernails or her decision to have a second child. I am sure the themes resonate with a lot of people, I'm guessing mostly women. However, to me it was pretty empty. Sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins (foreword)
    • Narrated By Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the listener from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders. Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right.

    valerie says: "Quirky"
    "Not what you expect"
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    Unfortunately, Mr. Silverman does not have much of a story to tell. While sold as a narration of his run for public office, this is a rather mundane biography of a Jewish boy from Philadelphia teaching in Charleston. A nice story to be sure, but not anything worth the effort. His reading style is rather poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (599)

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Matt says: "Michael Pollan Fans Will Love It."
    "Finally, a writer who can read"
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    Michael Pollan joins Christopher Hitchens, Gore Vidal and Dick Cavett as an author who can read his own work well. This makes his insightful book well worth the listen. Mr. Pollan shifts well between the philosophy and history of cooking with his own explorations and anecdotes. It is a nice idea well executed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Ben Cramer
    • Narrated By Richard Ben Cramer
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In this groundbreaking biography, Richard Ben Cramer presents a stunning, often shocking portrait of the hero nobody knew. It is a story that sweeps through the 20th century, bringing light to America's national game, movie stars, mobsters, as well as the birth - and the price - of national celebrity.

    Patrick says: "Joe DiMaggio"
    "Joltin Joe"
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    Richard Ben Cramer will always be known as the great political writer of What It Takes. It is, after all, the best piece of presidential political writing in America. Here he writes a brilliant biography of Joe DiMaggio which is both tender and enthralling. The true heroine here is Marilyn Monroe and makes one pine for Mailer's book/photo essay on her. One will miss the short, erudite oeuvre of Mr. Cramer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better than Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A pioneer of the New Journalism movement, Hunter S. Thompson wrote with a fire that captured the attention of millions. Here Thompson delivers a mind-bending view of the 1992 presidential race, packed with all the horror, sacrifice, lust, and glory that made this campaign so utterly fascinating.

    Michael Friedman says: "A Classic for One Chapter"
    "A Classic for One Chapter"
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    In my opinion, the final chapter on the death of Richard Nixon is the finest piece of political writing in American history. At once hilarious, sarcastic and poignant, it is the prefect topping to this look at the election of William Jefferson Clinton in 1992. Scott Sowers does a fine job of capturing the anger and vision of Thompson's bizarre view of politics in the late 20th Century.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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