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Thomas

Memphis, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Greedy Bastards: Corporate Communists, Banksters, and the Other Vampires Who Suck America Dry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dylan Ratigan
    • Narrated By Dylan Ratigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.

    Cathy says: "Very eye opening and engaging!"
    "Dammit--the U.S. is Not Finland or Denmark"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Worth a quick listen, but just to see what's wrong with the Friedman, Krugman, Brill school of criticism.


    What could Dylan Ratigan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not lumped U.S. education, medical, manufacturing, technical systems in with the rest of the world. We ain't China, for God's sake.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dylan Ratigan?

    Maybe Johnny Heller or Alan Sklar.


    Was Greedy Bastards worth the listening time?

    Yes, but barely. A re-listen only to see the way it reflects the current media preoccupation with American difficulties. On the mark about Wall Street, but little else.
    After all, who is going to say that the PISA educational scores place the U.S is at worst fourth in the world if you break out White (3rd) and Black (44th) rankings and recognize Shanghai is NOT a country & Singapore & Finland are not really good comparisons. Likewise, just knowing that a lot of references rely on a convicted felon and his self-interest brother (the Milkens===yes, the junk-bond swindlers).
    His conclusions (or those quoted from non peer-reviewed


    Any additional comments?

    Get real, Dylan. Way too lame.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Little Pieces

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (168)

    By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

    Heath says: "Great Book"
    "A Million Little Incongruities"
    Overall

    From its beginning with the surreal plane trip to the end, I find it impossible to believe most, if any, part of this fable is true. I plan to check many of the so-called "events" described in the book by looking into Mr. Frey's bio.. This is clearly fiction. Let's face it---being allowed on an airplane in the described state would be impossible even before 9-11. Two root canals while strapped in a dentist's chair at the onset of the rehab program. I find it impossible to believe that a local anesthetic would cause such a severe reaction that a rehab clinic couldn't allow it. And the cast of characers reads likes a bad Hollywood script. Judge, Mafiosa, Simon & Garfunkle's Boxer, the lovely little hooker, the "saved" who stay and work at the clinic.
    The entire story is so preposterous that I cannot believe people would buy into it. And the blurb from Bret Easton Ellis makes me think that HE may have been the real author. It reads like one of his worst works, if we can say one is worse than another, but uses a style so imitative that one has no choice but to think that the author either copied his style or tried to update "Bright Lights..." and transpose in into an incredibly morose melodrama.
    This book cries out: "Fact-checker needed."

    26 of 32 people found this review helpful

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