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Britt

Valparaiso, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry between Big Business and Government—and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Rothkopf
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The world’s largest company, WalMart Stores, has revenues higher than the gross domestic product of all but twentyfive of the world’s countries. Its employees outnumber the populations of almost one hundred nations. The world’s largest asset manager, a New York company called BlackRock, controls assets greater than the national reserves of any country on the planet.

    Elton says: "Power is Over-rated"
    "Too much history; a little boring"
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    What would have made Power, Inc. better?

    To have let the reader now that (at least the first part of the book) is going far far back in history, describing powers of church and kings, etc. I was expecting to hear more about todays corporate powers (which might come later in the book, but I found to so lengthy that I never get there).


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Paul Krugman: End This Depression Now


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's probably really interesting for history lovers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15363)
    Performance
    (12683)
    Story
    (13323)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Awful !"
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    The book is so bad I think no one could read it well. What would it made a little more bearable if the reader would have shortened reading all the emails without the "from Anastasia Steele, To: Christian Grey. Subject: blablabla Time: 8.32 pm ....then comes a short email and every one ends with : Christian Grey...Grey Enterprises, Holding Inc."


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I found it totallly annoying


    Any additional comments?

    Extremely bland, poorly written book. By the middle of the book the author described Christian Grey's fingers as "long" at least 9 times. I did not count how many times it was mentioned that her chewing her lips turns him on. Every time he sends her a gift, or shows up unannounced she thinks: "Wholly SHIT" "Wholly CRAP" "What the "FUCK". But the most annoying thing is her constant: "Ohhhh MEI" repeated over and over and over. The book feels like it is written by a 14 year old teenager. The least compelling book I have ever listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Martin Gilens
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Can a country be a democracy if its government only responds to the preferences of the rich? In an ideal democracy, all citizens should have equal influence on government policy - but as this book demonstrates, America's policymakers respond almost exclusively to the preferences of the economically advantaged.

    Britt says: "Not good for audible"
    "Not good for audible"
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    What did you like best about Affluence and Influence? What did you like least?

    This might be a good and important book but I find it hard to listen too while not looking at the charts at the same time. A printed format might be better suitable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (312)

    Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

    Matt says: "Listen To This Immediately!"
    "Nailed it"
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    What made the experience of listening to Twilight of the Elites the most enjoyable?

    Despite having read other similar books I trusted the reviews and listened to this book as well. It explains well, why we are stuck in a society run by the top and why the elite have difficulty emphasizing with the rest of us.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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