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RnD

Sausalito, CA | Listener Since 2002

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  • Young Men and Fire

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Norman Maclean
    • Narrated By John MacLean
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Norman MacLean spent the last 14 years of his life determined to sift through grief and controversy in search of the truth behind the Mann Gulch tragedy, one of the worst disasters in the history of the Forest Service. Young Men and Fire is the culmination of his investigations. It is a story about honor, death, compassion, and the human spirit.

    Crazy CT Marmot says: "Great read, very good listen!!"
    "A stunning (and true) tale!"
    Overall

    I read the book, and found it to be beautiful and compelling. It's also a very informative tale. You'll learn how fires are fought, and how men are lost fighting them. Norm Maclean wrote two books, and in my opinion, this one is better than "A River Runs Through It."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who's Looking Out for You?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (27)

    Who's Looking Out for You? is a book that boldly confronts our worst fears and biggest problems in a post-9/11, post-corporate-meltdown world. Its sage, candid advice on regaining control and trust in these troubled times will resonate with the millions of readers and viewers who have come to believe in Bill O'Reilly as the man who speaks for them.

    Charles says: "Balancing The Reviews"
    "What a waste of time"
    Overall

    This book is full of ad-hominem attacks, distortions, and downright lies. Unfortunately Mr. O'Reilly seems more interested in raising controversy than in useful content. (I can't say I blame him... controversy sells.) If you want to actually learn something, buy Paul Krugman's "Fuzzy Math" or Woodward's "Bush at War".

    On the other hand, if you wish to simply be made angry by a collection of falsehoods, this book's for you.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (349)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "A good reason to doubt what you're told"
    Overall

    In this hilarious book, Mr. Franken systematically tears down the lies told by major right-wing spokespersons. These include Ari Fleischer, Bill ('Bully') O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter ('Nutcase!'), President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Sean Hannity, the entire Fox network, and many others. Through humor and annotated examples, Mr. Franken shows how the right now only lies outright, but distorts the truth to suit their political ideology. He also shows how the right wing blamed Clinton for the same things they're doing themselves (i.e., "Fundraiser-in-Chief".

    The only chapter of the book which seems unnecessary is "Operation Chickenhawk." It seems a little too mean-spirited for the book.

    This book is *not* recommended for those who lack a sense of humor or are right-wing extremists. (Is this redundant?)

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful

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