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michael

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  • Fate of the States: The New Geography of American Prosperity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Meredith Whitney
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    One of the most respected voices on Wall Street, Meredith Whitney shot to global prominence in 2007 when her warnings of a looming crisis in the financial sector proved all too prescient. Now, in her first book, she expands upon her biggest call since the financial crisis. Whitney offers a sobering vision of the next few decades, with the coastal states continuing to struggle while the central corridor (Texas to North Dakota) contin­ues to thrive. Whitney also offers practical ideas to help the struggling parts of the country - before the fate of the states becomes irreversible.

    JLynn says: "Statistic Overload.Grateful to the Narrator."
    "Excellent Information; Awful Narration"
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    What did you love best about Fate of the States?

    Information is excellent


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Awful narration


    What didn’t you like about Jo Anna Perrin’s performance?

    It stopped, eventually.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just cringe


    Any additional comments?

    For those really interested in the subject, I recommend the paper version. You'll want the numbers, anyway, and will spare yourself hours of painful narration. It's really too bad more authors don't narrate their own books; especially those with a good deal of experience in the media.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Harold N. Cropp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In "Radical Chic", Wolfe focuses primarily on one symbolic event: a gathering of the politically correct at Leonard Bernstein’s duplex apartment on Park Avenue to meet spokesmen of the Black Panther Party. He re-creates the incongruous scene - and its astonishing repercussions - with high fidelity. In the companion essay, Wolfe travels west to San Francisco to survey another meeting-ground between militant minorities and the liberal white establishment. "Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers" deals with the newly emerging art of confrontation, as practiced by San Francisco’s militant minorities.

    michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers?

    This brilliantly told piece of history is one that no doubt many power people hope you'll never find out about. Wolfe's writing is so rich with humor and insight, and the narration is so good, you'll think you're watching a play.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy - How to Save Yourself and Your Country

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter Schiff
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (222)

    In The Real Crash, New York Times best-selling author Peter D. Schiff argues that America is enjoying a government-inflated bubble, one that reality will explode... with disastrous consequences for the economy and for each of us. Schiff demonstrates how the infusion of billions of dollars of stimulus money has only dug a deeper hole: The United States government simply spends too much and does not collect enough money to pay its debts, and in the end, Americans from all walks of life will face a crushing consequence.

    John says: "Important Book with Somewhat Misleading Title"
    "This Book is Brilliant"
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Real Crash again? Why?

    No, but I will definitely read the paper book and make notes.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It is an eye-opening education that you will find almost nowhere else.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Too bad the question doesn't match the context of the book. There is no story. But the narration is not very good. Technically, the voice over work is not bad in terms of sound recording, but the pacing and affectation are all over the place as if there was no director or adult supervision in the recording sessions. It's really too bad Schiff didn't bother to record this himself. He has countless hours of media experience, and it would have been an outstanding product in his own voice.


    If you could give The Real Crash a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Read this while you still can.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this while you still can.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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