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Laura

Timberlake, NC, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Farhad Manjoo
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Why has punditry overtaken news, with so many media outlets pushing partisan agendas instead of information? Comedian Stephen Colbert's catchword "truthiness" has captured something essential about our age: that people are more comfortable with ideas that feel true, even if the evidence for those beliefs is thin.

    Gurmukh says: "Very interesting book, but a little lacking"
    "Excellent book - well worth reading!!!"
    Overall

    This is certainly one of the best books I have read this year. Previously, I had read David Brock's Republican Noise Machine (also a very good book available at audible.com), but this book was even more thought-provoking, including a much wider range of examples. I was thinking this book might be some light-weight fluff, but instead it is the real stuff, very smart, well-written, and thoughtful. You will not look at your local TV news the same way after reading this book!

    In the spirit of this book's themes, I should note that I am NOT being paid by any company for endorsing this book, ha ha. Anyway, it's an excellent book, well worth reading!!!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    This first volume of the Earthsea Cycle is an adventure story, a Quest, a tale of a proud, incautious boy who meddles too early with the Dark. It is a pure fantasy telling about a real thing: a boy coming into his power and his manhood...coming of age.

    Wyonia says: "Great Book...Frantic Narrator"
    "Great book, AWFUL reader"
    Overall

    I have been listening to audio books at audible.com for about 10 years, and this is the only time that the narrator was SO WRONG for the book that I could not manage to finish the book. I enjoyed Ellison's reading style for City of Darkness, but his style (identical for both books) is completely, totally, absolutely inappropriate for Wizard of Earthsea. All of Ellison's stuttering, pausing, hemming, hawing and stammering, breathless dramatic crescendos, all of that is just plain WRONG \for LeGuin's measured, even, concise, careful prose. The pacing of Ellison's reading is constantly out of synch with LeGuin's own pacing. Given that LeGuin's book is very much about the right use of speech, about the profundity of silence, about the power of words, it is just maddening to hear a reader who insists on imposing his own, alien style on the text. Ugh. Absolutely awful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Dennis McKee
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Lisa says: "Forget the Movie"
    "Vintage Heinlein but poor reader"
    Overall

    This is a great Heinlein novel, but what the reader is unfortunately very monotonous. He uses exactly the same voice for every single character, making some of the dialogue scenes pure torture. If you are looking for a good Heinlein novel to listen to, try Stranger in a Strange Land - that book is read by the genius reader Christopher Hurt. if only he had been the reader for this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Done Gone: The Unauthorized Parody

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alice Randall
    • Narrated By Alice Randall
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In an inspired act of literary invention, Alice Randall explodes the world created in Margaret Mitchell's famous 1936 novel, the work that more than any other has defined our image of the antebellum South. Imagine simply that the black characters peopling that world were completely different, not egregious, one-dimensional stereotypes but fully alive, complex human beings.

    Jennifer says: "Ok Book"
    "This is an AMAZING book"
    Overall

    I hesitated to get this book because it said it was a "parody", so I thought it would just be a joke, a joke that might be funny for a few pages and then run thing. but instead this turned out to be one of the most beautiful and sad books I have read in an age. I cried twice while listening to it. then I listened to it again all the way through the next day.
    if you like this book, read The Known World also. it is availabe here at audible too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Brock
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Former right-wing journalist David Brock uses his keen understanding and experience to show how a conservative media has skewed American politics noticeably to the right. Brock's incisive analysis of right-wing media theories, strategies, financing, and operations makes for a convincing argument that the Republican Right does not embrace or encourage journalistic freedom, but instead seeks to control it.

    Rex says: "A 4 star book (If you are a political junkie)"
    "excellent, detailed, thought-provoking"
    Overall

    unlike other books that are critical of today's media, this book by Brock provides a fascinating perspective on the historical evolution of the current situation throughout the 60's-70's-80's-90's. FASCINATING. the reader is also first-rate, making this book compelling to listen to from start to finish. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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