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A. Keahiolalo

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  • Intellectuals and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (142)

    This is a study of how intellectuals as a class affect modern societies by shaping the climate of opinion in which official policies develop, on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace. You will hear a withering and clear-eyed critique about (but not for) intellectuals that explores their impact on public opinion, policy, and society at large.

    Chlo-bell says: "An efficient attack on liberal philosophy."
    "A waste of time."
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    His thesis is that 'intellectuals' are controlling the media and politics and spinning stories to support their own agenda. Three issues:

    1. He never defines who the 'intellectuals' actually are, only who they are not. We are then left alone with that, poised to direct the angst that is spawned by his accusations to a group of people inferred to be simply 'everyone else but the reader'.

    2. He denounces liberals for their fallacious methods of debate, as if liberals are the only population to do so.

    3. Clearly, he is one of the very intellectuals he burns at the stake, even down to the spinning of events and the fallacious arguments he hates so much.

    So, with no real target, no unique crime committed by that target, and a hypocritical disposition; this book is nothing more than a firework targeted to the gullible by sensationalizing events in the past that are easily sniped with 20/20 vision, and blaming those outcomes on a group with values different from the author's while using the very methods of argument he denounces in the next sentence.

    I have not read anything else from this author. I am hesitant to do so again, but I would give him one more chance, in the interest of fairness, to do something actually useful...but after this book, would not be expecting much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Roots of Obama’s Rage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dinesh D’Souza
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    D’Souza explains that the reason Obama appears to be working to destroy America from within is found, as Obama himself admits, in The Dreams of My Father: a deeply hostile anticolonialism. Instilled in him by his father, this worldview has led President Obama to resent America and everything we stand for. D’Souza masterfully shows how Obama is working to weaken and punish America here and abroad.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Insightful Listen, But for the Glenn Beck Section"
    "An unintelligent, petty, absurd waste of time"
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    This book is biased and irrational, and inflammatory in that the author tries to pass as some sort of political scholar. This book is clearly written by a white male but because of the racial connotations, he attempt to gain 'street cred' by publishing it under the guise of a minority.

    The author's thesis in the book is that Obama has anti-colonial tenancies which is nothing more than a negative connotation of believing that one group of people should not impose their will upon another group of people.

    He demonizes this principle, and does so, at best, with very loose connections, and at worst, with blatant irrationality: even going so far as to chastise Obama's heroizing of his distant father as a child.

    This book is not for anyone wishing to lean anything about Obama or politics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (333)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "Unbelievable book. Superb performance!!"
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    If you could sum up Doc in three words, what would they be?

    Replay, replay, replay


    What other book might you compare Doc to and why?


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    Perfect. Really a fantastic performance


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. Couldn't turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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