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Carrie

Cleveland Heights, OH, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Postman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television.

    Lonnie says: "Incredible"
    "A significant book, worth repeated listenings"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Amusing Ourselves to Death to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of this book, but was surprised to find that I was well able to follow and absorb it in audio despite its intellectual focus.


    What other book might you compare Amusing Ourselves to Death to and why?

    This is one of a the key books on media and society that is truly accessible to non-academics, comparable to Edward Jay Epstein's "News from Nowhere," Joshua Meyrowitz's "No Sense of Place" and James Carey's "Communication as Culture: Essays on Media and Society."


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Riggenbach – was your favorite?

    I was convinced that Jeff Riggenback was the author, so well did he read, with emphasis in all the right places.


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

    It took me awhile to absorb this book, which I listened to in the car in bursts, as I drove to work. I think I started it on vaction. It bears putting down at time to think about the ideas, which are significant and sometimes complex. But it is truly accessible, so I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the increasingly important interactions between media and society. Indeed, every responsible citizen should be aware of these things, which are still valid and relevant although they were written decades ago.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26033)
    Performance
    (12688)
    Story
    (12729)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The Help"
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    Not only is this among the best books I've ever read, it is even more powerful with this narration. Outstanding.

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