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William Wright

Colorado Speed Climber

Superior, CO USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 6 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 588 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015
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  • Fast Food Nation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (215)

    To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

    Bruce says: "Should be required reading for all"
    "Preaching to the choir only"
    Overall

    This book was frustrating to listen to. I knew the premise beforehand and it was recommended to me by a couple of friends, but the author never addresses or provides any evidence that fast food restaurants are any different from other restaurants. This is just assumed. In fact, the book starts off with the assumption that franchises are inherently evil and that everyone agrees on that, so he doesn't provide any evidence or logical reasoning on this topic. If you start off with the assumption that franchises and fast food are evil and inherently different from all other restaurants, then I suspect you wil like this book. But how can you indict one type of restaurant without at least showing how it is different from other restaurants? It's not a scholarly book, but just a rant.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition: Everything You Need to Know about American History but Never Learned

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Kenneth C. Davis, Zach McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    Here, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its debut as a New York Times best seller, is the revised, updated, and expanded edition of the classic anti-textbook that changed the way we look at history. First published two decades ago, when the “closing of the American mind” was in the headlines, Don’t Know Much About® History proved Americans don’t hate history—just the dull version that was dished out in school.

    William says: "A great history refresher"
    "Good book. Liberal slant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Liberal slant on events covered and depth of coverage and definitely a heavy bias but fair enough and quite well written and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Origin of Species

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (305)

    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    M says: "A Perfect Abridgement"
    "Nice abridgment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dawkins reads well and adds some commentary. Makes me want to listen to the original but recommend for those wanting an introduction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ed Finn, Kathryn Cramer
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Now comes this remarkable anthology uniting 20 of today's leading thinkers, writers, and visionaries - among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Sterling, and Neal Stephenson - to contribute works of "techno-optimism" that challenge us to dream and do Big Stuff. Engaging, mind-bending, provocative, and imaginative, Hieroglyph offers a forward-thinking approach to the intersection of art and technology that has the power to change our world.

    D. Beaman says: "SciFi that is very entertaining and scientific"
    "Politics are very left"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Leftish politics are prominent in many stories. Most aren't much of a story and writing is mediocre. At least two good stories. My favorite was "the man who sold the stars".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Americans: Prehistory - 1600, A History of US, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Thousands of years, way before Christopher Columbus set sail, wandering tribes of hunters made their way from Asia across the Bering land bridge to North America. They didn't know it, but they had discovered a New World. The First Americans is a fascinating re-creation of pre-Columbian Native American life, and it's an adventure of a lifetime!

    Alice says: "Target Audience"
    "For kids"
    Overall

    This series of books is written for kids and probably fine through junior high, but not very compelling to older kids or adults.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3608)
    Performance
    (1320)
    Story
    (1332)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "King's worst"
    Overall

    This book was very disappointing to me. It is just simply bad. There is nothing creative in it and in fact almost nothing happens in the book. There is no explanation of who/why the "Pulse" occurred and the technical explanation for the result is ridiculously simplistic. I finished the entire book only because I was hoping that something would happen and nothing ever does. Even the event at the end is only local. Ugh. Don't waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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