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David

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "Excellent Story of Government Failure in Katrina"
    Overall

    Eggers is an excellent teller of other people's stories, as illustrated by his brilliant "What is the What," the story of Sudanese refugee Valentino Achak Deng. In Zeitoun, he tells the story of a Syrian-American, a successful New Orleans contracter for years, who is wrongfully imprisoned by FEMA in the wake of Katrina. The contrast between the warmth, vitality and manifest goodness of the Zeitoun family, and the impersonal brutality and incompetence of the "military occupation" authorities who took over New Orleans is striking and sobering. A "must listen," even if "What is the What" is a richer story and slightly better narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure: A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Chris Prentiss
    • Narrated By Chris Prentiss
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    For decades, we've been hearing that alcoholism and addiction are incurable diseases, but The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure proves that this is a dangerous myth and that the label of "alcoholic" or "addict" destroys the promise of full recovery. Today, thousands are being freed from the old, limiting paradigms by using the groundbreaking approach spelled out in this book.

    Rod Morgan says: "Cure - depending on your definition, of course"
    "Beware of infomercial"
    Overall

    The central insight of this book can be reduced to a simple statement: treat the cause (low self-esteem, etc.), not the symptom (addiction). The rest is padding, and above all endless praise for the author's Malibu clinic, Passages. I hope the author does good clinical work. The book is disappointing.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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