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Jeffrey

Sheffield, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (218)

    The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class - made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding - has been growing in power for a generation.

    Jerome says: "News In America"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    I can't say anough about this honest portrait of the our recent economic crisis. Brilliant. And he swears a lot which I like.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pity the Billionaire: The Unexpected Resurgence of the American Right

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Frank
    • Narrated By Thomas Frank
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    From the best-selling author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, a wonderfully insightful and sardonic look at how the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism. Economic catastrophe usually brings social protest and demands for change - or at least it's supposed to. But when Thomas Frank set out in 2009 to look for expressions of American discontent, all he could find were loud demands that the economic system be made even harsher on the recession's victims....

    EC says: "another outstanding book by Thomas Frank"
    "A decent book although somewhat predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Thomas Frank and/or Thomas Frank?

    Probably not. Thomas Frank is a decent writer with a wonderful vocabulary and solid research. Unfortunately he's too one-sided and pretentious for my taste. He seems to be interested in talking down to everyone and comes off as quite pompous at times.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    This is a situation again where an author really should hire a profession voice over artist. He's clearly passionate about his material but at so many points he seemed like he was too eccentric, too sarcastic. He seemed like the dictionary definition of a "whiny liberal". So many time when talking to conservatives they go on about the "liberal elite" and how so many liberals think they're better than everyone else and smarter. This reading pretty much summed that up. Unless you desperately hate republicans and the business class, I think that you might find this a bit distasteful.


    Any additional comments?

    A decent book. I agree with the premise and found some of the points very interesting. It was just a little to "over-the-top" for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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