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Tadish Durbin

Member Since 2008

  • 3 reviews
  • 83 ratings
  • 243 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dana Priest, William M. Arkin
    • Narrated By Dana Priest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. Award-winning reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin here uncover the enormous size, shape, mission, and consequences of this invisible universe.

    Toombs says: "Excellent, detailed account of a secret world"
    "Read by the author. You would think that's good"
    What made the experience of listening to Top Secret America the most enjoyable?

    The subject is fascinating, the research well-done and careful. The national security industry is, as we all had the sneaking suspicion, a gigantic scam, the details of which no-one without a security clearance will ever know. This includes your elected representatives in government.The sheer magnitude of this new industrial complex will make you laugh. Nervously.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dana Priest?

    My hound dog. A high-school student. A recent immigrant in their second week of ESL class. Any one of a number of well-qualifed narrators. Dana Priest's rendition of her own work is flat and dull. She often misses the punctuation and cadence of her own sentences. I'm not sure what it says about a book when the author cannot be bothered to read it so that it is expressive and engaging. She sounds like she's reading someone else's work for the first time.

    If you could give Top Secret America a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why the United States is spending billions of dollars on

    Any additional comments?

    Great subject, great book, lousy narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Maddow does her own book right"
    Would you listen to Drift again? Why?

    I have already listened to it a couple of times, not only is the information is compelling and interesting, but also because Maddow reads it, and does a great job.

    Maddow presents a series of case studies illustrating the frustrating and sometimes alarming events that outline the elephant in the room that no one seems to want to address: the United States' ever-expanding militarism. I believe that unless we get a handle on this problem, the U.S. will wind up exactly like the USSR.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author herself, because she's a tremendously compelling person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam after Iraq

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Scheuer
    • Narrated By Michael Scheuer

    In Marching Toward Hell, Scheuer offers a scathing and frightening look at how the Iraq war has contributed to the enemy's strength and fundamentally changed the geopolitical landscape in a way that is harmful to U.S. interests and security concerns. Scheuer will examine the ways in which the war has widened the conflict by almost every measure, made America less secure, and increasingly vulnerable to attack.

    Richard says: "Challenges the reader, abridgement disappoints"
    "Grudgingly, I agree"

    Scheuer makes some very interesting points throughout this book, and one cannot help but take them into consideration. I respect his conclusions about how to deal with international terrorism. Unfortunately, I also feel that his lionization of Reagan and obvious disdain for Clinton make his conclusions harder to evaluate fairly. Often this book comes across as overly simplistic in its political analysis. That analysis being: Republicans good, and even when they are bad, they are still good, Democrats always bad and always worse than any Republicans.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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