Rochester, MN, United States
There are a lot of titles about the economic crisis, and I've listened or read most of them. While almost all of them are very good, this title stands above the rest. You will not listen to hope, change, or promises here. Rather, you will get the crap scared out of you if governments, in particular ours in the USA, do not act NOW to stop spending like drunken sailors and pay down the massive debt that has been rung up for years and years.
Does this mean that grandma gets thrown into the snowbank and our kids grow up illiterate? No. What it does mean is that our economy (and others) cannot sustain current spending and debt and this needs to be fixed soon, or things will get so much worse that 2008 will be remembered as 'good times' a few years from now. Structural change now, or we go bust...a MUST listen.
While I gave it 5 stars across the board for excellent topics and delivery, titles like this sometimes suffer from the time lag between when it was published, and when it was purchased and listened to.
Case in point: In the chapter on health care, Ratigan rants on and on about how great the VA Health System is at providing cost-effective health care to our veterans, and how it should be used as a model for care for everyone else in the US. Given what we now know about the corrupt and broken VA system....um, oops....
Now, there was no way Radigan (or for that matter, most of us) could know how broken and corrupt the VA really was/is at the time he published this work (2012). However, his discourse on it borders on comedy given what we now know. So...perhaps the title can be be utilized as entertainment for that chapter and realistic reporting and discourse for the rest.
Very much worth the listen regardless.
As I write this Russell Johnson passed away from natural causes in the past week at age 89....RIP Professor...
I was a huge fan of Gilligan's Island after it went into syndication and was shown weekdays in the late afternoon after I arrived home from school. While I have viewed the specials and made-for-TV films made after the series, the Professor's memoirs and commentary really resonated with me.
If you are even a mild fan of the show, get this title. If you are/were a rabid fan...this is a must listen. Finally, for all you guys out there like me who were Gilligan fanatics as kids, I only have one question for you: Ginger or Mary Ann? :) :)
An excellent synopsis of the Kennedy assasination and its aftermath short-term. I had not heard the ABC News broadcasts of the era (mostly CBS, Walter Cronkite, etc.), but the excerpts from ABC are exceptional.
I was particularly moved near the end as JFK was laid to rest in Arlington - the Cardinal, National Anthem, and 21-gun salute made tears well up in my eyes - 50 years later....
Well done and must listen!
Overall - very good and well worth the listen.
The last portion of Part I and into Part II are very emotional as the author describes how Bush reacted to and handled 9/11 in real time. I was moved to tears also during certain parts of that portion of the recording. Dubya handled it the best anyone could do at the time, and although I have issues with the rest of his presidency...the description of that period and how he and Cheney handled it are worth the entire cost of the title.
Two main topics: GTD and Evernote, are completely explained for free from various websites and the Evernote site with respect to Evernote software. You don't need to spend money having this guy explain it to you in less than an hour when you can get all of it for free with about 2 minutes of querying Google on these topics.
Matthews proves that two guys from the opposite side of the aisle CAN work TOGETHER and solve our nations' issues. I am a huge fan of Ronnie (in face he was the greatest President in my life to date), but I gathered new respect and admiration for Tip O'Neill and more so, the way the two worked together and compromised on the major issues of the day.
Perhaps Obama and Boehner ought to get a copy and learn something from these two outstanding patriots and Americans. These two iconic pols proved that there IS A WAY to SOLVE what faces the American people, and its definitely not the path both have chosen.
My only complaint, if you could call it one, is that I'm not a fan of Chris Matthews voice, either on MSNBC or this audiobook...he always gives the impression that he is shouting at you. However, this fine work that he produced is critical and worthwhile that I dealt with his voice and listened intently - now more than ever!
We need leaders like Tip and Ronnie now more than ever - where are they?
Depressing but not surprising about how things really work in the United STATE of America...:( If you can handle the truth (and perhaps if you're lucky, positively act on it) this title is definitely worth a listen.
One boo-boo in the performance that I have never encountered before in an audiobook: In Part II, Track 4, Chapter 10 of the book is repeated. Kinda threw me for a loop but fast forward to the next track when you get there and the performance moves on to Chapter 11...
The difference between this title and others in the economics/"Great Recession" category is that it comes from from someone who was inside the US government in a high-level position at the time of the TARP bailouts. This gives listeners a different and severely troubling perspective than one would receive from those outside of the government sphere (such as economists, academics, Wall Streeters, TV political talk show hosts, etc.).
With that - this is a MUST listen, and I found Mr. Barofsky's narrative very troubling with respect to our nation, government, and the political circus that we (the American people) have let Washington DC become. Whether it can be 'fixed' (and always ask the question 'fixed - for whom?') remains to be seen, but from what I gleaned from this excellent title, don't hold your breath waiting for miracles from the US government.
Kudos to Mr. Barofsky for the candid bearing of the 'soul' of the US government as it deals with severe economic crisis....and pray for our nation, as it sure needs it.
There is no doubt that Luce will get you thinking as you listen to his non-partisan report on how and why American government is broken and under pressure. He tells it like it really is and doesn't pander to the left or the right. While he offers some vague 'solutions' at the end of the title, the listeners are left at the end to decide for themselves - based on his unbiased reporting - what path America should take going forward, if it is truly possible to do so.
One minor complaint about this title: the F-bomb is used approximately 5 times in the performance (and I assume that it appeared in the book); usually when someone is being quoted. However, when the word appears, it is bleeped-out (loudly) but there is little doubt what curse word is being used. I found that annoying - just keep the word in there as we are all adults and I'd rather have the audio be completely true to the text.
Although he could ditch the Esperanto - a great, entertaining listen....so much so that I listened to it twice on a long business trip. The stories are great and Bill is very, very articulate....about everything!
Definitely not on impulse power at 80 years old - hope I can be that way if and when that time comes...:)
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