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Brook

Birmingham, AL, USA

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  • 13 titles in library
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  • Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert B. Reich
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Since the 1970s, and notwithstanding three recessions, the U.S. economy has soared. American capitalism has been a triumph, and it has spread throughout the world. At the same time, argues the former U.S. secretary of labor, Robert B. Reich, the effectiveness of democracy in America has declined. It has grown less responsive to the citizenry, and people are feeling more and more helpless as a result.

    Kenneth says: "Robert Reich for V.P. (of the U.S.)"
    "Good book, Bad audiobook."
    Overall

    This should have been read by the author, as most audio books should. The reader has a most generic voice, and I find it very hard to pay attention. I've fallen asleep every time we've put it on in the car. The book is good, but the audiobook is virtually unlistenable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Naomi Klein
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    In her ground-breaking reporting, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism". Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment": losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.

    Nika says: "You can't be neutral..."
    "Everyone needs this book."
    Overall

    This book is great! I wish it had been read by the author, but the reader is a good second. The book itself is absolutely wonderful, if not heartbreaking.
    Everyone should have this one in their library.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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