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Benjamin

San Francisco, CA, USA

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  • The No Spin Zone: Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    On the heels of his runaway best seller, The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly delivers another strong dose of no-holds-barred advice and the untarnished truth for America.

    Linda says: "Informative and entertaining opinions"
    "Fantastic (in the sense of fantasy)"
    Overall

    Far from being no spin, this things spins into loopiness. Its hard to tell whether its right propoganda or a radical left attempt to infiltrate the right with bizzaro, crazy thinking. O'Reilly is not smart, but he's a solid practitioner of filtering reality into one (albeit looney) interpretation of things. If you like that sort of escapism, this one could be for you.

    18 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (170)

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"
    "Dragged Out Action...Cliched Characters"
    Overall

    Finder?s first book, Paranoia, was set in a corporation filled with one-dimensional reptilian characters who screw themselves with their own greed. Fun! Anyone who works in a corporation can appreciate the situations and irony. Company Man is more ambitious. It reaches for characters that have deeper emotional motivations, back-stories, and development?mostly unsuccessfully. Do you ever cringe when you listen to books because the dialogue is painfully clich?d? Or peeved because the writing is so predictable you feel talked down to? Well, Company Man may make you feel this way more than once. The characters are not believable and often offensively simplistic. Stock players include ?the religious baptist?, ?the crazy?, ?the jock?, ?the stoner?. I found myself wincing and fast forwarding. The plot was also very simple and transparent?you know who did what very early on, and you can?t believe the main character wouldn?t have seen it, too. I never thought I'd say this, but the abridged version might be better!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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