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  • Blacklisted, Episode 1: Hollywood on Trial

    • NONE (41 mins)
    • By Tony Kahn
    • Narrated By Tony Kahn, Rob Leibman, Carol O'Connor
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A User says: "Review of the series not just this episode"
    "Review of the series not just this episode"
    Overall

    I got each episode separately instead of the whole thing which is also available, and which I would recommend. Gordon Kahn, Tony???s father was a Communist. But that???s not what is important to this story. What made HUAC and the blacklisting of Communists and their families so truly ???un-American, was that often the charges were used to condemn people whose parents or relatives or friends might have believed in an unpopular political belief at one time or another. It also became a way to discredit people you didn???t like; once labeled as a Communist your career was basically ruined regardless of whether you continued to hold those views and regardless of why you adopted them in the first place. During the depression, it was a commonly held belief that capitalism was dead and a new form of economic system was needed. There were not a lot of choices and many people joined the Communist Party aeeing it as an economic alternative. In some ways one could find a similarity to the situation today, a plutocracy with an increasingly large spread between the haves and have-nots (we now approach the status of banana republic.) The Tea-party is the reaction this time because Communism has been tried and discredited. The Tea-party is still an over-reaction to a failure of capitalism, but their solution is the hyper-capitalism of Ayn Rand (although some economists, including now perhaps Alan Greenspan, would suggest it has failed also.) Both represent an extreme alternative as a solution to economic depression. This show is a nice introduction to a political system run amuck in reaction to an economic collapse. As with most political reactions, it was hijacked and used by individuals for their own political purposes instead of focusing on those few individuals who were actively engaged in espionage. It was the conflation of communism as a political system with Communism as an economic one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2037)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (432)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "Surprisingly good"
    Overall

    I was very reluctant to try this, hating the idea of multiple authors working in any which direction on the same story. But, it worked surprisingly well, perhaps thanks to the skill of the narrator. Anyway, I liked it.

    54 of 64 people found this review helpful

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