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Wallace

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  • The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Hart, Tom A. Coburn
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Long before America's recent economic downturn, beltway politicians knew the U.S. was going bankrupt. Yet even after several so-called "change" elections, the government has continued its wasteful ways in the face of imminent danger. With passion and clarity, Coburn explains why Washington resists change so fiercely and offers controversial yet common-sense solutions to secure the nation's future. At a time when millions of Americans are speculating about what is broken in Washington, The Debt Bomb is a candid, thoughtful, nonpartisan exposé of the real problems inside our government.

    Erik Burga says: "Good message; much rambling to get point across"
    "A Informative, Nonpartisan Thrashing of Washington"
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    If you could sum up The Debt Bomb in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, thoughtful, and constructive.Senator Tom Coburn uses this book to make a few points about the challenges we face as a country. The first is that our congress is plagued by what he calls "careerism" which is responsible for wasteful decisions designed not to provide valuable government services, but to aid in reelection efforts. He discusses the propensity that congress has for creating new programs, rather than doing the hard work required to fix the programs we already have that are designed to do the same things, but which are not working. The second is that both parties are to blame and that no reconciliation of our problems can occur unless both sides abandon their ideologies long enough to find solutions. He also makes some good points about the expansion of the role of government since its founding which were persuasive even to a liberal leaning person such as myself.


    Would you recommend The Debt Bomb to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book to friends because it is a good way to motivate citizens to take a greater role in influencing their legislators.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This is a book of non fiction. The narrator did a good job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The discussions about way our congress does business did make me a little sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This book convinces me more than ever that government is actually not the problem. The problem is that we have bad government, and we have to do something about it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1754)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1215)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "What an exceptional work of art"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Light in August to be better than the print version?

    I have always loved Faulkner's writing and have read most of his works. This reading of Light in August was masterful. Will Patton reads this very complicated text in such a way that it becomes amazingly easy to follow. For anyone familiar with the effort required to follow Faulkner's intricate and challenging prose, this will be recognized as quite an accomplishment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Light in August?

    The storyline detailing the experiences of Joe Christmas, from boarding school to adoption to adulthood, and his struggle to understand and cope with his heritage, vividly illustrates the difficulty and confusion of those times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are many beautiful passages in this one. Faulkner is a masterful writer, but there are times when he is really in his stride. No one is better then.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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