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Scott

Palo Alto, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Boom!: Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Boom! One minute it was Ike and the man in the grey flannel suit, and the next minute it was time to "turn on, tune in, drop out". While Americans were walking on the moon, Americans were dying in Vietnam. Nothing was beyond question, and there were far fewer answers than before.

    Robert says: "Almost"
    "Wide and Shallow"
    Overall

    I guess it's no surprise that a news reporter, whose job is to provide shallow sound-bite summaries of complex events, would serve up an equally shallow pile of dull conventional wisdom. Save your money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By David Brooks
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    It used to be pretty easy to distinguish between the bourgeois world of capitalism and the bohemian counterculture. The bourgeois worked for corporations, wore gray, and went to church. The bohemians were artists and intellectuals. Bohemians championed the values of the liberated 1960s; the bourgeois were the enterprising yuppies of the 1980s.

    S. Perreten says: "Bobos in Paradise"
    "He Nails It"
    Overall

    Interesting and funny. I often laughed out loud while listening, yet I came away convinced that Mr. Brooks' concept of "Bobo" might actually describe something real. The book is now 11 years old yet still pretty much describes this phenomenon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reformation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By George L. Mosse
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    At the beginning of the 16th century, a religious revolution shattered the outward appearance of conformity among Europe's Roman Catholics...a conformity that had been the basis of Western European unity for over a thousand years. Why did it happen? In this brilliant history, Professor Mosse exposes the crisis of the Papacy in preceeding centuries and shows how the need for reform was continually being delayed until it was simply too late.

    Anthony Kummer says: "Interesting, Concise, Fair ? A good introduction."
    "Not what I was hoping for"
    Overall

    The author assumes that the listener is already familiar with many of the people and events that surround the reformation. Also, I find the reader's pompous style to be very hard listening. Overall it feels like I am listening to a professorial dissertation rather than explanation designed for those who know little about this topic.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful

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