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Charles

SURFSIDE, FL, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Richard Heinberg
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.

    James Chirnside says: "Big Questions Discussed"
    "A bit of a con job"
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    I don’t’ typically write reviews, but I needed to get the strong feelings this book generated off my chest – not to mention my wasted money. I spend much time trying to educate myself on issues of the day. I do it to protect my investments that support my family and me. Given same, I thought it important to read this book given that the author believes that we will be facing some serious changes in the future. I was interested to know why he thought that and what his reasoning was.
    I thought the first part of the book was interesting and in fairness, there were some good facts early on.
    However, it quickly becomes obvious that this book is strictly written to sell the hyper-liberal position on Global warming, anti-corporatism, profit hate, etc.
    This writer, comes very close to endorsing the writings of Karl Marx and goes on to basically say we all need to do is stop having kids, stop driving cars, stop flying in planes, forget about TV’s, iPods, iPads, make real good friends with our immediate neighbors and grow vegetable gardens – basically go back to the pre-industrial age. He recommends we check out communes with 50 people trying to make a go of it out in nature – that sounds great! He loves unlimited money printing and loves all kinds of different paper and fiat money. Not real money, not money that has intrinsic value, but lots and lots of depreciating money and lots of political promises.
    Mr. Author, you must somehow be related to Paul Krugman? If not, you two must meet – it would be love at first sight.
    Once we all go back to the Stone Age and fight his revolution and make all the bad people go away, I guess since he’s so smart and wrote a book, that he’d tell us he’s going to be in charge, sort of like Lenin in 1917. Sorry, we know how that turns out. Not buying what this guy is selling – a con.

    16 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Naomi Wolf
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Wolf outlines in this citizen call to action - which is reminiscent of Thomas Paine's revered Common Sense - the real threats to our civil liberties that exist and explains how by working together we can stop the growing threat.

    Rick Horowitz says: "I wish everyone in Congress would read this"
    "it was ok"
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    As a conservative and not knowing who the author was or where she was coming from when I bought the book, I was afraid at the begining it was all going to be all progressive propaganda. After listening to the entire book, she makes good points on what to look for as a government leans towards facism. Overall it is interesting, but not to much new here.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (424)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    A User says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "I suffered through the entire book"
    Overall

    What a waste of my time. I listened and listened hoping to learn something or finally get it. It's just people talking on and on. I'm angry I got stuck with it. Who are these other reviewers? Must be some kind of artistic outliers. Awful!

    4 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Clash of the Titans: How the Unbridled Ambition of Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch Has Created Global Empires that Control What We Read and Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    The two most influential media moguls of all time: two billionaires, two fascinating stories that often intersect. The fierce rivalry between Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch has accelerated the race to deliver information and entertainment across the globe. This outstanding dual biography delves deep into both of their lives-public and private.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting"
    "Instructional"
    Overall

    Very very exciting and interesting for anyone who may want to follow in the footsteps of these guys. Motivating and fun.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful

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