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Mr

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  • FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Powell
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    In the minds of historians and the American public alike, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, not least because he supposedly saved America from the Great Depression. But as historian Jim Powell reveals in this groundbreaking book, Roosevelt's New Deal policies actually prolonged and exacerbated the economic disaster.

    David says: "Very Important"
    "An entertaining wander through creative history"
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    If a smart witty writer set out to write a satire on politically motivated mis-interpretation of history, a finer job would be hard to find. Attracted by the title, I approached this book expecting an exploration of how some of FDRs polices were exploited by carpet-baggers or possibly a comparison with later downturns, and how policies advocated, but never used in the great depression would have been more helpful.

    Instead, this book is one of the greatest acts of revisionism I've ever seen. Making an assertion, then selecting information that makes the case. No comparison with the 1890s downturn is made, no facts contrary to the case admitted.

    This book should be studied in schools as an example of creative writing.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Wallbanger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Heather Smith
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1200)

    Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, Carolyn is gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor.

    Rosina says: "No Sex in the City"
    "Dull, childish, annoying"
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    Sure, this isn't my top genre, but at the same time, I was hoping for something far better. There is a shallowness in the characters, which, if ironic would be brilliant, but early in reading, it occurred to me that this wasn't a deliberate style choice, but a failure of imagination.

    For a book with a decent idea, and an entertaining writing style, the lack of character development is a fatal flaw.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1102)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Humour: it' got it"
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    This book is quite simply the funniest thing I've read since Hitchhikers Guide, and that was some time ago. It maintains throughout a gentle, sarcastic tone and realistic fiction.

    I couldn't possibly recommend it more highly.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Robert Meldrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: "a strike for liberty". Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes?

    Mr says: "A gentle telling"
    "A gentle telling"
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    History told through the eyes of people. This book gives a solid understanding and a genuine sympathy for all those involved. Not a stuffy list of dates and facts, or a caricature of good Vs. bad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1857)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Meh"
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    The best thing about this book is the cover art. Considering how awesome the cover art is, that's not as bad as it sounds, but still, it's a bit ordinary. This book is generally well written, if occasionally the author becomes a little self-indulgent with a too-cute turn of phrase.
    My problem with the book is that it was dramatically less ambitious that I was hoping for. I'm not normally a great reader of zombie-fiction, because fantasy isn't my thing, but this idea sounded cool. The delivery was a little less dramatic though, less white-trash, and less zombie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy Rollers and Neo-Cons Destroyed the GOP

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Victor Gold
    • Narrated By Gerald Swafford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Victor Gold is dismayed and saddened by what has happened to the GOP he respected and supported. The party he joined in the 60s once believed that religion was a personal matter, that the natural environment should be protected, and that George Washington's warning against "foreign entanglements" should be heeded.

    DS says: "THE INDEPENDENT VOTERS LAMENT"
    "An understanding only a Republican can have"
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    This book isn't for partisan party-lovers (or haters). Written by a man who clearly knows where he stands, and why he supports (and opposes) the major parties, it gives clear, clean insight into the developments in the Republican Party in the last fifty years. If there was one word to describe this book, it would be 'honest', there's no pretension or spin on behalf of the author; instead he provides a clear understanding of his point of view, and an intelligent analysis of why it's failing.

    This book openly criticizes most people in the political spectrum, but keeps the punches above the belt. Listen, understand something you (and the RNC) don't understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Final Victory: FDR’s Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stanley Weintraub
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    When the 1944 presidential election campaign geared up late that spring, Franklin D. Roosevelt had already been in office longer than any other president. Sensing likely weakness, the Republicans mounted an energetic and expensive campaign, hitting hard at FDR’s liberal domestic policies and the ongoing cost of World War II. Despite gravely deteriorating health, FDR and his feisty running mate, the unexpected Harry Truman, campaigned vigorously against young governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York.

    Jane says: "What a mix! an election and a world war"
    "Accessible, interesting, detailed history"
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    Often, a book about a specific point in time can either become bogged down in detailed listings of uninteresting (yet important) events, or cover the topic at such a high level that it's impossible for the poorly informed (like myself) to understand what is going on. This book avoids those pitfalls. It gives a great insight into the personalities around FDR, the people who don't make the pages of regular history books. Compelling listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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