This is an outstanding audiobook. It covers the growth and ultimate change of a self-described "red diaper baby" through his search for truth which was not to be found in the false causes to which he had given so much, including the Black Panther Party. Present-day liers about the author ignore all these facts and much more. And the story is far from one sided: the author reveals and acknowledges his own flaws and failures, including highly personal information about his own role in the failure of his marriages. Finally, the narrator is absolutely perfect for this work. His tone and delivery make a perfect companion to the content. One of the best books on Audbile.com.
When I bought this audiobook, the download sample was the reader reading a portion of the credits and acknowledgements! I hope Audible has now changed this so that a potential listener actually gets to hear some of the substance of the book. I bought the audiobook anyway and found that it is quite good. The reader, sounding completely bored at the start of the book, finally picks up a little character later on, but never really gets with the program. Nonetheless, if you stick with it, I think you will be glad you picked this title and will learn quite a bit.
This audiobook is a very mixed bag. Although the book contains some good instances of the left's assault on values in its quest to destroy the country, there is nothing in this book that you can't find in other books (although finding such books in audio format is not easy, hint to Audible.com) And even though the author is the former president of a large NOW chapter, there is amazingly little in the book which draws on the author's first hand experience in that job to expose more of the left's failings. (The discussion of women who kill but get away with it using support from NOW could have been written by anyone.) A good contrast is David Horowitz' Radical Son (which is in fact available on Audible.com), which relies entirely on the author's personal experiences to devastate the left. One big problem with the content of this book is the author's refusal to discuss abortion, which she states she supports. This book would have been a good platform for her to explain why supporting abortion is "right" and "not wrong." But she doesn't discuss it at all. I guess that there were just some things she doesn't want to talk about. Another problem is that this doesn't really "feel" or sound like a book. Instead, it sounds as if the author is delivering the keynote luncheon speech to a group of businessmen and women. That flaw is made worse by the fact that the author also reads the book, so she actually gets the chance to make the book sound like she's giving a luncheon speech. Finally, the author constantly repeats the same phrases. An example: she uses the phrase "looking glass" (to describe the left's view "through the looking glass") fifty times according to one tool I used to check the book's content. The phrase "left elite" is used 87 times. She uses the phrase "gee" only 8 times. Imagine sitting through a speech where someone did that. Well, that's what listening to this book sounds like, and I'm a conservative.
I really looked forward to listening to this book and I was really disappointed for two reasons.
First, the book is poorly written. Examples: when the author discusses the growth of certain populations, he refers to "average [rates of] screwing" to predict population growth. When complaining about officials turning a blind eye to problems, he says that they are deterimined not to rock the boat "come hell or high explosives." These examples are just the start. There are passages that are so badly written that I just cringed.
Secondly, the author describes himself at the end of the book as an "outsider" when it comes to his observations. And that's a problem. The author's assertions and conclusions may be correct, but you can't tell whether he's discussing his inside knowledge based on his CIA career, or just repreating accusations you can find anywhere. And although he may have had a distinguished CIA career (and I have no idea whether he did or not), he makes it plain through what he doesn't say about it that he was not an operative with any substantial responsibilities for dealing with oil cartel members. This problem could have been resolved to some extent by substantial references to sources which can be checked. But no such luck.
If you want to know about the oil cartel and its hold on us, I suggest looking elsewhere. This book won't fill any gaps in your ignorance. But it will strengthen your personal resolve to become a better writer.
This audio book was wonderful. It is exciting, informative, and dramatic. It is more like a novel than anything else, with villians, good guys, and even a heroine. The science and engineering involved are clearly explained without useless jargon. And the narrator is perfect for the role. One of the best audio books I have ever heard. Highest rating.
This is not a book that I was able to enjoy at all in audio-book format. I am not a scientist nor a mathematician, but I like to think that I am reasonably astute and have read quite a few books on science and math. But this is not the right format for this book. It is not easy to follow the numerous formulas, tables, and calculations read by the narrator and I was completely lost most of the time. I stayed with it to the end, but I wouldn't do it again for any reason. I have read a couple of other books by this author, and enjoyed them. But not this one
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