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shonneal

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  • Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Lessig
    • Narrated By Lawrence Lessig
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (230)

    In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress - and that our Republic has been lost.Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, Republic, Lost not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course....

    kevmoo says: "A profoundly important book. A must read."
    "Story is worth the narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This purchase was because Dan Carlin (if you don't know him you should Google it) was going to have Lawrence Lessing on his podcast and I wanted to get a good understanding of his thoughs before the interview. I would recommend this book to people who want to know how our system can be so corrupt even though decent people make up the majority of the system.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Republic, Lost?

    His description on how the presence of money in the wrong place is enough to bring doubt and corruption without there necessarily being corruption. Also, the Author showed how well intentioned people who are elected to position can follow through with campaign promises, but that what proportion of their time they spend to each campaign issue is skewed heavily to the amount of money in the system interested in that issue.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The Author read the title himself. In some cases this can be good as the author should know the tones he/she is trying to convee. I find that this works much better in fiction. The Author is objiously knowledgable, but his reading skills seemed to introduce pauses in very strange places (I did not see the text of this book so for all I know there are many strangley placed commas).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This book could make a good documentary, but not a good movie. As a documentary it would just keep the name of the book.


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  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (483)

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    Ethan M. says: "Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?"
    "Informative History of Information"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Information to be better than the print version?

    The audio was nice, but there are many parts of the book that are long lists. This is fine in a book, but it was a little tedious to listen to. The long lists are my only complaint about the audio format.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The earlier chapters are more dense and filled with great background. I think these chapters were more informative than the later chapters.


    What does Rob Shapiro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a good job of not making the more technical chapters sound like a technical manual. His voice and speed kept the story moving at a good pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This was not a story that has moving moments. That aside, I thought the 2nd chapter was fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book. The first third is really good. The remainder is interesting, but does not illuminate as well. Since this is not a narrative book starting strong and ending weak is not a real shortfall. This book is worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4773)
    Performance
    (4284)
    Story
    (4307)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "The Cast makes the experience"
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    What did you like best about American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)? What did you like least?

    The best part of the audiobook was the performance of the cast. I enjoy single author readings as well, but the full cast in this story brought a real feeling to the story.
    My least favorite was that the story was a little hokey. It is not bad, and many parts (the coming to America sections read by the Author) were quite enjoyable. Overall I would recommend the book to anyone that likes any of the numerous genres that the book reaches into.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was fine and I think the other reviews cover well what people like about the book.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but the performances in this book are fantastic.


    Did American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to try anouther full cast production book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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