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.
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.
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).
This book could make a good documentary, but not a good movie. As a documentary it would just keep the name of the book.
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.
The earlier chapters are more dense and filled with great background. I think these chapters were more informative than the later chapters.
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.
This was not a story that has moving moments. That aside, I thought the 2nd chapter was fantastic.
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.
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.
The story was fine and I think the other reviews cover well what people like about the book.
I have not, but the performances in this book are fantastic.
It inspired me to try anouther full cast production book.
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