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T. Piatek

Irkutsk, Russia

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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
    (283)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (240)

    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....

    Richard Nielsen says: "Periods. Where there. Should. Not. Be. Periods."
    "Solid and convincing, but it drags a bit..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Republic, Lost?

    How clear the author makes the case that our government is corrupt.


    Which character – as performed by Lawrence Lessig – was your favorite?

    n/a


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cry.


    Any additional comments?

    The author spends so much time convincing us that there's a problem that he might have spent his time better getting to the point of presenting his solutions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4758)
    Performance
    (1934)
    Story
    (1945)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Spectacular overview of a critical year"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love revolutionary history, and this book brings to life a tale of failures and successes, and how they shaped the struggle against the British Crown.


    What other book might you compare 1776 to and why?

    I wouldn't - I can't say that I've actually read or listened to another such book in years, if not decades.


    What about David McCullough’s performance did you like?

    His performance is clean and emphatic, easy to understand, yet also well-metered. The fact that he's the author doesn't make the performance itself better, but it's more satisfying to know it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to the book every day on my way to work until I was finished - it took about two weeks, and that's about the right amount of time to digest each portion. Not too much, yet enough to keep you salivating over the next installment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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