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The most on-target satire I've heard in a long time. For those of us frustrated by the fascist tendencies of the current Republican government's behavior and justifications, it was very refreshing. I must admit, I've watched the video of this speech on Google almost a dozen times, and now I've listened to it on my mp3 player about as many times. It's that good. I've required all of my close friends and family to check it out.
This audiobook criminally oversimplifies the spending/budgetary problems facing the US. I am interested in better understanding spending/budgetary problems of the US government, but this book was entirely unhelpful.
I've been a fan of Lewis Black for awhile. I found this album unbelievably funny. I was mostly listening while on the bus and the people around me kept giving me funny looks--because I couldn't help bursting out with chuckles fairly often!
I love this series and Susan Erickson is great at reading with a great range of characteristics and emotion. A little bummed she changed from the distinctive Peabody voice, but it's still great.
Wow! I never knew how much I didn't understand about the history of the US military involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The motivations that Osama Bin Laden claims make a lot more sense to me. Not that I condone anything Bin Laden says/does, but his accusations are not foundless. We armed him and his compatriots. Really well-written and an interesting view into the various relationships between the CIA and Congress.
This is definitely one of the best stories in the genre I call "intelligent fiction." Extremely compelling, addressing the issue of religion and science in our society in a way that's one hundred times more interesting and thought-provoking than anything else I've read/heard. Geniunely surprised by the ending as it unfolded. I know a lot more about Vatican City, Rome and particle physics than I did before. Not something you'd expect from a novel! I'd listen to it again and again.
Many good points were made among several women who chose to work or stay at home. I agree that US society stigmatizes both women who are full-time moms and those who also work, especially those in the middle and upper classes. However, there is a glaring lack of comments from women who didn't have the choice to stay at home or work--those whose financial circumstances required them to go back to work at the end of their meager maternity leave. I think a more interesting discussion would center on how the US can help all moms be financially independent enough to have that choice.
Perhaps the first nonfiction audiobook I "couldn't put down." I couldn't wait to find out what came next. The author does a really good job reading and all of the information presented was salient--and damning. I am 10 times more informed about the state of terrorism and the US's lack of preparedness--including the reasons why we're unprepared--after listening to this book. I highly recommend it!
What a waste of time! The book is almost all stories, a disappointingly small amount of information. I bought a FranklinCovey planner and it came with a ten-page summary of the 7 Habits and it was more informative than the whole book (or what I could sit through). Plus the reader has a really annoying voice. The 7 Habits philosophy does apply to the 21st century--but the author and reader give it a much more aged feel.
Wow! I find this a potent and helpful view into the explanation for the different ways of reasoning of today's dominant conservative rhetoric versus classic liberal thought. All this time, I couldn't understand how my Republican associates "didn't get it" and refused to believe some very compelling fact about the ruling party's behavior and justifications. It all makes sense now.
Not enlightening at all, especially if you've already heard the story, The Da Vinci Code.
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