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Jim

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  • 9-11 Commission Hearings: John Ashcroft (4.13.04)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By 9-11 Commission
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Attorney General of the United States John Ashcroft's testimony before the 9-11 Commission on April 13, 2004.

    Jim says: "Excellent introduction to the AG's working methods"
    "Excellent introduction to the AG's working methods"
    Overall

    He attacks the previous administration, impugns a committee member (helping earn death threats for her), and refuses to accept any responsibility whatsoever for the greatest breakdown of security in American history. This is what he gets paid for!

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The New York Times Audio Digest, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (45 mins)
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

    George says: "It's Great!"
    "Best if you are most interested in business news"
    Overall

    I am just not interested in business news myself and therefore find the emphasis on that topic a little frustrating--some days I have to skip through four or five items to get off the financial page.

    For me, more emphasis on the arts, sports, and national news would have made this service better.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • President George W. Bush Press Conference 4/13/04

    • NONE (33 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In the East Room of the White House, on April 13, 2004, President George W. Bush held a news conference, partly to address the situation in Iraq, as well as pre-September 11 intelligence.

    Thomas says: "I just have to second the first review... have to."
    "Stumbling and weird"
    Overall

    His joke about not having a question in writing has a startling effect when you listen to the Presdient's uncomfortably halting performance: were some of these questions provided him ahead of time? if so, why does he seem so baffled by how to proceed?

    The media have lowered the bar for Presidential press conferences, They toss softballs and if he even swings it's considered a home run.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Tony Horwitz
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again - this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.

    Dianna says: "Not a Book to be Kept in the Attic"
    "One glaring problem"
    Overall

    This is a fine book, but you'll have to overcome some startling Southern "accents" if you listen to it. If you have an ear for accents, or if you come from one of the places Horwitz visited, you'll simply have to make allowances for the reader's tin ear or else develop thicker skin than I have.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (278)

    If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, close your door, unless you don't mind your colleagues seeing you doubled over, in tears, on your office floor. With this recording, taped before a delirious sold out audience at Carnegie Hall, you are there as David Sedaris performs new stories from his upcoming book. A parrot who mimics an ice maker, lovers quarreling over a rubber hand, and a Santa Claus who moonlights from his job as bishop of Turkey, the cast of characters is like no other.

    Richard says: "Material that exists on other books."
    "Too little for too much"
    Overall

    I'll wait for his next full-length audio book, thanks. More than just about any writer you can name, David Sedaris really needs to be heard. But not at this price.

    58 of 76 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2066)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (314)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "A sign that times have changed"
    Overall

    Many negative reviews of this book focus on Franken's "lie" to Ashcroft et al. Given a book of such length, they might have had something more to go on than feigning horror that Franken, a satirist, actually employs fictive exaggeration, a satirist's tool.

    Perhaps they should spend some time on the wonderfully funny Bob Jones University piece (also a satire)--except that Franken, honestly enough, understands that he can make fun of himself and still make his satirical point (image Bill O'Reilly trying to be self-deprecating). Or maybe they could focus on the satirical dissection of the Right's campaign against the grieving Wellstone family--but that, of course, is not satire and is, of course, one of those atrocities of taste and ethics that the Right would have all of us forget.

    And we can look forward to more of the same! Publishers who have operated under the assumption that only conservatives will buy books in droves (or with daggers) are awakening to the reality of the times: when the Left fights back--cf. Ivins, Hightower, Conason, and so forth--progressive readers will buy.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The News from Lake Wobegon, 1-Month Subscription

    • ABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown...." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Kristen says: "Response to whole show question"
    "classic stories, poor value for your dollar"
    Overall

    As great as Keillor's stories are--and they are classics, our Twain--they are less than perfect without the entire show as context. Why can't MPR give us the entire PHC program?

    61 of 66 people found this review helpful

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