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Wade

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  • $20 Per Gallon: How the Rise in the Price of Gas Will Change Our Lives for the Better

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By John Wolfe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Imagine an everyday world in which the price of gasoline (and oil) continues to go up, and up, and up. Think about the immediate impact that would have on our lives. Of course, everybody already knows how about gasoline has affected our driving habits. People can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a new Prius. But there are more, not-so-obvious changes on the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly in this provocative work.

    dm says: "Disappointing"
    "Hoped for more"
    Overall

    The layout of the chapters was great. Explore what life will be like as gas prices reach new highs -- each chapter looking at life with a new price at the pump.

    While the speculating about what might happen was entertaining. I was disappointed that the predictions were not backed up with much argument or any evidence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bill McKibben
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen.

    Ira says: "A very important and interesting read"
    "More of a downer than it needs to be"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am very concerned with climate change, and gave this a listen in hopes of learning something new. The idea that methane and CO2 can be released from warming bogs was new to me, so I learned something.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wish there was more data to backup general gloom of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Eric Schmitt, Thom Shanker
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In Counterstrike, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker of the New York Times tell the story of how a group of analysts within the military, at spy agencies, and in law enforcement has fashioned an innovative and effective new strategy to fight terrorism, unbeknownst to most Americans and in sharp contrast to the cowboy slogans that characterized the U.S. government's public posture.

    Scott says: "Listen to the sample before buying"
    "There may be intelligence in military intelligence"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George K. Wilson?

    I heard the authors on NPR's Fresh Air and it would have been better if one of them had read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator on the audio book had a tone that almost put me to sleep but the book was good. It was great to hear about all the government is doing to combat terrorism. I never hear of most of these techniques in the newspaper. The holistic plan by the US is wider than expected. It makes you feel better about the US military than any other press they get.

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