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Joan

Green Valley, AZ, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Ingrassia
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    In Crash Course, Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit's self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves? Ingrassia also describes dysfunctional corporate cultures (even as GM's market share plunged, the company continued business as usual) and Detroit's perverse system of "inverse layoffs" (which allowed union members to invoke seniority to avoid work).

    Roy says: "Contemporary History at Its Best"
    "an oligopoly and a monopoly"
    Overall

    I did not realize how destructive the combination of oligopoly (Big 3 or Detroit 3) and monopoly (UAW) can be to an entire industry. I recommend that you read this well written history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (334)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    karen says: "Wanted very much to like this book, but....."
    "a great, epic story"
    Overall

    I identified with the characters and wanted to learn more about them. I also enjoyed Conroy poking fun at Charleston's elite

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3326)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1060)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "likable characters??"
    Overall

    I tried to listen for one hour. Then I tried to listen for another hour. I quit listening. I did not like any of the characters. The writing seems shallow and the characters were not interesting. The plot was uninteresting.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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