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Michael

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  • 9-11 Commission Hearings: Richard A. Clarke (3.24.04)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By 9-11 Commission
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Former National Coordinator for Counterterrorism Richard A. Clarke's testimony before the 9-11 Commission, presented March 24, 2004.

    Amazon Customer says: "riveting"
    "MUST listen"
    Overall

    It's not surprising that the White House and Republican leaders in Congress are furious over this testimony. Mr. Clarke, who is very believable, lays bare his feelings of frustration with the Bush administration's handling of the terrorist threat in the months leading up to 9-11. While Mr. Clarke has criticism of the Clinton administration as well on handling of terrorism, his strongest and most passionate condemnation goes to the invasion of Iraq, which he believes was unwarranted and drew resources away from fighting Al Qaeda.

    Also highly recommend Terry Gross's interview on NPR's Fresh Aire with Mr. Clarke.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Laughing Out Loud 2: America's Funniest Comedians Vol. 5

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Brad Garrett, Dave Attell, Rich Hall
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Laughing Out Loud presents America's funniest comedians, featuring classic comedy performances by Brad Garrett, Dave Attell, Rich Hall, and many more.

    Michael says: "Shockingly bad"
    "Shockingly bad"
    Overall

    Tell me. Somebody, please. Tell me who thought it would be a good idea to present a MAGIC ACT as an audiobook.

    I hope you're laughing, because it's one of the few laughs you will get from this abysmally bad title.

    Although there are some good comedians here, and there are actually some funny bits on the program, this seems to be simply the audio taken from a DVD or TV program. Because it wasn't destined for an audio-only program, there's a lot of visual humor (including the aforementioned magic act). These are truly unfunny when you hear them without the video to accompany them.

    I was sorely disappointed in this title. Audible should remove it from the library. It's that bad.

    1 of 1 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
    (2063)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (311)

    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"
    "Excellent, and a treat as an Audiobook"
    Overall

    First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book as read by the author. The right-wing hubris Franken reveals is both shocking and infuriating.

    What I most appreciated, though, is that Franken and his publisher went to the extra effort to include material that could only be included in an Audiobook edition. We get to hear Rush Limbaugh as the blowhard he is, and hear clips from the Paul Wellstone memorial that thoroughly deflate the idea that this was a staged political event.

    Granted, the paper edition contains some charts and illustrations that the Audiobook can't, but Franken explains the charts verbally very nicely, and I didn't miss most of the illustrations (although there is one reprint of a NY Times front page with an article circled and the word "See?" scribbled next to it that very cleverly points out that Ann Coulter fits among those described in the book's title -- she claimed that the article never ran).

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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