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Ryan

San Diego, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4688)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2035)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Not Touchy Feely"
    Overall

    I considered this book a few times but was always turned off by the title. I wanted to learn more about our mental health system, but I didn't want to sit through a heart wrenching first person account of the suffering.

    Luckily the author's experience as a reporter allowed him to give a very balanced account--focusing more on the system than the emotions surrounding a single (personal) case.

    It was a very interesting set of stories, and I think it could do a lot to readjust our attitudes.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st-Century America

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Timothy Sandefur
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Supreme Court's decision in the Kelo case created a firestorm of interest in protecting property rights. Through real-life stories and solid legal analysis, this book shows why property rights are the cornerstone of liberty and how they are protected in the U.S. Constitution. It critically examines how courts and legislatures have diminished property rights and then lays out an agenda for protecting these rights in the future.

    Ned Ferguson says: "essential"
    "ZZZzzzz"
    Overall

    I was hoping to hear interesting stories in which property rights about property rights abuses. Unfortunately the examples aren't that interesting and you have to listen to hours of unqualified assertions in between. It gets very difficult to draw lines between the author and his sources. I'm willing to bet the printed version of this book is littered with footnotes.

    Anyhow, I didn't quite make it to the end, which is pretty unique for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (Now with a New Middle)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Chuck Klosterman
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    From the kid who brought you Fargo Rock City, the first book in history to garner the praise of Stephen King, David Byrne, Donna Gaines, Sebastian Bach, Jonathan Lethem, and Rivers Cuomo, comes Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, the first book in history to examine breakfast cereal, reality television, tribute bands, Internet porn, serial killers, and the Dixie Chicks.

    Ryan says: "Well Written/Read but Contrived Conclusions"
    "Well Written/Read but Contrived Conclusions"
    Overall

    The author and narrator is very entertaining. Unfortunately, his subjects and conclusions are difficult to relate to and frequently contrived. If you’re looking for an hour’s worth of detailed analysis on the Real World or Saved by the Bell, this is your book. I could have skipped about half of the chapters and been a bit more satisfied. In any case, he does a good job of presenting his topics and with enough comedic sarcasm to keep your attention.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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