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David

Bellingham, WA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America lost its way and at the nation's struggle, day by day, to reclaim the moral authority upon which its survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, from the fault-line countries of South Asia to the sands of Guantanamo, Suskind offers an astonishing story that connects world leaders to the forces waging today's shadow wars and to the next generation of global citizens

    Kyle says: "Essential Reading, Five Stars"
    "Exceptionally good"
    Overall

    I was initially interested in Suskind's "Way of the World" because of the latest revelation of Bush/Cheney skullduggery - the forged letter verifying Al Queda's link with Saddam Hussein. However, the book is much more than an argument for impeachment. Suskind documents how Bush/Cheney administration has alienated the U.S. from the rest of the world, and how that has made it more likely for a terrorist nuclear attack.

    As importantly, Suskind also provides stories of hope - about people who are working to genuinely reduce the threat of a nuclear attack as well as people who discover that their common humanity transcends the religious and political differences between the Islamic world and America.

    The book is very well-written and excellently narrated.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Reich
    • Narrated By Robert Reich
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (282)

    The author of 12 acclaimed books, Robert B. Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served in three national administrations. While many blamed Wall Street for the financial meltdown, Aftershock points a finger at a national economy in which wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top - and where a grasping middle class simply does not have the resources to remain viable.

    Chris says: "Very plausible assessment of our economy"
    "A way forward"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Aftershock again? Why?

    Robert Reich has written a pithy, accessible explanation of the core economic problem surrounding income disparity. HIs analysis is spot-on, and although you may not fully agree with his proposed solution(s), I certainly wish he had been on President Obama's economic A team.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2126)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (601)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Exceptionally Compelling"
    Overall

    This narrative is read very well and has the elements of the extreme danger of deep sea diving, the obligation of duty, and the mystery of an unknown sunken U-boat. The story combines the short-term thrill and chills of deep sea diving that literally had me at the edge of my seat with the the longer-term contemplation of the common humanity of these divers and the perished U-boat crew and myself. Like all great stories, the Shadow Divers engages one's moral imagination, not to mention the dangers of not compensating correctly for buoyancy and becoming a dirt dart. Among the 50 or so books I've listened to, this is the very best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin and Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dr. Michael Ghiselin
    • Narrated By Edwin Newman
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In 1859, Charles Darwin published a vastly important work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. For centuries, man had been seen as a created species, distinct from any other animal. Then, Darwin persuasively argued that mankind and other species are descended from common ancestors. His theory of "natural selection", also known as "survival of the fittest", explains how life evolved through natural processes.

    David says: "Excellent overview of evolution"
    "Excellent overview of evolution"
    Overall

    Michael Ghiselin is the highly regarded author of "The Triumph of the Darwinian Method" and has written a very accessible and short history of evolutionary thinking. The reading is excellent and engaging, particularly the passages in which various writers, including Darwin, are quoted.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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