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Las Vegas, NV, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 72 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science - and Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Mooney
    • Narrated By William Hughes

    Best-selling author Chris Mooney uses cutting-edge research to explain the psychology behind why today’s Republicans reject reality - it’s just part of who they are. From climate change to evolution, the rejection of mainstream science among Republicans is growing, as is the denial of expert consensus on the economy, American history, foreign policy, and much more. Why won’t Republicans accept things that most experts agree on? Why are they constantly fighting against the facts?

    Ian C Robertson says: "Polls Apart"
    "Thought-provoking and insightful"
    What made the experience of listening to The Republican Brain the most enjoyable?

    The insights into authoritarian brains vs open brains. The title, "The Republican Brain," is a smart one, because it grabs attention, but it is not so much about political affiliation but how likely you are to affiliate with a certain way of thinking based on how your brain receives and processes information. It was helpful to understand, on a scientific and practical level, how certain affinities for openness or hierarchy will color a person's outlook and how they receive information. It helped me to rethink how I approach debates of all kinds, as well.

    Who was your favorite character and why?


    What about William Hughes’s performance did you like?

    It was conversational. He had a lot of statistical information to relay in an interesting way, and he did a commendable job.

    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Facts don't matter as much as certainty and closure to those most likely to agree with Republican points of view. This is saving me countless hours trying to pull together the most convincing facts to present to a conservative.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't dismiss or pass over this book because of the title. Insights like these are crucial for bringing together our divided citizenry. Why should liberals, especially, listen to it? Because they are the most likely to take the information and adjust in ways that will help us all be more effective. Why should conservatives listen to it? One, they will find equal amounts of commendation for what they bring to the world as critiques of where they are missing out on it. I will shake the hand of any self-identified Republican who listens to and hears the whole thing. There's not a bunch of conservative bashing in here; rather profound insights into why we think the way we do - and the research is just getting started.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

    Matt says: "Listen To This Immediately!"
    "Essential Reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have. Chris Hayes has an extraordinary mind, both capturing the underlying unease Americans feel for their elite institutions and pinpointing why.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no characters, per se, but actual events. My favorites involved the victims of the Catholic Church's pedophilia scandals and the discussions about elite charter schools.
    The Catholic Church stories were fascinating for the illustration of putting the bishops above the flock. The charter schools discussion was brilliant for shooting down the myth that anyone gets in by merit alone these days; the well-off will always find ways to ensure their offspring have early advantages in "earning" good test scores, while the poor and under-served are left to pray for natural brilliance and good timing.

    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. I've listened twice. The depth is more than I can elucidate in this review, and it is essential for understanding the unease our society finds itself in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Night at the Lobster

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster hasn't been making its numbers, and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift. With only four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties.

    Richard says: "Very good novella"
    "Truly Enjoyable Tale of Everyday Life"
    What did you love best about Last Night at the Lobster?

    It was funny and endearing. My husband and I listened to it on a road trip. We laughed and related to the characters. If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you will love this book.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last dinner. I don't want to give anything away, but we still quote lines from it when we're buying vegetables at the grocery store.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    I heard a review of this book by Maurine Corrigan on Fresh Air. I'm glad I took her advice and bought this book. The narration is great, too. This is an entertaining listen that will stick with you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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