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Mike

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  • How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    From the author of The New York Times best sellers Treason and Slander comes an updated Ann Coulter compendium, complete with reader responses and television and talk radio transcripts (Couric, Donahue, Franken). With titles like "Would Mohamed Atta Object to Armed Pilots?", "9 out of 10 Caribou Support Drilling", and "Liberal Pimps for Clintonism", How to Talk to a Liberal covers Coulter's waterfront on her favorite issues and targets, from national security to Hollywood.

    Mike says: "funny...but...."
    "funny...but...."
    Overall

    Coulter has a knack for delivering memorable punches and articulating amuzing, bruising ironies. But while there is no end to the number of internal inconsistencies I hear in liberal rhetoric, I have to admit I'm a mostly embarrassed to have Ann as a mouthpiece for modern conservatives. The depth of her reflection seems shallow compared to many other conservative and libertarian pundits - I certainly wouldn't pull out her quotes in serious political conversations with friends. I'd be taken down for hypocrisy in twenty different ways. I wish she could combine her lively style with more authenticity. She seems to be less about factual reporting and careful, synthetic analysis and more about pushing emotional hot-buttons without even establishing a factual ground for doing so. If you really want to talk to a liberal, you need to be able to communicate that you are listening to them and understand them. If you talk to a liberal the way Coulter does, well - you'll have many fewer friends and you'll never really persuade anyone of anything. Persuasion is one of the most important arts of our time. It involves highly skilled communication. Coulter bludgeons this art. So yeah, I chuckle. But I'm deeply disturbed that she's reinforcing the very attitudes and perspectives that make Americans a dysfunctional citizenship with a dysfunctional government.

    50 of 66 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5202)
    Performance
    (2090)
    Story
    (2103)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "The metaphysical punchlines are profound"
    Overall

    This was maybe the best of 3 dozen or so Audible books I've heard so far (along with, maybe, the Ender series). The story is riveting. The reading is excellent. A couple of reviewers have complained about the reader's interpretation of the lead female as being flat. Well, she's dead. So I think that's probably an appropriate characterization. The reader produces outstanding interpretations of dozens of voices from lots of different parts of the world.

    Most importantly, though, Gaiman weaves into this story a bunch of important metaphysical observations. I had to press pause on several occasions to simply reflect: What does he mean by that? How does he know? How would I test this hypothesis? How do I see this played out in real life?

    One of the best recent books I've encountered in a long time. Well-deserving of its Hugo and Nebula awards. With Gaiman, I'm finding I like the Audible versions even better than the print versions.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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