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Chris

Bonita, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Promise: President Obama, Year One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonathan Alter
    • Narrated By Jonathan Alter
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (56)

    Barack Obama’s inauguration as president on January 20, 2009, inspired the world. But the great promise of “Change We Can Believe In” was immediately tested by the threat of another Great Depression, a worsening war in Afghanistan, and an entrenched and deeply partisan system of business as usual in Washington. Despite all the coverage, the backstory of Obama’s historic first year in office has until now remained a mystery.

    Marty Siegel says: "Amazing journalism and writing"
    "Best Book on Obama's Presidency"
    Overall

    If your a tea bagger or love listening to Glenn Beck than this is not the book for you. But if you want to learn how the Obama Administration functions and what Obama's leadership style is like you will find this book endlessly fascinating. By far the best book out there on the Obama Presidency.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (170)

    Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. This is the audio recording of David Foster Wallace delivering that very address. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others.

    John Nosal says: "The MVP of my book/audio library"
    "Life Changing"
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    Performance
    Story

    This speech quite literally changed my life when I heard it three years ago. I think it is the best articulation of mindfulness I have ever come across. I listened to this speech at a time in my life I was going through some difficult health problems and it really helped me a lot. I would recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2991)
    Performance
    (1937)
    Story
    (1935)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Unexpectedly Great Book"
    Overall

    This book is written so that you don't have to have a Ph.D or be a grad student to understand it but is very informative and well researched, it is quite a little gem. I have yet to fine a book on sociopaths or psychopaths that really allows you to understand not only their actions but what and how they think that allows them to do such ruthless and heartless things. This is book you could read for an advanced psychology coarse.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea-Bagging of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dana Milbank
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank takes a fair and balanced look at the unsettling rise of the silly Fox News host Glenn Beck. Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that the tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. In America in 2010, Glenn Beck provides the very refreshment Jefferson had in mind: Whether he's the patriot or the tyrant, he's definitely full of manure.

    Carol Grosser says: "Who is more of a clown the author or Beck?"
    "Beck Exposed In His Own Words"
    Overall

    I am sure Glenn Beck is calling this "a hit piece" or "a smear job" but most of this book is simply using Beck's own words and past statements which suffeciently does the job of outlining how he uses fear and fringe conspiracy theories nightly on his Fox News show. I am not a fan of Beck but think he is a fascinating character and this book really does a great job of showing just how far out and crazy this guy has become.

    25 of 83 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (779)

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Thomas says: "Amateur hour in the production booth"
    "The Best Book on History"
    Overall

    Churchill once said "History is written by the victors". Well Howard Zinn turns this on it's head by writing from the perspective of the oppressed not the "victors". He is upfront about his bias since all accounts of history have one, he has just chosen to be biased toward the oppressed and the abused not the "victors". Anyone who reads and enjoys history will enjoy this book even if you differ from his perspective it is still a remarkable chronicle of American History.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4892)
    Performance
    (2277)
    Story
    (2296)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill Pagano says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Great"
    Overall

    My favorite book on the financial crisis of 07-08. Lewis paints an excellent picture of the big financial players and their losses and how a few people saw this collapse coming and made millions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2181)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (726)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "How American Imperialism Works"
    Overall

    This is a great listen and gives you a first hand account of the people (EHM's) who work to expand the American Empire. If you are naive and think that America only does the good and nobel than you will hate this book but if you have a worldly and open mind you will find this book well worth your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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