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James

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  • Who Let the Dogs In?: Incredible Political Animals I Have Known

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Molly Ivins
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    The dazzling, inimitable Molly Ivins is back with a new collection of withering and hilarious pieces on the worst politics has to offer. This audiobook features a rogue's gallery of politicians: everyone from George W. Bush and the Democratic presidential contenders to Arnold Schwarzenegger. This career retrospective contains Ivins's funniest, most outrageous (and outraged) work on "the best of the worst", in a volume sure to delight those on the left and infuriate the right.

    Renee says: "Amusing and thought-provoking"
    "Wonderful look back!"
    Overall

    This book is a great look back at Molly Ivins' experiences (so far) in American politics. Libs can rejoice at her early recommendations for those disenchanted by Reagan's reelection and compare it to the current mood regarding Bush's reelection. A great overview of all her work, "Who Let the Dogs" gives a great overview of Ivins' work, including biting satire and criticism of those in office (from Reagan to Clinton) and touching obits. Really powerful tribute to a living legend of Washington journalism!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek, Deep Space Nine: The 34th Rule (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Armin Shimerman, David R. George lll
    • Narrated By Armin Shimerman
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    Quark is about to make the biggest deal of his life when he suddenly finds himself stuck in the middle of a major dispute between Bajor and the Ferengi Alliance. All he has now is his cunning and his lobes, but those may be all he needs to come out on top - and prevent an interstellar war! Written and read by Armin Shimerman, who brought Quark to life on television!

    James says: "Good Trek story!"
    "Good Trek story!"
    Overall

    I was pleasantly surprised by Armin Shimerman's reading. He gets the verbal tics of his former fellow actors with incredible accuracy. In response to the other review, I listened to the recording again, and Armin did sound more like Quark in his contemplative moods on the show. Maybe the fake teeth and prosthetics exaggerated it on TV.

    The story is well-written, exploring the characters' hidden aspects, as the best DS9 episodes did, with the background of political intrigue and of course, the inherent silliness of the Ferengi's hyper-capitalism. The different words for rain bit is stolen directly from Douglas Adams ("So Long and Thanks for All the Fish"), but other than that, no complaints.

    The last tape of the original was running too slow when the Audible recording was made, so the narration in the last hour sounds like it's in slo-mo and lugubrious. Note to the uninitiated: this recording has all the cheesy synth music and sound effects that Simon & Schuster bizarrely keeps using in Trek books-on-tape (I understand the impulse back when the format was new, but it's since matured and doesn't need to have all the bells and whistles to keep the listener's attention).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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