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Matthew

WASHINGTON, DC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Ned Schmidtke
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    American democracy is, in many people's minds, the model for the rest of the world. Fareed Zakaria points out that the American form of democracy is one of the least democratic in use today. Members of the Supreme Court and the Federal Reserve, institutions that fundamentally shape our lives, are appointed, not elected. The Bill of Rights enumerates a set of privileges to which citizens are entitled, no matter what the majority says. By restricting our democracy, we enhance our freedom.

    G Barth says: "Superb Survey of Modern Democratic Issues"
    "Great Book... Terrible Narrator"
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    What did you love best about The Future of Freedom?

    Great arguements. Very relevant to the disfunction we are seeing today in many democracies. Very engaging style of writing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ned Schmidtke’s performances?

    Definitely not. Worst narrator I have ever heard. Could not even pronounce the author's name. Got several place names very wrong (such as Mumbai) and the occasional word too. Worst was IRA (the retirement plan)... "Ira [Hayes]". I listened to the book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Religion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tim Willocks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the "The Hounds of Hell." The Knights call themselves "The Religion".

    Bonnie says: "This captured me"
    "An exciting and enthralling tale"
    Overall

    An exciting and enthralling tale. Perfect for any history buff or fan of historical fiction.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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