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Mark

Porter Corners, NY, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • A Pale Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (189)

    Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the Devil. Instead, they stumble over the Devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey--a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask.

    Marie says: "A wild ride"
    "Like listening to paint dry."
    Overall

    I got through the first half. I got through about 1/4 of the second half, then I wanted to drive off a bridge. Great narrator, boring story.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Ned Schmidtke
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    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"
    "oddly, people don't realize"
    Overall

    that this is NOT a democracy -- it's a republic. Very very different.

    10 of 79 people found this review helpful

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