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Bart

Boones Mill, VA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Betrayal of the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele
    • Narrated By Wes Talbot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    America’s unique prosperity is based on its creation of a middle class. In the 20th century, that middle class provided the workforce, the educated skills, and the demand that gave life to the world’s greatest consumer economy. It was innovative and dynamic; it eclipsed old imperial systems and colonial archetypes. It gave rise to a dream: that if you worked hard and followed the rules you would prosper in America, and your children would enjoy a better life than yours. Incredibly, however, for more than 30 years, government and big business in America have conspired to roll back the American dream....

    NYNM says: "Good in generalities, exhausting in specifics"
    "Myopic"
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could have been better if the authors' arguments had been supported by broad truths rather than narrow, one-sided anticdotes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele again?

    No


    What three words best describe Wes Talbot’s voice?

    Soft, weak, whiny


    What character would you cut from The Betrayal of the American Dream?

    There were no characters


    Any additional comments?

    This book read like a term paper written by a spoiled teenager

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4678)
    Performance
    (2149)
    Story
    (2137)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "What is the point?"
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    I've listened to well over a hundred audiobooks over the years, and have never taken the time to write a review. I was so moved by this book that I felt compelled to share my experience with others. I'll start by stating that this, is very likely, the worst audiobook I've ever endured. I stuck with it thinking there would be some twist or thickening plot which never emerged. I then rolled it over in my mind trying to discern some deeper, symbolic meaning that I obviously missed. The only real surprise was that nothing ever happened. I, typically, find redeeming qualities in all the books to which I listen, but with this one. . . not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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