This is a GREAT listen. I wish my writing skills for this review could do justice to his book.
He does not pull any punches going thru dozens and dozens of hot topics from Abortion, Iraq, Korea, Executions, Poverty, Religion... Each is discussed with background, facts, bible quotes for and against and a idea where this current direction will take us and ways to handle the problem more effectly.
He's a bible scholar and STRONG christian; One issue he discusses is abortion which he is against. He comes up with many great middle ground ideas. Did you know that 2/3 of women get abortions because they cant afford the kid. The current administation is actually causing more abortions with this bad economy, no health care and all the other ways it is draining money from the middle class family. Any idea why abortions are way up from the clinton years.
Straight from the news today, he talks about why Bush should not give nuclear help to India. (If you couldnt think of a few reason yourself)
To steal a statement from another reviewer
"If you are interested in what a Nobel peace prize winning thinker has to say ..."
I also listened to his book "An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood", which was great. Very much like the painted house.
The book very nicely walks you thru a family's day to day life, in New Mexico from late 1800's to early 1900s. The characters were developed well and very real.
I really enjoyed sharing part of their life on their small cattle and horse ranch and in the small towns, feeling their joys and sorrows.
I have been audible member for almost 10 years and this book is in my top 10 list, up there with Painted House. I was very disappointed when it ended.
I am going to pick up another one from this author this month.
I love this series, I have read/listened to these for seems like 20 years, since A is for alibi...
I look forward to each and Judy is Kinsey. I hope there are dozens more of these and that Judy continues to be Kinsey.
The character Kinsey is developed so well, she is a good friend. In each book Kinsey who is a private detective, solves a hard care, sharing her life as she does.
You have to try one of these.
I too listened to broken arrow and altered carbon. I enjoyed this one a little more.
The theme of the first two seemed to be sleeves, which really interesting got old after a while.
This book exposed many more cyber punk ideas, plus religion, goverment, martians, family and the characters were developed a little more.
I didnt notice the narrator mispronunciation of Kovacs and thought he was a believable Kovacs.
The echo only happened once an hour and only bothered me when it was long.
I can't wait for his next novel. I hope sleeve's are just a smaller part of the next one and he blows my socks off with more cyberpunk.
Really wacky, fun, fast moving plot. If you like Carl Hiaasen's books, you will like this book. I would almost bet, Hiaasen wrote this.
Jesus shows up one night in a small florida town and affects a dozen quarky character's lives.
If you like this, then try Hiaasen's books.
This book is a great spy story, much like Clancy's older books.
Clarke doesn’t have the character development or story smoothness of a Clancy book, but the details and higher level Middle East political concepts, make the book interesting to listen to.
The book exposes lots of interesting details on our internal government workings and Middle East politics, and Clarke's white house experience as Clinton's and Bush's counter-terrorism chief, shows in the details of the book. Although set in future 5 years, I wonder how much is really fiction.
As far Bush bashing, it is not direct and only a small part of the book and can be ignored. Clarke just showed the same conflicts we all experienced in the cold war. Both sides have people thinking the other side’s only goal was to destroy them and doing their best to stop it from happening. And both sides also have people who think there are other solutions besides war too. In Clarke world, war is not the only possible solution.
This book is only for political junkies. If you are not a real junkie, then start with Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars. The topic is similar and Al's is as serious but is shorter and funny too.
Mr Brock starts the book off with a nice 10 minute summary and then for the next 14 hours, explains how the Republican Noise Machine works. One of his first examples explains how President Nixon wanted to start the rumor that the media had a liberal bias. His slush fund was used to make a badly written book, that stated that the media had a liberal bias, be on the best sellers list. He quotes many studies that say there never was a liberal bias, in fact the opposite. But if the Noise Machine keeps saying anything enough, people believe it.
He continues with names and examples and examples of how this Machine works to dominate every aspect of our lives. Using a billion dollars, they support 1000's of writers, think tanks, talk radio shows, papers, magazines, Web sites and cable networks to get the Republican talking points heard.
They start by supporting conservative college papers and hire the writers and pay them well, to work at their conservative think tanks and publish articles based on the Republican talking points. Truth is NOT required.
Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is an understatement.
When I purchased the book from audible, it had a 1 star rating.
This is exactly what the book is about. The Republican Noise Machine
On Amazon the book has all 4 and 5 star ratings, except for one, 1 star rating. If you look at the user that gave the book a one star rating, you'll see he also gave Blinded by the Right, all Michael Moore's and Al Franken's books a 1 start rating. And funny, ANN COULTER books got a good rating.
Want to bet that the people who rated this book so far, didn't really read it.
The story line and characters were quite good. And I had a hard time putting the book (mp3 player) down.
But like one of the other readers of another Robert B. Parker book said. The narrator repeating "I said", "He said", "She said" following every line of dialog, drove me crazy.
The narrator did a great job changing voices for each character, so I dont know why he has to end each line of dialog with "I said".
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