Edwards showed mastery skills in debate. When Cheney did say something of substance, it turned out to be false or distorted. Cheney finally resorted to an ad hominem attack on Edwards' record in the Senate, so Edwards blew Cheney's legs off by returning the favor. You would have had to have been asleep during this debate to think that Cheney scored any points at all--he was so underprepared on the issues. At least twice, maybe three times, Cheney simply had nothing to say in response and forfeited his talking time. Edwards, on the other hand, knew his material, conducted himself well, and won the debate hands-down. Both candidates kept their tone civil but hackles were rising at the table. When Edwards pointed out that Cheney had voted against a Martin Luther King holiday and a resolution to free Nelson Mandela, and Cheney couldn't respond, I nearly choked to death from laughing.
Audible does the public a notable service in making these major public hearings and events (the political conventions, 9/11 hearings, Supreme Court arguments, and now the Iraq Study Group Report) available for free download. It is unfortunate that the government should invest so much time, resources, and work hours into creating objective reports like this one, only to ignore or abandon the findings when they challenge the political worldview of the party in power. But thanks, Audible, for allowing me to refresh my memory on these important public records whenever I find myself wondering what could have been.
Many of the professional practices and personal behaviors described in this book will startle a new teacher or a non-teacher, but it was a different time and such things happened. The honesty is, all said and done, refreshingly authentic. Much of the material in this book is recycled from 'Tis, but the author only had one life to live, and he wasn't writing fiction. That it is read by the author, as were Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, earns this book a five-star rating. Mr. McCourt's voice is as smooth as a good Irish whisky. I will listen to this audiobook many times.
Louise Erdrich is a crafter of wonderful stories of the northern prairie. Her often quirky characters meander through sometimes bizarre plotscapes following trails of finely created prose toward a rich reading experience. The Master Butcher's Singing Club is, in my view, her finest book. It is doubly fortunate that Audible is offering the book unabridged AND that it is read by the author herself, in her very fine voice. The combination of drama and poetry, comedy and pathos, is just right, and I am pleased to have access to this novel, at last, through my Audible.com account.
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