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Jeff

Monroe, MI, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose
    • Narrated By Molly Ivins
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In their second book on our current White House occupant, Ivins and Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he has applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world.

    Steven E. Richards says: "A little balance please..."
    "Molly and George sittin' in a tree (bush actually)"
    Overall

    I love Molly Ivins and thoroughly enjoyed hearing her narrate this book. She gets right to the core of the issues quickly, but makes her points through human-interest stories rather than invective. This gives the book a pleasant conversational tone that stands in stark contrast to the serious problems she's discussing. Her analysis of Dubya as a smart guy who knows exactly what he is doing is chilling. Her conclusions about big money politics and the need for campaign finance reform give anyone interested in change a roadmap to follow. Don't just listen to this book. Go out and do something about it.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1786)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a far different book than I had expected. The author documents his journey down an interesting path that caused him to learn more about psychopathy. In the process of documenting his education, we get educated as well. While the education was interesting, it was the journey that made this a quite enjoyable book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Letter to a Christian Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Jordan Bridges
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (340)

    "Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

    Keith Howarth says: "Audiobook version - Excellent reader"
    "Verbal beatdown"
    Overall

    This is a fairly short audio book but I couldn't finish it. I basically grew tired of the unrelenting drum beat of the book's theme – atheism good, Christianity bad. The corollary also gets worn out – The Bible is vicious, contradictory, and uninspired. About the time that the author started a line of attack based upon the fact that the Bible didn’t accurately calculate the value of pi, I gave up. Sam Harris may have good reason to have a chip on his shoulder, but he attacks Christianity with a ferocity that is painful. This isn’t an attempt at dialog or education. It is a mugging and after a while, I just couldn’t take it any more.

    10 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Stop Clutter From Stealing Your Life: Discover Why You Clutter and How You Can Stop

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mike Nelson
    • Narrated By David Elias
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Clutter is not just a minor annoyance or an organizational challenge. It can damage self-esteem and relationships, contribute to financial problems, and even lead to unemployment. Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life is written by a recovering clutterer who knows first-hand what clutter can do and how it can be controlled.

    Theresa says: "Not for your everyday clutterer"
    "Clinical clutter only"
    Overall

    This book is for those who have an obsessive compulsive disorder for which clutter is a symptom. It is NOT for those who are simply looking for some short cuts to a less cluttered life.

    This is a book for those who need the support of a 12 step program. It is NOT for those interested in spending 12 hours cleaning out the basement.

    This book may be very helpful for those who can't help themselves. It is NOT very helpful or interesting for OCD free.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2082)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (328)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "What's a matter, can't take a joke?"
    Overall

    First of all, this book is funny. In fact it's very funny. If you scroll down through the reviews you'll see that the people who don't think it's funny don't get the joke. They take issue with the author or the material. It makes them mad. But this is the whole point of the book - puncturing the humorless self-righteousness of those who need to be right (pun intended).

    As others have also mentioned, Franken's narration alone is worth the price.

    Al Franken is the court jester of our age gleefully pointing out that the king has no clothes. Unfortunately he?s telling the truth.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Math: The Essential Guide to the Bush Tax Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Wielding his widely recognized powers of explanation, Paul Krugman lays bare the hidden facts behind the $1.35 trillion tax cut. In Fuzzy Math, Krugman dissects the Bush tax cut plan and shows us who wins, who loses, and how quickly the tax cuts will consume the surplus.

    Jeff says: "Somewhat out of date"
    "Somewhat out of date"
    Overall

    This is an important book for everyone concerned about leaving the world in better shape than they found it.

    This is a great book for understanding the economic underpinnings, or lack thereof, of the Bush Tax plan. It asks the very serious question, is there enough money to have a tax cut and fully fund Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Bush administration says there is, but the numbers suggest otherwise.

    The problem is that this book was written before the tax cut passed and more significantly before the September 11th terrorist attacks. To that end, it is a wonderful reminder of how different the world was then. Unfortunately, it also weakens the very strong message that the tax cut that did pass was and is very dangerous economic policy.

    Krugman has since done a follow-on book called The Great Unravelling that expands on the ideas of this book within the context of a post 9/11 world. Hopefully that will be available on Audible soon too, if not, listen to this and then go buy that book.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (126)

    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Alex says: "Network theory for beginners"
    "Slow start, strong finish"
    Overall

    This is a thorough discussion of network theory. The first part of the book goes into great, and sometimes tedious, detail. If you have the patience to wait for the cake to bake, however, the frosting is quite tasty. The second half of the book is about applications and real-world examples of every sort of network you might imagine and several you probably won't.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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