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Armen Pandola

Armen Pandola is a playwright, columnist, director, actor and attorney.

Broomall, Pa United States

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  • On Anarchism

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky, Nathan Schneider (introduction)
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    On Anarchism provides the reasoning behind Noam Chomsky's fearless lifelong questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. In these essays, Chomsky redeems one of the most maligned ideologies, anarchism, and places it at the foundation of his political thinking. Chomsky's anarchism is distinctly optimistic and egalitarian. Moreover, it is a living, evolving tradition that is situated in a historical lineage; Chomsky's anarchism emphasizes the power of collective, rather than individualist, action.

    shaleg says: "Juvenile"
    "Chomsky Delivers - Again"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are interested in the history of anarchism and its place in the modern world, you will enjoy this in depth account of anarchism. Chomsky puts on his scholor's cap and dissects the anarchist movement in modern times.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Chomsky takes issue with those who believe that anarchism and effective state action are opposed to each other. He sees anarchism as fitting in with an enlightened socialism.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a book that makes you think - and then think again.


    Any additional comments?

    Chomsky has gotten such a bad rap as some kind of extreme nut that rarely do people take the time to notice that he is one of the greatest political, social and philosophical thinkers of our time. He has always been spot on in his criticism of our - and other - governments when they trample on international law, people's rights and - most importantly - trample on the best tool we have for understanding even the most complex problems - our reason.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rebecca Goldstein
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? The acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.

    ARG says: "Was looking forward to it, can't bear it"
    "Good Idea But ..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the book at been what it first seemed to be - an exciting look at the philosophy of Plato in today's world.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rebecca Goldstein again?

    Yes, she can write well but sometimes seems to put in a lot of 'filler' to beef up a simple point.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The book was well narrated.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. it does look at today's world and place it in a larger context.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tender Is the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character - lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.

    Robert says: "Not my favorite reader"
    "Great Novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a book about a life - the good, the bad, the relationships, the triumphs and the disasters. It is beautifully written and has so many phrases that stick in your memory.


    What other book might you compare Tender Is the Night to and why?

    There is no other book quite like this one. It is totally a 20th century book. Maybe the best of Henry James.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    Yes. She managed to convey all of the emotional intensity of the pivotal moments in the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end of the book is as moving as literature can get.


    Any additional comments?

    Too often, Fitzgerald is thought of as a one-book author, but this book deserves to be read and re-read.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (245)

    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "A mini-history of Early 20th century America"
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    Would you listen to The Path to Power again? Why?

    Yes. This book traces the early years and career of Lyndon Johnson. In his early years, Johnson was associated with two of the major figures in American politics - Sam Rayburn and Franklin Roosevelt. Caro provides mini-biographies of both of these men and their politics. Also, Johnson was associated with the building firm of Brown and Root which is now part of Halliburton Company. Caro traces the rise of major contractors who built the long-lasting legacies of the FDR years, the dams and highways and federal projects that still dominate the American landscape. Caro then proceeds to develop the story of money in politics - a story that is as relevant today as it was almost 100 years ago.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Yes. The detail is overwhelming. Caro goes on and on about a point that is made - but having said that, I would not let that stop anyone from listening to this incredible tale of ambition and the power of one man to change - for the good - the place he represents.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gardner is the voice of the time - it is a perfectly modulated voice that helps a listener to endure some of the more unessential details.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No because it is a lengthy book and read - it occupied the better part of a month of commutes. This was something to look forward to each morning and evening to pass the time and be entertained and instructed on one of the 20th centuries central characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Caro seems bent on emphasizing the flaws in LBJ's character- something that LBJ didn't need anyone to do since they were so apparent. Yet, next to his achievements, especially before Vietnam, they pale in comparison to the good he did. Caro is always quoting a former rival or political opponent who claims that LBJ did some terrible thing to win - often those he defeated claim it was all due to money. But EVERY candidate claims he lost because he was outspent - and yet history abounds with tales of those who won elections and were outspent by their opponents. Merely because you outspend your opponent doesn't mean you will win - and when finally LBJ looses and election, it is because he wasn't as devious as his opponent. Even though he outspent him by a fortune. LBJ cannot win in Caro's eyes. That is sad because this is a fine book with a lot to tell you about the time and the people of that time. It would have been a far better book if Caro had been as skeptical about what he was told by LBJ haters and he was about what he was told by his supporters. Of course, Caro would say that he verified everything by 'facts.' But it is impossible to verify much of the alleged financial misdeeds. More importantly, it is was possible to compare what LBJ did in office opposed to his opponents - he was head and shoulders better for the people he represented and certainly that must have swayed a lot of voters to support him rather than the alleged enormous amounts of money he spent on his campaigns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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