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David

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  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2925)
    Performance
    (1379)
    Story
    (1375)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    Shackleton says: "Good, but be careful"
    "Enjoyable and Interesting"
    Overall

    Looking at things from a different point of view is the definition of creativity, in that sense, the authors are true artists. A collection of disparate topics that somehow relate. An excellent book and very enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1615)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Great concept, poorly told"
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    Would you try another book from A. American and/or Duke Fontaine?

    No. If the level of grammar and storytelling is an indication of this authors other work, I am not interested.


    What was most disappointing about A. American’s story?

    The switch from 1st to third person and the obvious lack of a qualified editor.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Duke Fontaine?

    Christian Rummel comes to mind. Duke Fontaine blasts through the material with a staccato reading method that completely misses proper emphasis and at times clouds understanding. There is range in his character performances but it is limited to southern drawl to slightly more southern drawl. Scene changes get little to no pause save what you would expect from one sentence to the next, creating confusion on my behalf at least a dozen times. This could be the editors fault however as Mr Fontaine likely had little to do with the final edit.


    What character would you cut from Going Home?

    The main character. See, I cant' even remember his name... that's how effective the writing is. And that's the danger of 1st person storytelling. This book started as a story about the main character but it quickly became evident that A. American was more interested in preaching against government authority and so spend a huge share of the book describing a cast of a dozen or so.


    Any additional comments?

    A good premise but wow was a mess. My biggest gripe is that stories that are to be told as 1st person should STAY 1st person. The writer spends the first half of the book in 1st person and then waffles back and forth through the 2nd half from 1st to 3rd person. Too much time is spent on what is really just product placement (how many times do you need to tell me what brand of water bottle you used?) Not to mention a clear preachiness every time the subject of 'being prepared' comes up. Really, so a highly skilled physician should spend most of his time digging holes in the woods and setting up solar systems instead of become proficient at his trade? Another thing: Why, for the love of Pete, does the narrator need to swear at me? I understand a character using an expletive here or there, but not when speaking to the reader... give me a break.Yeah, this book is an interesting exercise but it's poorly told and has little regard for grammar.

    19 of 30 people found this review helpful

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