Parts of this book are extraordinary. The author's admittedly liberal viewpoint puts an interesting spin on the schoolbook history we've been fed all our lives. His witticisms and borderline subversive anecdotes are often engrossing.
Nonetheless, the book suffers from frequent dry spells in which the author seems to lose his purpose (and focus). In places, an entertaining listen becomes a verbose textbook reading.
If you have short times you need to fill, though, this book is an excellent and illuminating diversion.
Sure, if it was available cheaply. It's entertaining enough, and the plot moves along at a quick, easy pace, but listening to it felt like watching a decent miniseries on TV. It was reasonably enjoyable, but not especially memorable after it was finished.
The narration is a selling point. Both readers bring marvelous passion, engagement, and characterization to the production. Absolutely top notch. Even when the plot dragged, I still loved listening to the narrators.
This is a wonderful series of dharma talks given by the foremost (at least in my mind) American Buddhist teacher, Jack Kornfield. Kornfield's voice and manner are warm, soothing, and kind, and he illustrates his distillation of Buddhist teachings with everything from real-life anecdotes, poetry, and jokes. It is a pleasure to listen to, from beginning to end. The beauty of these talks is that they do not require a previous knowledge of Buddhism or a desire to immerse one's self in scripture. Kornfield gives practical advice on cultivating mindfulness, lovingkindness, and interconnectedness for even the most non-dogmatic of listeners. What a delight!
Belz hit a home run with this book. Do you think Oswald was a patsy? That the moon landing was filmed on a sound stage in Hollywood? That the men in black have paid you a visit? This is the book for you. As a fan of Richard Belzer's standup work, and later his character on SVU, I was tickled to see this book in the audible "stacks". It doesn't disappoint.
Belzer's delightfully acerbic, and surprisingly compelling, paranoia shines here. Whether talking about the Kennedy assasination (which he devotes more than half of the book to) or the cover-up of alien encounters, Belz injects each argument with enough common sense, humor and (partially) plausible evidence to make the book both engaging and thought-provoking.
I listened to this poolside during a recent vacation and it made an excellent diversion. If you're looking for Anna Karenina, this won't be the book for you. On the other hand, if you enjoyed the x-files, have an open mind, and think Oliver Stone may have been on to something, pick this one up.
I selected this book on a whim to listen to during a car ride - boy am I glad I did. This wonderful book is hilarious, satirical and suprisingly incisive. While it's by no means Tolstoy, 'Little Green Men' is a perfectly entertaining listen that acerbically sends up American media culture and mass-pop-hysteria.
Plus, the narrator (yale-educated thespian Mark Linn-Baker, who you may remember as "Cousin Larry" on 'Perfect Strangers') is brilliant, providing the necessary energy to fuel a plethora of campy voices.
Pick this one up immediately!
Now don't get me wrong, I'm forever grateful for Michael Moore's existence. His body of work (perhaps with the exception of the TV Nation episodes that devolved into mindless shock-jockery) is always thought-provoking, unflinching, subversive and disturbing.
That said, 'Dude, Where's My Country' is not nearly as good as 'Stupid White Men'. Much of Mr. Moore's invective still strikes home and awakens in the reader a sense that all is not well in America's halls of power. Nonetheless, the book often feels like an under-researched, albeit passionately felt, diatribe.
I got the sense, as I listened, that Moore wanted to get the book out in a hurry so he could use his readers as a large focus group for his next film.
All in all an entertaining, incisive listen whose "facts" should not necessarily be taken as gospel.
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