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Jeff

Boston, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Eduardo Galeano, Isabel Allende (Foreward)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (68)

    Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation.

    Gina Papa says: "Excellent"
    "Dated, both historically and academically."
    Overall

    This book has a lot of good information, but the whiny tone just got on my nerves after a while. Okay, I get it. Latin America has been exploited for 5 centuries, and this book goes over point by point all the instances in which they've been screwed over. That's an impressive amount of territory to cover, and Galeano does a good job navigating the territory coherently. My problem is that the academics seem backwards. It seems like the research was cherry picked to support the hypothesis, which is ridiculously unnecessary, but lends the air of bullshit to the proceedings even though he's generally correct. The constant jabs at the Imperialists and Bourgeois fill this text with hyperbolic rhetoric that undermines its message. That is if it's message is anything more than polemic. I'm not exactly sure.

    To the person that was annoyed about the, read CORRECT Spanish pronunciations. WTF?

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4402)
    Performance
    (2879)
    Story
    (2925)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Garbage"
    Overall

    This has to be one of the worst books I have read in years. Sanderson seems to have distilled all of the worst in fantasy writing into one book. It also reads like he wrote this when he was 14. The story is uncompelling and remarkably unbelievable. The characters come off more as characitures than as people. The dialogue is about as campy and uninteresting as anything I've come across since I stopped reading Amazing Spiderman comics when I was a kid. The novel is so juvenile that it is impossible to shrug off disbelief and become immersed in it.

    Disappointing considering I thought Mistborn, while overrated, was really worthwhile.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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