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Jeffery

kearney, NE, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Assault on Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Al Gore
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    Here is a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the public sphere's degradation to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason. Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason explains, we have precious little time to waste.

    Walter says: "Partisan but Valuable"
    "Ouch"
    Overall

    Let me start by stating that I'm a life-long democrat, voted for Mr. Gore, have nothing for contempt for our current admin, etc. Nevertheless, this book is not good. I believe we effect change by bringing out solutions, not by placing blame. A lot of the book is about the "bad Bush" and, even as a congregation member, gets old and feels tired. What one ends up with is a dissertation that is technical and an assault on Bush that is tasteless.
    I can't imagine, unlike his Inconvenient Truth work, anyone being persuaded by this book. You either recognize and agree or are turned off by the approach, much like the Parental Warning stickers for music. And, considering the material's importance, that's a shame.

    10 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Shopgirl

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    Grammy Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album
    Mirabelle, the "shopgirl" behind the glove counter at Neiman Marcus, is slightly lost, off-kilter, and shy. But there's something about Mirabelle. Steve Martin reads this charming novella. Hear an interview with the author and browse more Martin.

    Julie Rosenthal says: "Loved it"
    "Great book on relationships"
    Overall

    A great book! Martin shows incredible insight into how males and females differ in expectations, approach, etc. to life and each other. Prior reviews point out the sex and depressive situations, but, for a lot of people, that is how they go through relationships and life... and Martin does an excellent job of shining light into those corners of people. I'm glad it doesn't have a "hollywood" ending, because that would cheapen the whole experience of the book. I wouldn't be surprized if this book received several literary awards.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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