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John

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  • Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    A compelling new set of interviews on our changing and turbulent times with Noam Chomsky, one of the world's foremost thinkers...

    In this new collection of conversations, conducted from 2010 to 2012, Noam Chomsky explores the most immediate and urgent concerns: the future of democracy in the Arab world, the implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the European financial crisis, the breakdown of American mainstream political institutions, and the rise of the Occupy movement. As always, Chomsky presents his ideas vividly and accessibly, with uncompromising principle and clarifying insight.

    John says: "Nice update from Chomsky"
    "Nice update from Chomsky"
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    Where does Power Systems rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    "Power Systems" is one of the best audiobooks I have read.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Noam Chomsky is one of the hardest-working and best researchers in the field of contemporary politics, power systems, American colonialism, foreign wars, the occupy movement, post-secondary education (he teaches at M.I.T.) the 1%, poverty in America, and the widening gap between the super-rich and everyone else. This book covers more territory than many of his other more specialized titles, and brings the reader up to the past year or so (2012). If you want a good overview of the problems facing America and the west, and what needs to be done to fix them, this is a very good place to start.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Star Island

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (334)

    Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

    Suzn F says: "Laugh Out Loud"
    "Well done."
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    Well read, well written, although the characters remind me very much of those in Skinny Dip. Hiaasin excels at witty dialogue and irony. I enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more offerings from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1112)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Francis J DiBona says: "Violence is decreasing everywhere. Who knew?"
    "Violence is declining"
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    Pinker presents an abundance of data to support his thesis that human violence is declining over time. He presents historical evidence to show that things were much worse in Roman times and during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. He shows that particularly since World War II and particularly in the west, we have, as a species, become less violent toward each other. Wile his May be true, we still have a log way to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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