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Maiana

Seattle, WA, USA

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  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    For more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing, as in the Cuban missile crisis, to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. Now the Bush administration is intensifying this process, driving us toward the final frontiers of imperial control, toward a choice between the prerogatives of power and a livable Earth.

    Jazz Listener says: "Great book, lousy reader"
    "Very Dry..."
    Overall

    I was really hoping this book would be good but I don't know if it was the subject matter or the narrator but every time I turned it on in the car my mind would start to wander. This was not the best download.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (4278)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1989)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Wicked... A little too much"
    Overall

    From what I had heard of this book I was expecting a comedic version of The Wizard of Oz from the wicked witch of the west's point of view but I didn't expect it to be so graphic. At times the dialogue devolved into grotesque explanations of graphic biological functions and rather than comedic it was dark. I don't recommend this book due to the material content but if you like the story the narrator is very good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Republic

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Bruce Alexander
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In The Republic, Plato tackles the big issues of the state and the individual: how the state should be ruled, and by whom; and the way the individual should lead his life - and why. The lively quality of the dialogue can be clearly appreciated in this new translation by Tom Griffith.

    Plato777 says: "One of the best book ever written! Period."
    "Philosophy Class"
    Overall

    This audio download of Plato's Republic was used as a supplement to the readings I was doing for class. Although it was a slightly different version than my text book, it really helped my understanding of the material a lot. I got an A in the class! I would highly recommend this audio download if you are required to read this for a course.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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