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  • Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to an End

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Norman G. Finkelstein
    • Narrated By Tyler Crandall
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Traditionally, American Jews have been broadly liberal in their political outlook; indeed African-Americans are the only ethnic group more likely to vote Democratic in US elections. Over the past half century, however, attitudes on one topic have stood in sharp contrast to this group's generally progressive stance: support for Israel. Despite Israel's record of militarism, illegal settlements, and human rights violations, American Jews have, stretching back to the 1960s, remained largely steadfast supporters of the Jewish 'homeland'.

    Kathleen says: "Important subject, but poor reader"
    "Terrible reader. Great book."
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    Finkelstein: Crucial, important and revealing book.
    Crandall: Countless hair-raising, knuckle-whitening, palm-to-forehead mispronunciations.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Perdido Street Station

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (275)

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

    James says: "Brilliant, wonderful book -- horrible recording"
    "An outlier on the spectrum of imagination"
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    I wonder if savants and geniuses have fever dreams that feel like this. Compelling, principled and absolutely enrapturing. Chapeau, Mieville, chapeau. I would read a whole novel about The Torque, fyi... if you feel like it... please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (1787)
    Story
    (1796)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Absolute must read near-future dystopia"
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    Amazing. I can't believe it's not a movie already, not that I want it to be.

    Near-future horror and hope. Refreshingly un-Eurocentric and absolutely plausible.

    Love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9976)
    Performance
    (9281)
    Story
    (9282)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "There's nothing brilliant about dropping names"
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    The first bit of this book is solid likely-near-future dystopian sci-fi, and this aspect of the book is thankfully revisited intermittently throughout. Most of this book, however, is the author pretty much reading aloud from a encyclopedia entry on 80's pop culture. If you are between 35 and 45 years old, and you are (for some reason) endlessly entertained by being reminded of long-forgotten consumer goods and video games, this book is for you. If you want something transient and/or compelling, look elsewhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbows End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (270)

    Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family.

    Steve says: "Great Discovery"
    "Not bad, but read something else"
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    I expected more from a Hugo award winner. The story was okay, not terrifically imaginative, and maybe a bit too rich in computer hardware fetishism for my taste.

    It's not that I hated it, I just feel like I wasted my time listening to this when there are still some Paolo Bacigalupi and China Mieville books that I haven't "read" yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (524)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "The Island for grownups"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Emotive and touching. Author realizes that making something tragic includes developing characters to whom tragic things happening is indeed a tragedy. The reading is wonderful also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4390)
    Performance
    (3919)
    Story
    (3941)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Silly"
    Overall
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    Serendipitous and playful. Unimpressive and trivial. This is a kid's book; only it's chock full of trite adult content that would render it impermissible for a young audience. If it is indeed intended for an adult audience, it's aimed at the half-witted and inattentive, who delight in predicable plot "twists" and the eased joy of getting exactly what you expected. If you are taking a break from your "Everyone Loves Raymond" marathon to try this "reading" thing, this may be the book for you. If you've ever read a decent book in your life, and continue reading to hopefully find once again the bliss that it brought you, it is likely that you'll spend your time with this book marveling, not at its genius, but at the miracle that it's STILL GOING.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America - and What We Can Do to Stop It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thom Hartmann
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before - including during the Great Depression and the Civil War - because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash. The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Heads Up Everybody!"
    "Should replace our high school history textbooks"
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    Bad news, but don't shoot the messenger. Well argued and hopefully completely wrong :)

    Great reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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