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Michael L. Serafino

Artist who wants to go to space

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  • Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steve Coll
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (122)

    Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power. ExxonMobil’s annual revenues are larger than the economic activity in the great majority of countries. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the United States embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than almost any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.

    Zak says: "Please no more accents!"
    "You Probably Don't Know About Exxon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For everyone who likes to rail against the most profitable company in the world, Get Informed! Love 'em or Hate 'em this Exxon-Mobile is here to stay, and not only stay, but define our world of energy. This is a spectacular read, full of historical and geographical anecdotes that illuminate the dark icky world of oil.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5133)
    Performance
    (2229)
    Story
    (2225)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Superb Subtle Spy Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The company is an epic, nuanced, clandestine trip through the Cold War that informs, entertains, shocks, and (redacted).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Company?

    Harvey Torritti dropping lines like, "If at first you don't succeed, then sky diving is not for you."


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He helps remind you that some of these spies are drunk while they do there best work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If sitting for 24 hours straight was a possibility, yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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