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oktotoks, AB, Canada | Member Since 2010

  • 5 reviews
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  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David H. Freedman
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson

    Our investmeents are devastated, obesity is epidemic, blue-chip companies circle the drain, and popular medications turn out to be ineffective and even dangerous. What happened? Didn't we listen to the scientists, economists, and other experts who promised us that if we followed their advice all would be well?

    Ray says: "Primer for the Pseudo-Expert Genre"

    This book was a long time in coming.

    I have long noticed the veritable deluge of information that has come down the pipe in my short life and was often baffled by the contratdictory and almost "fad" like public responses to advice that I distictly remember hearing the opposite to somewhere else or earlier. These experts, these defenders of the public good, these holderes of the flame of knowledge, have their record layed before our feet, thanks to the internet and finally allowed our short memorys to slightly lengthen. We can now easily look back at that record and see expert advice for what it really is, most of the time, thinking out loud and the trusting public swaying to its rhythm, but no more.

    With so much info out there it is our responsibility to know that there is a lot of info out there. In other words, not to change "what" we think of expert advice, but instead to change "how". This book was a breath of fresh air and the paradox of the whole thing was a bit of lemon in the gin. Enjoy.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain's leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper.

    Tad Davis says: "A story of personalities"
    "Should be a guide to history writing"

    Anyone who feels the tale of war can be told by totaling up troop and equipment will be disapointed with this full juicy and robust telling of WW1.
    The reasons and ego's behind the decisions that killed millions of sons and daughters is brought to the fore and fills in preconceptions regarding the period and attitudes of the goverments and popular figures. In some ways more importantly, the family bickering of "kings and queens" that brought a generation of bright and energetic young men to it's knees is what I found most repulsive.
    A cautionary tale of the highest order and should be taught in classrooms or given to your kids. It is open ended and I think honest. Every chapter made me want to purse a side issue that was brought up, but not really expanded upon which is a gift in itself.
    Well done Adam and I hope you write again soon.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Reich at War

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker.

    Karen says: "Masterful"
    "Prepair to shed them now..."

    Of course it was good, well written and so on, it's just a bit much. I mean to say, if you know something about WW2, this felt like a never ending series of bone chilling tales. One after another. I just wanted to say "I get it! Stop talking I can't take any more!" ,

    Obviously very important to know, but very depressing, tale of woe after tale of woe.

    I highly recommend the preceeding books in this series, very detailed and required reading if you want to understand our history.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher C. Horner
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach

    The big media have spoken on the question of global warming, and the debate is officially over. "Be afraid, be very afraid", warns Time magazine. But have Al Gore and his environmentalist allies really proven their case? Not even close, says Christopher C. Horner.

    Jay M. says: "Not great for Audio"
    "Must Read"

    If you have any doubt at all regarding the science and truthfulness of Al Gore and his band of mindless followers then give this book a listen.

    I used to think Religion was one of the worst users of peoples fears to get their way, but there is a new contender. Global Warming Alarmist might even be more dangerous than Religion for taking away a persons ability to see both sides of an issue. They use every trick in a Cult handbook with practiced ease and modern skill.

    This book is not about how perfect humans are, or that there is no need for improvement. It is a here-to-fore unseen side of the issue. The critical side that requires acknowledgment and not to be simply tossed aside as a EXXON shill. It may shock people to realize that questioning god does not make you the devil. (Although if you do belive that then don't bother reading this book. It will just upset you.)

    This book is a good starting place. If you don't belive the authors claims look them up for yourself. The evidence is there and some people (like me) need to be nudged in the right direction. I never questioned the greenhouse effect. Why whould I? What would they have to gain? Therein lay Al Gore brilliance! because, in fact, they have much to gain.

    Even though I know how a real greenhouse works I never noticed how silly the global greenhouse argument is until I gave it the slightest thought and most likly wouldn't have unless I read this book.

    I don't want the enviroment to be wrecked because of me, but I'm not going to buy every air-headed claim that I'm to blame when I'm not. It's in my best interest to find out.

    Enjoy if nothing else the arguments, life isn't as black and white as Al Gore whould like you to think.

    56 of 68 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Hits the nail on the Head"

    If you have ever read a Dawkins book before you know how he can make you feel at home. Never letting his emotion affect the purpose of his writing. Making you feel like you are his friend not his pupil. Again with a confidence that speaks to his passion and knowledge of the subject I was simply drawn in. He is a great reader as well as writer and knows when to put inflections where most vital, not all the time.

    His opinion on religion was already my own but I could have never put it so elegently. I am in his debt once again.

    14 of 25 people found this review helpful

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