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Ryan

MOUNTAIN IRON, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Bianculli
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run---and the cultural impact that's still being felt today.

    Sandra says: "Great topic, well written, poorly narrated"
    "Not super funny, but well worth the money"
    Overall

    I'm not an avid audio book consumer, but I do have a few years of at least 30 hrs/week of podcast consumption. So please take those facts into consideration.

    First, the book gives exactly what the title says, except, well... Censorship just isn't as good as it used to be, so 'uncensored' means more like 'I let my 8 year old listen to this'. And I did just that while we were on a trip with his grandparents (who by the way LOVED the book). Don't be concerned about catching a crude joke by today's standards. Second, it is accurate through multiple sources in all accounts, and explains conflicting accounts as points of view, which endeared me, personally.

    Lastly, while the reader was very good, there were points (probably between takes) where the readers volume rose and fell. I didn't notice it so much while listening with headphones, but through a car stereo I had to adjust the volume up and down a hair every so often.

    ****

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  • Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Russ Baker
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre said that "words are loaded pistols". In the hands of Russ Baker, they are hydrogen bombs. On each and every page of his masterpiece, Family of Secrets, he explodes the myths and lies that powerful forces have perpetrated on the American consciousness. He digs beneath the surface in a form of journalistic archeology to reveal the hidden history of one of America's most powerful families, leaving no stone unturned.

    Cletus van Damme says: "Still Relevant, Impossible to Put Down"
    "Very enlightening view of power in America"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The U.S. Presidency isn't a popularity contest, despite what society might want to believe. Getting there requires a concerted effort that isn't paid back in weeks or months. It takes lifetimes; in this case 4-5 Bush family lives worth of quid pro quo favors.

    I enjoyed the authors ability to simply report his findings and let readers decide if they wanted to draw their own conclusions. Truth often is stranger than fiction, which I believe is the case here.

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