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Thomas

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  • How Music Works

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Byrne
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

    Daniel says: ""David Byrne is a Human" by a Talking Heads fan"
    "Another Know-It-All Liberal Slanders the US"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The 99% of course, which I imagine isn't 99% but just a few pot-heads here and there in Manhattan and Paris.


    What could David Byrne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have just foregone the expansive liberal thesis about the big bad masters of the universe keeping the heel to the neck of all the genius unknown garage bands of the world.


    How could the performance have been better?

    David could have read it himself. That would have been something. An audiobook as performance art.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    He began brilliantly with a discussion/theory about how recorded music and performance are so very different. That's what I expected - not some rehashing about the abusive 1%.


    Any additional comments?

    David. Stay away from the politics - all that is so temporal. Do the big picture and the deep thought in the future.

    9 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Barack Obama: The Story

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Maraniss
    • Narrated By David Maraniss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    In a groundbreaking work based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents, one of our pre-eminent journalists presents a richly textured account of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him. This book begins in Kansas and Kenya, decades before Obama was born, and ends as he prepares for a political life. The listener gains a deeper insight into the first black president of the United States, revealing as never before the arc of his history.

    Darwin8u says: "Solid Work @ Debunking Fairy-Tales & Dark Fantasms"
    "Also known as "Too Much Information""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Maraniss and/or David Maraniss?

    Never


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Confessions of St. Augustine


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

    A lot more that anyone could possibly want to know


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This whole experiment with socialism is almost over.


    Any additional comments?

    Also could have been titled or perhaps "Requiem of a Light-Weight" of even "So What, Who Cares".

    9 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the American People

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    Johnson's monumental history of the United States, from the first settlers to the Clinton administration, covers every aspect of American culture: politics, business, art, literature, science, society and customs, complex traditions, and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A British conservative's view of American history."
    "Not de Tocqueville"
    Overall

    One can almost hear George III thinking out loud about the loss of all the vast open spaces of America. There is a total lack of any sense of awe of America in this Englishman's very long book. He strives to show how American Exceptionalism was merely the result of happy and brutal coincidence. Reading between the lines we see a typical European Liberal (in the modern vile sense of the word) green with envy that they lost their colonies.

    I am about 15 hours into this long thing. Perhaps if he traveled the country like de Tocqueville he might have gotten a real sense of the American people. Instead we can imagine him up to his elbows in obscure research sources at Cambridge or at Cambridge West (Harvard).

    So, to read this, you must endure continual subtle and overt leftist bias and his criticism of what is thinks is the American tendency to over react to imaginary threats (i.e. the silly red scar of the 1950s - which we have known since the fall of the USSR was real indeed).

    I suppose this tendency to graft one's political biases onto past events is what makes many history books highly suspect.

    But if you can hold your nose and get past the liberal bias, the book is interesting and has some original in-sights.

    Too bad it was read by some lady with a stuffy British accent. This is another substantial negative.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Design

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (420)

    The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

    Brandi says: "Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real"
    "Hawking's Weak Attempt at Nullify God"
    Overall

    This is bit of self-plagarism from his earlier works which were much more comprehensive and comprehendible. A feeble attempt to explain M theory. Finally, to me the book seemed to be a vehicle for Hawkings to declare that there is no God and that astro/nuclear physics proves the fact. Nothing new here except for great cynicism from a man who, in an alternate universe, awakes each day thankful for the Grace of God.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes, but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more.

    Steve says: "Listen to Thomas Sowell and your brain will grow"
    "Great Book - Terrible Production - Rapid Ugly Comp"
    Overall

    The speaker is probably good. However the producers of this great book have compressed (speeded up the reading) to a very annoying, highly unnatural and way to rapid. It makes the reader seem frantic to finish it up. How could this have happened to an author like Sowell. Buy the book or wait for the audio redo.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Aaron Klein, Brenda J. Elliott
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Tens of millions of Americans sense there is something very wrong with the president of the United States, but they don’t know what. The Manchurian President answers that question. In writing this exhaustively researched book Aaron Klein, with Brenda J. Elliott, definitively exposes just how dangerous Barack Obama really is as America’s commander-in-chief.

    I love audiobooks says: "Bill Ayres IS dangerous."
    "Annoying readers."
    Overall

    May have been something too it but couldn't get past the readers. Don't they audition the readers and at least strive for tolerability?

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karl Rove
    • Narrated By Karl Rove
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    From the moment he set foot on it, Karl Rove has rocked Americas political stage. He ran the national College Republicans at 22, and turned a Texas dominated by Democrats into a bastion for Republicans. He launched George W. Bush to national renown by unseating a popular Democratic governor, and then orchestrated a GOP White House win at a time when voters had little reason to throw out the incumbent party.

    Deborah T. says: "Wow! Karl Can Read & Write"
    "Who Cares"
    Overall

    I read it. When finished, my only thought was, Who cares? What, he's like a famous statistician right? He's a hero in his own discredited mind.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Money Binge: Spending Our Way to Socialism

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Melloan
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Prestigious newspaper editor George Melloan, who worked for the Wall Street Journal for more than half a century, is no stranger to the wild ups and downs of the American and world economies. Using detailed examples from the Crash of 1929 and from the Carter era, this brilliantly argued book explains how government intervention actually prevents the economy from recovering its natural balance.

    Thomas says: "Genuine Contribution to the Body of Knowledge"
    "Genuine Contribution to the Body of Knowledge"
    Overall

    One of the best books I've ever read. With probing intelligence and a lifetime of economics experience discriminating between economists truth and lies, Melloan offers a clear and panoramic view of the peril our country has been placed in by Obama et al.
    This is not another emotional regurgitation of well known cliches in the manner of Glenn Beck and Dick Morris. This is an honest to goodness presentation of new ideas and insights. I have read it twice. I am knocked over by the depth of experience that over a half century of being on the economic front lines brings.
    The reader was very good but the production company did one of those compressions thinking we didn't need as much time between words. That practice should be abandoned. Even still, the reader himself was very good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dismantling America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    These wide-ranging essays - on many individual political, economic, cultural, and legal issues - have as a recurring, underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries. This decline has been more than erosion. It has, in many cases, been a deliberate dismantling of American values and institutions by people convinced that their superior wisdom and virtue must override both the traditions of the country and the will of the people.

    Laura says: "Nice Collection of Essays"
    "Rehash"
    Overall

    If you're a Sowell reader, you already read this stuff. Includes previously famous articles and there is even a chapter of one sentence aphorisms. A crass $ grab? Say it isn't so Tom.

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Godless: The Church of Liberalism

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    Godless is the most explosive book yet from #1 New York Times best-selling author Ann Coulter. In this completely original and thoroughly controversial work, Coulter writes, "Liberals love to boast that they are not 'religious', which is what one would expect to hear from the state-sanctioned religion. Of course liberalism is a religion.

    Kenneth says: "Somebodies ears are burning"
    "So brilliant and so funny too"
    Overall

    Who said liberal critics have to be dry and devoid of humor. Ann Coulter just saved me from an major depressive episode. Really funny with unique and cutting insights. Read anything from this savant.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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