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William Milz

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Wisconsin | Member Since 2008

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  • The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laton McCartney
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    The Teapot Dome scandal of the early 1920s was all about oil - hundreds of millions of dollars� worth of petroleum. When the scandal finally broke, the consequences were tremendous. President Harding's legacy was forever tarnished, while �Oil Cabinet� member Albert Fall was forced to resign and was imprisoned for a year. Others implicated in the affair suffered prison terms, commitment to mental hospitals, suicide, and even murder.

    Paul says: "Harding's return to normalcy: corruption"
    "What was the real story?"
    Overall

    We are forced to hear about trivia concerning rumors at the convention, etc. Was all the real information destroyed following Harding's death? The message could have been shortened to 1/4 the length of this rambling dissertation.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Outrage: What Has Gone Wrong with Our Economy and Our Democracy, and How to Fix Them

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert B. Reich
    • Narrated By Robert B. Reich
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Robert B. Reich urges Americans to get beyond mere outrage about the nation’s increasingly concentrated wealth and corrupt politics in order to mobilize and to take back our economy and democracy. Americans can’t rely only on getting good people elected, Reich argues, because nothing positive happens in Washington unless good people outside Washington are organized to help make those things happen after the election. But in order to be effectively mobilized, we need to see the big picture.

    J. Klinghoffer says: "Falls short"
    "Great story, lousy editing."
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    If you could sum up Beyond Outrage in three words, what would they be?

    good story weak editting


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if it is because of change of ownership or shakeup of editing department, but the quality of Audible.com books has slipped recently. Numerous incidents of "double passages" where one sentence is read and immediately followed by same portion of authors text with minor change of word or two. Ends up being "double speak". Not at all up to the former standard of quality of audio books.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven M. Gillon
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (163)

    Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy." History would prove him correct; the events of that day - when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor - ended the Great Depression, changed the course of FDR's presidency, and swept America into World War II. In Pearl Harbor, acclaimed historian Steven M. Gillon provides a vivid, minute-by-minute account of Roosevelt's skillful leadership in the wake of the most devastating military assault in American history. FDR proved both decisive and deceptive, inspiring the nation....

    David says: "How everything became suddenly very simple"
    "Great Summary of December 7th"
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    What did you love best about Pearl Harbor?

    Wide ranging coverage, beyond the formal accounts of bomb damage. Good background insights from variety of angles. My wife's Aunt was a Navy nurse at Pearl Harbor during the attack, stationed initially downtown, but ended up at Hospital for 10 days constant duty. She had been an Army nurse in 1918 in France, became a Navy nurse in 1923, and retired in 1944. Had seen enough after December 7th.


    19 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3710)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1210)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Seasons Greetings to the Audible Staff"
    Overall

    Best wishes and a sincere thank you to the entire Audible staff. The customer service folks are always most helpful. Thanks to all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt: The Rivalry That Divided America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James P. Duffy
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Was aviation pioneer and popular American hero Charles A. Lindbergh a Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semite? Or was he the target of a vicious personal vendetta by President Roosevelt? In Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt, author James Duffy tackles these questions head-on, by examining the conflicting personalities, aspirations, and actions of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Charles A. Lindbergh.

    Alan says: "Revisionist history"
    "New view of both key individuals"
    Overall

    Duffy explores much of the Lindbergh story, and raises real questions over alleged pandering to Hitler. The countering negative views of FDR are based on little known private diary comments from insiders. I can only hope that someone can verify the content of these disclosures. The added views of Lindbergh's technical insights during his repeated annual visits to the emerging Nazi menace are very interesting.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (126)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    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.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Read!"
    "Great Memories"
    Overall

    The series bounces back and forth between actual performance sessions, but weaves a story of behind scenes interplay between the regular cast and guests. Great memories renewed. Too bad the full seasons aren't available on dvd!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Hansen
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    In Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen - the nation's leading scientist on climate issues - speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: the planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although Hansen was Al Gore's science adviser for the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, his recent data shows that our situation is even more dire today.

    Brad says: "This is a must read"
    "Great complement to Our Choice by Al Gore"
    Overall

    Hansen has been a major contributor to our understanding of climate issues. The title of this work reflects the focus he shares with many of us "boomers" who have to respect the legacy we were given by our parents and grandparents to pass on to future. Although he is not in perfect lockstep with Gore's proposals, Hansen brings a needed understanding to much of the technology surrounding the threats to our climate.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Numerati

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stephen Baker
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Every day, we produce loads of data about ourselves simply by living in the modern world: we click web pages, flip channels, and shop with credit cards. Now, in one of the greatest undertakings of the 21st century, a savvy group of mathematicians and computer scientists is beginning to sift through this data to profile us as workers, shoppers, patients, voters, potential terrorists, even lovers. Their goal? To manipulate our behavior.

    Stephen says: "Good but not the best of the genre"
    "Balanced Warning and Possibilities"
    Overall

    Great book with comfortable narrator. The story that Baker provides is one of growing science of data analysis in various sections of our lives. The description of the complexity of drawing meaningful linkages in premptive terrorist identification leaves a curious mix of encouragement and frightening anxiety over predicting a repeat of September 11th. Later chapter on medical research in variety of illnesses that inflict our own aging process is also encouraging, while incorporating a brief discussion of efforts to identify "dark cutter" steers before investing the continuing costs to raise a low profit calf, all with the use of similar electronic data gathering as those which will help warn of oncoming development of Parkinsons in a family member.

    A good collection about the pace of development and variety of future applications of the "numerati" professionals who are sifting and gleaning among our everyday activities which we hardly notice. Maybe all of HAL's brethren were not disconnected in 2001 ?

    42 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • While America Aged

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Lowenstein
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Roger Lowenstein explains how corporations and governments ran up ruinous pension and health-care promises to workers - promises that are now coming due and that will hit America like a tsunami if nothing is done.

    Negotiating high benefits means gambling with future finances - and when the farm gets sold out from underneath major corporations or public institutions, it affects all of us, and in ways we might not imagine. With his trademark narrative panache, Lowenstein unravels the truth about how pensions work in America and illuminates the impending crisis.

    Laurie says: "More detail than I wanted"
    "Timely information neutral presentation"
    Overall

    Good coverage of combined misuse of trust by retirees in the system. The attempts to maintain an "unbiased position" leave the implication that the workers are equally to blame as the owners. If that is so, how do we explain the massive shift in wealth distribution -- the autoworker who retires at 50 years old does not have a comparable portion to the CEO who is let go with a REAL golden parachute.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crunch

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jared Bernstein
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Is Social Security really going bust, and what does that mean to me? If I hire an immigrant, am I hurting a native-born worker? How much can presidents really affect economic outcomes? Why does the stock market go up when employment declines? What's a "living wage?" Why do I feel so squeezed? If you'd like to know the answers to these questions, premier economist Jared Bernstein is here to help.

    Joshua Kim says: "Invest in Crunch"
    "Great Audible Addition"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed Bernstein's writings for EPI, and share them with my students. Crunch is an excellent summary of many of the points that he has made, in an entertaining format. Who said an economist has to be dry and humorless?

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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