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William

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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  • Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (80)

    The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against "failed states" around the globe. In this much-anticipated sequel to his international best seller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a "failed state", and therefore a danger to its own people and the world.

    Todd says: "Incredible and Unforgettable"
    "Big Picture"
    Overall

    Using on the record information, Chomsky provides a "Big Picture" view of western foreign policy, illustrating how and why it works the way it does, while making the case that the US is itself a failed state. It's not anti-bush, or anti-us, instead it examines the culture of western government and walks you through how we got to where we are today. Narration is a little dry, but is well worth it. It opened my eyes.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen of the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (558)

    Citizen of the Galaxy takes place far in the future, when the human race has spread out to colonize other planets. In a slave market in the capital of Jubbul and the Nine Worlds, an auctioneer announces, "Lot 97. A boy." Slavery is commonplace in Jubbul, and the sight of the ragged, starving boy, Thorby, on the auction block is not unusual. What does puzzle bystanders and Thorby himself is his purchase by crippled Baslim, the beggar who sits every day in a corner of the marketplace.

    L. says: "One of Heinlein's best"
    "One word."
    Overall

    Enchanting. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    Bill Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit Comedy Central and ABC-TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a hilarious provocateur.

    Scott says: "Funny and true but also Annoying"
    "New Rule: List books suck."
    Overall

    Bill Maher is a very intelligent man, a great comedian and a wonderful social comentarian (is that even a word?) but this book is drivel. It is the second book I've ever abandoned in my life, (Ellen of the show of the same name wrote a book which was dreadfully difficult to listen too)

    Great at commentary, yes, great at whiny one-liners, no.

    Bill, stick to the stuff your good at, leave this poor style of critisim and comedy to Letterman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (187)

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    This is quick becoming my most favorite book! The narration is beyond top notch, it's perfect! Add to that a wonderfully unique and diverse story and I can see why it too so many awards!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (247)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    I have to say, beyond learning corporate and financial terms I didn't know before, this book is amazing. It is a very well written narrative, I only got lost once or twice, and that was mostly do to the 36hour length than anything.

    This book sure opened my eyes to what actually went on at Enron, from start to finish, it's amazing. I would drive around the city aimlessly just so I could listen! You would hear one absurdity that passed for logic at Enron and would think that surely, this would be the final nail in the coffin, then you realized you were only two hours in. it's that good.

    The narration is the only reason this book didn't receive a five star. I found the character voices indistinguishable at times, and the character personalities seemed to be reduced to, whiny, angry, pensive and passive. There wasn't a lot of differentiation or vocal personality. Other than that, it was well paced, clearly read and a joy to listen too.

    The first hour sets things up, it may seem a little slow, but it is definitely worth it. A real must read for any business owner. It should be subtitled, how not to ruin an company.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Do Men Have Nipples?

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Leyner, Billy Goldberg
    • Narrated By Mark Leyner
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Finally, answers to all those strange questions you'd like to ask your own doctor but haven't had the guts (or more likely the time) to do so.

    Dr. Jim Rudd says: "Can't recommend"
    "Your kidding right?"
    Overall

    When this book did address the medical questions, I found it interesting, and sometimes entertaining. However, the chat logs between the authors were pointless, in bad taste and dragged on endlessly.

    Not a bad attempt for a doctors first try, but horrible from the perspective of a "seasoned writer" as his cohort purports to be.

    This is one book I would return if I could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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