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portland, OR, United States

  • 2 reviews
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  • 19 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Who Stole the American Dream?

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Hedrick Smith
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro

    In his best-selling The Russians, Hedrick Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he took us inside Washington’s corridors of power. Now Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America. As only a veteran reporter can, Smith fits the puzzle together, starting with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power from then until today.

    jane says: "He ties it all together"
    "amazingly informative, thorough & well-researched"
    If you could sum up Who Stole the American Dream? in three words, what would they be?

    I am an Economics gluton (ingesting at least 3 books weekly) and this book ranks among the best that I have heard in years. The author manages to explain the cataclysmic shifts taking place in the US concisely yet thoroughly.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Hmmm.... though the book was painful and difficult to listen to, I know that everything the author describes is accurate, relevant and frightening. He once again inspired me to become an tireless activist and relentless watchdog over the politicians in Washington DC and the evil greedy thieves on Wall Street.

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

    I have a learning disability which makes it difficult for me to retain what I read. However, I have an audiographic memory and can easily synthesize and comprehend information auditorily.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There is no way any human could tolerate listening to the honest, direct and overwhelming information this author shares. I would break it up into manageable chunks so that you can ingest the information conveyed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Money Well Spent?: The Truth behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Grabell
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The 2012 presidential campaign will, above all else, be a referendum on the Obama administration’s handling of the financial crisis, recalling the period when Obama’s “audacity of hope” met the austerity of reality. Central to this is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - the largest economic recovery plan in American history. Senator Mitch McConnell gave a taste of the enormity of the money committed: if you had spent $1 million a day since Jesus was born, it still would not add up to the price tag of the stimulus package.

    ann says: "Dumbest Cheerleading Ever Heard!"
    "Dumbest Cheerleading Ever Heard!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am so sick and tired of the Audible summary presenting a book that is not the least bit relevant to the actual topic at hand. This is my LAST attempt to stay with despite a long time loyal relationship.

    What was most disappointing about Michael Grabell’s story?

    This shouldn't even be categorized as non-fiction as it is nothing but a long, tedious, boring and slanted perspective on what idiots might call 'facts'.

    Would you be willing to try another one of William Hughes’s performances?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Money Well Spent??

    I would never let this book see the light of day. What a waste of time, money and effort. Tell this author to learn about something called research, facts, objective dialogue and truth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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