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rworthen

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  • The Authoritarians

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bob Altemeyer
    • Narrated By Bob Altemeyer
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer, whose professional career has focused on the study of the Authoritarian Personality, and development of the Right-Wing Authoritarian (RWA) personality and ideological variable widely studied in political, social, and personality psychology.

    Douglas says: "A Most Important Study"
    "Muddle Headed Followers."
    Overall

    This turned out to be one of my favorite Audible books so far along with The Drunkards Walk. How Randomness Rules our Lives. I think it's actually an important book that's been flying below the radar because it wasn't commercially published. At least not at first, it may be now. Liberals, moderates, and conservatives alike, really need to read it. When you've finished you'll better understand not just Nazi Germany, but the IRA in Ireland, the Cultural Revolution under Mao, the war in Yugoslavia under Karadzic and even Pat Robertson. Explaining Pat Robertson is no small accomplishment but the authors index is the best explanation yet of radical Muslims as well. Have you ever wondered why there seems to be an endless supply of people willing to blow themselves up? Well that's because there is an endless supply and this book explains why that is. It all revolves around a way of thinking called the RWA index. RWA stands for Right Wing Authoritarian. An unfortunate title since it doesn't help his credibility with conservatives and conservatives need to read this as much as anyone. He chose this title I assume because in the US and Canada these people tend to gravitate to the political right more than the left but they're found on the left as well. A better title might have been the Muddle Headed Followers index. The index itself is politically neutral. Everyone knows a few of these of people. They're the ones in the office who don't reason from fact to opinion. Instead, they choose an opinion that fits the way they want the world to be, then select facts that support them. I personally know so many of these people I've begun to think that reasoning from fact to opinion must be something rare and difficult and maybe should be taught as a mandatory part of a civics class. It doesn't seem to come naturally in my area. But then look at where I'm from.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Herzog

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Wolfram Kandinsky
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    An instant classic when it appeared in 1964, Herzog is the story of Moses E. Herzog, a tragically confused intellectual who suffers from the breakup of his second marriage, the general failure of his life, and the specter of growing up Jewish in the middle part of the 20th century. He responds to his personal crisis by writing a series of letters never to be sent, to friends and enemies, colleagues and celebrities, examining his life and times with wry perception and heartfelt revelation.

    rworthen says: "Horrible Narration of a Great Book."
    "Horrible Narration of a Great Book."
    Overall

    Up until now, I've enjoyed all the books I've purchased from Audible. About half have been simply great, the others had narrations that didn't fit the writing well. But even the poor ones were still enjoyable. The books themselves were usually good enough to carry the poor choice of narrator. This is different. This is simply terrible. What a shame. I've read most Saul Bellows works and I've read Herzog twice. This is a great book that I thought I could enjoy again on the way to work but this reading is so bad I couldn't finish the first section. It's just awful. Next time I'll be sure to preview before buying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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