We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Give Me a Break | [John Stossel]

Give Me a Break

When he hit the airwaves 30 years ago, John Stossel helped create a whole new category of news, dedicated to protecting and informing consumers. As a crusading reporter, he chased snake-oil peddlers, rip-off artists, and corporate thieves, winning the applause of his peers.

But along the way, he noticed that there was something far more troublesome going on: While the networks screamed about the dangers of exploding BIC lighters and coffeepots, worse risks were ignored.

Regular Price:$22.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Audible Editor Reviews

By the mid-90s, journalist John Stossel was pulling in Emmy awards left and right. When the new millennium rolled around, however, and Stossel started focusing his energy not just on the hucksters in the consumer world but in the American government, he found his former coworkers and friends were much less supportive. Give Me a Break is Stossel's inspiring story of how a Midwestern boy with a stutter fought his way through the ranks of journalism to arrive as one of the more decorated journalists of his time. Performed by Stossel himself, with his trademark empathetic delivery, this audiobook is a hard-hitting look at the scammers and hucksters all around us and the man who's worked so hard to hold them accountable.

Publisher's Summary

When he hit the airwaves 30 years ago, John Stossel helped create a whole new category of news, dedicated to protecting and informing consumers. As a crusading reporter, he chased snake-oil peddlers, rip-off artists, and corporate thieves, winning the applause of his peers.

But along the way, he noticed that there was something far more troublesome going on: While the networks screamed about the dangers of exploding BIC lighters and coffeepots, worse risks were ignored. And while reporters were teaming up with lawyers and legislators to stick it to big business, they seldom reported the ways the free market made life better.

In Give Me a Break, Stossel explains how ambitious bureaucrats, intellectually lazy reporters, and greedy lawyers make your life worse even as they claim to protect your interests. Taking on such sacred cows as the FDA, the War on Drugs, and scaremongering environmental activists, and backing up his trademark irreverence with careful reasoning and research, he shows how the problems that government tries and fails to fix can be solved better by the extraordinary power of the free market.

He traces his journey from cub reporter to 20/20 co-anchor, revealing his battles to get his ideas to the public, his struggle to overcome stuttering, and his eventual realization that, for years, much of his reporting missed the point.

Stossel concludes the book with a provocative blueprint for change: a simple plan in the spirit of the Founding Fathers to ensure that America remains a place "where free minds, and free markets, make good things happen."

©2003 John Stossel; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"It's a powerful, well-argued, and immensely thought-provoking book, and with Stossel's visibility, not to mention the incendiary subject matter, it's sure to be a hot one, too." (Publishers Weekly)

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (266 )
5 star
 (157)
4 star
 (79)
3 star
 (18)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (8)
Overall
4.6 (61 )
5 star
 (42)
4 star
 (15)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (59 )
5 star
 (42)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Bill Austin, TX, USA 02-21-07
    Bill Austin, TX, USA 02-21-07 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Could be the original No Spin Zone"

    John Stossel brilliantly captures ignorance and incompetence on both sides of the political aisle when dealing with a variety of subjects.
    His background in consumer affairs reporting gives him the balance that comes from a no-nonsense approach to the issues of today.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Colorado Springs, CO, USA 11-24-05
    David Colorado Springs, CO, USA 11-24-05 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Facts and reason at a fun pace."

    Expressive, nicely-paced delivery by Stossel (after all, he is a professional broadcaster, right?). He snaps off compelling arguments about nearly every hot topic in today's America. If you like his stuff on ABC, you'll dig this, because the listen is laced with actual audio from revealing interviews he conducted over a career that, surprisingly, spans nearly four decades.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joshua Farmington, AR, USA 11-03-05
    Joshua Farmington, AR, USA 11-03-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Absolutely incredible!"

    I have been an Audible subscriber for 3 years and this is the best book I have listened to yet. Everything from the subjects and info Stossel covers to way he reads his book is top-notch. This is somewhat of a starter book for libertarians, but knowledgeable freedom-lovers will appreciate the new facts that he uses to back up his assertions. Liberals and others who believe in government control over our wallets should open their minds to the arguments he makes for personal freedom.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ryan Volo, IL, USA 04-17-08
    Ryan Volo, IL, USA 04-17-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "awesome"

    loved it, loved it, loved it. Its so good, I cant wait to read it again. Libertarians are coming back strong.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Thomas Sandy Hook, CT, United States 09-11-06
    Thomas Sandy Hook, CT, United States 09-11-06
    HELPFUL VOTES
    197
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    "Good Listen"

    The fact that Stossel narrated this himself with some emotion really adds. Hearing his story and the circumstances around his reporting is fasinating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 04-11-12
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gets you thinking"
    If you could sum up Give Me a Break in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, enlightening, educational


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator, I love a book that makes me think about my world differenlty and "Give Me A Break" did that. I really enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chad Small GILBERT, AZ, US 06-26-06
    Chad Small GILBERT, AZ, US 06-26-06 Listener Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    60
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    51
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Listen"

    I loved this book. Not only does Stossel speak the truth but his narration makes this recording stand above the rest. Stossel's delivery is great. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked Stossel on 20/20.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gary Hobart, IN, United States 01-26-06
    Gary Hobart, IN, United States 01-26-06 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    53
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Content"

    I found this book fascinating from beginning to end. Stossel does a masterful job of helping us to realize how our good intentions have actually caused us much more harm than good. I highly recommend this book to anyone intersted in seeing through the muck.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cynthia Honolulu, HI, USA 12-21-05
    Cynthia Honolulu, HI, USA 12-21-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Cynical, but true"

    I have always enjoyed John Stosell's reports on "Give me a break" on 20/20. This book is just a longer version. Very easy read and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Larry Cleveland Heights, OH, USA 12-20-05
    Larry Cleveland Heights, OH, USA 12-20-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A Good listen"

    Great! Read well by Stossel. Stossell is passionate about his point of view and he tells us exactly how he came to believe them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 12 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.