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  • Shattered

  • Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
  • By: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,794

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign - the candidate herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing reading

  • By Jonathan Burg on 04-23-17

Solid, Factual, Pulls no Punches

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-17

First of all - excellent narration. Like a great umpire, the best narrators go unnoticed.

The book details the democratic primary process and then the election from the viewpoint of the HRC's campaign.

I think it draws out the short-comings of her candidacy, her campaign team and the vulnerabilities of America's democratic process very well.

It spends little to no time commenting on Trump's candidacy other than to highlight facts that impacted the Clinton campaign.

Trump fans should stop down voting this book - it is not kind to Hillary or to her campaign. But I do believe it is a pretty accurate summary of events for posterity and fir future campaigns to behoove!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Insane Clown President

  • By: Matt Taibbi
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Dispatches from the 2016 election that provide an eerily prescient take on our democracy's uncertain future, by the country's most perceptive and fearless political journalist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Just Happened, Explained

  • By Gretchen SLP on 01-26-17

Big Taibbi Fan - Valuable Analysis

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-17

Any additional comments?

I've been looking forward to Taibbi's next book since The Great Divide - and I wasn't disappointed.

I appreciate his smart, no-BS analysis which he is willing to aim at all the clowns across the political spectrum. There aren't many voices like his, since few are truly willing to march deeply into both political camps and also his fellow "journalists" to highlight malfeasance, hypocrisy and cowardice - which are all in plentiful supply in our modern political times.

Turns out he is not soothsayer and like almost everyone else, misread the outcome of the general election, but his deeper points are always intelligent and insightful - and vital for true cultrural and political discourse in this country.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,662

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved learning about two very smart men.

  • By Jane on 04-11-17

Good Book on an Important Subject

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-17

More sober than a typical Michael Lewis book. But beautifully written and an important topic.

  • Acid Test

  • LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal
  • By: Tom Shroder
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

A fascinating, transformative look at the therapeutic powers of psychedelic drugs, particularly in the treatment of PTSD, and the past fifty years of scientific, political, and legal controversy they have ignited, by award-winning journalist Tom Shroder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, Upsetting, Grounded and Useful

  • By Dane on 09-24-15

Suprisingly Great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Engaging life stories, interesting history of mind-altering drugs and their practical uses, thoughts on therapy for PTSD.

Very topical book given the numbers of PTSD sufferers from recent wars.

Opened my mind - without any chemical assistance :-)

Perfect narration too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chaos Monkeys

  • Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
  • By: Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a data center powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this "chaos monkey" to test online services' robustness - their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wanna Save 14hrs of Your Life??? Read This.

  • By John J. on 05-21-17

Juicy Insider Look and Useful Info

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-16

Well written insider look at the start-up scene in Silicon Valley and early Facebook.

Author pulls no punches and even presents himself as a bit of a douche, which adds credibility to his story in my mind.

Also includes interesting information and thoughts on entrepreneurship, social media, advertising and corporate politics.

Perfectly narrated too.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Ratf**ked

  • The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy
  • By: David Daley
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

With Barack Obama's historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski, began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks - known to political insiders as "ratf**king" - to a whole new unprecedented level.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Skip around; it's vital reading, but may be too much for some

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-19-17

If You Feel Like Something's Wrong with American Politics...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-16

This book will illuminate exactly why you have that feeling.

A small and extreme group within the Republican party has somehow gotten disproportionate power in the House since 2010.

Republican politicians campaign against their fellow republicans to their right, rather than against their democratic opponents.

This book explains exactly why.

As a nation we need to work hard to find better solutions for apolitical redistricting (nothing will be perfect, but we have to try).

We need a left of center party and a right of center party, or a multi-party system. We don't don't need a wing nut party that paralyzes political discussion and blocks any national problem solving!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Debt - Updated and Expanded

  • The First 5,000 Years
  • By: David Graeber
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859

Here, anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: He shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transformative to the point of being revolutionary

  • By James C. Samans on 08-14-16

Be Advised - Anarchist Author

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Full disclosure - I didn't listen to the whole book.

I get suspicious of political books that make no attempt to self-rebut, since books are a poor medium for political discussion given that we only hear one perspective.

So I started researching the author and discovered that he is a leader of the anarchist movement. Not that that necessarily nullifies his arguments, but I was struggling with the conclusions he was reaching, and as I have already stated, struggling with the single minded tone.

So just FYI, the author's arguments are predicated on a desire to be rid of any governing state whatsoever.

IMO - it has been tried before feudalism, tribalism, the wild west, etc. Take a look at any failed state and ask yourself if the people of those countries could benefit from some government.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Why the Right Went Wrong

  • Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond
  • By: E. J. Dionne Jr.
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Why the Right Went Wrong offers a historical view of the right since the 1960s. Its core contention is that American conservatism and the Republican Party took a wrong turn when they adopted Barry Goldwater's worldview during and after the 1964 campaign. Since 1968, no conservative administration could live up to the rhetoric rooted in the Goldwater movement that began to reshape American politics 50 years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exhaustive, Dry and True

  • By TM on 04-26-16

Exhaustive, Dry and True

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-16

Delivers the type of analysis you would expect from an NPR commentator - dry, factual and exhaustive.

There is no left wing attack here, just a logical chronology of how the Republican party has cornered itself politically by running on an unrealistic "small government" platform that they have never delivered. This has gradually infuriated those who believed and elected those "small government" candidates, which drives the party further right each cycle.

Also details the party's brief experiment in Compassionate Conservatism during the W Bush administration and how, whilst largely a superficially implemented political philosophy, was possibly forever tainted by his unpopular presidency even in Republican circles.

As an Independent who yearns for a government that is not in constant deadlock, I hope Republicans read this book and/or work to find a new, more constructive and open political direction - and then rejoin the work of national problem solving.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Run of His Life

  • The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • By: Jeffrey Toobin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424

The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, The Run of His Life is a prodigious feat of reporting that could have been written only by the foremost legal journalist of our time. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Jeffrey Toobin's nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of "the trial of the century".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted more after the 2016 mini-series...

  • By AudioAddict on 04-15-16

Clear Headed Narrative and Appraisal of the Case

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Very engaging listen, even though the outcome is so well known.

The flaws of all parties are carefully laid out to explain but never justify how this could have ever happened.

Perfect narration too.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Wilderness

  • Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House
  • By: McKay Coppins
  • Narrated by: John Glouchevitch
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

After the 2012 election, the GOP was in the wilderness. Lost and in disarray. And doggedly determined to do whatever it took to get back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. McKay Coppins has had unparalleled access to Republican presidential candidates, power brokers, lawmakers, and Tea Party leaders. Based on more than 300 interviews, The Wilderness is the book that opens up the party like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and Alarming

  • By TM on 01-30-16

Interesting and Alarming

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-16

An interesting look inside the dynamics of the early formation of the Republican field for the 2016 presidential election.

The author seems to focus on the relationships between the candidates as they cynically try to crush each other. In doing this he gives a pass to the self-idolizing backstories each of them (via political aides and themselves) have worked in to his book.

He also lets zany republican talking points spouted by the candidates go unchecked. But it was still interesting and illuminating because by sticking to the facts and even hewing to the version of events presented by each candidate's camp, it shows how cynical, damaged and delusional each and every one of these possible future presidents really is.

I would be interested in reading a part 2 that covers the primaries and the election.

Well written if perhaps a little choppy at times.

Perfectly narrated.

Recommended for lefties and right wingers alike. Oh and independents like me!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful