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  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,533
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,928
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,943

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Totalitarian Millennials

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Maybe it's because I'm of the Boomer generation and am a fan of history, but the obviousness of the totalitarian intent and the evil uses of Big Data from the very beginning rang alarm bells. Are a millennial sand even the next gen so utterly attached to a data centric world that this seems natural? I would love to hear what younger readers thought of the progression from transparency to domination.

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  • Bailout

  • An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street
  • By: Neil Barofsky
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

An insider of both the Bush and Obama administrations offers an irrefutable indictment of the mishandling of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailouts and the extreme degree to which our government officials—from both parties—served the interests of Wall Street at the expense of the public. From his first day on the job as the special inspector general in charge of overseeing the distribution of the bailout money, Neil Barofsky found that the officials at the Treasury Department in charge of the bailouts were in thrall to the interests of the big banks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Barofsky's Bio of the time he was a TARP Watchdog

  • By Elle on 11-12-13

Wonder why the banks won and homeowners lost?

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

Reviewed: 04-28-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Bailout to be better than the print version?

If you've ever pondered that question, this book will give you the answer. The subtitle delivers on its promise though there is a lot of political infighting detail that's probably only interesting to those who deal in that world.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

A little too much irony in his voice

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me furious, and all the more appalled at the blinder-wearing WonderBoy and defender of concentrated wealth, Mr. Timothy Geitner. Few people could have served the oligarchy of self-interested bankers looking to screw ordinary citizens better than he did.

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  • Winter of the World

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,294

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel

  • By Tim on 03-15-13

Gripping Epic Novel

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

History Made Fascinating

What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

Like the War and Remembrance series by Herman Wouk, you get involved with characters who also teach you about history.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

Lee's range of accents - from English to Russian to German to American - is well executed, making it easy to follow who's saying what in the dialogue.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The sweep of history through the eyes of unforgettable characters.