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  • The Secret Knowledge

  • On the Dismantling of American Culture
  • By: David Mamet
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

For the past 30 years, David Mamet has been a controversial and defining force in theater and film, championing the most cherished liberal values along the way. In some of the great movies and plays of our time, his characters have explored the ethics of the business world, embodied the struggles of the oppressed, and faced the flaws of the capitalist system. But in recent years Mamet has had a change of heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mamet's Rubicon

  • By Kirk on 08-13-11

Mamet has lost his mind

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

Reviewed: 05-23-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book was written for right-wingers who are incapable of critical thought.

What was most disappointing about David Mamet’s story?

Within the first five minutes of the book, Mamet misidentifies the Obama agenda as change for change's sake and identifies the Republican opposition as primarily concerned with justice and the welfare of all Americans. He claims all good comes from a free market, though he and we have no real knowledge of free markets in a technologically advanced society -- there are none. (We live under a corporate capitalist system in which the government stabilizes the economy to enable corporate investment.) He states, "Justice cannot be infinite," and uses this rhetorical distortion of concepts to forgive corporatist policies. He claims Bertolt Brecht chose to be a communist based on the market for his ideas. Mamet is too smart this kind of cow-flop unless he's getting weak minded.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger.

Any additional comments?

May he choke on the cow-flop he's spouting.

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  • Haunted

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 679

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach

  • By Dominique on 05-24-05

Grotesque for its own sake

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-11

I've read and enjoyed most of William Burroughs work, so I can claim a strong stomach. I've also read/listened to "Fight Club," so I know what this author is about. Palahniuk pushed past my limits. His characters destroy themselves and each other through vicious stupidity. Ultimately, they convinced me not to care. This is the first time I've deleted an audiobook from my computer and iPod without finishing it. I didn't faint or gag; I got annoyed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful