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Synthpulse

Conway, WA, United States
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  • Fantasyland

  • How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
  • By: Kurt Andersen
  • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392

A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe...to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that what's happening in our country today - this strange, post-factual, "fake news" moment we're all living through - is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but...

  • By Synthpulse on 11-15-17

Great book, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

This is a really great book, but the absolute BEST thing about it is the narration by Kurt Anderson, the author. This guy is amazing. He sounds honest, friendly and very likable. He makes it hard to stop listening. Some narrators are very good but they sound like what they are; professionals. Kurt sounds like a very knowledgeable friend or your favorite professor. I intend to buy every other book he narrates. This book has really helped me understand why Americans are so arrogant and why they don't even realize it.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Scary Monsters and Super Freaks

  • By: Mike Sager
  • Narrated by: George Orlando
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Mike Sager is to drugs, porn, and crimes of desperate delusion what Dominic Dunne is to the society murder. In addition to his long-classic Rolling Stone story "The Devil and John Holmes" (which helped inspire the Val Kilmer film Wonderland) and his groundbreaking GQ piece about murdered Irish investigative reporter Veronica Guerin (also the subject of a major film starring Cate Blanchett), Scary Monsters and Super Freaks is a wonderful rogue's gallery of up-close pieces about the most public failures of the American dream.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • George Orlando needs to invest in a dictionary!!

  • By Stantana Jones on 07-16-13

Doppler traffic and cornflower blue eyes... again!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-13

What did you like best about Scary Monsters and Super Freaks? What did you like least?

I was hoping for salacious and shocking moments, but really, these stories are pretty tame.

Would you recommend Scary Monsters and Super Freaks to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe. It's a very casual listen, and best in small doses; one story per listen.

Did George Orlando do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Very enjoyable reader. Character's were distinctive but never over-the-top. Good job.

Was Scary Monsters and Super Freaks worth the listening time?

I skipped a few of the stories because the subject or character did not interest me.

Any additional comments?

Doppler traffic and Cornflower Blue Eyes. Keep this in mind while listening!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful