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Entertaining and enlightening listen - with issues

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

Where does Voodoo Histories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an interesting book, both reading as a communication researcher and someone regularly working with history. As history reads go, this is one of my favorites for a few years.

What other book might you compare Voodoo Histories to and why?

Sometimes reminds me of Jon Ronson's writings on conspiracy theorists, etc. except instead of the gonzo journalist voice, this is more snarky and opinionated, sometimes disdainfully shooting down completely legitimate academic traditions like poststructural relativism.

Any additional comments?

I was annoyed whenever the narrator "did a voice" when citing a female writer or source. All "female voices" sounded alike - a slightly carricatured image of softness with notes of naivité.

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Children and the Media audiobook cover art

Very short - very postulating.

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

Reviewed: 12-18-14

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

Might be useful for 5th graders doing a project on media language. Seriously. I'm a media scientists, and I'm not trying to be funny. This is the level of information avaliable in the se 9 minutes,

Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Hodge again?

Not if it was 9 minutes of claims with no references.

What about Rebecca Lee’s performance did you like?

Yes, no problem with the reading.

What character would you cut from Children and the Media?

The author as sole authority. In his place I would add references and cases.

Any additional comments?

This is only 9 minutes. The author makes many arguments, some of which are sound enough, but manages to lose all credibility when he spends the latter part of the small program warning that exposure to unwholesome media stereotypes can literally turn girls into prostitutes.