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Dan D. Dunlap

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  • Dark Money

  • The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
  • By: Jane Mayer
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,375

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the rise of a broad-based conservative movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fact attack

  • By Mark on 05-29-16

The Truth And Nothing But The Truth

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to friends and family. I would do so because every Americans needs to learn how "Dark Money" is corrupting our once great nation.

What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her smooth presentation enhanced the whole listening experience.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Discovering that Charles and David Koch are actually some of the worst people on this planet.

Any additional comments?

I hope those that take the time to read/listen to this book remember what they learned before voting on Election Day. If they do, hopefully they will reject any candidate controlled by self-centered, greedy, extremist.

49 of 77 people found this review helpful

  • The Price of Inequality

  • How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
  • By: Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 726

The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An explosion of ideas with no depth

  • By P. Smith on 02-03-15

A Book Every American Should Read

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

Reviewed: 06-16-12

What made the experience of listening to The Price of Inequality the most enjoyable?

Although this book is full of economic facts, it's easy to understand. After listing to this offering, you will understand why the author won a Nobel Prize in economics. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in knowing more about how the inequality in our economy is hurting this country in multiple ways.

What other book might you compare The Price of Inequality to and why?

End The Depression Now!, by Paul Krugman

What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Boehmer made listening to this book a pleasure!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I particularly found the author's concluding comments thought provoking.

Any additional comments?

If you purchase this book you will not regret your decision!

22 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

  • A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite
  • By: June Casagrande
  • Narrated by: Shelley Frasier
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Here's some good news for everyone who's ever been bullied into believing they can't speak their own language: The grammar snobs are bluffing. Half the "rules" they use to humiliate others are really just judgment calls and the rest they don't even understand themselves. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques of the self-appointed language experts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best

  • By Kumoito on 05-18-08

Grammar Made Fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-11

If you want to improve your grammar skills while having fun, this is the book for you. You???ll laugh, you'll learn and most importantly, you'll enjoy every minute of your listening time. This book is highly recommended!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Comeback America

  • Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility
  • By: David M. Walker
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Comeback America is a crucial manifesto, a way for President Obama to end out-of-control government spending and reform our tax, retirement, health care, defense, and other systems - before it's too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comeback America

  • By Dan D. Dunlap on 02-08-10

Comeback America

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-10

Those that listen to this book in its entirety will discover that the author does an excellent job of providing a detailed plan for fixing our financial system. Anyone that states otherwise failed to listen to the entire book or he or she allowed their political biases to cloud their assessment of this offering.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • This Time Is Different

  • Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
  • By: Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 204

Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing - and recovering -their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different" - claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. This book proves that premise wrong.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • necessary piece to understand the current crisis

  • By D. Littman on 12-04-09

This Time is Different

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-09

In this book, the authors take you through eight centuries of government defaults, banking panics, and inflationary spikes to today's financial crisis. They clearly illustrate why financial commentary stating that 'That This Time is Different' is a warning sign that things aren't different. In fact--they never are. Those interested in avoiding the next financial meltdown should take time to read this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Family

  • The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power
  • By: Jeff Sharlet
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Guskin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

They insist they are just a group of friends, yet they funnel millions of dollars through tax-free corporations. They claim to disdain politics, but congressmen of both parties describe them as the most influential religious organization in Washington. They say they are not Christians, but simply believers. Behind the scenes at every National Prayer Breakfast since 1953 has been the Family, an elite network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This will tell you what's ailing America!

  • By James on 08-24-12

The Family

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-09

Anybody concerned about maintaining the separation of church and state should read this book. If the members of "The Family" have their way, our secular government is in danger. This elite (well-funded) group of religious conservatives will not stop at anything in their quest to establish a Jesus obeying government. Their ultimate goal is to create a world empire run by family supporters.

Whether you agree with the author's assessment of this group or not, you will find this well written publication worth your time and money.

38 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Our Choice

  • A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis
  • By: Al Gore
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

"Our Choice gathers in one place all of the most effective solutions that are available now and that, together, will solve this crisis. It is meant to depoliticize the issue as much as possible and inspire readers to take action - not only on an individual basis but as participants in the political processes by which every country, and the world as a whole, makes the choice that now confronts us." (Al Gore, from the Introduction)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A survey of potential solutions

  • By Edward on 08-06-10

OUR CHOICE

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-09

If you believe that global warming is real, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Mr. Gore does an excellent job of explaining why the majority of scientists believe global warming is a manmade climatic event. In addition, he provides the reader with a detailed list of solutions to prevent further damage to our climate.

If you are one of those people convinced that global warming is a hoax, I would not waste your time or money on this publication. However, if you are still on the fence, buy, read, and learn.

7 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Parallel Worlds

  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 989

In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be afraid

  • By Robert on 05-05-10
  • Parallel Worlds
  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor

Parallel Worlds

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-09

The elements of the book I found most interesting were the discussions about the M-theory and the possibility of multiverses. Just the thought that there could be parallel universes is mind-blowing. If you only read one book about this subject, I recommend that you consider this one. The author's enthusiastic approach to the topic makes it an enjoyable read.



20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Evolution of God

  • By: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 488

In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and thought provoking

  • By Joseph on 02-09-10

The Evolution of God

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-09

This is a fantastic book. If you find the evolution of religious thought interesting, you will enjoy this publication. Anyone that takes the time to read this offering will understand why religions have been with us throughout history. Although, the author may not see religions in a positive light, he does believe they can help people to learn to live in harmony. Read, learn, and enjoy.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Letter to a Christian Nation

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Jordan Bridges
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738

"Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be cheaper

  • By Rod Johnson on 07-06-15

The Truth and Nothing But The Truth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-09

Mr. Harris' answers to his critics (Christians) is short concise and to the point. If you choose to live in the real world, you will love this book. On the other hand, if you choose to believe in talking serpents and virgin births this is not a book you will enjoy. The truth will be too painful for you.

16 of 24 people found this review helpful