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  • Government Gone Wild

  • How D.C. Politicians Are Taking You for a Ride - and What You Can Do About It
  • By: Kristin Tate
  • Narrated by: Avalon Kingsbury
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

DC politicians ship our friends and family overseas to fight in wars we shouldn't be fighting. They monitor our emails, record our phone calls, and peer into our snail mail. They spend our hard-earned cash on things no disciplined family would buy. They tell us who we can marry and what we can put in our bodies. They throw us in overcrowded prisons for smoking pot. They take lavish trips around the world, staying in five-star hotels...and it comes straight out of our paychecks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Perspective.

  • By Mr. Richard J. Pawlak on 09-13-17

fox news kept promoting it

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Any additional comments?

I gave this a try because the girl who wrote it is really pretty. Seriously, look her up. Anyways it's a good listen for an introduction into the libertarian point of view. It's basically 7 hours of John Stossel if he were a millennial woman. So if you like millennial John Stossel, this is right up your alley.

The depth of the topics are a little shallow though because she runs the gamut of the conservative-libertarian platform so make sure to supplement all the points she made with your own information before you start arguing with other people at dinner parties.

Final point: it's also a little condescending like she's talking to people who haven't had any interests outside of partying and television. I'm guessing that's the target demographic but I don't think they read books anyways so it'll probably never reach their eyes. If you can get pass that, it's well written.

TL;DR -

1 basically millennial John Stossel.

2 covers libertarian topics but shallow.

3 probably made for people who don't read books but well written.

  • The China Price

  • The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage
  • By: Alexandra Harney
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

To write The China Price, Alexandra Harney has penetrated further and deeper into China's enormous ecosystem of export-oriented industry than any outsider before her. She uncover the disturbing truth about how China is able to offer such amazingly low prices to the rest of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Research, Balanced Account

  • By Alexandra on 02-07-09

This book is Garbage Propaganda

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

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

Marxists, Socialists, Stupid people

Has The China Price turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

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

Disappointment and a little anger that I bought this book. Don't trust the other reviews. They don't know what they are talking about.

Any additional comments?

This book is anti-capitalist propaganda. It's written by a journalist with no economic insight. They blame capitalism and free trade on everything. The focus is on the exploitation of third world workers though. The author blames global warming, job loss, and chinese worker not getting paid enough on capitalism and free trade. It is seriously typical socialist garbage. Get a book that is more centered on economics. Otherwise, you'll just be misinformed by this fear monger.

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  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,533

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story

  • By Linda B on 08-28-12

Starts out strong, then gets weird.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the part where they talk down to me about environmentalism like I'm a stupid child.

Any additional comments?

It's twist was stupid and the Environmentalism message really killed the story for me. It went from exciting suspenseful thriller to environmental PSA fast. If I wanted a couple hours of bullshit environmental propaganda, I would just marathon captain planet.