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Running with Scissors to the Fountainhead

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Would you try another book from J. D. Vance and/or J. D. Vance?

JD Vance is a boring writer with a largely unremarkable life who interspersed his implausibly stereotypical anecdotes with random neoliberal factoids from the American Enterprise Institute. This is basically his excuse to slag on the rural south and the liberal elite despite the fact that the principles, ethics and practices of both groups brought him to the pinnacle of success he looks down on the world from.

What could J. D. Vance have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Explored some of the things he promised to explore - like why "hillbillies" are somehow different than every other member of the rural poor. He constructs this amazing straw man out of the "Scots Irish" so that he can talk about them as if they're a protected ethnic class then lists the ways in which this class escapes poverty through not acting like a protected ethnic class.

What didn’t you like about J. D. Vance’s performance?

This is a man who is clearly bored with his own book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hillbilly Elegy?

The problem is not with individual chapters or anecdotes. The problem is that there's an ideologue with an axe to grind against the very groups that supported him through life and he does so with no insight, no compassion, and no attempt to bridge the gap that he insists is splitting the American electorate.

Any additional comments?

Anyone looking for a book like this should go for George Packer's "The Unwinding" or Nick Reding's "Methland." Both are written by actual journalists with some actual insight into actual problems.

33 of 47 people found this review helpful

No ending.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

You will give this book 20 hours.

For the first two you will be pleased.

For he next two you will be excited.

For the next two you will be engrossed.

For the next two you will be enthralled.

Then you'll start to wonder.

Then you'll start to doubt.

Then you'll start to dread.

Then you'll be outraged you gave this book 20 hours.

Starts with a bang, ends with a whimper.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would make me care about the characters.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something that isn't a part of the Culture series.

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

An accent.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably. The scope is epic.

Any additional comments?

Wish it were better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Spectacular.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

What did you love best about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

The writing is impeccable.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Simon Vance is superb. One of my favorite readers.

Any additional comments?

This is an exceptional performance of an exceptional book. You will not be disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Atlas Shrugged for paste-eaters

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-10

The central conceit of Beggars In Spain is "The elite will be persecuted jealously by proles but shall triumph in the end." No attempt is made, however, to explore *why.* There's a lot of talking *about* things happening and very few things actually happening... and one must accept beyond a reasonable doubt that the ability to work an extra eight hours a day will lead to utter and total world domination in the space of a generation.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

Stunningly Bad.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-08

Listen as Andy Dufresne... I mean, Yev Yeremin... battles the evil forces of Boris and Natascha... I mean, The Evil Empire... on his way to - who cares?
Seriously. Rocky and Bullwinkle had more flattering caricatures of the Soviet Union. And Dan Brown has less purple prose. The narrator does his level best with the material, affecting more accents than an episode of Scooby Doo, but this only serves to push the dialogue from sad over to parody.
Still interested? Skip the first twenty minutes then - a gratuitously titillating romp through child sodomy.
Seriously. The Cold War ended nearly twenty years ago. How can Jed Mercurio write Soviets with less care, attention and insight than Craig Thomas mustered for "Firefox" more than thirty years earlier?



3 of 5 people found this review helpful