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  • Family of Secrets

  • The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
  • By: Russ Baker
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre said that "words are loaded pistols". In the hands of Russ Baker, they are hydrogen bombs. On each and every page of his masterpiece, Family of Secrets, he explodes the myths and lies that powerful forces have perpetrated on the American consciousness. He digs beneath the surface in a form of journalistic archeology to reveal the hidden history of one of America's most powerful families, leaving no stone unturned.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Relevant, Impossible to Put Down

  • By Cletus van Damme on 12-14-12

Very enlightening view of power in America

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

The U.S. Presidency isn't a popularity contest, despite what society might want to believe. Getting there requires a concerted effort that isn't paid back in weeks or months. It takes lifetimes; in this case 4-5 Bush family lives worth of quid pro quo favors.

I enjoyed the authors ability to simply report his findings and let readers decide if they wanted to draw their own conclusions. Truth often is stranger than fiction, which I believe is the case here.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerously Funny

  • The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'
  • By: David Bianculli
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run---and the cultural impact that's still being felt today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great topic, well written, poorly narrated

  • By Sandra on 10-25-10

Not super funny, but well worth the money

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-11

I'm not an avid audio book consumer, but I do have a few years of at least 30 hrs/week of podcast consumption. So please take those facts into consideration.

First, the book gives exactly what the title says, except, well... Censorship just isn't as good as it used to be, so 'uncensored' means more like 'I let my 8 year old listen to this'. And I did just that while we were on a trip with his grandparents (who by the way LOVED the book). Don't be concerned about catching a crude joke by today's standards. Second, it is accurate through multiple sources in all accounts, and explains conflicting accounts as points of view, which endeared me, personally.

Lastly, while the reader was very good, there were points (probably between takes) where the readers volume rose and fell. I didn't notice it so much while listening with headphones, but through a car stereo I had to adjust the volume up and down a hair every so often.

****