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  • America: The Farewell Tour

  • By: Chris Hedges
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

America, says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best non-fiction book I have unearthed.

  • By Gerard McHugh on 09-28-18

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This is one of the best books of the year, though I believe he underestimates just how much ground has been lost. The corporate state has all the cards. This is going to take many decades, best case scenario. Some parts are pretty hard hitting and surprising even for someone like me who has seen most everything on the internet.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor of All Maladies

  • A Biography of Cancer
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,186
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,173

The Emperor of All Maladies reveals the many faces of an iconic, shape-shifting disease that is the defining plague of our generation. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, arrogance, paternalism, and misperception, all leveraged against a disease that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By S.R.E. on 03-02-16

One of the best audio books I have listened to.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-16

Very thorough, concise and entertaining. Gives me hope we can treat cancer to the point where no one dies from it ever again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • God Is Not Great

  • How Religion Poisons Everything
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,046

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Though Hitchens Is!

  • By Ben Capozzi on 11-13-11

Great book.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-15

Hitch is always good, however he does mumble alot. Well thought out and a devastating critique of Western religion.