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Melanie Jensen

Houston, TX USA
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  • Griftopia

  • Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America
  • By: Matt Taibbi
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class - made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding - has been growing in power for a generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • News In America

  • By Jerome on 11-23-10

Vulgar arrogant brainless author

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

Reviewed: 07-10-14

Would you try another book from Matt Taibbi and/or Patrick Egan?

I wouldn't read anything by this author.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Maltese Falcon, Biography of a recent political or business figure.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

narator was below average somewhat dull so I gave a 2 out of 5.

What character would you cut from Griftopia?

It is not that the "characters" should be cut. The author talks about events and people that are real but is so painfully biased in what he describes and his argumenst so inherently unsupported and caustic that it is like listening to finger nails on a chalk board.

Any additional comments?

I could not finish the book. It contained two elements that grated on me in the extreme.There were some occasional bits of interesting informtion, but the blow-hard demagoging and biased, unsupported arguments were insulting-- not because of their particular political leanings; but because of their weak,hole-filed contradictory logic.Also I felt like I was listeneing to a junior high kid who just learned to swear and insult people graphically for the first time and is so proud of his new "talent" that he adds new meaning to the phrase inanely inmature.If it hadn't been so caustic, I would have probably finished the book at least to understand the thinking pattern of the author, under the assumption there must be some group of people (however small), who have similar outlook, and though sequences or approach; but it was just too tedious and painful.This is the worst book I have read on Audible or elsewhere.

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