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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 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

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

Terrible narrator for the book

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I was so looking forward to listening to this book on a long driving trip. Chris Hedges is one of my most favorite writers. The low energy of Fred Sanders just ruined it for me. I was falling asleep listening to him. The subject matter required an energetic voice at a quicker pace to punctuate the gravity of the ideas and awaken the listener to the oncoming wall we are about to drive into. Alas, I will have to read the book instead. I cannot listen to it more than one paragraph without falling asleep or my mind wandering. Please match the narrator's voice to the subject matter. I would pay twice the price to have this book in Chris Hedges' voice. I find his talks spellbinding.

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,847

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Broad strokes

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-17

This book was very profound for me. It is a great way to look at human history in its broadest sense and discover human nature.