In 1975, a secret organization known as The Eyes of Texas was founded on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. The Eyes of Texas quickly gained power over the Student Government, secretly controlling university life. In 2008, Lance Kennedy informed students about corruption at the University. The next year, an email was leaked to the campus newspaper revealing the existence of the society and confirming Kennedy's claims. The email revealed that the Eyes were working to promote the administration's initiatives instead of helping the campus be a better home to the thousands of students called Longhorns.
This book is an exciting journey through Kennedy's attempts to thwart the power of The Eyes of Texas and improve the quality of life for the University's students, faculty, and staff. Meticulously researched, this book, The Eyes of Texas, includes excerpts from The Daily Texan and other news sources to highlight the influence of this secretive band of brothers and sisters, and the ongoing attempts to shed light on the activities of The Eyes of Texas and corruption at the University of Texas at Austin.
This campus had alert students who caught on to the workings of the 'Good Old Boy' systems at work in campus life and student government. Very detailed and with points referenced, it truly makes those of us who did not attend this particular university wonder just how much of this sort of manipulating and maneuvering goes on at each university and/or university system. It wasn't cured by the 1960's, here is evidence that some progress was made in the 2000/2010's. But there are holdouts.
Jack C continues to be able to show his talents to advantage with scholarly narratives. The moderate vocal tone with a good cadence non-judgemental delivery keep the reader alert for the next piece of information.
Thanks to AudioBook Blast for opportunity to be gifted.
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I really loved listening to the history of the secret society group named 'The Eyes of Texas.' I know that the school song is also The Eyes of Texas. The book delves deep into the school's history and politics that are involved and it goes back decades. I found it extremely interesting.
I don't know what other books I could compare this one to. I do know it was very detailed and I would be willing to bet that a lot of universities do this same thing. Wait listing students. While under the premise of being created for the students, it has more politics built into it.
There wasn't any particular character. Maybe the University of Texas. It's hard to make a judgement call while only knowing one person's experience but I definitely found his accounting a good one.
Jack Chekijian did a wonderful job narrating this book as always. All his work is very well done. He's one of my favorite narrators.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Where does The Eyes of Texas: The Secret Society That Controls the University of Texas at Austin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
As far as non fiction goes, it's one of the most intriguing ive ever listened to!
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The fact that it was written by someone who was actually there! This kind of nepotism happens all of the time, and I am so glad that they got caught and that new rules and student government were instated!
Have you listened to any of Jack Chekijian’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, and this was his best yet! His newscaster-type voice really drives home the subject of the book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did laugh at some of the poor excuses people made as they tried not to get into trouble.
Any additional comments?
This is a really interesting book, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to hear about jerks like this college president getting their comeuppance!
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A secret organization that became known as the Eyes of Texas gained power in the 1970s over the student government of the University of Texas at Austin. Behind the scenes, they worked for years to promote the university’s initiatives and not the student government’s initiatives. This is a detailed look into that history and how this secret organization was forced out into the light.
On one hand I applaud the level of detailed information that went into this book. On the other hand, I think this book will appeal to only a small group of people. If you are really, really into secret societies or manipulation of large groups of people via shadow groups, then this is perfect for you. Also, I think fiction writers who are researching real secret societies would find this useful. As someone who was just looking for a book get away for a few hours, I found this book a bit tedious. It reads more like a lengthy legal document then a true tale packed with action and deceit.
This book also includes various excerpts (and sometimes who documents) from school emails, local news coverage, and communiques between the school government and the board that oversees the university. If you are researching this subject, then this book is an excellent reference work. If you are looking for some interesting, yet educational, light reading, then this probably isn’t the book for you. For myself, I often found my mind drifting while listening to this book. The same issues were brought up again and again as the book stayed true in detail to how issues and events were dealt with. However, for me, this became rather tedious. Still, if I ever need to research secret societies or the politics of large universities, I will be turning to this book for info.
I received a copy of this audiobook at no charge via the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
The Narration: Jack Chekijian did pretty well, though there wasn’t much need to vary his voice. When there was an email exchange, he did provide character voices. However, most of the book was delivered in a straight forward, newsreporter-like voice.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Eyes of Texas is a fascinating look at how student government on the college campus can be swayed by the interests of both those serving and seeking political office at the state level. Or is it? Is this just an impression of an overactive, conspiracy theory? Do those seeking Texas state political office really care what is going on, or who is the president at one college or another?
This book sets out a persuasive case for exactly that. Really interesting! Even more so if you are a current student or alumni of University Texas at Austin!!
Jack Chekijian does another fabulous job with narration. I believe his gift is in reading those books that could be considered dry and engaging the listener to continue on.
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Jack Chekijian narrates this telling of all the corruption that IS the University Of Texas at Austin.It was interesting to listen to,if you are interested in that particular University."I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse
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