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Publisher's Summary

The world's leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American century, the nature of US policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights.

In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet.

In the process Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how US elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy - diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable - the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please.

Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.

©2016 Valeria Wasserman-Chomsky (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Horrible narration by Brian Jones

Horrible narration by Brian Jones. The artificially deep voice and the very choppy delivery make following Chomsky's words challenging. Just buy the book

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Very Informative

Noam Chomsky's books are full of cited information that leads to endless routes of knowledge. He isn't too aggressive with his opinion, nor is he the type of writer that goes off on whims. Everything he talks about is a reflection of the sources he had studied. This book will give you many avenues to look down, to formulate your own opinion.

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Crucial, immediate, and of utmost importance!

Crucial, immediate, and of utmost importance! Captures history and our future with detailed, fact based study.

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Why this narrator was a poor choice

Chomsky has such a worthwhile and well researched perspective. For those who are familiar with his way of speaking, this narrator will drive you nuts! Chomsky is so darned reasonable and unexciteable so it makes no sense to narrate with a melodramayic movie-preview voice. I don't believe the narrator understands what he's reading so it makes an already dense text even more difficult to follow. I keep trying to listen but I think I'll just have to read the print copy if this is the only audio option.

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UNLISTENABLE

Regardless of how important it is to hear what Mr. Chomsky has to say—this audiobook is unlistenable.

It's because the narration is horrible. Brian Jones reads in the most bizarre fashion imaginable—with a panic-stricken, hyper-emotional, gravelly whisper—as though he's deathly afraid that someone in the next room might hear him. It's completely weird, and thoroughly distracting.

Furthermore, Jones has adopted a tone of complete sarcasm, as though he's making an ongoing joke—some kind of insinuation, like "Boy, isn't the establishment stupid—not smart like us!" I've read enough Chomsky to know that it should be read in a factual, not a sneering tone. It's an insult to any serious listener.

To be fair, I don't think ANY of this should be blamed on Mr. Chomsky. He's extremely insightful, and there's just no way he'd want the serious facts of his book to be slaughtered—ruined—by such demeaning narration. Sorry, Noam—you really got shafted on this one!

There may be listeners who'll take exception to this harsh review, but there are certainly others who are simply too politically correct or too timid to mention it.

For my part, it sickens me that Chomsky's book—so pertinent, timely, and necessary—is trivialized by such terrible narration.

Before I abandoned it, I had listened to perhaps thirty minutes of the book—after which I only wanted to retain it long enough to publish this negative review. After that, I'm planning on asking Audible for my money back.

Don't be cowed, Audible Listeners! Stand up for quality! Stand up for sanity! Don't tolerate bad narration! And sorry again, Noam—I'll catch you in print!

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Makes you realize those who scream conspiracy are closer to the truth than we would hope!

Excellent compilation of facts rarely heard in the mainstream. Refreshing honesty that should make us rethink how we view and interact with our government and world. We have the power to facilitate change, but we must arm ourselves with the truth before we may begin. May we passionately pursue social justice and equality by legitimate and peaceful means with unquestionable integrity and unwavering courage!

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Reader is bad

The reader reads this piece in such dramatic way, like it is 1986. This distracts a lot

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Great content, stupid narrator.

The material is compelling enough, doesn't need some hack narrator trying to make it sound exciting with cheap rhetorical tricks and haunted house inflection.

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Robotic

What would have made Who Rules the World? better?

ITS EXCELLENT

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

GOOD

Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Jones’s performances?

NO! He sounds like a robot. I'm going to read the book instead

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Noam Chomsky's masterpiece

Super detailed history of how we ended up, having one very small group of people, ruling and deciding the future of humanity.

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