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I would recommend this book to anyone with half a brain cell.
I have half a brain cell. As such, my attention span is better suited to the works of Russell Brand than those of Noam Chomsky. However, "The Establishment" was perfectly digestible for the modest intellect and suited to audiobook format.
I now have a better understanding of exactly how much Margaret thatcher was an evil witch, how Britain got to the state in which we found ourselves today, and what we- the British people- are up against.
I wasn't sure about the narrator's American accent but the South African one sounded okay!
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Just cos Dylan couldn't sing for...
My fave bit was the "fisher price guillotine" joke. If that upset you, don't read Revolution. RB might be an affront to anyone whose personal philosophy is so profoundly / unquestioningly shaped by the daily mail et al. that there's little hope for them ("immigration baaaad, royalty goooood- media say so....")
Otherwise, I don't see how you could disagree with much that RB says. At worst, it might be reiterating what we've all been thinking for years already, but there are enough fun statistics and laughs to make the book nonetheless entertaining.
Russell is also far more honest about his own limitations and potential biases/ vested interests than is, say ... ummm the BBC! Most of the criticisms leveled at Revolution are pretty irrelevant. I don't think it has been marketed as a peer-reviewed academic paper, so why do some sound surprised that it isn't one? "He's no Chomsky!" Surely, if you want to read Chomsky, you don't buy a book by .... not Chomsky :-|
Many counter arguments against Russell's appear to run along the lines of "...but he can't act!", "what about Sachsgate?!" and "how can you trust a man with a beard?" But it would have been pretty short-sighted of us to write off Bob Dylan's lyrics just cos he couldn't sing for toffee, cos he wasn't clean shaven enough, cos he didn't have an economics degree from Oxbridge, etc.... no?
Okay I'm off to google whether Bob Dylan had an economics degree and/ or slept with anyone's granddaughter.
Surely has something of relevance for everyone?!
I don't know if this will change my life, but there's lots of food for thought relating to health problems that, I and the people I know, have experienced. Very interesting indeed- I could probably listen to a whole bunch of these types of audiobooks and not get bored.
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Who was your favorite character and why?
...too many to mention, but the humour alien was pretty awesome!
Which scene did you most enjoy?
...too many to mention.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I'm not exactly au fait with OOBE lit.- have only read Journeys Out of the Body. Listening to Monroe's books in order doesn't seem to be important. Knowing shedloads about OOBEs doesn't seem to be a prerequisite either. Even for those who'd never had such an experience and didn't know much about the subject, Ultimate Journeys would surely still be interesting and entertaining for anyone with a modicum of open-mindedness and imagination.
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Don't think I'll prefer the book to the film...
I cared about the romance between Anastasia and Christian enough to listen to the end, so that was half the battle. But the book desperately needed a really good editor to go through it and sort out all the "cockings of heads to one side", "inner goddesses", and repetitious information about email addresses/ dates and times. Aaaargh! The bits in the book about sub-dom technicalities and practicalities- as well as the bits about sex, obviously- were pretty interesting. Things did get slightly ridiculous towards the end; no one is THAT horny! However, I hope this work will inspire lots more erotica by women, for women, cos there's currently an imbalance that needs redressing...