Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2012
CD ISBN 9780449010051 $35.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9780449010068 $22.50
Library Books on Tape 2012
CD ISBN 9780449010075 $35.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9780449010082 $66.50
Hayes argues that our society suffers from institutional failure and lack of trust in institutions because our elites, isolated and spoiled, fight against losing privileges; meritocracy has undone itself. He reads with energy and urgency, but, perhaps due to his passion for the topic, he sometimes verges on stridency, as if belaboring the listener, a disservice to an intelligent and thoughtful text. His energy, perhaps, and his familiarity with the text often lead him to read too quickly, making listeners race to keep up, rather than being able to digest his insights and arguments. In his rush, he regularly renders words sloppily or swallows parts of them. Still, he does get this smart and timely book across, and it deserves a hearing. W.M. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2012]
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