The Armed Madhouse Audio Book is read by Greg Palast and special guests: Ed Asner, Brod Bagert, Medea Benjamin, Jello Biafra, Randy Credico, Kevin Danaher, Larry David, Brad Friedman, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Goodman, Jim Hightower, Mark Crispin Miller, Greg Proops, Jerry Quickley, Randi Rhodes, and Shiva Rose.
Palast's old-style gum-shoe detective work to dig out the info on the War on Terror, greed-dripping schemes to seize little nations with lots of oil, the hidden program to steal the 2008 election, and the media biases that keep it unreported are the meat and bones of this BBC television reporter's new book. Armed Madhouse is illustrated with dozens of documents marked "secret" and "confidential" that have walked out of file cabinets and fallen into Palast's hands.
Excerpts from the audio book:
(read by Ed Asner)
Multi-Dollars, Euro-Nations, Mundell's Toilet
(read by Greg Palast, Ed Asner, & Mark Crispin Miller)
The Khan Job and the Back-Off Directive
(read by Greg Palast & Amy Goodman)
There Is Nothing New Under The Sun
(read by Brod Bagert)
You won't find Palast in The New York Times (except its bestseller list), but you will read his reports on the hottest Web sites worldwide, hear him regularly on Air America and the Pacifica radio networks, and see his stories reappearing as the basis for Eminem's hit video "Mosh," Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and sampled by a dozen of today's top platinum rock artists.
Publishers Weekly review of the Audio book
: "Mesmerizing, if it weren't so depressing, Palast delivers some hard-to-refute facts about the contemporary political scene from the fraudulent elections of 2000 and 2004 to advance economic schemes of the haves to virtually enslave the have-nots to the war in Iraq and the obsession of oil. Palast questions the authority of the leaders of this "armed madhouse," often using their words, documents and resources to bring to light some rather disconcerting truths. As narrator, Palast keeps the pace consistent, taking his time with the more complicated passages, while surging forward on the straightforward parts. His ironic and even deadpan tone provides laughs for his listeners. This audiobook employs a host of cameo voices, including Ed Asner, Janeane Garofalo and Larry David for various quotes. Asner proves engaging with a raspy deep voice that could easily land him a career in audiobooks. Harry Shearer's commentary on gambling and homeland security is also very entertaining. But a few guest vocals may have been better delivered by the author. In the end, it's not the voices that are important, it's what Palast has uncovered."