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Richard

Richard Huntsville, AL, USA Member Since 2009
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    Like Jimmy Carter as a president or not, like his style of writing or not, this is something that those of us who profess to be Christians, or at least decent human beings should read or listen to. It is easy for people in the west to view women's rights as equal work for equal pay. Not to dismiss this, but in large parts of the world women's the rights women need are the right to equal food, shelter, and safety from pain at the hands of people who profess to act in the name of the God they worship. This is probably why the people who want to control the other half of their population do not want those being controlled to learn to read.

    Misinterpreting (or even lying about) the words of holy books was probably practiced since the books were scrolls. So this book is not a diatribe against a religion, it is an indictment of people who hurt other people for their own benefit and justify it by saying but I am just following the holy world. Even though scholars reading the same holy word are saying "no your are not". Somehow none of this discussion is making its way to the poor people who are being raped and starved, etc.

    We as Americans and as part of the western civilization are very careful to respect cultures different from our own. But in American states and cities, if a person treated an animal the way the human beings are being treated in the countries noted in Jimmy Carter's book, the offending person would be prosecuted. Even in the most conservative of states.

    I don't pretend to have answers, but personally I can't just not look at this ugliness because I am not smart enough to fix it. But as a practical matter, Americans are really stubborn about fixing things once the whole nation decides there is a problem. So as a speck of the American population I am admitting this is a problem, with the knowledge that the western world will find a way to do redress it. Because the people who have convinced themselves that starving and torturing people not only gives them benefits and pleasure, it is a holy duty and are not going to change a thing.

    Former President Carter's narration and writing style are so famous that it does not need discussion. But I think he does a good job with this one.

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    A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jimmy Carter
    • Narrated By Jimmy Carter
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    The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action. A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women.

    Richard says: "Incomprehensible from a western point of view"
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  • The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

    "Must read for any gay man"

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    Would you listen to The Velvet Rage again? Why?

    There was quite a bit of information presented, and I think listening to it again might help me access more of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inclusion of anecdotes really helped me relate my own life to the issues described in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chapter 14, where he talked about life skills.


    If you could give The Velvet Rage a new subtitle, what would it be?

    An owner's manual for the gay life.


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Laura Markham, ON, Canada 08-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    I liked this book.

    It is autobiographical, therefore the plot doesn't have the same flow as fiction. There is no rise and fall of Protagonists vs. Antagonists. No 'all is lost' moment at the end of Act II and then a 'hero conquers all' third Act.

    It is simply a narrative - with less drama - told in the first person, of one person's struggle to retain normality and sanity in ridiculously curious circumstances.

    To me it was a cross between a documentary and a diary. It has all the personal hallmarks of a secret diary. An internal dialogue, thoughts, feelings. It also had the descriptive elements of a documentary.

    I really enjoyed the Netflix TV series. I enjoyed this maybe a little less - it has less drama. But it was truly eye-opening.

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    Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

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    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Holly says: "Humorous, Intelligent, and Introspective"

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    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

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    • By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    An old Chinese proverb says "Women hold up half the sky." Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances.

    Nancy says: "This unabridged book is abridged"
  • 4.6 (393 ratings)

    American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

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    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Dan Savage
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    Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

    J. C. Schmidt says: "Savage is an Amazing Writer and Narrator"
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    Why Gender Matters

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    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
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    Are boys and girls really that different? Twenty years ago, doctors and researchers didn't think so. However, an avalanche of research has shown that sex differences are more significant than anybody guessed. Gender differences are real, biologically programmed, and important to how children are raised, disciplined, and educated.

    LeakyB says: "Presents studies that support his views"
  • 4.3 (94 ratings)

    The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead

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    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
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    The Sweet Potato Queens like men. They like them so much that they have devoted an absolutely inordinate amount of time to the pursuit of men, marriage, and great sex. And then, when that doesn't work out, they've devoted an inordinate amount of time to divorce, getting another man, and having great sex with him instead.

    Kaeli says: "Can't live with 'em, might as well laugh"
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    A Room of One's Own

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    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    Eleanor says: "Inspiration for all women writers and academics"
  • 4.4 (51 ratings)

    Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?

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    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By James Bundy
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    Thomas Sowell takes a tough, factual look at whether the civil rights movement has lived up to its hopes or its rhetoric. In the decades since the historic Supreme Court decision on desegregation, who has gained and who has lost? Which of the assumptions behind the civil rights revolution have stood the test of time, and which have proven to be mistaken or even catastrophic to those who were supposed to be helped?

    Corey says: "You will not learn this in school......."
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    The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

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    • By Alan Downs
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    The most important issue in a gay man’s life is not “coming out”, but coming to terms with the invalidating past. Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, “Are we better off?” The byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, rejection, and anger - a toxic cocktail that can lead to drug abuse, promiscuity, alcoholism, depression, and suicide.

    Mark M. Phelps says: "Must read for any gay man"
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

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    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Holly says: "Humorous, Intelligent, and Introspective"
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power

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    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
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    Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

    Stacey says: "Good self-help book; not well-suited for audio."
  • A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jimmy Carter
    • Narrated By Jimmy Carter
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    The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action. A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women.

    Richard says: "Incomprehensible from a western point of view"
  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
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    Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

    L. Calder says: "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"
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  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Gray
    • Narrated By John Gray
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    Why is it so difficult for men and women to get along? In this phenomenally popular and effective work, Dr. John Gray illustrates how differences in communication styles, behavior, and emotional needs can drive the two sexes apart, and offers ways to help keep them together.

    Lenna Southland says: "May I suggest..."
  • Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge
    • Narrated By John Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge
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    What Wild at Heart did for men, Captivating is doing for women: setting their hearts free. This groundbreaking audiobook shows listeners the glorious design of women before the fall, describes how the feminine heart can be restored, and casts a vision for the power, freedom, and beauty of a woman released to be all she was meant to be.

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely Captivating!"
  • Shadows of the Workhouse: Call the Midwife, Book 2

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    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood';s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

    Jan says: "Nice followup to "Call The Midwife""
  • Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    When 22-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

    Daryl says: "A fitting end to a trilogy"
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  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (272)

    An old Chinese proverb says "Women hold up half the sky." Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances.

    Nancy says: "This unabridged book is abridged"
  • A Room of One's Own

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    Eleanor says: "Inspiration for all women writers and academics"
  • The Feminine Mystique

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Betty Friedan
    • Narrated By Parker Posey
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    The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

    Rochelle says: "Get this book"
  • American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Dan Savage
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    Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

    J. C. Schmidt says: "Savage is an Amazing Writer and Narrator"
  • Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shabana Mir
    • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
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    Shabana Mir's powerful ethnographic study of women on Washington, D.C., college campuses reveals that being a young female Muslim in post-9/11 America means experiencing double scrutiny—scrutiny from the Muslim community as well as from the dominant non-Muslim community. i>Muslim American Women on Campus illuminates the processes by which a group of ethnically diverse American college women, all identifying as Muslim and all raised in the United States, construct their identities during one of the most formative times in their lives.

  • Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Joyce F. Benenson, Henry Markovits
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
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    The question of exactly what sex differences exist and whether they have a biological foundation has been one of our culture's favorite enduring discussions. It should. After a baby is born, a parent's first concern is for its physical health. The next concern is its sex. Only in the most modern societies does sex not virtually guarantee the type of future life a new human being will have. Even in modern societies, one's sex usually plays a large role in the path a life follows.

  • Women in Waiting: Prejudice at the Heart of the Church

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julia Ogilvy
    • Narrated By Kelly Birch
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    The role of women in the Christian Church is the subject of heated debate. In this powerful book Julia Ogilvy interviews twelve of the most notable Christian women of our time, providing a telling and at times shocking analysis of the situation today. The women – from the Dean of York and the Presiding Bishop in America to Helena Kennedy QC and Dr Elaine Storkey – share some of the pain, disappointment and hurt they have experienced and reflect on the impact of a patriarchal Church on the suffering of women across the world.

  • The Double: Male Eros, Friendships and Mentoring - From Gilgamesh to Kerouac

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    • By Edward C. Sellner
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
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    Ancient Greeks and Romans had a term for the Double, referring to such an entity as a personal daemon or protector, a heavenly twin, who acts as an invisible guide during the lifetime of an individual. Recent Jungian psychologists refer to ''the double'' as ''a soul figure with all the erotic and spiritual significance'' attached to those inner figures whom Jung called anima (the inner feminine side of men) and animus (the inner masculine side of women). The double archetype, however, is not of the opposite, but of the same gender.

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  • A Syrian Wedding

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    • By Nicholas Seeley
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
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    Getting married in a refugee camp is a tricky business. It's a world without rules, where the value of money changes by the day, rumors and gossip are everywhere, and tragedy is a constant backdrop. A Syrian Wedding tells the true story of Mohammad and Amneh, a young couple who are navigating this treacherous landscape as they try to prepare for what should be the happiest day of their lives.

  • A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jimmy Carter
    • Narrated By Jimmy Carter
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    The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action. A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women.

    Richard says: "Incomprehensible from a western point of view"
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen

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    • By Susan Bordo
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
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    Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: Neither.) And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life.

    Roswatheist says: "Most Enjoyable Biography--Win!"