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Catherine S. Read

Fairfax, VA USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Eugene Robinson
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a "Black America" with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book Disintegration, longtime Washington Post journalist Eugene Robinson argues that, through decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered.

    Catherine S. Read says: "Written for Popular Consumption"
    "Written for Popular Consumption"
    Overall

    This is not an academic treatment of race relations in America. Eugene Robinson is a highly regarded columnist for the Washington Post. He writes in a style that is meant for the vast majority of newspaper readers. His stories are memorable, his style engaging, his research convincing and his conclusions practical. I think this is a very important work on how far African-Americans have come in the last 40 years and what it will take to move forward the "Abandoned" class of individuals in this country. As a resident of the Washington, DC area, it was also a great bonus to get a history of many of the neighborhoods and areas in DC. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio production of this book and highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (296)

    There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives listeners practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.

    Peter says: "START made me STOP listening fast"
    "Very Motivating"
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The author is genuine. This is not hype. It's actually a reminder of things we know but forget, ignore or drown out with negative self talk. Here is someone who has walked the walk and shows the journey in an engaging way. He's a wonderful storyteller. I listened to the book realizing that the prize in life goes to those who can continue to press forward and re-imagine the possibilities when the path we're on turns out to be something we no longer want to be on. I gifted copies to all three of my 20-something children. Adopting Jon Acuff's worldview earlier rather than later will greatly improve the quality of their daily lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (1637)
    Story
    (1641)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Cynthia says: "Lean In, Lead On"
    "A Book for Women AND Men"
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    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best ones I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the overall tone of what Sheryl had to say. She is realistic, optimistic, empathetic and very self effacing. She is not at all what the media has portrayed her to be. She speaks not in a critical voice, but in a way that says we can make the world a better place if we look at making choices more equal for both women and men. At the close of the book she talks of hoping that both her son and her daughter will have the opportunity to pursue what they want in both a career and at home and that they will be supported in their choices. That message is for everyone - not a particular demographic.


    What about Elisa Donovan’s performance did you like?

    Elisa did a good job reading the book. After seeing Sheryl Sandberg's TED Talk, I was familiar with how she delivered her message and I thought Elisa gave an accurate portrayal of that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listened to this with my husband Tom while we were driving around all weekend from one city to another. At various times, he stopped the book so we could talk about something she had just said. It was very productive for us to listen to this together over the course of 3 days in the confines of our car. We had an opportunity to really focus on what she was saying and to relay to each other experiences we've had that were an example of what she is talking about. My husband is a partner in a law firm and a baby boomer, and I think he got a great deal out of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book to listen to with someone else because it is a wonderful catalyst for meaningful conversations on really important issues we ALL need to be concerned about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Disturber of the Peace: The Life of H. L. Mencken

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    This fine biography of H. L. Mencken tells of how he rose to his unique position as comic genius and pre-eminent critic of American culture. It is the story of a man whose massive power of invective inspired and infuriated his contemporaries and whose popularity and unpopularity mounted with the frenzied pace of the 1920s.

    Margaret Hildebrand says: "A Revelation"
    "Well Written and Well Narrated"
    Overall

    I loved this book! I'm a fan of HL Mencken but didn't know much about all the things he had done in his lifetime. William Manchester's obvious affection and his personal relationship with Mencken comes through in his prose and how he tells his story. I thought it was riveting. And the narrator did an great job with the reading. I highly recommend it - especially since the book, published in 1951, is no longer in print.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (866)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Exquisitely Beautiful"
    Overall

    It is one of the most beautiful books I've ever heard read. I love it! I'm sure I will listen to it over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Florida
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    We tend to view prolonged economic downturns, such as the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Long Depression of the late 19th century, in terms of the crisis and pain they cause. But history teaches us that these great crises also represent opportunities to remake our economy and society and to generate whole new eras of economic growth and prosperity.

    Roy says: "A General Look at the Financial Crisis"
    "Another Winner from Richard Florida"
    Overall

    I'm familiar with the writings of Richard Florida and often recommend his book "The Rise of the Creative Class." The hallmark of his work is thorough research and an interpretation of the data that makes sense to a non-academic. Statistics are interwoven with personal stories, recent examples, the writings, research and reporting of others, and chapters that move in a logical progression. I thought this recording was well done by Eric Conger and would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to understand more clearly where we are now and what we need to consider as we look toward a future of great change.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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