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Alfred

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  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Taylor Gatto
    • Narrated By Michael Puttonen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    Thirty years in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. With over 100,000 copies in print since its original publication in 2002, this book is collection of essays and speeches and includes a describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto's "guerrilla teaching". John Gatto was a teacher in New York City's public schools for over 30 years and was a New York State Teacher of the Year.

    Niall says: "Required reading to see why kids hate school"
    "Good read"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No really.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Coming from a teacher's point of view.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the pace was good.


    Could you see Dumbing Us Down being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A movie, perhaps. A TV series will be too slow. Besides most people just want to watch American Idol and who got kicked of the Island.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7590)
    Performance
    (6585)
    Story
    (6577)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    T. Edwards says: "Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down"
    "Great book"
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    I like the story. He took out all the fluff about The Seals training. The narrator wasn't that great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flight of Passage

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Rinker Buck
    • Narrated By Rinker Buck
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    In the summer of 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck - 2 teenaged schoolboys from New Jersey - bought a dilapidated Piper Club airplane for $300, rebuild it, and piloted it on a record-breaking flight across America - navigating all the way to California without a radio because they couldn't afford one. Their trip retraced a mythical route flown by their father, Tom Buck, a brash, colorful ex-barnstormer who had lost a leg in a tragic plane crash before his sons were born - but who so loved the adventure of flight that he taught his boys to fly before they could drive. The journey west, and the preparations for it, become a figurative and literal process of discovery as the young men battle thunderstorms and wracking turbulence, encounter Arkansas rednecks, Texas cowboys, and the languid, romantic culture of small-town cafes, cheap motels, and dusty landing strips of pre-Vietnam America. The brothers have a lot to resolve among themselves too - as Kern, the shy, meticulous, dedicated dreamer, and Rinker, the rebellious second son, must finally come to understand and depend on each other in the complex way that only brothers can. Most of all, Flight of Passages is a timeless story of fathers and sons. These 2 young men must separate from their difficult, quirky father - literally by putting a country's distance between them - but they do it on their father's terms: in an airplane. As he looks back, from the perspective of now being a father himself, Rinker Buck's tale of 2 young men in search of themselves and their country becomes a story about the eternal enigma of family - of the distance and closeness of generations, of peace lost so that understanding can be gained - and it is explored with a storytelling power that is both brave and rare.

    Cynthia L. Neill says: "Not"
    "Good read"
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    awesome book. I've always enjoyed reading books about aviation and this one is one of the few inspiring ones. I wish they'd have stick and rudder on audible as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (266)

    For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

    alexis says: "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
    "love it"
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    Great writing and even better narrating. Highly recommended. I'm definitely going to read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (566)

    On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.

    Bill says: "The Amazing, Darker Side of Stephen King"
    "Awesome!"
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    Would you listen to The Long Walk again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to it again. It's one of those books that grabs your attention from start to finish.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The route they walked and everything seemed real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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