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Harvey

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  • How to Be Black

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Baratunde Thurston
    • Narrated By Baratunde Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (486)

    Beyond memoir, this guidebook offers practical advice on everything from "How to Be the Black Friend" to "How to Be the (Next) Black President" to "How to Celebrate Black History Month". This is a humorous, intelligent, and audacious guide that challenges and satirizes the so-called experts, purists, and racists who purport to speak for all black people. With honest storytelling and biting wit, Baratunde plots a path not just to blackness, but one open to anyone interested in simply "how to be".

    Teddy says: "Funny yet insightful!"
    "How to be whether you are Black or White"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be Black the most enjoyable?

    Baratunde is smart, thought provoking, and yet mixes his keen insight with humor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be Black?

    Love the Black Panel and the solutions to vexing problems encountered by Black People working, learning and living in a majority society. Baratunde's story is one that can resonate with all people and helped to form his ideas and his unabashed spirit. Being aware of the reality that we can do anything while frightening to some is soothing to me as a parent of young Black men that are being educated to take on the broader world.


    What does Baratunde Thurston bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Intellect, Wit, and a clear voice that can guide Black people both young and old. Also a great read if you are not Black but want to be relevant in today's society.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If possible I would have said yes. However, this is a book that I later purchased for my iPad Kindle app after listening to the audio. It is really that good.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book so that at least you can act like you know.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1484)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1341)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Rachel Maddow's Style and Wit shine through."
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Informative and entertaining.


    What does Rachel Maddow bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Rachel Maddow has a direct yet entertaining style that helps bring to light the facts that cause the listener to think more deeply about the impact the military has on our economy and our politics. Perhaps more than we might commonly think.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. You will not regret your decision no matter what your political position might be. You are sure to learn something.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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