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Carol

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  • Your Blues Ain't Like Mine

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bebe Moore Campbell
    • Narrated By Alfre Woodard, Allison Smith
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (9)

    When young Armstrong Todd's mother sends him to spend the summer in her native rural Mississippi, the Chicago-bred 15-year-old is unused to the segregated ways of the Deep South. So when the black youth utters a few innocuous words in French to a white woman, he has no idea of the impending firestorm he has ignited. Armstrong ends up paying the ultimate price when the offended woman's husband and his friends decide to teach the youth a lesson.

    Jon says: "Not Pleased"
    "A must for anyone..."
    Overall

    What an amazing telling of a depiction in our country's history. The writer makes the story come alive by changing words on a page to words that dance in your head as you read/hear the story. This writer is extremely talented and I am happy that I accidentally happened upon this marvelous piece of work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Twain: A Life

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ron Powers
    • Narrated By Ron Powers
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Mark Twain founded the American voice. His works are a living national treasury: taught, quoted, and reprinted more than those of any writer except Shakespeare. His awestruck contemporaries saw him as the representative figure of his times, and his influence has deeply flavored the 20th and 21st centuries.

    W.Denis says: "Buy the Book"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I am a huge Mark Twain fan. I was eagerly anticipating reading this biography. As I listened, I didn't become engrossed, but I became completely bored. Actually reading the book instead of listening to this narrative might have produced better results. Very disappointing.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3997)
    Performance
    (1709)
    Story
    (1731)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Pure Magic!"
    Overall

    Maguire fills in all the blanks, answers all the questions, and steps up to the plate for all those who wanted to know all of the "why's" to all those unanswered questions in The Wizard of Oz. Maguire skillfully winds the tale of yellow brick road making it difficult to do anything but focus 110% of this skillfully written tale.
    Contrary to one recent review, this is a tale that NO ONE should skip the opportunity to read and become thoroughly immersed.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • A Lesson Before Dying

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ernest J. Gaines
    • Narrated By Lionel Mark Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    Jefferson is an innocent and unwitting party to a deadly liquor store shoot-out in the 1940s. As the only survivor, he is tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, a university-trained teacher at the plantation school, is persuaded to visit Jefferson in his cell. Wiggins is torn between staying in his native Cajun community or moving on. The 2 men gradually form a bond as they jointly discover the simple heroism of resisting - and denying - the expected.

    James says: "Just like the old Sears radio hour"
    "An emotionally gripping story..."
    Overall

    Skillfully written, deeply emotional, and well worth my time. Very eye opening and exquistely eye-opening. This story unlike anything I had read or heard, but now in retrospect, I am very appreciative of the opportunity to have come across this marvellously written piece of work.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Black Like Me

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Howard Griffin
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

    Carol says: "What a glorious accident to find this book..."
    "What a glorious accident to find this book..."
    Overall

    As a white woman who decided to read and learn more about black history, the finding of this book was purely accidental, but couldn't have been more appropriate. At first I thought I was going to find this tedious, but once I gave in to giving this timeless piece work a fair chance, I was engrossed. I learned much and my perspective was broadened immensely. After further investigation, this book is often used in the academic setting. After experiencing this incredible tale of a timeless social experiment, I feel it should be mandatory reading in the academic setting. Absolutely breathtaking and I have not remorse for experiencing this book. Conversely I have an enormous gratitutde for the opportunity to experience this marvelous piece of literary work.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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