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Ransford

ROSEVILLE, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michelle Alexander
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (517)

    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

    Jeremy says: "An essential read. A horrifying reality."
    "Lots of Information"
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    What made the experience of listening to The New Jim Crow the most enjoyable?

    The content of the book and the way the information was narrated.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The facts that were presented


    What does Karen Chilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She made it nice to listen to while riding in the car. Some of her voice narratives were good as well. Her voice was easy on the ears.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. The entire book was a moving experience. Especially the facts on drug use among different races, yet the amount of disproportion of incarceration in our justice system.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be read/listened to by all who consider themselves active in the social justice movement. The facts in this book were well presented and gives answers to many questions that other ethnic groups may have about the troubles faced in the minority communities and people of the lower economic class.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blonde Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend, Christmas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. But Easter's appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems.

    Timothy Frescona says: "Good but not great"
    "another great story Walter Mosley"
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    loved the story and another great read by Michael Boatman. Michael truly puts you into the story with his oratory skills

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (319)

    Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

    Jefferson says: "Beware of Mysterious Sexy Women with Big Suitcases"
    "Great Narration! Best that I've heard so far!"
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    Would you listen to Devil in a Blue Dress again? Why?

    Definitely because the Narrator did such a wonderful job and the story was so interesting!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Devil in a Blue Dress?

    When the character Mouse was first introduced into the story in Easy's house! The narrator did a great job with the voices.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't really have one. I enjoyed them all!


    Who was the most memorable character of Devil in a Blue Dress and why?

    Mouse, because the things that he would say and do with no remorse.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator!! I hope he narrates all of the Easy Rawlings books! I listened to this story in a day and a half! Just great!! The story is wonderful as well!! I'm sad that I'm just hearing this story!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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