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Ian

Greeley, CO, USA

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  • Rolling Nowhere

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ted Conover
    • Narrated By Ted Conover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Riding the rails, Ted Conover tasted the life of a tramp with companions like Pistol Pete, BB, and Sheba Sheila Sheils. From them he learned survival skills - how to "read" a freight train, scavenge for food and clothing, avoid the railroad "bulls." He was initiated into the customs of their unique, shadowy society - men and women bound together by a mutual bond of failure, camaraderie, and distrust.

    matthew says: "What a crazy,but fascinating idea for a story"
    "Good but not the Best"
    Overall

    This was a well-read and well-written book. While Conover spends a little bit too much time complaining and attempting to pull "deep meaning" from the book, he manages to create a good narrative.

    Conover is a good storyteller and someone that is unfamliar with his other books, esp. Newjack, should look those up before listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Louis Rivera, Bruce George
    • Narrated By Adisa Banjoko, Kareem Chadlfy, Chuck D, Jahi, Fide
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Urban youth gangs are typically viewed as no more than training grounds for thugs and felons. This breakthrough anthology presents a far different picture, revealing present and former gang members' and street activists' artistic impulses, emotional sensitivities, political beliefs, and capacities to assess the social conditions that created them.

    Fjolnir says: "It surprised me in a good way"
    "Lacked Variety"
    Overall

    This collection was full of very similar poems that seemed to take up a lot of time. While the prose was interesting, it felt like listening to some similar stuff. Some authors didn't seem to add a lot of perspective to gang life, making the anthology lack perspective overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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