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N. J. Parker

Manchester, CT USA | Member Since 2012

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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
    (336)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (290)

    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.

    Alisha says: "Great Book a must read for every American!"
    "The New Jim Crow"
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    If you could sum up The New Jim Crow in three words, what would they be?

    eye-opening, chilling, anger-producing


    What other book might you compare The New Jim Crow to and why?

    Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States


    Have you listened to any of Karen Chilton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    It's much more than a tidbit - it's a call to action for me and my fellow U.S.ers to become aware of what we've allowed to happen because of our indifference to what's going on with the imprisonment of young black men while young white men are ignored for the exact same actions.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book and then alert others to what's going on.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (183)

    The Great Recession that began in 2007 is now more than four years old - and counting. Some 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and at recent rates of job creation we won’t be back to normal levels of employment until late this decade. This is a tragedy. Do we have to accept it? "No!" is the resounding answer given by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in this call to arms. We have seen this situation before and we know how to fix it; all we lack is the political will to take action.

    Michael says: "Listen to this before you vote!"
    "End This Depression Now"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I certainly would recommend it to several friends. We have a group thinking about economic issues and I want to suggest this book as one we should discuss.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of End This Depression Now!?

    It didn't exactly have memorable moments as it was not a novel, but his idea that the way to end the depression is with greater government stimulus to get more people working and therefore spending makes all kinds of sense to me. And the author backs up his thinking with studies and visuals that are highly convincing.


    What does Rob Shapiro and Paul Krugman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rob Shapiro read complicated passages clearly. The main advantage for hearing this book rather than reading it was the ability to listen while I'm driving. For study purposes, I may very well buy the actual book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This book probably wouldn't lend itself to film-making.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm excited about Krugman's ideas and want to think about how to spread them to a wider audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3694)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1129)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "The Subtle Knife"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was pulled into the story and thought the voices were excellent. I was pleased that it kept the story threads from The Golden Compass while working in new characters and events. I didn't notice inconsistencies and ended looking forward to the third book in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Lyra best because of how well she was voiced as well as how smart she was while still clearly being a little girl.


    Any additional comments?

    Although it was fantasy, the values were real and ones that I found myself caring about and agreeing with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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