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Cedric

Oak Hills, Ca, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Souls of Black Folk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Du Bois
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    W. E. B. Du Bois was the foremost black intellectual of his time. The Souls of Black Folk, his most influential work, is a collection of 14 beautifully written essays, by turns lyrical, historical, and autobiographical. Here, Du Bois records the cruelties of racism, celebrates the strength and pride of black America, and explores the paradoxical "double-consciousness" of African American life.

    Cedric says: "Great insights into post-civil war America"
    "Great insights into post-civil war America"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I thought the reader made the book dry and hard to follow.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The crushing challenge of being black in the 2nd half of the 19th century.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Allen’s performances?

    No.


    Could you see The Souls of Black Folk being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    More a documentary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5434)
    Performance
    (3389)
    Story
    (3409)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Outstanding voice performance of a classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Promoting unbridled capitalism!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Made it shorter. Some of the book was unnessesarily wordy with no benefit to the story. Also, Ayn Rand creates implausable choices for her characters in order to advance her agenda. Also, almost all the characters (except Eddie Willers and Sheryl Taggard) are overly one-dementional; either superhero or moral degenerate. I know it is a fictional story to push a philosophical perspective, but the lack of realistic characters with nuance made her philosophical bent less appealing to me.


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

    No, but I loved his work.


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

    When Hank Reardon said of John Galt, "I have met him, and I understand..."


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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