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Stacey

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Manning Marable
    • Narrated By G. Valmont Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Of the great figure in 20th-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age 39. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man.

    connie says: "invites further reading on Malcolm X"
    "Very thorough, but also a bit tedious."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention to be better than the print version?

    This is the 1st and only work I have read about Malcolm X. l recently became interested in his life after hearing some of his speeches and life history in short podcasts during Black History Month.
    The print version of this book may be a better option than audio because it is easier to skim or skip repetitive or tedious parts of the book. A significant part of the book is spent refuting details of Malcolm's autobiographical work with Alex Haley.The author recounts copious details of events and encounters, recalling factual interactions between Malcolm and multiple people in the Nation of Islam, without really giving depth to the non-Malcolm characters in the book. The interactions between Malcolm and the supreme leader seem especially repetitive and lack emotional context. One is left wondering why Malcolm is so devoted to the man who manipulates, shames, abuses, and takes him for granted, while simultaneously living a life of greed and adultery. I am still slogging through part 3 right now.


    Would you recommend Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone other than someone looking for a thorough, academic recounting of facts. Surely there is some more concise work that captures this compelling personality in a more dynamic way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of Malcolm's death at the beginning of the book is very powerful and masterful storytelling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I always find that the more I learn about civil rights era America, the more appalled I am at what people of color have had to endure and how foolish we are to believe we live in a


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "Fun adventure in the Iron Druid series."
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    This is an enjoyable continuation of the Iron Druid series; if you liked the earlier books, you will probably not be disappointed. There is a lot of tantalizing foreshadowing and the story ends a bit abruptly, leaving the listner waiting anxiously for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "Fun story; well read"
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    I love the Iron Druid Books; this was the first story in the series I had experienced as an audio book. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

    Stacey says: "Good self-help book; not well-suited for audio."
    "Good self-help book; not well-suited for audio."
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    I thouroughly enjoyed Brené Brown's TED talks on vulnerability and shame; I had hoped that this book would be an expansion on those discussions by the author.
    This book contains a lot of useful information and interesting anecdotes regarding overcoming shame, embracing reality, and having compassion for oneself and others. However, it is not written in a style that works well with audio. It contains many parts that I would just skim in a print book; it has reader exercises that would be more useful in a visual format; and there are parts that I would like to mark, think about, and come back to (not ealily done in this audio format).
    A critique of the material is that it seems to focus primarily on women like Brown, herself: white, educated, mid-upper income, etc. Though there is a nod here and there to people who are not in those categories, it is pretty clear that this book does not do much to address the broader experience of people outside Brown's comfort zone. Then again, the audience that actually buys self-help books like this is primarily comprised of women, white, educated, mid-upper income, etc. (including me).

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Margaret Heffernan
    • Narrated By Margaret Heffernan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Margaret Heffernan argues that the biggest threats and dangers we face are the ones we don't see - not because they're secret or invisible, but because we're willfully blind. A distinguished businesswoman and writer, she examines the phenomenon and traces its imprint in our private and working lives, and within governments and organizations, and asks: What makes us prefer ignorance? What are we so afraid of? Why do some people see more than others? And how can we change?

    Lynn says: "Why We Ignore What Is About Us"
    "Thoughtful, well-researched, and interesting."
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    The author uses personal examples, psychological studies, and newsworthy events to show how people fail to see the (sometimes dangerous) reality around us.
    This book was very well-paced and interesting to listen to. Though the work seems to have a very solid basis in scientific research, the author does a wonderful job of conveying the concepts in easy to understand terms and using examples to illustrate the concepts and help the listener relate to the situation being discussed.
    This book is useful for understanding willful blindness in everyday personal and working relationships, as well as understanding the institutional flaws that lead to large scale disasters involving BP, Enron, and Wall Street.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
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    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Enlightening read in Maddow's fresh, quirky style."
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    This is a smart, well-researched, and entertaining book that explains how we got to the current state of the global reach of the US military/ industrial machine. I beleieve the audiobook is superior to the plain text in this case because Maddow's voice and tone convey the deeper nuance in phrases that might otherwise be read as flippant; when she says "Whoopsie!" when relaying a story about an avoidable error that results in serious consequences, you can hear that she is not making light of the error, but instead conveying the shock and frustration in an ironic way.
    I found myself challenged to think more compassionately about the decisionmakers that brought us to this point, though I also was frustrated and horrified by the history of our nation's military evolution.
    Maddow seems hopeful that our country's use of the military can change for the better, even though she has chronicled its blunders and misdeeds alongside its strengths.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Melinda says: "Amazing Undertaking--Good Book"
    "Compelling journey through life, loss, and love."
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    Where does Wild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wild lends itself well to the audiobook format. The story is compelling, the characters are real, imperfect, and lovable. I found myself laughing out loud, crying, and thinking about the important stuff of life throughout the story.


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

    The concept of using a challenging physical journey to deal with difficult life transitions is not original, but Strayed's unique journey has inspired me.
    At one point Cheryl's mom, dying quickly from cancer, is angry because she never got to be in the driver's seat of her own life; she always compromised, put others first, and deferred her desires to a "later" that never came. This moment was particularly meaningful to me, as I have recently decided to take the reins of my own life in my early forties.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

    Matt says: "Listen To This Immediately!"
    "Excellent read."
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    Would you listen to Twilight of the Elites again? Why?

    Yes I will listen to this again. Examines the flaws in institutions, and provides hope for solutions. The author compares everything from political parties, to Enron, to the Catholic church, to baseball, finding the common threads of successes and failures.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The discussion of narrowing the gap in social distance between people in order to create a better understanding and lead to better decision was insightful, yet rings true in a familiar way. You find yourself thinking that, "Of course, if people in power could really experience how other people lived, they could make better and more compassionate decisions."


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Hastings
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
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    An explosive, behind-the-scenes look into the workings of the U.S. war in Afghanistan that lifts the curtain of the world stage to reveal the devastating greed, waste, and failure surrounding this unwinnable war.

    Professor says: "VERY INTERESTING STORY"
    "Interesting and thought-provoking perspective."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to several friends. It is a view of American involvement in the middle east that we rarely see. According to the author's research and personal experiences with the bigwigs and the grunts, we are not only not winning hearts and minds, but we are actively furthering hostilities with our


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The subject matter of this book is the most compelling. The writing occasionally seems like


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Lessig
    • Narrated By Lawrence Lessig
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    In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress - and that our Republic has been lost.Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, Republic, Lost not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course....

    kevmoo says: "A profoundly important book. A must read."
    "Excellent, thought provoking, and compelling read"
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    What did you love best about Republic, Lost?

    I love how Lessig articulated the problems with money in politics in a way that I could understand. I had felt discomfort with the lobbyist-politician-corporation cycle, but I couldn't intelligently articulate why. Lessigs gives clear explanations and concrete examples to back up his theories. I didn't necessarily agree with everything he said (I thought his example describing the problem with the educational system was a bit oversimplified), but he makes a compelling overall case.


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

    I have seen Lessig's TED talks and heard his interview for this book on the Daily show. The professor is both knowledgeable and able to communicate in easily understandable terms. His vocal performance in the book is OK, but he gets into


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this entertaining and informative audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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