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cheryl pierce-reid

Southfield, MI, US | Member Since 2008

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  • Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeremy Scahill
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (139)

    A largely untold facet of the war on terror is the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to private mercenary companies. Accountable neither to the citizenry nor to standard military legal codes, these largely unregulated corporate armies are being entrusted with ever-greater responsibilities on behalf of the nation.

    Stanley says: "Truly frightening"
    "Revealing"
    Overall

    This is quite revealing. I had to take a break from it several times-the information contained was overwhelming to listen too.
    There were many things in government that provoke the imagination-but this puts it out there. It is revealing as it exposes the workings of the war machine of the Bush administration.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11345)
    Performance
    (9820)
    Story
    (9792)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Enjoyed the listen."
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    Found it fascinating. Long, but well organized. The author showed a picture of Steve Jobs which illustrated his personality and the depths of his dreams and business savvy. Enjoyed the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • County: Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David A. Ansell
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    This amazing tale is the story of one of America's oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From it's inception as a "Poor House" dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicago's Cook County Hospital has been both a renowned teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the city's uninsured. County covers more than thirty years of its history, beginning in the late 1970s when the author began his internship, to the "Final Rounds" when the enormous iconic Victorian hospital building was replaced and hundreds of former trainees gathered to bid it an emotional farewell.

    cheryl pierce-reid says: "Very Accurate account"
    "Very Accurate account"
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    I was in nursing school a little before the dates in the book. I attended City #2 Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Homer G. Phillips. His account of Cook County Hospital is very accurate of the time. I saw many of the same things. Politics were the same all over the country, I could not get into the schools in Michigan where I lived. I am African American, we were not admitted to the schools there. After graduation I worked at the City Hospital in Detroit. Private hospitals did not accept minorities unless they could produce an insurance card. The rooms in the hospitals were then segregated.

    He is right on target.Listening was a flash back for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Someone Knows My Name

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lawrence Hill
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (218)

    Aminata Diallo is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an 18th-century woman's life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

    Ariela says: "Rich in history and moral messages"
    "Excellent reading"
    Overall

    This is a very moving novel in the first person. It is narrated quite well. It has been an eye opening experience. I have enjoyed every minute of it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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