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Eclectic physical philosopher, carbon free commuter, fitness consultant, personal trainer, non-medical nutritional counselor, yoga teacher.

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 2 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 78 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014

  • The Good Lord Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By James McBride
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman

    Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

    Melinda says: "An Interesting Re-Telling of a Little Known Man"
    "If a movie comes out I'm glad I've read it."

    It was hard to follow in the beginning, but once I got into it, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I read the whole thing.
    I saw the movie in my head. It would be amazing to have the sensitivity of Ang Lee and crazy, intense, insanity of Quentin Tarrantino collaborate. (But maybe that's just me.)
    It was fun to read and it perked up my interest for history of that era (of which I'm shamefully ignorant.) The more you read, the more you realize how many wonderful books, & subjects there are to read about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Carl Hart
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction. As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist - Columbia University's first tenured African American professor in the sciences.

    Thug4life says: "Outstanding!"
    "I loved this read/listen. I learned so much."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this to everyone. We all have opinions but unfortunately they're often based on misunderstandings or misinformation. This book is a revelation and values science & evidence based approach while taking into account a 'context' and framing of issues surrounding 'drugs' and the 'war on drugs'. Lots of food for thought here. Plus the narrator is excellent. His voice is so compelling, I bothered to look him us to eventually listen to other books he's narrated.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of High Price?

    Learning the discrepancy and unjust sentencing that occurs with crack vs cocaine given there's no chemical difference in addictive potential of both substances. But of course, who does it affect most? This book was a wake up call for me to another kind of injustice we often forget.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dr. Carl Hart's story is honest and revealing. I wish policy makers were open minded to take the issues raised here seriously into account.

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

    It wasn't that kind of book so much for me, but I found some of the scenes compelling, where you realize just how crazy situations can get sometimes, and how being at the wrong place at the wrong time can be horribly life-altering. Other parts made me wish I had such mentors as he had.

    Any additional comments?

    This is an important book that many of us who pretend or think we know anything about drugs, policy, or addiction should read. Get the low-down from a scientist who comes from a background with a particularly clear perspective to shed light on the nuances of this country's so called "war on drugs".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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